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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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On Being/Becoming Generous People

Our ministry theme for March is generosity. We choose this theme for this time of year quite intentionally. March is the month and today is the day we officially launch our annual appeal during which we ask each of you … Continue reading

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Spiritual Winter

Friends, the new year has arrived. The planet slowly tilts its northern hemisphere back toward the sun. Though day-light hours begin lengthening, the long, evening shadows still arrive early. The land, still bare; the branches still leaf-less. The earth still … Continue reading

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Pics from the 12-10-14 Witness in Support of Luis Anglero, Jr.

About thirty area activists, clergy, church-members and NAACP leaders showed up at CT Superior Court in Hartford on the morning of December 10th, 2014, to support Luis Anglero, Jr., who was tasered by a Hartford police officer in late August. … Continue reading

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