A little more than 163 years ago, our Unitarian Universalist spiritual ancestor Henry David Thoreau spoke about wildness. “Our village life would stagnate,” he said, “if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it. We need the tonic of wildness […] We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, […]

Religious Bullying I spent the first twelve years of my life in Chicago, at which point family suddenly relocated to the strange new land of Knoxville, Tennessee.  This was where my mother served her first call as senior minister at Tennessee Valley UU Church.  Finding myself in my first wilderness experience, I faced an onslaught […]

My brother has a bumper sticker on his snowboard with the words of a Jimi Hendrix quote on it that says “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” Love truly is a powerful thing. And for home to be a loving place is so foundational to us […]

Today we begin a new worship series that takes up the question of “home.” But by “home,” I’m not talking about a mere physical place where a person might happen to sleep, and nor am I talking about the physical space where a person might attend services. We all know that physical locations can change. […]

I hope there is no adult in this space who underestimates the importance of gifts of time to children. Even the seeming smallest can become a formative memory forever. Several summers in a row, I spent time living with my father’s parents. Baba and Dido I called them, since we’re Ukrainian. One lazy Saturday, I […]