Category Archives: current events

Taptenwechsel

There’s a lot to be said for what my mom used to call “Tapetenwechsel” – a change of scenery (in German, literally, a change of wallpaper). Stepping out of familiar environments now and then certainly challenges me to look at … Continue reading

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Justice GA 2012, Phoenix, AZ

As I sit down to write, Unitarian Universalists from all over the country (and world) converge on Phoenix, Arizona. Around the convention center the air is filled with shrieks of recognition as old friends, acquaintances and colleagues reunite; the murmur … Continue reading

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Question: Can UU’s believe whatever they want?

Absolutely not.  Sorry.  It’s not about believing what you “want”!  If it were, I would choose to believe that ice cream has no calories, and maybe even that someday I’ll be sitting on a fluffy white cloud playing a saxophone, … Continue reading

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The Great Turning

Excerpt from sermon entitled “The Great Turning”, Sunday, May 20th, 2012   (inspired by the work of Joana Macy) Many of our most beloved stories were constructed around misunderstandings, misinterpretations or “wishful thinking” at best – if not conscious, strategized manipulations … Continue reading

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Welcoming Spring

As the season of Spring transforms the earth, we explore the universal yearning for and promise of personal and societal transformation. We honor the religious stories and rituals of the season that transform fear into love, ignorance and arrogance into … Continue reading

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Remembering What’s Most Important

I read recently that the average human being uses less than 10% of his/her brain’s potential, and needs constant stimulation in order to even stay at that low level.  I’m not one for Sudoko or other types of games designed … Continue reading

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Time Traveling

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On Brokenness (excerpt from 03/05/12 “Speaking of Sin” sermon)

It is the nature of cities to “break”, buildings and bridges to tumble and fall, glass to shatter.  It is the nature of social, political and economic systems to splinter in the wake of such or other events (whether natural … Continue reading

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On Being Broken Into

As I took the dogs for a walk this morning, reflecting on what I might write in the newsletter about next month’s theme of “brokenness”, I noticed some papers in the gutter next to my car. Moving closer, I discovered … Continue reading

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You Sing About Justice?

With all due respect, she said: How, on earth, are you supposed to “get up, to stand up”, when fear weighs you down, like a stone in your gut? Fear of debt and loss of dignity, fear of the future, … Continue reading

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