Category Archives: Renewal

Renewal: A Spiritual Practice for Peace

Most of us have a fair amount of turmoil associated with living, working, loving, raising children and tending our elders.  Our turmoil also includes the politics of the world, both at home and abroad.  The threat of more war is … Continue reading

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Renewal: A Failure?

A teacher friend of mine wrote me recently.  The message was short. She said:  “Dear Aunty Em, I hate school.  I am taking Toto and running away from home.” My friend has a wildly good sense of humor, and I … Continue reading

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Renewal: Saying Yes

Fifty-two years ago today, Dag Hammarskjold, the second Secretary General of the United Nations, died in a plane crash along with 15 others in what is now northern Zambia. His untimely death cut short the life of a man who … Continue reading

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Renewal: The world is full of peril . . . but still

‘The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.’ … Continue reading

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Renewal: Forging Renewal

If you own a car, then you know the experience of renewing your license plate every year. It is a relatively easy task if you have the money and have Internet access: just pay your fees and taxes on-line and … Continue reading

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Renewal: Renewal of the Earth

If we think that we can somehow renew the Earth, we are deluding ourselves.  We look at the damage we have done to the Earth and think that we can renew her by cleaning up garbage dumps and rivers, by … Continue reading

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Renewal: Yom Kippur

It was 20 years ago when I was first seized by the concept of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. I was working as a journalist and interviewed a delightful Jewish nonagenarian. Our chat stretched into a three-hour dialog … Continue reading

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Renewal: The Acorn and the Oak

One of the beauties of the particular land that The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett is built on is the grove of Oak Trees that forms the back side of the property.  Not only are they large, wonderful oaks, but … Continue reading

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Renewal: Think on these things

Circumstances can certainly arise seemingly out of the blue and overwhelm us, but most of the time, we actually can be fairly free to focus on what we want to focus on.  We can in any given moment choose our … Continue reading

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September 11 – Renewal: Patriot Day

Twelve years ago tragedy befell this nation in the form of what have come to be referred to as “the attacks on 9/11”.  In the aftermath of that horrific event, the spirit of patriotism was renewed in this country and … Continue reading

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