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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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The Prisoner’s Dilemma: We’re All in This Together!

Two members of a criminal gang are arrested and imprisoned. Each prisoner is in solitary confinement with no means of speaking to or exchanging messages with the other. The police admit they don’t have enough evidence to convict the pair … Continue reading

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Beyond the Last Ridge: Reflections on Devotion

 “I always thought I’d have little girls / and be a good mom, be the mother / I never had, teach them how to make pies / and how to get past wanting to quit, show them / the place … Continue reading

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Beloved (Multigenerational) Community

In her December 2013 blog post, “The Power of Our Child Dedication Some Years Later,” Kim Paquette[1] says: “The beloved members of our [congregation] had been there for my children since before that child dedication ceremony, and had lived up … Continue reading

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Agape Church = Ally Church

In his review of Bo Lidegaard’s Countrymen, a recent history of how the Danish people helped the Danish Jews survive the Nazi occupation during World War II, Michael Ignatieff writes: “There was no ‘us’ and ‘them;’ there was just us.”[1] … Continue reading

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Take a Pebble. Drop it in the water. Watch the ripples on the water.

From Hoots and Hollers, the OVEC Blog, January 26, 2014 On January 21, in the midst of a statewide snowstorm, around 200 people gathered for an event: Honor the Waters Candlelight Vigil. Outside the West Virginia State Capitol, alongside the Kanawha … Continue reading

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Confronting Evil: A Role for Violence?

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.”[1] Enduring words from Martin Luther King, Jr.; words that matter to me; words … Continue reading

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I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, But Everything’s Gone Blue

“Drops of pain, flow like rain, tell why your tears are falling: for humankind, so frail, unkind, or for your own life’s calling?”[1] Words from Unitarian Universalist songwriter Shelly Jackson Denham. “Tell why your tears are falling.” There’s really only … Continue reading

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“On Point” appearance – December 12, 2013

I was deeply honored to be invited to appear on “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook for a show entitled “Remembering the Newtown Tragedy, One Year Later.”  Listen to the show here. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post share via Reddit … Continue reading

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Joy Will Come: A Christmas Story

By Rev. Josh Pawelek and the UUS:E Youth Group / With poems by Molly Vigeant Part I “I don’t want to have a tree this year,” said Mom. “I just don’t.” And that was the end of it. No more discussion. … Continue reading

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