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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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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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Decolonizing Faith

My announcement for this sermon said “from Columbus Day to Thanksgiving, images of Native Americans flow in and out of the national consciousness.” They actually flow in and out of our consciousness, culture, language and media every day, but at … Continue reading

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There is No Clash of Civilizations!

We hear it said we are witnessing a “clash of civilizations.” We hear it from presidential candidates, from right-wing talk radio pundits, from white supremacist, nationalist and terrorist organizations. They say we live in the midst of a “clash of … Continue reading

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On Terror

In light of the Paris terrorist attacks Friday night and the Beirut terrorist attacks on Thursday, I made the decision yesterday morning to bring a different sermon than the one I had planned to preach. This would have been a … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Colleagues

[I offered this prayer during the 25/50 worship service at the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association 2015 Ministry Days.] Holy One, Holy All: Thank you, thank you, thank you for this morning. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this day. … 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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Just Because a Thing is Legal….

I gave a version of these remarks at New Britain, CT’s  Ferguson/Staten Island solidarity march on Saturday.  There’s a lot of ferment in the nation right now. We’ve arrived at a moment in which we, as a nation, have an … Continue reading

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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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