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Annual Blessing of the Animals Service

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Ten Commandments for Talking About Religion With Kids

Kids ask parents over 300 questions a day. Every two minutes 36 seconds, on average. 105,120 questions a year. That’s the finding of a recent survey in Britain involving 1000 moms with children between ages two and ten. Can you believe it? (I can hear weary voices out there agreeing….) Questions like, “Why is water […]

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Bringing EQ to the Work

Just this past week, after winning five primaries, He Who Shall Not Be Named offered this jewel of wisdom: “Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card.” How many of you are bearers of such a card? […]

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A Spiritual Perspective on Alzheimer’s

As Unitarian Universalists, we have a spiritual perspective we affirm. We affirm (in part): the inherent worth and dignity of every person; the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We affirm, we affirm. But how might we understand these affirmations in light of Alzheimer’s? It is “one of the most cruel of diseases,” […]

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Preaching Politics

It was 1917, and America was at war. Most Unitarians were for it, including the moderator of the American Unitarian Association, former U.S. president William Howard Taft. But some were not, and this minority included John Haynes Holmes, minister of one of our most prominent churches of the time. “War,” said the Rev. Holmes, “is […]

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