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Tears of Joy and Sorrow: The Work Is Not Yet Done

In the beloved community I serve time is set aside on most Sundays for something called “Joys and Sorrows”.  Valued as a time in which to plum the depths of our hearts, to affirm the complexity of grief and of … Continue reading

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Christian story and ritual, including that relating to Christmas, evolved over centuries. (Given the growing influence of Santa and his reindeer, it continues to evolve.) In the early years of Christianity, well after the crucifixion, much HOPE was invested in … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter

As I write this, thousands are gathering in cities all over the country in protest of the systemic racism highlighted in the news in recent weeks. It is important to know that these acts of violence were not “new” or … Continue reading

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Excerpt of a Response to a Curious Student!

Thank you for your interest in Unitarian Universalism. You can find a great many resources on the website: uua.org Meanwhile, it is fair to say that Unitarian Universalism impacted society as much as society impacted and continues to impact Unitarian … Continue reading

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Tears, Fears & Redemption (Who is your neighbor?)

A few months back I found myself going through a really difficult time.  And since I’ve found over the years that fresh air can help clear the mind I went to a local park – trying to focus on the … Continue reading

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Winter Holiday Poem, by Rev. Stefanie Etzbach-Dale

Each year, this time we gather round in darkness to behold The miracle of PEACE we find within when it grows cold. Each culture has a special way of celebrating this Of kindling in our weary hearts a flame of … Continue reading

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Chutzpah & Humility: The Next Four Years

(This homily was shared 11/07/12 at the San Fernando Valley Cluster Vespers Service, the day after the Presidential election.  It was inspired by Parker Palmer’s book:  Healing the Heart of Democracy) At the end of each church year I ask … Continue reading

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