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 […]

On my Mom’s side of the family, a lot of folks have hearing loss. It’s genetic. When we get together as a group, people are just really used to speaking clearly and making eye contact, and maybe being a little louder than usual. On my Dad’s side though, most of the family does not have […]

Nancy Bartlett In 2012 I went to Mexico – my first time ever out of the United States or Canada  – and I went for seven weeks … alone, no one’s needs or wants to accommodate but my own.  I lived in a pretty small room so cleaning took all of 10 minutes a week. […]

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 […]

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 […]