Uncountable Infinities

We should be aiming to get UP to data, not ignoring it because it can’t answer all of our questions. Science and data ought to be both informing us and our decisions, and also inspiring the vast amounts of awe and wonder that its concepts and conclusions evoke.

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Generosity as a Spiritual Practice

I hope you will join me in considering a pledge that is responsible to your family’s needs, but that also represents a sacrifice that you will feel, and that will help to grow and amplify the feeling of spiritual and emotional well-being that you get from our beloved congregation.

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An Invisible Disability

“There is a fundamental hope in our values and our aspirations that speaks to persons across the boundaries of race and culture and language and economic circumstance and ability. It is our culture and not our theology that has been our biggest obstacle. And because that is true, our final message is a message of hope. We can change our culture if we have the will to do it.”

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Goodbye, My Friends

While it’s true that our shared ministry is ending today, another journey for you and for me is about to begin. I feel confident that this congregation will find new life with the guidance of your interim minister and your strong lay leadership. . . . And, while I think it’s safe to assume that you’ll encounter difficulties and conflicts along the way, my hope is that you’ll be there for one another when you do and that you will find your way back to love and peace.

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Let’s Say Grace

Perhaps we might think of saying grace not as an opportunity to retrofit a childhood prayer or practice but, rather, as an opportunity to simply pause . . . to simply take in the profound reality that the earth’s profound abundance – as well as profound human and animal sacrifices – have once again brought us life in the form of a protein and two sides on a round plate.

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Keeping the Faith

My hope for you and for me is that whatever we each believe anchors and guides us in rough going. And, while our life experiences will shake us up from time to time and may leave us in doubt about who we are and where our lives are headed, may we know that a strong faith can also be a flexible, fluid and changeable faith . . . and that we may, from time to time, uncover a new and more meaningful strain of it.

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