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 […]

Preaching Politics

It was 1917, and America was at war. Most Unitarians were for it, including the moderator of the American Unitarian Association, former U.S. president William Howard Taft. But some were not, and this minority included John Haynes Holmes, minister of one of our most prominent churches of the time. “War,” said the Rev. Holmes, “is […]

It was Pride Sunday several weeks ago, and the parade was done. I was headed home. I caught MARTA and took it to Lindbergh Station, where I’d parked my car hours earlier. The parking ticket was carefully tucked away in my wallet, for I knew that the parking was free but only if the […]