Tag Archives: UU 5th Principle

The Sacred: The Separate or the One?

Whatever “sacred” means to you, is it something totally separate from ordinary things or is it inside of and part of all things?  Is it special and extraordinary, or is it common and ordinary?  Is the sacred natural or supernatural? … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: Government

Forms of government are formal ways of establishing values and behavior.  Around government, there has been in my life time almost constant conversation about “culture wars.”  Are Americans in a 300+ year long experimentation in creating a new culture?  Do … Continue reading

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July 4–The Playground: Playing Well

This anniversary of our nation’s independence comes on the heels of many events that cause us–regardless of one’s political views–to reflect on the meaning of our values. Civil Rights.  Life.  The Pursuit of Happiness.  Freedom. The Freedom to speak, to practice … Continue reading

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The Playground – Win, Lose, or Draw: Winning

The 5th principle of Unitarian Universalism states that we believe in the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.  To me this says that we follow our conscience and … Continue reading

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The Playground: Unthinkable

Sometimes in our worst nightmares we see a playground with children playing happily when some unspeakable horror strikes.  The purity, the innocence, the delight and joy of childhood and all that it means is deeply violated by some unseen character … Continue reading

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Foundations: Return Again

Return again, Return again, Return to the home of your soul. Return to who you are, Return to what you are, Return to where you are Born and re-born again.* This short, mesmerizing almost chant like hymn is one of … Continue reading

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Foundations: Spring Awakening

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.  There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and … Continue reading

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The Ready Room: This Was Just a Drill

This was just a drill… I don’t fully know why, but for most of my life I have been somewhat obsessed with safety and exit strategies in case of an emergency. I am the one who will seek out and … Continue reading

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Sheltering Walls: No outsiders

Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states.  I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham.  Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  We are caught in … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: Cleaning Out

Not everything that comes into the kitchen needs to stay in the kitchen. A few weeks before Bob and I got married I visited him in his small three room house in Alabama. A look in the fridge produced a … Continue reading

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