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 […]

Billie’s Blues: Love Me in My Pain Dr. Tony Stringer January 29, 2017 Do we require that our prophets be Buddhas or Christs?  If so, Billie Holiday was no prophet.  There was little that was Buddha-like in her nature, yet her life exemplifies the search for transcendence.  She had much to transcend——a life that […]

Bill Moyers: On Faith & Reason – Pema Chödrön | PBS Late in Siddhartha Gautama’s ministry, around 450 years before the common era, when India was on fire with his liberating message, people would come to him asking NOT who are you? NOT what’s your name, your origin, your ancestry? But WHAT are you? In […]

It’s been said that the iconic dress of the existentialist is the black turtleneck Let’s go with that. Imagine that one of the most famous existentialists of them all, Jean-Paul Sartre, is here with us. Wearing the black turtleneck (perhaps a French beret), he’s only five feet high. He’s round-shouldered, with downturned lips, big ears, […]

RuPaul on The View (Mar 9th, 2015) HOMILY: “God in Drag” If you think that drag is just about a man wearing false eyelashes and a pussycat wig, or it’s just a woman wearing a pair of glued-on sideburns and an Elvis jumpsuit, then you have not heard the Gospel of RuPaul. If you’re a […]