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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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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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I’m Done Talking About ‘The End of Church!’

Our ministry theme for September is transitions—always a potent theme for this time of year, the beginning of the congregational year, the beginning of the school year, the commencement of the final harvest on New England farms, the arrival of … Continue reading

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Part of All That Ever Was: A 2015 First Harvest Reflection

A few weeks ago I spent an afternoon picking up garbage around the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza on the Connecticut River in Hartford. This was part of my court-ordered community service after engaging in civil disobedience for Moral Monday CT and … 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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A Prayer for Colleagues

[I offered this prayer during the 25/50 worship service at the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association 2015 Ministry Days.] Holy One, Holy All: Thank you, thank you, thank you for this morning. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this day. … Continue reading

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May We Stretch Our Hearts

In this new summer season may we stretch our hearts; may we journey beyond the safety of our well-worn paths, beyond our customs and habits, beyond the comfort of our regular lives.     In this new summer season may … Continue reading

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On Ancestors, Slavery, and Religious Dissent

“Heroes of faith in every age, far seeing, self-denying, wrought an increasing heritage, monarch and creed defying. Faith of the free!”[1]—words from 20th-century Unitarian minister Vincent Silliman. I wanted us to sing this hymn before this sermon because it points … Continue reading

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More Dispatches from the Culture War, 2015

I’m wrestling this morning with two conflicting impulses in me. They arise in response to the American culture war, in response to deep divisions in the country over sexual orientation, gender identity, reproductive rights, sexuality education, marriage, guns, end of … Continue reading

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Call to Worship (for the installation of the Revs. Cathy and Heather Rion Starr)

Because the spirit says do, let us worship together! Because the spirit says sing, let us worship together! Because the spirit says dance, laugh, shout, let us worship together! Because the spirit says grow, build, fashion, shape, create beloved community, … Continue reading

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