As part of my weekly spiritual reflection, I consult various oracles, and one of those is the Revised Common Lectionary.  This is a scheduled portion of scripture used by many Christian preachers to ground their sermon, resulting in a potentially synchronized message across distance. I love the Revised Common Lectionary, because it means a mother […]

Reading Before the Message Our story today comes from a real-life incident related to us by Rachel Naomi Remen, a medical doctor whose special focus is counseling those with chronic and terminal illness. The story is about a teenager named David. David was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes two weeks after his seventeenth birthday. He responded […]

Though I cannot promise to solve world peace in a single sermon, I can promise we’ll go on a journey together.  We’ll examine a Unitarian Universalist ethical approach to Peacemaking, I’ll propose a relationship to that ethic, we’ll take a trip (in our minds) to a museum, we’ll learn about a game, and finally let’s […]

What do you think: can a person, with genuine integrity, make a promise they know they are likely to violate? But why on earth would I or anyone want to make such a promise anyway? I speak for myself when I say, Because I can’t help it!  The Universalism in my Unitarian Universalism tells me that […]

Nineteenth-century Universalists, I learned in seminary, were preoccupied with history. They were on the outside looking in and wanted to be seen as credible by their contemporaries. One of the ways they sought to establish credibility was to trace their roots to the beginnings of Christianity and even beyond, into the deeps of Egypt and […]

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