Early on in his amazing Ware Lecture, given before a whole host of Unitarian Universalists at the 2015 General Assembly, Cornel West says “unequivocally” that “I am who I am because somebody loved me, somebody cared for me…. Any serious talk about struggle for freedom and struggle for justice has to radically call into question […]

Playful. For the X-Men, all the suspicion, prejudice, and downright hate they encounter in the world is no excuse … to not dress fabulously. How they roll in a harsh world is in skin tight costumes, blue and green and yellow and red colors blazing, gorgeous streaming hair, cool glasses, masks, capes…. It’s playful, X-men […]

*Put on Spider-Man mask* Guilt is one of my least favorite emotions. It lives in my upper back, under my shoulder blades, and in my face and neck, just behind my jaw. It draws me in on myself, making me not only metaphorically defensive but literally putting me in a hunkered-down, defensive physical stance. I’m […]

Reading – Taryn Strauss In 1999, I lived in Guadalajara, Mexico. Guadalajara is a series of concentric circles, basically like the Districts in the Hunger Games if you’ve ever read those books. The wealthiest people live in El Centro.  The next tier down live all around them, and the circles continue until you get to […]

In this series on superheroes and emotional intelligence, today we address Wolverine and endless rumination. Because this is also our high holy days service, it will likely be the only one where we don’t show clips from a superhero movie. We’ll have to make do with a music director who is a Wolverine, and also […]