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Once Upon a Time, We Were Together

“Once upon a time, we were together”—words from Indian-born, Canadian poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar. “Follow the trail / To young Douglas firs, tree farmed, / close to power lines, radio towers visible, / western Hemlocks, also planted. / coastal streams … Continue reading

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Stronger Together

[This address was delivered the the Unitarian Universalist “Cluster Connection” conference at the Unitarian Society of New Haven in Hamden, CT, April 9, 2016.] First I want to thank Susan Linsley and her team for the invitation to address you … Continue reading

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For Gravity’s Sake!

Did you feel it? I didn’t either. In the new issue of Smithsonian Magazine, physicist Brian Greene writes: “More than a billion years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, two black holes executed the final steps in a fast-footed … 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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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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