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Is All Hope Lost?

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 children’s children and our children’s children’s children) now live in a destroyed world without forests and lakes and elephants and flowers and bees. 1,898 more words

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Blessing the Children (?)

We are blessing the children this Easter morning at UUCA, and I’d like to add to ministerial intern Taryn Strauss’ reflections on what that can mean for us by diving deep into the inspiration for our blessing ritual today: a story from the Christian scriptures, the Gospel of Mark. 1,427 more words

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What If?

A film from 2003 called Children Full of Life (see video here, and watch from 1:52-5:00) documents a fourth-grade class in a school in Japan, where the teacher, Toshiro Kanamori, has established a goal of children learning how to be happy and how to be compassionate and kind. 1,209 more words

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Been In the Storm So Long

200 years ago, in 1818, a slave girl by the name of Harriet Jacobs was born. Her father’s widely known and respected skill as a carpenter earned him unusual privileges and he and his wife were able to create a relatively comfortable home life for themselves and their children. 1,810 more words

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Joy as Resistance

Four years ago I stepped up to this pulpit and quoted American writer E.B. White, who said, very famously, “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. 1,323 more words

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Womanism: Wholeness For All

In 1975, a professor of English at Wellesley College published a book intending to articulate “the female imagination” at play in women’s literature. Not one female person of color writer was mentioned. 1,510 more words

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Sacred Objects: Crosses

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 flu. 2,304 more words

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