Reading – Taryn Strauss In 1999, I lived in Guadalajara, Mexico. Guadalajara is a series of concentric circles, basically like the Districts in the Hunger Games if you’ve ever read those books. The wealthiest people live in El Centro.  The next tier down live all around them, and the circles continue until you get to […]

In this series on superheroes and emotional intelligence, today we address Wolverine and endless rumination. Because this is also our high holy days service, it will likely be the only one where we don’t show clips from a superhero movie. We’ll have to make do with a music director who is a Wolverine, and also […]

As the 2017 blockbuster movie Wonder Woman begins, we hear her voice with its exotic accent, she speaks of wanting to save the world but learning things the hard way. When finally we see her, it’s the present day, she inhabits her Diana Prince persona, she walks down a corridor under the Louvre glass pyramid […]

A little more than 163 years ago, our Unitarian Universalist spiritual ancestor Henry David Thoreau spoke about wildness. “Our village life would stagnate,” he said, “if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it. We need the tonic of wildness […] We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, […]

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 […]