“The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges,” says writer Orham Pamuk , “through affection, attention, interest and compassion … open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details, and irony.” And then poet Mary Oliver: she says, Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell […]

PART 1 Mark Gorkin, the “Stress Doc,” offers us a poetic anthem to burnout and beyond: For the phoenix to rise from the ashes One must know the pain To transform the fire to burning desire. Each of the services that makes up the BURNOUT worship series is about knowing a certain kind of pain […]

SERMON, PART 1 Neuroscientists Andrew Newberg and Eugene D’Aquili say something fascinating in their book Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief. One of their many experiments involved injecting radioactive material into people practiced in meditation and prayer. The radioactive “stuff” was injected only when the folks meditating or praying […]

When I was a college senior, I met the woman I would be married to for many years. It was not easy going. I was still very early in my process of just beginning to understand my birth family circumstances, just beginning to name it as dysfunction and trauma, just beginning to start the journey […]

As Unitarian Universalists, we have a spiritual perspective we affirm. We affirm (in part): the inherent worth and dignity of every person; the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We affirm, we affirm. But how might we understand these affirmations in light of Alzheimer’s? It is “one of the most cruel of diseases,” […]