The darkest night of the year will soon be upon us, and this is the season of endings (in the northern hemisphere at least). So just what is an ending? Some would say that an ending is nothing but a new beginning. Sometimes it is easy to adopt that slightly different perspective, like when we change jobs, move to a new home, or complete our schooling. Sometimes it is hard to see the new beginning in the ending, like when we lose a loved one. We usually see death as the ultimate ending, but it can be a beginning as well, even without getting into the concept of reincarnation. Continue reading
As I discussed on Thursday, I was in the pulpit last Sunday. So many people have asked for a copy of my sermon, either so that they can study it in more depth, or because they were unable to attend church that morning. So I decided to publish it as today’s post. I hope you enjoy it and learn something new. Continue reading
I know I’ve been thankful for my church before, but it is such a fabulous place that I have new reasons to be thankful this week. This past Sunday I had the opportunity to preach the sermon. It was an unforgettable experience. Sunday service is so different from behind the pulpit than it is from the pews. Continue reading
Photo taken by Olivier Aumage.
Today is a gorgeous day, most likely the last hurrah of summer. The sun is shining, a few puffy clouds drift are studying across the sky, and it is currently 75 degrees. Medeina, my puppy, is frolicking in the yard chasing leaves, and the cat tries to chase the leash. It is a time to just be. I get to sit outside and write this post on my phone. What better weather could I have for Thankful Thursday? And to top it off, A’s teacher just called to tell me that she is having the best day she has had all year (after calling yesterday to say that she had been uncharacteristically difficult this week). Continue reading
In last week’s Thankful Thursday post, I praised the internet and technology for enabling us to maintain relationships over great distances, both through travel planning and by providing easy communication. This week I want to praise the internet for bringing us other points of view so we can keep our own up to date. Continue reading
Today I am out of my usual routine, so I thought I would share something that I wrote for a church service this past winter. I was asked to share my personal credo, my system of beliefs. Since my religion does not have one specific dogma, we sometimes have services in which a handful of us share our own beliefs. It is so fun to hear the ideas that govern each of our lives. So here today is n explanation of my own personal religious beliefs. I hope something here resonates with you. Continue reading
Welcome to this week’s installment for Thankful Thursday. Today I am so grateful for the spiritual community of Unitarian Universalism that I found ten years ago. The church that defines itself not by a creed, but by a set of seven guiding principles that can be applied to any creed.
What a crazy statement! Joy killed my soul? Not exactly. More precisely, it was JOY that killed my soul. Perhaps I should explain. I have noticed an epidemic of low self-esteem in our society. I believe there are many contributors to this problem, but I want to focus on one that I suspect is very influential. Let me start by saying that I have lots of friends who are religious, and very devout. My brother-in-law is a Lutheran minister, and another friend is a Catholic blogger. They are great people. I am not here to bash on Christianity or religion in general. It is just this one notion that I would like people to rethink.
When I was a child, my parents took us Continue reading