SERMON: Surrender: In Search of the Present Moment
Except fight is the wrong word. It’s not a fight at all. If and when I try to fight my way through some turmoil, some pain, grief, anxiety, winds, storm—whatever it is—I rarely get there. That is, I might win the fight, but in winning I don’t necessarily gain any clarity about how I want to be, feel and act in the world. More often than not, fighting forces us to compromise those things. Getting to that moment wherein I can truly remember and orient myself toward how I want to be, feel and act in the world almost always requires surrender. Continue reading….
PRAYER: Take a Pebble. Drop it in the Water. Watch the Ripples on the Water.
Rev. Mel Hoover and I began writing this prayer for a worship service at UUS:E in November, 2013. Mel and his wife, the Rev. Rose Edington, adapted it for a January 21st vigil in Charleston, West Virginia to “honor the water.”
Spirit of the Waters, be with us tonight. We remember with thankfulness and joy plunging bare feet into river beds, climbing on boulders, picking up river-smoothed rocks, skipping stones and watching pebbles create circles of ripples. Continue reading….
12th ANNUAL HARTFORD TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
We have work to do. Oh, how I wish we didn’t. Oh, how I wish we already lived in a world where the rigid rules of gender didn’t apply, didn’t matter so much, weren’t enforced with the murderous brutality we bear witness to this evening. Oh, how I wish we already lived in a world free of that soul-crushing gender binary, free of that spirit killing either/or, free of that put-us-in-a-box-from–birth question, “is it a boy or a girl?” Oh, how I wish we already lived in a world where human beings could simply be who they are—who they are in their hearts, in their minds, in their souls—without fear of reprisal, without having to watch their step, without having to wonder, am I safe? without having to face rejection and bullying, without having to lose their families, their churches, their schools, their neighborhoods. Oh, how I wish. Continue reading…. or watch video: