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A Minister’s Musings

Lessons From (and for ) the Circus of Life

This is the text of the reflection I offered on Sunday, March 19th, 2017, at the congregation I serve, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist.  This is the version from the 11:15... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

The Best Place to Hide From God

This is the text of the reflection I offered on Sunday, March 5, 2017, to the congregation I serve -- Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist.  As always, you can listen to it if ... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Can You Be Anybody You Want to Be?

This is the text of the sermon I delivered on Sunday, February 19, 2017 with the congregation I serve, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist.  As always, you can listen to the p... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

The Making of a People of Prophecy: the book report

In the sermon I delivered (and posted) yesterday I said that I'd actually written another sermon which I came to realize was not the sermon I needed to deliver.  For what it's worth, here's th... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

The Making of a People of Prophecy

This is the text of the sermon I delivered to the congregation I serve-- Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist -- on Sunday, January 29, 2017.  As always, you can listen if you... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

The Prophetic Role

This is the text of the sermon I delivered at the congregation I serve -- Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist.  As always, you can listen to it if you'd prefer. “Aft... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Doing Nothing ...

This coming Friday -- January 20th -- is the day on which Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.  There will be, not surprisingly, protests and demonstra... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

A Day of Silence

In The Wizard of Earthsea wizard Ged inadvertently lets loose on the world a great evil.   He tries to undo his mistake, but the evil is too powerful for him.   And then it begins to chase him. ... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Be Here Now

This is the text of the sermon I delivered at the congregation I serve, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist, on Sunday, December 4, 2016.  You can listen to it if you prefer.... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

what's a person to do? (part 1)

I recently heard the idea that there is about a three to four week window of time during which the white left will be highly motivated.  Although people of color have been telling us for decades a... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

fair isn't always fair

In response to the protests following the election of, now, President-elect Trump I have heard two assertions over and over again.  The first is that Donald Trump was elected "fair and sq... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

What's Possible: now the eyes of my eyes are opened

I. It’s not possible, I said, When I heard the news Of the White Police Officer Shooting The Unarmed Black Man Whose arms were raised And whose back was turned. It’s not ... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

The Election of Donald Trump: a response

I went to bed early last night, fully confident that what has happened couldn't possibly happen.  But it did.  And now we -- as individuals and as a nation -- have to live with it. For many of... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Reflections on an Election Day Eve

It has been a long, grueling Presidential campaign.   I often think of how much worse it is for the candidates who are running than for those of us in the bleachers watching.   This time, though,... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Of Judgement and Truth

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A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Talking About a Revolution?

There have been both contentious and contentious elections before.   U. S. history is full of very nasty campaigns.   During the campaign of 1870, a prominent supporter of the incumbent, John ... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Repentance and Return

This is the text of the sermon I delivered at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist on Sunday, October 9, 2016.  You can listen to the podcast here. Am I in the right sanc... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Bullies

Driving in to work following the first Presidential debate, I heard a commentator describing the different views of the United States that he'd heard the night before.  Of Donald Trump's he sa... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Through All The Cycles and Seasons

This is the text of the sermon I preached at the congregation I serve, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist, on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Everything  Turns,  ... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Why is it so hard to listen ... and hear?

Last night I attended a public forum hosted by the Blue Ribbon Commission the Charlottesville City Council called into being for the purpose of deciding what to do about the large and prominent s... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

The Power of a Promise

This is the text of the sermon I delivered on September 18, 2016 at the congregation I serve, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist. Here’s a catchy title for you:  A ... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Eruptions

This morning I submitted the following letter to my local paper The Daily Progress.  In July I wrote a post which expanded on this theme Protests “erupted” in Charlotte, North Carolin... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Can you help me understand ... ?

I was once advised that asking someone "why" -- as in "why did you do that? " or "why do you think that way? " -- tends to make people feel defensive.  It... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

How do you explain "Unitarian Universalist spirituality"?

The Membership Committee of the congregation I serve is wrestling with the question of how to explain Unitarian Universalist spirituality to newcomers (and old-timers).  Since I'm unable to at... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

It's all connected ...

Anyone who's read these musings for any length of time knows my passion for addressing the systems of oppression that have created and which perpetuate the brutal dehumanizations of institutiona... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings