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A Prayer for Our Prisoners (for the Manchester, CT National Day of Prayer Observance)

Precious and loving God: So often the prophets have asked us to remember and care for our prisoners. So often the prophets have implored us to set our prisoners free. Mindful of their timeless message, we pray for our prisoners—the … Continue reading

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Wolcott School’s Allowance of Anti-Gay T-shirt Mocks First Amendment

I couldn’t disagree more with Wolcott High School officials who, in response to the threat of an ACLU lawsuit, reversed their decision to prevent student Seth Groody from wearing a homophobic t-shirt.  Sandra Staub, legal director of the ACLU of Connecticut, said … Continue reading

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Instead of Rifles: Reflections on American Violence

    “Wishing I could make you / love you / enough / to carry you / instead of rifles.”  The band is the Cornel West Theory from Washington, DC. The piece, from their 2009 album Second Rome is called “Rifles.” … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Challenge of Newtown

I had the great honor of being invited to participate in this dialogue on the spiritual challenges of the Newtown massacre on National Public Radio’s “On Point.” Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share … Continue reading

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What Does the World Require of Us?

In the midst of news reports, candle-light vigils, politicians and clergy speaking words of comfort, conversations with loved-ones and with strangers, advice from trauma specialists, lists of what to say to kids in the aftermath of unspeakable violence; in the … Continue reading

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Transgender Day of Remembrance at HartfordFAVS

On Tuesday evening, (Nov. 20), approximately 100 people observed the Hartford area’s 11th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Participants gathered at the Charter Oak Cultural Center and marched north on Main Street to a vigil at the Hartford Public Library. Speakers at the … Continue reading

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Local Pastor Joins Veterans group, Yale Law Students to Halt Deportation

Rev. Josh Pawelek, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society: East in Manchester, has joined forces with a Veterans group and Yale University Law students to halt the deportation of Mark Reid, a U.S. Army veteran convicted of a nonviolent drug offense.  According … Continue reading

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Ugandan Gay Rights Leader to Visit Connecticut

Rev. Mark Kiyimba, a vocal opponent of the Ugandan government’s anti-homosexuality bill will make several visits in the greater Hartford area this week. Kiyimba will speak on Thursday, (Sept. 20) at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford at 7 p.m.; Sunday, (Sept. 23) the Unitarian Universalist Society: … Continue reading

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Transitions

There’s a reading in our hymnal entitled, “Change Alone is Unchanging.”[1] It’s attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher, Heraklietos, also known as the weeping philosopher. “In searching for the truth,” he says, “be ready for the unexpected. Change alone is … Continue reading

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September 11, 2011 — What Have We Learned

My dear colleague, the Rev. Carolyn Patierno, minister of the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation in New London, CT, offered this reflection on the September 11th, 2001 terrorists attacks last year. Still relevant a year later . . _______________________________________________ Peter … Continue reading

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