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UU Minister, currently a Lily of the Field, (Sowing or Reaping Not)
UU Minister, currently a Lily of the Field, (Sowing or Reaping Not)

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The Suburbanization of Liberal Religion
Once upon a time, Unitarianism was an urban religion. Our most prominent and successful churches were in the cities, embedded in the urban culture and community where they were. Yes, there are many exceptions of rural or small-town Unitarian, and Universali...
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Families Belong Together: A story
There was confusion about whether the June 30 rally against family separation at the Rhode Island Statehouse was going to happen. It had been on MoveOn's list, and then it was off the list, and then an email come from MoveOn said it was cancelled. Some peop...
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What I See Going On in the UUA
There is a national popular movement going on. Trump precipitated it, but it is widening and deepening to challenge many linked oppressive systems. It is not a shallow, or narrow, movement. It is not fly-by-night, or a flash in the pan. Unitarian Universali...
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Congregational Accountability and White Supremacy Culture
The subject of Congregational Accountability came up again at the UU Ministers Association Meeting, again. It always comes up, because the problem never changes and is never solved. What is meant by the phrase is that congregations are never asked to justif...
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When systems thinking goes haywire
"Systems thinking" is an essential component of a progressive worldview. When analyzing a difficult situation, a systems thinker sees how all of the components fit together, rather than focusing on finding the one component at fault. Take, for example, the ...
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Bishop Michael Curry's Homily
Bishop Michael Curry, on the occasion of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, opened his homily with an invocation to a "loving and liberating God." Consider that theological assertion, and then consider the history of his people, and finally, con...
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Electoral Strategy Beyond 2018
I wonder how many white people have never voted with the majority of black voters in any contested election. I don’t mean voting for a black candidate — there are black Republicans candidates who don’t get the majority of black votes. I mean voting with the...
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The Buried Narrative in the Sources Statement
In the 20th Century, the Liberal Protestant denominations of Unitarianism and Universalism were challenged from within by a Religious humanist movement which questioned the existence of the God of the Bible and the continued use of liturgies that directed w...
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More on the Sources
The main problem I see with the Sources is that they hide the theological dispute that has shaped contemporary Unitarian Universalism: the Humanist rebellion against liberal Protestantism, a historic event that happened throughout most of the 20th century. ...
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The Sources of our Living Tradition: A Critique
The Six Sources portion of our bylaws needs to be examined again. I think the Sources statement are a mess, more confusing and confused than wrong. First of all, they are ahistorical. They do not describe the actual historical process of our formation. You ...
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