Author Archives: Bob Patrick

July 24–All Is Welcome Here: Even the Troubles

I’ve spent a long time now observing what happens to many of us when a life event takes us to some edge of human experience that is too troubling to allow into our lives. When I was a very young … Continue reading

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July 13–All Is Welcome Here: The Real You

His name was Clyde.  He stood a good head and a half taller than me, an African American man probably about the same age as me. We had agreed to be conversation partners at a meeting held by the ACLU … Continue reading

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July 12–All Is Welcome Here: Doing Our Work

Jennifer Garrison, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett, and I had a conversation after the service this past Sunday, and then she followed up sharing her reflections.  These are the kinds of interior journeys that become our … Continue reading

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July 11–All Is Welcome Here: Changing our Stories

When Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, says that changing the narratives that support inequity and racial injustice is one of the major requirements for changing the world we live in, he is tapping into something very … Continue reading

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July 10–All Is Welcome Here: Doing the Work

I had the privilege of listening to the Ware Lecture from General Assembly this year just a couple of weeks ago, live streamed from New Orleans.   Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL, offers … Continue reading

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July 7–All Is Welcome Here: Yearning to Belong

In psychological terms, thanks to Carl Jung and others, we sometimes speak of introverts and extroverts. I understand extroverts to be those who are energized by being around large groups of people and introverts those who are energized by being … Continue reading

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July 6–All Is Welcome Here: One Race?

My first teaching post at a Catholic high school in Alabama was in the theology department.  Among other things, I taught a course in social justice.  I owe a debt of gratitude for my colleagues at the time who helped … Continue reading

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July 5–All Is Welcome Here: Grammar and Chanting

Don’t worry. I am not about to suggest that anyone begin chanting grammar! Our song of the month is the only one in this 12 month series that does not appear in our Unitarian Universalist hymnals.  It originates within the … Continue reading

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Summer Break until July 1, 2017

Maybe you are old enough to know the context.  Just a humorous way to say–oh yes, by the way, we are taking a break for the month of June.  The Words will be back July 1. In the meantime, our … Continue reading

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May 30–Open the Window: Unbiased Love

We’ve probably seen one or more of the Ad Council’s videos (often appearing as commercials on TV) in its Diversity and Inclusion campaign.  You can read all about it here and watch the various ads they have put together. I’ve … Continue reading

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