Earthy Hope

The problems all around us seem so big and our individual contributions seem so small, it’s difficult to find and hang on to the realistic hopes we need to live positively and well; to feel good about the commitments we make and to notice and value the joy we experience. Each of us carries our own version of a […]

Revelations in Abundance

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Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Transcendentalists of the mid 19th century were an important part of my liberal arts education. How exciting and freeing it was to learn that revelation is not sealed in a book, but revelations, moments of image and insights that give new understandings of the whole big picture are available to all of us in […]

New Faith(s) in Easter

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Easter means more than just the Christian celebration of the resurrection. Our theme for April asks “What does it mean to be a people of revelation?” Revelation is the moment of new image or insight; “that part of the inner experience of a people that illuminates the rest of it.” Easter is rich with revelations for life, […]

A Monk in the Beehive

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What if generosity, ethical conduct, patience, diligence, and meditation were so much a part of how we experienced the world that we thought of them as part of our senses? Skye Ann Taylor is a Buddhist monk and beekeeper. From her ongoing work with bees, she has come to understand what it would mean for these “practices” to […]

Resilient Inspiration

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Wisdom comes with experience. And we learn from therapists and spiritual directors that one of the best ways to become more resilient is to call upon those times when we were wonderfully responsive and resilient. One of the suggestions in this month’s Soul Matters packet is to “take some time to revisit and honor a time when your […]

Resiliently Generous

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That’s a good bumper sticker or mantra for right living. We experience life as generous as we are able to bounce back. We are resilient. This flexible strength is not just built on our own gumption but supported and affirmed and amplified in community; this community of faith. We are much more resilient together than we are alone. […]

Cross That Bridge

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“When we get to it” is now, and it’s ours to cross whether personally or as a society. What are your bridges to cross? This is Selma Sunday. “On March 8, Unitarian Universalists will join the people of Selma on the Edward Pettus bridge to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bridge crossing in 1965.” 50 years […]

What’s the Big Deal?

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Speaking from the perspective of the Jewish tradition, Rabbi Cohen will speak about the notion of brit, of covenant. This is a fancy word for contract, for our human connections to each other and to the transcendent. Phil Cohen, Ph.D., is the rabbi for Agudas Israel Congregation. His academic interests include Jewish theology and philosophy, bioethics, interfaith relations/dialogue, and […]

What Is This Thing Called Love?

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We write about it, sing about it, sign our letters with it. But what is it? This year, the day after Valentine’s day, let’s take a moment to wonder what is this thing called Love? Joan has degrees from the United Theological School in Dayton and Antioch New England Graduate School, as well as advanced […]

Peace for Your Busiest Days

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February 8 – 10:30am Pat Wakeley We’ve all heard that spiritual practice of one kind or another can lead to inner peace. Meditation, mindfulness, and their cousins can help us feel centered and emotionally steady. Yet some days are so hectic, so over-committed to endless tasks, that there is no time for meditating or any […]