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November 9–Faith: Radical Welcome into Reciprocity

Our congregation has affirmed that we are a radically welcoming community. We did not come to those words or what they represent lightly or overnight.  No knee-jerk reactions here. I see the whole dynamic around coming to see ourselves as … Continue reading

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September 4–Beauty: The Gods Revealing

I woke up from what seemed like a night full of just weird dreams, and that is most often my experience. I began a complaint in my mind: why can’t I just have a joyful dream every once in a … Continue reading

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August 21–Return Again: Born Again

The phrase “to be born again” holds a lot of religious power for some folks.  It’s an English translation of a line in John’s gospel (written in Greek) which is probably better translated “to be born from above.”  In the … Continue reading

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August 1–Return Again: The Fabric of Who We Are

I have the great joy of students across now almost 30 years who want to stay in touch with me. (I like staying in touch with them, but I always allow that to be their choice–sometimes, you just need to … Continue reading

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July 27–All Is Welcome Here: We’re Okay

I have had the occasion this past year to be in conversation with some younger (than I) adults, and it’s only dawning on me now that there is a pattern in those conversations. Sometimes, they are about teaching and working … Continue reading

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July 7–All Is Welcome Here: Yearning to Belong

In psychological terms, thanks to Carl Jung and others, we sometimes speak of introverts and extroverts. I understand extroverts to be those who are energized by being around large groups of people and introverts those who are energized by being … Continue reading

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May 21–Open the Window: Dangerous Things 7

With the last of our seven Principles we make 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 … Continue reading

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Open the Window: True Names, Please

As a white person (btw, I hate that label, but that’s another post) I am working these days on getting my personal window open–open to injustices that are all around me many of which I actually benefit from.  This benefit … Continue reading

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Open the Window: Time for peace?

Our song theme for the month of May,  Open the Window, was written in 1997 by Elise Witt.  She based it on a spiritual from the Georgia Sea Islands called Heist the Window, Noah. “Though Elise’s version uses only one phrase from … Continue reading

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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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