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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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Miracles Abound

“The leaf unfurling in the April air, the newborn child, the loving parents’ care, these constant, common miracles we share. Alleluia!”[1] Words from Don Cohen which he wrote in 1980 for the ordination of his wife, the Rev. Helen Lutton … Continue reading

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No Greater Love (or Not Your Kind of People)

Last month the rock band Garbage released its most recent album entitled “Not Your Kind of People.”[1]  The lyrics to the title track seem so relevant to what I want to say this morning that I’ve decided to share them with … Continue reading

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The Desert Belongs to No One and the Sky is Wide Open

“The desert belongs to no one and the sky is wide open.”[1] Words of the poet, Salah Al Hamdani. This is a sermon about borders—borders that divide people from people: not only national borders, which exist in so many cases … Continue reading

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HEALTH CARE ACTION DAY at the State Capitol – April 25th

This is one of those moments where it feels like immense power is standing in the way of basic human rights and nothing any of us does or says or prays seems to make a difference.   Connecticut has a … Continue reading

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Creation Out of Nothing?

In his new book, A Universe From Nothing,[1] cosmologist Lawrence M. Krauss attempts to definitively answer an ancient question: “Why is there something, rather than nothing?” I’d like to play around with this question this morning—the question of creation. How … 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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A Eulogy For Those Who Lost Their Lives

This eulogy was offered by the Revs. Damaris Whittaker and Josh Pawelek as part of the Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Health Care‘s March 13th memorial service for all those who’ve lost their lives because they didn’t have quality, affordable, accessible … Continue reading

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On Welcoming Congregations and Radical Hospitality

In the current issue of the UU World magazine, Unitarian Universalist Association president, the Rev. Peter Morales, tells the story of a friend who visited one of our congregations. “When she arrived for the Sunday morning service, no one greeted … Continue reading

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Testimony in Support of Raising CT’s Minimum Wage

On behalf of the Greater Hartford Interfaith Coalition for Equity and Justice, I submitted the following testimony in support of raising CT’s minimum wage. Members of the Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees: It is an honor to submit testimony … Continue reading

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