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 […]

Introduction – Mary Ann Oakley We as Unitarian Universalists speak proudly of, and often refer to, our Seven Principles.  Most of us probably don’t know how we got them. Both the Unitarians and the Universalists worked on developing statements, but the efforts nearly derailed the 1961 merger.  It took some strong deliberation and compromise to […]

It seems that everyone loves to tell ministers what’s wrong with the church or with religion in general.  I thought being a Unitarian Universalist minister would’ve insulated me somewhat from that role and that I’d be less likely to be a lightning rod for the religiously disgruntled – seeing as how our faith tradition functions […]