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August 14, 2015

How Inherent is Worth?

How Inherent is Worth?

We UUs don’t have a creed, but we do have “principles.” The first of these says that we will affirm and promote the inherent worth of every person. “Inherent worth” – that means the permanent, inborn worth of every person. The first principle seems to be a simple statement that feels right. It feels good […]

August 12, 2015

Remembering Watts

Remembering Watts

  As a public radio junkie, I’ve been enjoying all the tributes and conversations about remembering Watts fifty years later.  What has struck me the most are three things. One, the shades of gray that define Watts now like any other American neighborhood.  Yes, there are still shades of hopelessness and frustration present that led […]

August 7, 2015

The Sin of Selfishness

The Sin of Selfishness

Evolution rewards those who run at the front of the pack, away from the predators. And when food runs scarce, we want to be first in line for it. But evolution also rewards those who can work together to the benefit of all. The civilizing forces of law, and, yes, sometimes religion (smile), teach us […]

August 5, 2015

No Vacation Is Sometimes The Right Thing

No Vacation Is Sometimes The Right Thing

All of us enjoy and benefit from a vacation. Yet, some things do not take a break. I’m thinking of how both expected and unexpected needs can pop up at any time. No one plans to be sick, have an accident, or feel in need of support. Yet 24/7, every day of the year, these […]

July 29, 2015

What Ringing in the Bell Choir Means to Me

What Ringing in the Bell Choir Means to Me

A little over ten years ago I joined the newly forming bell choir at Neighborhood Church and have been ringing ever since, usually playing the high bells. You’ll see me standing at one end of the line of ringers, handling anywhere from four to twelve of the little bells, holding two in each hand. Those […]

July 24, 2015

A Second Coming Out

A Second Coming Out

All of us, not just members of the LGBTQI population, have had the experience of coming out, in short, telling others something vital about you that they did not know, that possibly you have hidden or kept secret. This experience can be exhilarating, as at last you are telling people the truth about yourself and […]

July 19, 2015

Everyone Will Love Something

Everyone Will Love Something

I don’t know about you, but I have this tendency, oh sometimes, about sizing someone else up and thinking, “So and so would be really happy if they were working in (this or that) field or in relationship with (this or that) person.” Am I right? Of course I’m not! Only each of us may […]

July 10, 2015

What the Hell Am I Doing Here?

What the Hell Am I Doing Here?

It is a universal aspect of the human experience to feel out of place at one time or another. For many of us Unitarian Universalists, this is something we have perhaps grown accustomed to or even proud of from time to time. Our values and principles are hardly controversial, but if we think about living […]

July 2, 2015

#LOVE WINS!

#LOVE WINS!

On June 25th, the US Supreme Court handed down a historic victory for the LGBT rights movement, ruling that the Constitution guarantees the freedom for gay and lesbian couples to marry. “No longer may this liberty be denied,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest […]

June 26, 2015

Compassion: From Empathy to Transformation

Compassion: From Empathy to Transformation

Have you ever been irreversibly changed by an event? Can you look back at your life and point to a unique period of time that reshaped your world view? Maybe it was the birth of your first child, it could have been the fight for marriage equality, or perhaps it was the loss of a […]

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