Some of you know that in September of last year I was 6000 miles away in Transylvania, visiting sites that are sacred to our Unitarian Universalist religious history. There were many fascinating learnings but none were as surprising as this: that there’s no church shopping there. People go church shopping here all the time. But […]

“You do not have to be good,” says poet Mary Oliver. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. That’s what “embodied spirituality” is about. Let the soft animal of your […]

SERMON, PART 1 Neuroscientists Andrew Newberg and Eugene D’Aquili say something fascinating in their book Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief. One of their many experiments involved injecting radioactive material into people practiced in meditation and prayer. The radioactive “stuff” was injected only when the folks meditating or praying […]

Everyone in this space has probably heard of Unitarian Universalism’s Seven Principles, but have you ever heard of the Seven Anti-Principles? (The answer is NO, because I cooked them up just yesterday.) Anti-Principle Number 7: The only existence that matters is human existence. (This is the opposite of “Respect for the interdependent web of all […]

“Now What?” (Part 1) These days I’m asking “Now what!?” constantly, and in a certain tone that blends outrage, fear, and embarrassment. Now what!? At 12:01pm within seconds of Trump becoming the President all references to LGBT equality and rights were removed from the Whitehouse website. Now what!? When Congressman John Lewis questioned the legitimacy […]