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Reinventing the Sacred

In his 2008 book Reinventing the Sacred, complexity theorist Stuart A. Kauffman tells an apocryphal story of the invention of the tractor. Portable engines had been invented for the purpose of powering farm machinery in the early 1800s. The question … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Transgender Day of Remembrance

[Spoken at the 2016 Transgender Day of Remembrance service, Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford, CT] Precious and loving God, You whom we know by many names and none, You who reside in the heart of the so many faiths, the … Continue reading

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What If? Reflections on the Great Commandment and the Death of Trayvon Martin

This summer we’re exploring the six sources of the Unitarian Universalist living tradition in worship. It’s my task this morning to reflect on the fourth source: “Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving … Continue reading

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I Tremble For My Country

I’m not a big fan of laying blame. I think it’s divisive. But I’m going to do it anyways. I blame White America for a racist history and racist present that make it OK in 2013 to kill a young … Continue reading

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How Do We Know? or Spiritual Discernment in the Age of Information

  “Light shine in. Luminate our inward view. Help us to see with clarity.”[1] I offer these words as a way to begin exploring our January ministry theme, discernment. When we discern, we attempt to “see with clarity.” I love … 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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People Who Speak Now

It is an honor to to speak at this evening’s Kristallnacht observance. I’m grateful to Rabbi Berman for the invitation and excited to say a few words on this somber yet ultimately hopeful occasion. It goes without saying, but it … Continue reading

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Sharp Shards Glistening (a poem for Kristallnacht, 2012)

Broken glass littering the streets; sharps shards in the cold November morning, a thin layer of frost, wet now, glistening as the sun rises on cities and towns in shock at what has happened, cities and towns embarrassed at inhumanity, … Continue reading

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I Can Believe

This past summer I read Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel American Gods. Jenn Richard recommended it back in June. It sounded like good summer reading for me, and it was. In this story all the gods are still alive. That is, … Continue reading

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We Build Temples in the Heart

Here we build temples in our hearts. Side by side we gather. . . .            Here we build temples in our hearts. Side by side we come. . . .  Here we build temples in … Continue reading

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