Tag Archives: Social Justice

Surrender: A Path to Power

Our ministry theme for March is surrender. In reviewing my past sermons on this theme, I notice a tendency in me—and not only in me, but among Unitarian Universalists and liberal religious people in general, among at least some of … Continue reading

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Something My Grandfather Seemed to Know About Race and Class

I want to share with you some stories about my father’s father, Stanley J. Pawelek. Grandad Pawelek seemed to know something about race and class that feels extraordinarily important for this moment in American history. He was the oldest of nine … Continue reading

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Living Principles

In my sermon following the election of Donald Trump as United States President, I said “the church is not serving you fully if it is not sending you forth into the world to live your principles proudly, resolutely, urgently, lovingly.” … 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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Sending Forth (Six Reflections on the 2016 United States Presidential Election)

Reaching Out to Those with Whom You Disagree Last Sunday I stood in this pulpit and spoke of the way the United States presidential campaign had been traumatic to people all across the political spectrum—how so many different groups of … Continue reading

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Sexism: Still Way Too Normal

Two phenomena—women’s basic economic inequality and widespread sexual violence against women—should surprise nobody. They are well-documented and receive considerable media attention. For every dollar men earn in the United States, women on average earn 79 cents.[1] In 2012 18.3% of … Continue reading

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After ‘He is Risen!’ — A Post-Easter Litany

This post-Easter litany is modeled after Howard Thurman’s “Now the Work of Christmas Begins.” It was prepared for Moral Monday CT’s Week of Holy Action, Mach 28th to April 4th, 2016.  After the Hosannahs have all been shouted, After anguished … Continue reading

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Perhaps Struggle is All We Have

The first title for this sermon was “Where Do We Go From Here?”—a reference to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1967 book, “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” The intention behind that title is still at work at … Continue reading

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There is No Clash of Civilizations!

We hear it said we are witnessing a “clash of civilizations.” We hear it from presidential candidates, from right-wing talk radio pundits, from white supremacist, nationalist and terrorist organizations. They say we live in the midst of a “clash of … Continue reading

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Politics, Tragedy and the Public Sphere on “On Point”

I was honored to be invited to appear on WBUR Boston’s National Public Radio program “On Point” on July 6th. The title of the show was “Politics, Tragedy and the Public Sphere.” It was guest-hosted by Michel Martin. You can … Continue reading

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