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 […]

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 […]

MUSICAL TREASURE – Sharon Glass When I think about my life’s treasures, one thing in particular comes to mind as the most precious treasure of all…Music. From my earliest memories to this very moment, music has been the golden thread that has anchored me to this life. And even though I listen to many different […]