Where’s Your Mongoose?

When we come up against something that seems overwhelming, from where do we get our ability to deal with it? A folk tale from India and the words of Rumi give us directions for living through difficult times. Rev. Belcher is the “Minister Emerita” of DuPage UU Church near Chicago, her fourth congregation in over thirty years […]

Cold Mud and Jonquils

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Fear, Hope, Global Warming, and Scary Politics. Katharine Butler Hathaway weighs the reasons for decisions between those based on fear and those that come from creativity. There must be, she says, “a rule something like this that makes jonquils and crocuses come pushing through cold mud.” This is a good creative and practical image for hope. I would […]

Four Healing Questions

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Four Healing Questions and other reflections I might need to hear in troubled times. Cross-cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien says that in many traditional cultures, healers asks their patients four questions about their well-being. Questions like: “When did you stop singing?” “When did you stop telling your story?” Do you have a story that is different from the […]

Hope: Hype or Practice?

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By the time we get to the age we are, we have had numerous reasons to lose, or re-evaluate, or dismiss hope, and even “fuggedaboutit” … Hope’s not worth it. “Been there, got let down, why return to Hope?” Marc Mullinax returns to address the practice of hope as an essential human and core spiritual practice. Hope is more than […]

The Sun’s Up!

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Every morning the sun rises. That is what morning is: the return of sun light and energy and life. To say that is more than merely stating the obvious; it’s good UU and Easter theology. Jesus’ resurrection need not be literal to be a message of full life lived beyond fear of death. From the […]

Solar Powered People!

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We are solar powered people in a solar powered congregation; so much so that I like the idea of putting “Solar Powered” under our name as a statement of our faith, our commitment, and our action. Here, on our earth home, sunlight becomes life and each of us. It generously includes everyone, all beings – by definition. Our […]

Companioning, The Call of the Heart

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It is rare to be seen and accepted for who we are, warts and all. Yet that is just what we long for in our closest relations. We each want a few intimate friends and groups with which we are not guarded, but can instead be vulnerable and relax into “just being.” Well, don’t we?  Today’s service will offer […]

Blue Boat Home

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For commitment Sunday, we borrow the title from the song by Peter Mayer that is one of our favorites. Home is a feeling of belonging and a reality of experience we all yearn for within ourselves and in our surroundings and our world. In the song, both the boat and home are the earth. For today, they are […]

My Religion and My Politics

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It’s time to talk about both. Yes, my religious understanding is a compass, not a directive prescription. It doesn’t tell me how to vote or what political party to belong to. I do, however, understand the nature of being as inclusive; justice, equity and compassion are for everyone and love and reason must somehow trump […]

Our Desire to Be Different

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Desire is an integral part of being fully alive. It draws us out of ourselves. It is a source of drive, energy, and commitment. It is also understood as the root of discontent and problems . We all desire to be different in many ways. To be better than I am, I must embrace the […]