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“On Point” appearance – December 12, 2013

I was deeply honored to be invited to appear on “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook for a show entitled “Remembering the Newtown Tragedy, One Year Later.”  Listen to the show here. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post share via Reddit … Continue reading

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Rooted, Planted, Grounded (an Earth Day Response to Mass Violence)

There it was again, the phone call. This time it was my father. “Did you see what happened at the Boston Marathon? Turn on the television. It’s awful.” There it was again, that feeling of profound sadness. Tears welling up. … Continue reading

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Planted Souls

Molly Vigeant, a youth member of our congregation, wrote and performed this poem for our Earth Day service on April 21, 2013. I asked her to write a poem that makes the link between our disconnection from the natural world … Continue reading

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Wake Now My Senses

A SERMON FOR THE INSTALLATION OF THE REV. JEANNE LLOYD AS MINISTER OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY OF MATTATUCK IN WOODBURY, CT MARCH 24, 2013 “Oh Mystery you are alive; I feel you all around. You are the fire in … Continue reading

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Testimony Submitted to CT’s Bipartisan Taskforce on Gun Violence and Children’s Safety

Earlier today I submitted the following testimony to Connecticut’s Bipartisan Tasforce on Gun Violence and Children’s Safety. Their hearing on reducing gun violence takes place at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford tomorrow (1-28-13). I’ll be there all day and … 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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Love Keeps Coming: A Christmas Eve Homily

I found Colin McEnroe’s editorial in the Hartford Courant this weekend very moving. He was reflecting, one week later, on the December 14 tragedy in Newtown. He said, “If there’s an elixir, some potion we can drink, it’s almost certainly … 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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