The other day, a man I love told me about a men’s group meeting he had gone to, for the first time. It was a Bly group, he said, named after the great American poet, Robert Bly, who is also renowned for his work on men’s psychological and spiritual wholeness. My friend said there were […]

Toxic masculinity is like a suit of armor. You feel trapped within. You want to caress, but all you can do is crush. You want to be seen in your humanity, but no one can see you behind all the plate armor, yourself included. Today I want to take a closer look at the armor […]

It never starts with a finger-crushing handshake, which is how toxic masculinity is announced. It always starts in innocence. Sometimes it’s young boys who seek out rough-and-tumble play, and risk taking, and they aren’t into dolls but they do like gadgets. Other times it’s young boys who, for their birthday, ask for make-up and a My […]

On this Mother’s Day, I am asking a question that was on the heart and mind of the Mother of our religious tradition: Queen Isabella of Transylvania. What if shift happens? In her day, 450 years ago, what the King believed was what each of his subjects ought to believe, on pain of persecution and […]

450 years ago, the story of our Unitarian Universalist religious freedom began. Queen Isabella’s vision was made real by her son, King John Sigismund, through his Edict of Torda. We heard that part of the story last week. This week, we look to a turning point in our history that changed us utterly and forever, […]