Tag Archives: Rev Josh Pawelek

Given Inches, I Take Yards

“I know my soul will unfurl its wings”[1]—words from Unitarian Universalist minister, Mary Grigolia. As I sing these words I conjure an image of me rising up, me soaring, me flying, me pursuing my passions, my calling, my dreams; and … Continue reading

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Big ‘B’ Belonging and Huge ‘H’ Helping

The 2016-2017 congregational year is beginning. I am excited for what I expect will be a very normal year. Wait, what? Normal? Who wants a normal year in ministry? Here’s what I mean. Ever since we completed our building project … Continue reading

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Pics from the 12-10-14 Witness in Support of Luis Anglero, Jr.

About thirty area activists, clergy, church-members and NAACP leaders showed up at CT Superior Court in Hartford on the morning of December 10th, 2014, to support Luis Anglero, Jr., who was tasered by a Hartford police officer in late August. … Continue reading

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A Day With Feminism (or Why Abortion Rights Matter More Than Ever)

Sunday, July 20th, members of the anti-abortion group Operation Save America (OSA) disrupted the worship service at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, threatening hell-fire, shouting scripture quotes and lecturing parishioners. OSA was in New Orleans for a … Continue reading

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Fatherhood in Flux

The Rev. Kathleen McTigue is right: the realities of parenting do not mesh well with the features of the classic spiritual journey—“the solitary pilgrimage, the focused weeks of prayer or meditation, the ecstatic chanting in the company of other seekers.”[1] … Continue reading

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Born Again and Again and Again

We sang “Amazing Grace” earlier. I called it a hymn of transformation—“I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.” There’s a story we often hear about the origins of this hymn. Its author, John … 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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A Wilderness Faith

Reflecting on his service in Afghanistan, U.S. Army chaplain and Unitarian Universalist minister, the Rev. George Tyger, writes, “I know love / For it is love that has kept me alive / Not bombs / Not bullets / Not body … Continue reading

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DOMA Struck Down

I’m overwhelmed with joy. The Supreme Court’s rulings striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 are not only legal victories. They are victories for justice, morality, decency, equality and inclusion. They are affirmations that there … Continue reading

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May We Feel Pride

On this beautiful late spring weekend, as people around the nation begin celebrating pride for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people, let’s pause. Let’s fill our lungs with the fresh morning air. Let’s rest in the embrace of this … Continue reading

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