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Don't Give In To The Politics Of Hate

Rev. Peter Morales | Posted 07.19.2016 | Religion
Rev. Peter Morales

Hateful rhetoric by those who aspire to lead is contributing to the divisions in our country. Hate breeds violence, and violence creates more pain and more suffering. At some point, we have to say enough. We have to come together to show a better way.

What Now?

Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt | Posted 07.11.2016 | Religion
Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt

My heart is broken this afternoon; perhaps yours is, too. Amid my prayers and my plans to take the next right step, I am taking comfort from the words of Mother Theresa: "God has not called me to be successful; [God] has called me to be faithful."

Toilet Training for Governor Pat McCrory

Rev. Peter Morales | Posted 04.01.2016 | Religion
Rev. Peter Morales

(An all genders bathroom at the Unitarian Universalist Association office.) When the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed an ordinance to allow ...

Flint

Austen Petersen | Posted 01.25.2016 | Religion
Austen Petersen

I believe that just by virtue of being alive each person on this planet has the right to access clean safe water. End of story.

David Bowie, My Minister Of Strange

Austen Petersen | Posted 01.12.2016 | Entertainment
Austen Petersen

David Bowie made me feel so much less alone and so much happier than I ever would have been without his existing. I miss knowing he's on the planet. He was my minister of strange, my muse of alienation and made looking like an androgynous alien look classy, fun and ever so attainable.

COP 21: Report From An Observer

Rev. Peggy Clarke | Posted 12.23.2015 | Green
Rev. Peggy Clarke

The Paris Agreement is a success. It's not perfect, but it's good and given all the challenges, good is better than I'd hoped for.

It Is Time for a Rededication

Rev. Dan Schatz | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dan Schatz

There is something sacred in the act of lighting a flame. This time of year brings many such rituals -- the Yule log, the Christmas candle and the Chanukah menorah, among others. Each, in its own way, reminds us that our lives need never be engulfed by darkness so long as we remember to kindle a light.

Thank You, Artichoke

Austen Petersen | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Austen Petersen

Were you at the service at Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists yesterday?

The Evangelical Christian Church and the LGBT Community: 'Winning the Battle but Losing the War'

Janet Mason | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Janet Mason

As a member of the LGBT community, I have a history of being intolerant of intolerance. But I am a compassionate person by nature, and a believer and a practitioner of mindfulness. I was raised by a secular parents, something that I am grateful for.

Our World: An Interdependent Web

KidSpirit | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion
KidSpirit

Becoming a Green Sanctuary is how my church chose to uphold the values of our green principle.

A New World Needs a New Paradigm

Rev. Peggy Clarke | Posted 05.17.2015 | Green
Rev. Peggy Clarke

The fight for justice is the fight for life in every form. It's time to rewrite the narrative. One planet. One fight. And we're all in it together.

Coming Home: Selma, Int'l Women's Day, LGBT Rights and Unitarian Universalism

Janet Mason | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Janet Mason

In reflecting on what Selma meant to me personally (as a white child, watching the Civil Rights movement from the safety of my living room -- as a child who would grow up to be a feminist and a lesbian), I realized that I grew up in an era that taught me that injustice is intolerable.

Selma: Commemoration and Commitment

Rev. Peter Morales | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter Morales

I will be among the thousands of people traveling to Selma to commemorate the sacrifices of 50 years ago and to recommit to the struggle for equal rights today. For it would be a grave mistake to believe that the struggle is over.

A Prayer From the Mall of America

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

I thank you for the Bloomington Police Department, and the Mall of America Security Force, for their willingness to keep things calm and peaceful. May their humanity continue to shine in the difficult months ahead, as we work towards systemic change when police are accountable to the same laws as other citizens.

It's Time to Change Everything

Rev. Peggy Clarke | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peggy Clarke

We could hear the Jews blowing their Shofars and the Pagans banging their drums and we all cheered and chanted, calling all of Earth's people to Wake Up!

Daily Meditation: Survivors

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The Prodigal Gay Uncle

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

Catholic doctrine states that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered." As I came to a more mature awareness of my homosexuality, there were always people claiming that they learned love from Christ, yet they built a wall between gays and Jesus.

The Meaning of Good Friday

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

What is this death? The Cross returns to us again and again in our lives. When we bear witness to the child or the teen shot dead because of the wrong time, or the wrong place, or the wrong color, or the wrong class.

The Nature of Evil

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 05.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

One of the oldest surviving stories in human history is about the birth of murder. In Hebrew (and later Christian) scriptures, the story of two brothers, Cain and Abel, teaches us about the mythic first atrocity: brother killing brother.

A Meditation on Life and Death, Intoxication, Sobering Up and Saving the World

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

Not long ago, Meredith Garman, an old friend and colleague currently serving as minister of our congregation in White Plains, New York, and I found ou...

Dear Karma, I Have a List of People You Missed

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

Karma is one of those words that have launched into our English language with a vengeance. Mostly people take it in a new age sense, as cosmic payback.

Daily Meditation: Blessing Our Food

Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Q&A With Rabbi Set to Lead a Unitarian-Universalist Congregation

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Susan Katz Miller

Last month, a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation in northern Michigan selected Rabbi Chava Bahle to serve as their new leader. While other rabbi...

To Be Thankful in the Face of It All

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 01.24.2014 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

However we Americans have tied that harvest festival to a semi-historical event that happened up at Plymouth colony. Those who decided to tie our harvest festival to this particular story were trying, I really believe, mostly to show the power of cooperation, of mutuality.

Helplessness: Lessons From Childhood

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

We can learn that helplessness isn't inherently a trauma. We are each born into it, and someday each will return to it, but it's a natural state of living and being alive. Do we approach helplessness as the infant?