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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 […]

June 24, 2015

Why I Attend General Assembly

Why I Attend General Assembly

For me, one of the hardest things about meeting new people is figuring them out. Their political views, their religion, their morality; basically who they are. I go into each new interaction with an open mind, but with the understanding that they probably aren’t. One of the most exciting moments is when my ideology clicks […]

June 19, 2015

Dads & Grads – Pie & Beer

Dads & Grads - Pie & Beer

With Sara LaWall’s imminent departure, we also say goodbye to our college-bound high school seniors, many of whom grew up in our church.  As Sara’s last act of ministry this Sunday, she will officiate a bridging ceremony (from youth to young adulthood) and give a charge to our church’s new young adults.  After the service, […]

June 19, 2015

Vigil for the Victims of South Carolina Hate Crime

Vigil for the Victims of South Carolina Hate Crime

Our hearts break and our minds can’t comprehend that such a barbaric hate crime can still happen in the year 2015. Let us show with our presence and time that we stand witness to the pain and outrage of this national tragedy. Let us follow the lead of our local African American religious leaders: Please […]

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