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A Sufficient Quantity of Faith

In an interview with Krista Tippett for the American Public Media show “On Being,” Nadia Bolz-Weber, founding pastor of Denver’s House for All Sinners and Saints, said, “I don’t think faith is given in sufficient quantity to individuals…. I think … Continue reading

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Four Reflections on Atonement

Teshuvah For UUs? Our October ministry theme is atonement—making amends for whatever pain or hurt, large or small, we have caused in others; acknowledging our imperfections; correcting our mistakes; offering genuine apology; offering forgiveness to those who apologize to us; … Continue reading

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Taking Your Faith to Work

I’m calling this sermon “Taking Your Faith to Work,” though it’s a misleading title because there are so many different understandings of what it means to have faith and what it might mean to take it out into the world … Continue reading

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Ring Them Bells!

In her 2012 Huffington Post article, “The End of Church,” author and historian of American religion, Diana Butler Bass, says “Something startling is happening in American religion: We are witnessing the end of church or, at the very least, the … Continue reading

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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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Take a Pebble. Drop it in the water. Watch the ripples on the water.

From Hoots and Hollers, the OVEC Blog, January 26, 2014 On January 21, in the midst of a statewide snowstorm, around 200 people gathered for an event: Honor the Waters Candlelight Vigil. Outside the West Virginia State Capitol, alongside the Kanawha … Continue reading

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Speechless in the Face of Evil

PeaceBang writes: “My liberal religious tradition would say that … people who are one bad turn of events away from sheer desperation, may do bad or criminal things because of that desperation. I agree. They certainly might. I certainly might … Continue reading

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Best Christmas Liturgy Ever?

After this morning’s Christmas music service at the Unitarian Universalist Society East in Manchester, CT, 10-year-old Amber Reiss handed me her notes on her experience of worship. Here’s the play-by-play:   1. Dad turns packet so I cannot see 2. … Continue reading

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I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, But Everything’s Gone Blue

“Drops of pain, flow like rain, tell why your tears are falling: for humankind, so frail, unkind, or for your own life’s calling?”[1] Words from Unitarian Universalist songwriter Shelly Jackson Denham. “Tell why your tears are falling.” There’s really only … Continue reading

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