Tag Archives: Poetry

For Gravity’s Sake!

Did you feel it? I didn’t either. In the new issue of Smithsonian Magazine, physicist Brian Greene writes: “More than a billion years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, two black holes executed the final steps in a fast-footed … Continue reading

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Hinged Between Worlds

Mindful that a new year has begun, I want to play around with the spirituality of thresholds. The ancient and somewhat obscure Roman god from whom January takes its name—Janus—is the double-faced god who looks both backward and forward. He … Continue reading

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How to Encourage a Restless Soul

(With three poems by Molly Vigeant) Part I Surely at 3 am i should be asleep but the night is awake alive with shining stars i’m revived   I dry my eyes from the day’s weep and worries of the … Continue reading

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Epicenter Ferguson (A Poet-Preacher Collaboration)

A Letter to My Uborn Black Son by Christopher D. Sims Dear son, African American warrior,  Reincarnation of the people of the Sudan. I hope you understand why I am writing you this letter. And  hopefully, by the time you … Continue reading

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It’s All Poetry

 In May I heard a report on the news of a suicide bombing somewhere, maybe Iraq, an enormous number of bystanders killed and wounded, a witness explaining to a reporter through a translator that the bomber had screamed Allahu akbar! … 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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P.E.A.C.E. — Christopher D. Sims and Rev. Josh Pawelek

More from Christopher D. Sims in worship at UUS:E on November 11th, 2012. (For background on Chris’ trip to CT, go here.) Chris and I co-wrote the final poem for morning worship. It is entitled P.E.A.C.E. I will post the … Continue reading

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“Johnny Lost His Job” — Christopher D. Sims

More from Christopher D. Sims at UUS:E on November 4th! (For background on Chris’ trip to CT, go here.) Chris’ second piece of the morning was entitled “Johnny Lost His Job.” I asked him to perform it in part because … Continue reading

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“I Am the UUA” — Christopher D. Sims

On Sunday, November 4th I had the great joy of co-leading worship at UUS:E with spoken word artist Christopher D. Sims (aka UniverSouLove). I’ve known Chris since 2005 when we started seeing each other at Unitarian Universalist General Assemblies. At … Continue reading

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