On, Sunday February 4th, the congregation I serve engaged in an Association-wide project titled, “The Promise & The Practice of Our Faith.”  It was designed to give our overwhelmingly white congregations an unfortunately rare — if not entirely unique — experience of centering the voices of People of Color.  A packet of resources was created from which […]

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December 3, 2017: Oh Star

When I was in high school, our concert choir sang a piece that really moved me deeply.  Every time we sang it, when we got to this one particular part, I would find myself tearing up.  And not just whenever I was singing it, whenever I’ve listened to it since I’ve teared up at that […]

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Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day. Here is a quote from MLK’s nephew, Isaac Newton Farris, Jr., who spoke this past Friday at the White House:  He said:  “If my uncle were here today, the first thing he would say is, “What are we or what are you doing for others?” And that’s why it […]

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January 7, 2018: If Trees Could Talk

During that tree planting ceremony I was talking about during the Story Time, when it got to my mentor and friend Ed Lane, he talked about spending time in Sequoia National Park, out in California.  He mentioned, in particular, one tree there – the largest and oldest tree in the Park – the General Sherman […]

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December 10, 2017: Giving Birth

Chalice Lighting:  The mystic  Evelyn Underhill wrote, “The Incarnation, which is for popular Christianity synonymous with the historical birth and earthly life of Christ, is for the mystic not only this but also a perpetual Cosmic and personal process.  It is an everlasting bringing forth, in the universe and also in the individual ascending soul, […]

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October 22, 2017: Teach-In

This service was part of the second UU White Supremacy Teach-In, which encouraged (and challenged) UU congregations around the country to look intentionally and explicitly at the ways we all participate in white supremacy culture. Peter Walpole contributed an original piece for the Opening Words, “Three Fifths Compromise.” I’m want you to hang on to […]

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October 8, 2017: Spiritual Roots

This month we are exploring the image of Roots.  I am especially moved by the images on the altar in which glass jars show the roots which support these plants and draw up nourishment from the water. Today I am enquiring about our spiritual roots.  I am encouraging all of us to know our spiritual […]

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October 1, 2017: Story Sunday

Read the Order of Service. We will have guest preacher Walter Clark.  (Walter received his Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in spring of 2016. He was an intern at the First Unitarian Universalist of Richmond for two years as well as an intern at the Fellowship of the Peninsula in Newport news […]

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