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Meditations on the Season

As we cycle through the season of long, dark nights, we also plunge into frenzied festivities amid bright lights and all kinds of noise. A lot of it is cozy and pleasant: it connects us with each other and with cherished traditions. Angel chimes, peppermint candy canes, homemade fudge and “divinity,” colored lights on a … Continued

Exploring “Religious Education”

Education…. Exploration…. Think about those two words for a moment. What are the images that pop into your mind when you hear each word?  I’ll return to this question shortly, but first I want to share with you some of the amazing experiences I’ve had this year out in the larger UU world with people … Continued

Stopping in Our Tracks

This month’s theme is “beauty.” “Aesthetics” have to do with feeling (anesthetic = no feeling). We can describe what we find beautiful, but there is no logical explanation. The film American Beauty features beautiful footage of a plastic bag, blowing around on a blustery day,which one of the characters finds painfully beautiful. Personal tastes and cultural norms … Continued

Autumn Themes

              Do you ever read the “wayside pulpit” messages in front of churches—sometimes a passage from scripture, sometimes an uplifting sentiment, sometimes a silly pun? Unlike the signboards in front of our Unitarian Universalist church and fellowship buildings, they usually do not announce the topic of the Sunday service. Perhaps … Continued