Listen to two stories that illustrate how ancient cultures prized reverence as one of the highest virtues. The first comes from the Pygmy people of the Central African nation of the Congo Republic. Once upon a time, a young boy heard the most beautiful song coming from the forest. The song was so beautiful, he […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]