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December 6–Hope: Finding My Voice

Going through airport security recently my carry on was pulled and I waited while the airport attendant went through my bag. She told me what she was about to do and that I could not add or remove anything from … Continue reading

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December 5–Hope: What’s cooking?

In yesterday’s post, I observed the 13th century origins of the English word Hope, and how the English roots seem to be specifically Christian terms for salvation from hell by God.  I suggested that as Unitarian Universalists, we might re-shape … Continue reading

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December 4–Hope: Where do we start?

Hope is one of those words.  It is an Old English word, both as a noun, hopa,  and a verb, hopian. They enter the stream of our language in the 12th century as what seem to be entirely Christian theologically based … Continue reading

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November 30–Faith: Unseen Things

It strikes me that faith is called upon for unseen things more often than we sometimes think. The doctor says to take this pill. Someone says to you that what you thought you understood about them was not true, and … Continue reading

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November 28–Faith: Face to Face

I’ve seen some ugly “conversations” on social media.  I notice that we tend to be quicker to say things on social media than we do face to face. Is this about personal cowardice?  Do I not have the “fortitude” to … Continue reading

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November 27–Faith: Learning from each Other

As a trusting relationship, faith is constantly asking me to stretch beyond my own comfort.  My comfort, if I am being honest, is ensconced by being white, by being a man, and by being straight.  Two of those three things … Continue reading

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November 23–Faith: Gratitude

Faith means trust.  Faith is better a verb than a noun.  Faith is acting in relationship to others placing our hearts into the action, acting on and living out of the places where our hearts are. Recently I was told, … Continue reading

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November 22–Faith: Distributed Trust

I have written here that faith is trust.  I have also written that faith may be more useful to us as a verb than as a noun:  to place one’s heart upon something, to engage in life in the present … Continue reading

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November 21–Faith: Now

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha I find in many Buddhist teachings something that strikes me as “how to practice faith.” Faith is often understood … Continue reading

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November 20–Faith: Trusting the Darkness

The days are growing darker as we enter into winter.  I feel the darkness speaking to us. In darkness, edges and definitions disappear.  When I get up in the dark morning, the edges that define shoes on the floor, the … Continue reading

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