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Reclaiming Humanism

In the 1960s and early 1970s, Unitarian Universalism knew Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika[1] as Hayward Henry, chair of the Black Unitarian Universalist Caucus (BUUC), a Black Power organization within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Under his leadership BUUC advocated—initially successfully—for the … Continue reading

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The Things That Heal

This morning I continue exploring our February ministry theme, resilience, by reflecting on the role spirituality plays in healing: healing from illness—physical illness, mental illness; healing from addiction; healing from childhood traumas, from abuse, from rape, from neglect; healing from … Continue reading

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When Seeing Isn’t Believing

I question the definition of religion that begins with belief. To begin with belief—to assume from the beginning that religion requires belief—limits the scope of the religious life too sharply.   I welcome the definition of religion that begins with … Continue reading

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Now Thank We All Our God

“Now thank we all our God.”[1] Let me tell you the story of the Rev. Martin Rinkart who wrote the original German words to this hymn in 1636. I’m basing my telling of this story on a 2011 sermon[2] by … Continue reading

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Falling: Thoughts on Forgiveness

Forgiveness is our ministry theme for October. This is a sermon about forgiveness. I’ve given it the title, “Falling,” mainly because autumn has come to New England, the leaves are changing and beginning to fall, and I’ve been caught by … Continue reading

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Humanism’s Breaking Heart

Humanism isn’t declining in our era because it is dry and cold. And it isn’t declining because it doesn’t make room for God. Humanism is declining in our era because in practice it often fails to make room for actual … 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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“Dealing With Our Spiritual Stuff” or “Reclaiming Our Liberal Spiritual Inheritance”

“There’s a river flowin’ in my soul”—words from Alabama civil rights attorney, state judge, play-write, songwriter, and community-builder Rose Sanders, also known as Faya Ora Rose Touré.[1] “There’s a river flowin’ in my soul and it’s tellin’ me that I’m … Continue reading

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A Meditation on Imbolc

We’ve come to the middle of New England winter. We’ve come to a cross-quarter time—halfway between solstice and equinox. In the ancient Gaelic calenders, this is the time for the feast of Imbolc or Oimelc. Imbolc meaning ‘in the belly,’ pregnant, … Continue reading

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How Do We Know? or Spiritual Discernment in the Age of Information

  “Light shine in. Luminate our inward view. Help us to see with clarity.”[1] I offer these words as a way to begin exploring our January ministry theme, discernment. When we discern, we attempt to “see with clarity.” I love … Continue reading

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