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 […]

For all that is our life we sing our thanks and praise; for all life is a gift which we are called to use to build the common good and make our own days glad. For Unitarian Universalist theologian Rebecca Parker, this hymn gets it precisely right. “And yet,” she says, “there is some whiff […]

These days, despair is preached. The sort of despair that makes it inescapable and inevitable that, one day, we will write a letter to future generations telling them we are so very sorry for what we did to the planet, so very sorry for listening to people who made excuses, so very sorry they (our […]

Crosses PowerPoint slides Part 1 We begin our exploration of the symbolism of the cross with the loud, background noise of coughing. At least that’s how I begin the exploration, because, this week as I was reflecting on this sacred object we encounter in religions around the world, I was suffering and recovering from the […]

Sacred Objects: Gift-Giving

The sacredness of gift-giving does not come naturally to me. One holiday season when I was a child, my mother and I went to visit a friend of hers. Mom entrusted me with the role of carrying the gift she was bringing, and of physically handing it off. As soon as we got in the […]

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