Tending Our Gardens

To gain any satisfaction from gardening, you have to slow down and come out of your head. One has to wait for the plants to produce depending on the season, on the effort and nurturing one puts into it. 

There is also a strong dose of better understanding our own mortality in the passing of seasons and reaping and sowing year after year.

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We All Have Our Tribes

Let us remember that our ultimate goal of Unitarian Universalism is to create a table that seats all comers. We have much work to do to create such a Beloved Community. When we awaken ourselves to the fact that many of us have benefitted from our culture at the expense of others in the past, we make some more room to achieve the Beloved Community in our congregation and the Unitarian Universalist denomination.

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Creating a Cycle of Justice

I am not trying to drag you through this one depressing situation among so many depressing situations in order to make you stare into the abyss for no reason. I want you to find inspiration here in order for you to shine your light onto some corner of the world that you can improve. Your light is unique. Your light can help. Your light is needed so much more than you know.

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Grief is grief and loss is loss

Just as pets offer us love, companionship, and other valuable lessons while they are with us, they also offer us valuable opportunities to learn to deal with loss and grief in healthy ways. Grief is grief and loss is loss. No matter the scale it’s all consuming, and those small windows of experience help us perceive larger vistas. Perception gained from weathering the loss of a pet develops a muscle for compassion which helps us empathize with folks experiencing things we cannot yet imagine — and that compassion makes the grief more manageable for those grieving.

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Picking Up the Pieces

I’m slightly grateful that this political uproar has created an environment where passions are rising so high that it’s difficult, or near impossible, to follow that “no politics” rule.  How can I be honest about my passions and politics without jeopardizing my relationships? How do I bring my efforts inward–focusing on the love I share, with my dad, and others, and not let my relationships be permanently scarred?

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Variegated brick wall

We are laboriously building, stone by stone, walls in our hearts and some are proposing to do so physically. We seem to be acting out as 4-year-olds would: blaming others for the problems in our lives, raging at others who we blame for damaging society.

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Dog Days

The constellationns Canis Major and Orion sketched on the night sky

Dear Friends, This past week, I was asked to officiate the service of an extended family member who had served in the Navy during World War II. The service was held at the Canton National Cemetery, a beautiful place near Lake Allatoona and close to the Appalachian Foothills. It was a blistering hot morning, and we were all breaking a […]

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Getting to Here

Sign at Dulles Airport chapel inviting all faith traditions to use it for prayer, reflection and meditation

“Are all my Jewish friends going to hell?” I asked my parish priest in Suffern, NY, where I grew up.

The answer to my question really started me on my personal religious journey. When Father Joyce said to me, “No. God is merciful to all who worship and keep faith in the way of their fathers, the way that they are taught,” it opened a whole new horizon to me. It affirmed my belief in an all merciful God, and the teachings of Jesus to love one another as he loved us and as we love ourselves. It also made me start to think about how all religions shared, but did not own, those universal truths.

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