For the last couple years, I have been leading youth ministry trainings for the Southern Region of our Unitarian Universalist Association. There’s an activity I do sometimes with the youth advisors I am training where I ask them to write their various identities on index cards, and then arrange the cards into piles based on […]

Always commercial #LikeAGirl: https://youtu.be/XjJQBjWYDTs Last week was huge for me in celebrating some of the women in my life. My twenty-five-year-old daughter Sophia was married to the man she loves. It was a beautiful moment for me and for her mother Laura, and, as part of my “Father of the Bride” speech, I shared the […]

Poet Anne Sexton describes courage as “a small coal / that you kept swallowing.” It’s a powerful metaphor. As early as 1550 B.C., ancient Egyptians used a certain kind of charcoal to treat poisons and toxins. It absorbs them, renders them harmless. And so we keep swallowing the small coal of courage, so that despite […]

I am very allergic to poison ivy. All it takes is a little brush and days later I am scratching itchy blisters on my hand wondering where I even encountered the plant. One time in my teen years I chased a baseball into a big patch of it without realizing, and ended up with such […]