The Work of Christmas

Back in the 1990s when I worked for the Night Ministry, we held an annual Christmas dinner. It took place in the basement of a nearby Presbyterian church, and it was a grand event. Churches donated cooked turkeys, buckets of mashed potatoes and stuffing, gallons of cranberry sauce, and enough pies to stack to the … Continued

Keeping Sane in Chaotic Times

I don’t know about you, but too often lately, I’ve felt a total overload in my nervous system.  Some of it has to do with the feeling that pretty much everything around me is in chaos.  Our government at the top levels seems to be swinging around mindlessly much of the time.  There’s a frightening … Continued

A Prayer for Peace

Spirit of love and of life, come and rest upon us, within us for these few moments of calm. Quiet my striving and allow me a time for breath, for silence, a time to let go of all longings and desire. May I simply be here without worry or wish In the quiet of our … Continued

Keeping On

The rally was going to be held at Chinese Reconciliation Park. I was dressed in black and sporting my bright yellow Standing on the Side of Love stole, so I stood out in the crowd. The organizers I asked if I’d be able to open the rally. “Say a few words to begin,” they invited, … Continued

Remembering Charlottesville and Living Our Love

This morning, our service was Love Beyond Beliefs, and we made special mention of the events in Charlottesville, VA on Friday night and Saturday.  To follow on from that service, I offer the written text of the meditation/prayer I shared, and some opportunities to support the community in Charlottesville. First, the meditation, beginning with words … Continued

Joy and Woe Are Woven Fine

I’ve said more times than I can remember that it’s been a year of trouble and turmoil. Maybe it has something to do with the way social media shapes our lives, the constant blare of the 24 hour news cycle, and the if-it-bleeds-it-leads nature of news reporting. This week or so has seemed especially filled … Continued

Stumbling into the Truth: More Reflections on White Supremacy.

For nearly three months, I’ve been trying to write something about what’s been happening in the UUA around a new awareness of white supremacy as manifests in our own lives and especially our organizations. If you are unfamiliar with what has been happening, here’s a comprehensive timeline of events and links to social media and … Continued

“I go and lie down . . . “

There’s nothing like a fever, cough, sore throat and congestion to force a person to stop for a while.  Early this month, I had just such a thing happen to me.  On my way home from a meeting and I started coughing.  By the next morning, it was evident that I was going to be … Continued

Reverse Offering Results

On Sunday, February 12, those attending the service had the chance to get an offering from the church.  There were $20 bills in envelopes taped under the seats in the sanctuary claimed by whoever was sitting nearby.  The requirements of receiving the offering were to do something kind with it and to let us know what … Continued

Hart to Hearts

It is a time when hyperbole is easy to fall into. Social media seems to be always exploding with the latest outrage or triumph, and it’s hard to not get carried along. But, as I said after the election, the work we are called to do in the world hasn’t changed: we still want answer … Continued