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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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For Gravity’s Sake!

Did you feel it? I didn’t either. In the new issue of Smithsonian Magazine, physicist Brian Greene writes: “More than a billion years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, two black holes executed the final steps in a fast-footed … Continue reading

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The Things That Heal

This morning I continue exploring our February ministry theme, resilience, by reflecting on the role spirituality plays in healing: healing from illness—physical illness, mental illness; healing from addiction; healing from childhood traumas, from abuse, from rape, from neglect; healing from … Continue reading

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When Seeing Isn’t Believing

I question the definition of religion that begins with belief. To begin with belief—to assume from the beginning that religion requires belief—limits the scope of the religious life too sharply.   I welcome the definition of religion that begins with … Continue reading

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Perhaps Struggle is All We Have

The first title for this sermon was “Where Do We Go From Here?”—a reference to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1967 book, “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” The intention behind that title is still at work at … Continue reading

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Part of All That Ever Was: A 2015 First Harvest Reflection

A few weeks ago I spent an afternoon picking up garbage around the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza on the Connecticut River in Hartford. This was part of my court-ordered community service after engaging in civil disobedience for Moral Monday CT and … Continue reading

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Politics, Tragedy and the Public Sphere on “On Point”

I was honored to be invited to appear on WBUR Boston’s National Public Radio program “On Point” on July 6th. The title of the show was “Politics, Tragedy and the Public Sphere.” It was guest-hosted by Michel Martin. You can … Continue reading

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On Being/Becoming Generous People

Our ministry theme for March is generosity. We choose this theme for this time of year quite intentionally. March is the month and today is the day we officially launch our annual appeal during which we ask each of you … Continue reading

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#BlackLivesMatter

[This sermon was delivered at the Unitarian Society of New Haven in Hamden, CT on March 15, 2015. It is a revision of my January 18th, 2015 sermon of the same title.] Last Sunday I was privileged, proud and grateful … Continue reading

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What Does the World Require of Us? (Revisited for Pawel Jura)

  Our congregation is in mourning after learning of the death, Tuesday, of our beloved, former Music Director, Pawel Jura. In speaking yesterday with the Rev. Jennifer Brooks, senior interim minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, VA, I … Continue reading

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