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Open the Window: Dangerous Things 5

Rev. Charlotte Arsenault recently 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 their lives for … Continue reading

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Filled with Loving Kindness: The Absurdity of Today

(The fires, while very real and truly devastating, are herein used as a metaphor for my feelings about the results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.  Also very real and – from my perspective – truly devastating.)    Wildfires are … Continue reading

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Filled With Loving Kindness: All Will Be Well

In the movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” the character Sonny says several times, “Everything will be all right in the end … if it’s not all right, it is not yet the end.” A colleague and friend wrote and … Continue reading

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Love Makes A Bridge: Many Bridges are Needed

In today’s worship service I shared a quote from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: What is needed is the realization that power without love is reckless and abusive and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its … Continue reading

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Return Again: Our Principles-5

In Unitarian-Universalism, we gather ourselves and our faith around seven Principles. Our Principles are not religious dogma in content.  They are ethical principles in that they embody rather explicitly the things we value.  They allow us to bring stories and … Continue reading

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June 9–Listening: Advice from the Society of Friends

One of the oldest practices in listening as spiritual practice resides in the Quaker or Society of Friends tradition.  With regards to how they conduct their daily relationships, Quakers advocate: Listening for the truth in the words of others. As … Continue reading

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May 19–Belonging: That Bumper Sticker

Some time ago, I was walking into the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett’s building from the parking lot, and my eye was drawn to a bumper sticker on our minister’s car.  The most radical thing we can do is to … Continue reading

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March 21–Awe and Wonder: Human Capcities

These days I know that I am not alone in almost daily horror at the anger, violence and outright hatred that certain politicians are stirring up within pockets of American life.  I hear myself and others wondering out loud:  have … Continue reading

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The Muses: What I am living for–Part 2

(We are sharing, over three days, the homily given by Karen Smith in the January 10 service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett.  In the first part, Karen set us up to ponder how it is we share with … Continue reading

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December 28–The Sacred: Trust

We have said, in this space, that “the sacred” is in so many words something we place high value on, something that is precious.  We have also examined it as not something other and separate from the ordinary but actually … Continue reading

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