Monthly Archives: April 2017

Come, Come Whoever You Are: Welcoming Woke-ness

Today you may hear words that upset you.  Today you may be confronted with ideas that challenge your innate or carefully cultivated sense of knowing that you are on the right path.  What will you do when you are faced … Continue reading

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Come, Come Whoever You Are: And Bring Your Knapsack

As a white person living in this culture, who wants to confront the white supremacy system that continues to run the institutions that we all participate in, I am coming to realize that this means owning how I benefit from … Continue reading

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Come, Come Whoever You Are: Especially if you look like me

For the next two Sundays at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett, we will be working with some painful issues of race and racism that have arisen in our Unitarian Universalist Association around the practice of hiring and advancement in … Continue reading

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Come, Come Whoever You Are: No Despair

We are no caravan of despair. Come, yet again, come. On some level, we want the whole experience, and we need to know that the whole experience of our humanity is accepted, is not judged, is welcome. Most of us … Continue reading

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Come, Come Whoever You Are–to the Mother

This Spring is there something worth a celebration of the newness and the arrival of good in your life? Has a needed, wanted person come back into your story?  Do you need to go get someone from the underworld (like … Continue reading

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Come, Come Whoever You Are: Typed

For several days now I have had a conversation going on the actual data that we have for what is referred to (to the chagrin of many) as “white privilege.”  As I noted yesterday, much of that conversation has turned … Continue reading

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Come, Come Whoever You Are: Radically Welcoming

. . . we are becoming a radically welcoming congregation. Vision Statement of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett Like many in our community, I was actively involved in writing our vision statement, and in the difficult conversations over this … Continue reading

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Come, Come Whoever You Are–And Let’s Talk About What You Do

The work of Jay Smooth came to my attention this week, thanks to Denise Benshoof who shared it with us on our FB page.  You can see his 3 minute video “How to tell someone they sound racist” here.  He … Continue reading

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Come, Come Whoever You Are–To What?

Rumi’s words in this beloved hymn of ours are so powerfully those of invitation.  Come. Wanderer, come.  Worshiper, come. Lover of leaving, come. To what is Rumi (what are we) inviting the wanderer, the worshiper, or the lover of leaving … Continue reading

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Come, Come Whoever You Are: The Invitation

Wander.  Worshiper.  Lover of leaving. Though you’ve broken your vows a thousand times. Come. Rumi Except for one (the worshiper) in the list above, Rumi’s captivating invitation seems to be aimed at misfits and failures. Wanderers have no direction. Lover’s … Continue reading

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