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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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Big ‘B’ Belonging and Huge ‘H’ Helping

The 2016-2017 congregational year is beginning. I am excited for what I expect will be a very normal year. Wait, what? Normal? Who wants a normal year in ministry? Here’s what I mean. Ever since we completed our building project … Continue reading

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When Seeing Isn’t Believing (redux)

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 discernment … Continue reading

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Sexism: Still Way Too Normal

Two phenomena—women’s basic economic inequality and widespread sexual violence against women—should surprise nobody. They are well-documented and receive considerable media attention. For every dollar men earn in the United States, women on average earn 79 cents.[1] In 2012 18.3% of … Continue reading

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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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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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I am Lush Land and Rugged Rock

This past week I’ve been in Boston at a meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Board of Trustees. Every morning, prior to commencing our work, we worship. One morning my colleague Jennifer Ryu was our worship leader. When we … Continue reading

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The Things That Heal

This morning I continue exploring our February ministry theme, resilience, by reflecting on the role spirituality plays in healing: healing from illness—physical illness, mental illness; healing from addiction; healing from childhood traumas, from abuse, from rape, from neglect; healing from … 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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Hinged Between Worlds

Mindful that a new year has begun, I want to play around with the spirituality of thresholds. The ancient and somewhat obscure Roman god from whom January takes its name—Janus—is the double-faced god who looks both backward and forward. He … Continue reading

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