Tag Archives: UU 4th Principle

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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May 29–Open the Window: To the Opposition?

I suspect most of us have had experiences where we find ourselves in conversation with someone, sometimes even family members, with whom we seem to share nothing in common. With no apparent common ground, what does it mean to open the … Continue reading

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May 19–Open the Window: Dangerous Things 4

In her sermon Sunday, Rev. Charlotte Arsenault made this powerful observation: that when Unitarian Universalists covenant ourselves to our seven Principles, we are covenanting ourselves to dangerous things.  Standing together for our Principles has meant throughout our history individuals giving … Continue reading

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April 28–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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April 6–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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April 5–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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March 31–Everything Possible: Conditions all right

The Buddha taught that when all the conditions were right, a thing would happen.  This little bit of wisdom can be applied to everything, great and small.  For example, a thin piece of paper comes at just the right angle, … Continue reading

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March 28–Everything Possible: Three Dynamics of Ending Well

And the only measure of your words and your deeds will be the love–you leave behind when you’re done. As we have sung this song by Fred Small week after week in the month of March, I keep being drawn … Continue reading

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March 21–Everything Possible: In the Mirror

The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who … Continue reading

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March 10–Everything Possible: Perfection

I walked outside this morning before dawn.  There had been a storm in the middle of the night, and the cloud cover was still so thick that I really could see nothing, no stars or moon, not even the shape … Continue reading

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