Category Archives: Belonging

May 31–Belonging: Every Heart a Temple

I belong to no religion. My religion is Love. Every heart is my temple. — Rumi As we come to our last day of reflecting on the theme of belonging, these words of Rumi elicit the core of what our … Continue reading

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May 30–Belonging: What will you do?

I am hearing an observation and a question repeatedly these days–in the media, in interviews, in podcasts and articles.  It goes something like this:  when bad things happen, human beings demonstrate some of the most heroic acts of compassion.  All … Continue reading

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May 27–Belonging: Not by ideas alone

I really was only a participant in the conversation by accidental eavesdropping.  I was passing by a group of people talking in a large institutional building.  I happened to know some of them, so I nodded and made brief connections … Continue reading

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May 25–Belonging: The Most Important Moment

I’m at my computer trying to finish up one of the many things that face teachers at the end of the school hear.  The room is empty.  I’ve given my exams for the day, and the students have gone home … Continue reading

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May 24–Belonging: Caught By Surprise

Just the day before, running errands after work, I had seen him walking along the overgrown grassy side of a rush-hour four lane.  He was a grown man but seemed to be wearing a football uniform that badly fit him. … Continue reading

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May 23–Belonging: What’s Waiting on You?

I recently enjoyed Krista Tippet’s interview with poet, David Whyte. Among many gems, Whyte noted that one cannot argue with poetry, “because if you can argue with it, it’s not poetry.  It’s prose.”  I’ve considered for many years through my … Continue reading

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May 19–Belonging: That Bumper Sticker

Some time ago, I was walking into the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett’s building from the parking lot, and my eye was drawn to a bumper sticker on our minister’s car.  The most radical thing we can do is to … Continue reading

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May 17–Belonging: What’s it worth?

Under the banner of “family values” pockets of angry people are decrying the recent directive of the Departments of Justice and Education ordering public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of the gender with which they identify. It’s … Continue reading

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May 16–Belonging: The Test

How welcoming are we as a community?  Any person can ask this question of any community that we belong to.  Churches love to put that word on their signs:  Welcome! They often promote themselves on signage and literature as being … Continue reading

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May 13–Belonging: Going to Hell?

It’s not unusual for those of us in progressive religious faiths to be told, even if from time to time, that we are going to hell for our beliefs or our lack of the right beliefs.  If “hell” is anything … Continue reading

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