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Reclaiming Humanism

In the 1960s and early 1970s, Unitarian Universalism knew Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika[1] as Hayward Henry, chair of the Black Unitarian Universalist Caucus (BUUC), a Black Power organization within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Under his leadership BUUC advocated—initially successfully—for the … Continue reading

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White Supremacy Teach-In

During last year’s presidential campaign there was an almost constant outcry from white conservative and working class voters who were tired of being called racist. They were especially tired of progressive white people on the coasts and in large cities … Continue reading

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Surrender: A Path to Power

Our ministry theme for March is surrender. In reviewing my past sermons on this theme, I notice a tendency in me—and not only in me, but among Unitarian Universalists and liberal religious people in general, among at least some of … Continue reading

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Something My Grandfather Seemed to Know About Race and Class

I want to share with you some stories about my father’s father, Stanley J. Pawelek. Grandad Pawelek seemed to know something about race and class that feels extraordinarily important for this moment in American history. He was the oldest of nine … Continue reading

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Living Principles

In my sermon following the election of Donald Trump as United States President, I said “the church is not serving you fully if it is not sending you forth into the world to live your principles proudly, resolutely, urgently, lovingly.” … Continue reading

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Actually, He Didn’t Get Away with Any of It!

There have been protests in cities and towns across the nation every day since the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. Last night I attended a meeting of the Hartford chapter of Showing Up for Racial … Continue reading

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Sending Forth (Six Reflections on the 2016 United States Presidential Election)

Reaching Out to Those with Whom You Disagree Last Sunday I stood in this pulpit and spoke of the way the United States presidential campaign had been traumatic to people all across the political spectrum—how so many different groups of … Continue reading

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A Remote Important Region

A Sermon for the Ordination of the Rev. Karen Johnston “And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy, / a remote important region in all who talk”[1]—words from twentieth-century American poet, William E. Stafford. Today we ordain a minister. … Continue reading

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The Untoward Political Adventures of King Stag

Whether one supports him enthusiastically or detests him enthusiastically, Donald Trump’s wild popularity as a candidate for President of the United States is riveting. Some commentators will say, “Of course! Trump is a master marketer, a media maven, a reigning … Continue reading

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After ‘He is Risen!’ — A Post-Easter Litany

This post-Easter litany is modeled after Howard Thurman’s “Now the Work of Christmas Begins.” It was prepared for Moral Monday CT’s Week of Holy Action, Mach 28th to April 4th, 2016.  After the Hosannahs have all been shouted, After anguished … Continue reading

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