Category Archive: Spirituality

Violence in Aurora and America

From MSNBC.

Last week, on the day of the shooting in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 people, I posted a brief comment on my Facebook page. My reflection was an act of the moment intended as a personal note, not something I anticipated would be published widely. Here is what I wrote: I awoke early this morning …

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From the Road: Interfaith Rituals

Rissho Kosei-kai's Great Sacred Hall

Among the greatest gifts of crossing religious and cultural boundaries is that we come to understand ourselves more clearly. On this trip to Japan I had the opportunity to visit briefly other religious partners: the Konko Church of Izuo (a modern Shinto movement), the Tsubaki Grand Shrine (one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan …

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Beacon Press: Our Voice

I’m immensely proud of the work of our Beacon Press – Unitarian Universalism’s voice for good in the world. Over the years Beacon has published a stunning collection of books that have profoundly influenced our culture such as James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son and Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, and more recent …

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Lighten Up

With dog puppet “Theodore Barker” in UU Church of Bloomington, IN.

I have always been fascinated by why some congregations grow and thrive while others decline and struggle. I have read any number of studies on the subject. Lately I have noticed something that healthy congregations have in common, something that I don’t see talked about much in the literature or in workshops on membership. It …

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What Centers You?

12-5-11

Last Saturday afternoon I needed to run a minor errand at a nearby shopping center. My old belt was falling apart and I needed to pick up a new one. What in the world was I thinking? As we got closer, traffic slowed to a hobble. The parking lot was packed. Once in the store …

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