Though we may not be able to fulfill the all encompassing role of “prophet”, we do have a prophetic role in each other’s lives . . . it is our challenge to tune into ourselves, to connect with one another as deeply as we dare and to never settle for the fool’s gold of perfection. We have the ability to guide and bear witness to each other and lead each other into layers of life that we could never have accessed working alone.Read more
My call to you this Sunday is to think about the friendships you have had and how they have enriched your life, how they have helped you on your spiritual journey. Reflect on those in your life that have helped make the good times and the challenging times more blessed. I encourage you to reach out to those who have made an impact in our lives and let them know. If you still can, thank them with a kind note or an extra hug. Relish these old friends that you can afford to be stupid with. Consciously make room in our ever-crowded, busy, hectic and sometimes too comfortable lives for new friends.Read more
And as the years go by
Our friendship will never die
You’re gonna see it’s our destiny
You’ve got a friend in me
All of this teaches me, at least, two lessons. First, I believe that a general aura of happiness is not entirely in my control and I have to come to grips with that. Second, I have to look for even the small things in everyday life that can be triggers for equivalent or disproportionate reactions of happiness. I’m workin’ on it!Read more
It’s an ongoing spiritual practice for me that I sometimes forget, but when I do become conscious of the process and change my perspective, even slightly, I often notice an increase in my happiness.Read more
I suspect that one of the fundamental principles of speaking out and taking action against perceived injustices is not only to find your voice, but to discover the means to blend many unique voices into focused, meaningful, and beautiful music.
I don’t understand things that I studied for years, I’m mystified by the universe, and miraculously, I met and married my wife of more than three decades – – it’s a bit of a miracle that I don’t believe in miracles.
These expressions of care and generosity were intentional, that is, knowingly offered, but I realized some time ago that unintentional generosity was equally healing. I have tried to envision Karen’s life and my life without having all of you – the congregation – in them. It’s really tough to imagine.
Just the fact that the congregation exists – that you are there – makes a huge difference in my life and, probably, whether or not you realize it, in your lives too. The generosity unknowingly expressed by each of you – by being there – is a blessing that we all share and of which we all partake.
UUs from the fellowship also worked hard with other community groups to encourage the Greenville county council to rescind the resolution against homosexuality. Although they were not successful, their efforts and the efforts of those UUs at the Atlanta Prides taught me the importance of our second principle, which calls for justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. Their example challenges me to do the same.
This is why I was so happy to volunteer at the Unitarian Universalist booth yesterday and why I will proudly march with UUs from Northwest and the greater Atlanta area this afternoon at the Pride parade in Atlanta. As I do, I’ll also be cognizant that those simple acts might bring a message of inclusion to someone who needed it as much as I did almost two decades ago.
Years ago I created a rhetorical device to help confront difficult circumstances. When I am in a situation threatening to make me really unhappy I go through a checklist. Is this thing going to kill me? Is it going to kill someone near and dear to me? Is it going to seriously injure me or impair my long term health; or that of someone near and dear to me? Is it going to put my family and me into the street, with nowhere to turn? Once I get past the first few questions answering no, the problem starts to get into perspective. Things aren’t so dire.