Minister’s Corner

Death and Dying

This month’s theme “Death” is meant to facilitate a process of personal reflection, learning, and spiritual growth focused on the topic of death and dying. It brings death, dying, and grief into the light of our daily lives and out of the dark, macabre recesses to which we often relegate it. Unitarian Universalist views about … Continued

On Forgiveness

On a recent visit to Japan I met Mr. Hirotami Yamada, who was 14 and in Nagasaki in 1945 when the US dropped the atomic bomb. He told me that action was “unforgivable.” In the presence of Mr. Yamada, I felt an uncomfortable mix of sadness, regret and what I can only describe as guilt. … Continued

Path to Distinction

Peace Advocate Congregation. UU United Nations Office Blue Ribbon Congregation. Welcoming Congregation. Annual Program Fund Honor Congregation. These were a few of the ribbons I received and wore with pride as your delegate to the annual General Assembly in New Orleans this June. I hope you will share that pride. Your generous giving of time, … Continued

Resist and Rejoice

This month Terri and I will join the Ban the Bomb march in New York City on June 17, in support of the historic treaty to ban nuclear weapons that most member states of the UN have already endorsed and will pass at the end of the meeting that convenes this month. We will march … Continued

Embodiment

If only we could embody the principles that we covenant to affirm and promote! Sigh. The recent resignation of UUA President Peter Morales, along with other members of the national staff, is a glaring reminder that the principles we hold so dear are aspirational, not descriptive. As a person who has resigned from the U.S. … Continued

Transformation

 Do we need a major change in our appearance, in our form, in our essence? This sounds suspiciously like a call to be “born again.” Something in me resists the theme for this month. We have all experienced making New Year’s resolutions or something of the sort. We resolve to change this or that about … Continued

Targets and Shields

In March we explore the theme of risk, a timely matter given recent discussions about targets and shields. Let me explain. On the fifth Sunday in January a group gathered in the sanctuary for a special forum. Our purpose was to consider the relationship that ought to exist between the UUCRT and emerging movements for … Continued

Who Are We?

Last month I was invited to speak at a congregation in Florida and discovered a core group of members who, together with their minister, had resolved to register as Muslims if President Trump authorizes a registry of U.S. citizens who are Muslim. Following their example, I have resolved to do the same. Will you join … Continued

Pluralism

After my Christmas Eve sermon,  I was approached by a white U.S. citizen who was quite “disturbed” both by my message (about sanctuary for refugees and immigrants) and by the collection we took (to assist refugees resettling in the area). The conversation went something like this: Citizen: I’m afraid of these people. Minister: What is … Continued

Annoying Presence

Your presence is annoying!” With that declaration to his sister, my teenage son ended all negotiations about who among his four younger siblings would sit where during our family’s annual five hour drive to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.   The “annoying presence” argument was new, and difficult to refute. It was no longer particular … Continued