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Something My Grandfather Seemed to Know About Race and Class

I want to share with you some stories about my father’s father, Stanley J. Pawelek. Grandad Pawelek seemed to know something about race and class that feels extraordinarily important for this moment in American history. He was the oldest of nine … Continue reading

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Are You Politically Correct?

I begin with a trigger warning. If you are a person who is triggered by the concept of trigger warnings, be forewarned: In general I support trigger warnings—in academia, and in sermons. Also, a further trigger warning: if you think … Continue reading

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How to Encourage a Restless Soul

(With three poems by Molly Vigeant) Part I Surely at 3 am i should be asleep but the night is awake alive with shining stars i’m revived   I dry my eyes from the day’s weep and worries of the … Continue reading

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A Day With Feminism (or Why Abortion Rights Matter More Than Ever)

Sunday, July 20th, members of the anti-abortion group Operation Save America (OSA) disrupted the worship service at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, threatening hell-fire, shouting scripture quotes and lecturing parishioners. OSA was in New Orleans for a … 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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Pope Francis, Inverted Funnels and Big Hearts Open

Although both the religious and secular media reported that Pope Francis declined to move into the Papal apartment in the Vatican because it was too luxurious, because he did not want to project an image of opulence, because he did … 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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Wake Now My Senses

A SERMON FOR THE INSTALLATION OF THE REV. JEANNE LLOYD AS MINISTER OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY OF MATTATUCK IN WOODBURY, CT MARCH 24, 2013 “Oh Mystery you are alive; I feel you all around. You are the fire in … Continue reading

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Testimony in Support of Aid in Dying

Testimony in Support of Raised Bill No. 6645,  “An Act Concerning Compassionate Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients” March 15, 2013   Distinguished Members of the Public Health Committee: I am the Rev. Josh Pawelek, minister of the Unitarian … Continue reading

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Instead of Rifles: Reflections on American Violence

    “Wishing I could make you / love you / enough / to carry you / instead of rifles.”  The band is the Cornel West Theory from Washington, DC. The piece, from their 2009 album Second Rome is called “Rifles.” … Continue reading

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