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Rev. Cyn

The Painful Steps to Justice

When I came to Jackson, MI in 2004, it took me a while to realize how unsupported the LGBTQ community felt here. During my seminary years, all my LGBTQ friends and colleagues were entirely out of t... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

Standing, Rolling, Dancing, Singing, Praying, Preaching, Acting on the Side of Love

At our the preceding Ministry Days preceding the UU General Assembly, ableist language was used in worship to the extent that UUMA Board Member Josh Pawelek issued this response:Clearly there is ... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

For Orlando and for Change

They died in the high schools, in the cafeterias and the libraries and the classrooms. And we cried, and we wondered. And we blamed gaming and outsiders. And nothing changed. They died in the unive... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

A Response to "On Outrage and Douchebags"

My dear colleague (and formerly my minister) Lynn Ungar has written a thoughtful piece about the Brock Tuner rape case on Patheos.   I appreciate her deep thinking and opportunity to look at t... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

Review: UUA Wordpress Theme -- A Further Look, Part 3 (UUA Services Plugin, Ideas for the Future, Content)

The really neat thing about the new UUA Wordpress Theme is the UUA Services Plugin.   This solves the problem I didn't even really  know I had, and does it very elegantly. Sunday Service... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

Review: UUA Wordpress Theme -- A Further Look, Part 2 (Header and Footer)

Continuing my thoughts about the new UUA Wordpress Theme. .. Header I've already talked about my preferences with the logo, but there's more to the header than that.   The theme lets you hav... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

Review: UUA Wordpress Theme -- A Further Look, Part 1 (Aesthetics and Home Page)

Well, it's been two days since the UUA's Wordpress Theme debuted, and in that time I've learned a LOT about it.   It took me one day of frustration, wherein I finally reached out to Christo... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

Review: UUA Wordpress Theme -- A First Look

Today the UUA launches its new Wordpress theme.   The official title seems to be "UUA Wordpress Theme for Congregations," but I'm referring to it here as "UUA Theme. ... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

Walking Alongside: Remembering a Friend

My friend the Rev. Laurie Thomas passed away this month. As I've been thinking about her and our times together, one memory that sticks out for a number of reasons is the time we traveled to Bost... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

Blessing the Backpacks -- Backpack Charm Craft Instructions

From my wonderful colleagues I got the idea of doing a "blessing of the backpacks" as the children of the congregation go off to school.   It's not a new idea -- Christian churc... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

South Carolina: It's Time to Take It Down

Dear South Carolina Governor & Legislators,I was born in Charleston.   I'm a daughter of the South.   There's a city in Spartanburg County -- Landrum, SC -- that was named for some ... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

"They died... discussing the eternal meaning of love."

In the Civil Rights era, there were churches that were centers for civil rights organizing.   And they were attacked -- bombed, set on fire.   We know best the story of the 16th Street Ba... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

The Trouble with Truancy - Part 2

As my letter in Part 1 of this series illustrated, it's fairly easy to have a truant child.   Missing two weeks due to illness is quite easy to have happen, and the requirement that many dist... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

The Trouble with Truancy - Part 1

Two years ago, I wrote our school district about the truancy policy.   At that time, I was told that I had presented a good case, and they were going to change their policy.   I don't kn... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

New Legal Religious Discrimination in Michigan

Michigan's Governor Snyder signed a new set of discrimination laws yesterday.   "Senate Substitute for House Bill No. 4188" states:"Private child placing agencies, includ... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

Regarding Starr King: A Heartfelt Call

I began this blog article in late November, and worked it through several drafts and researched it as thoroughly as I was able, and then had it reviewed by several trusted people, and then, after a... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

Tonight's Statement to the Jackson City Council

Earlier this year, Jackson Together, with the support of the HRC, Jackson Area Civil Rights Awareness Association, PFLAG, and more, asked once again for this City Council to take up the issue of a... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

Ferguson

I would normally post this on the Lively Tradition, where I've been doing most of my blogging as of late, but posts there get reviewed first by Tom Shade.   Tom was down in Missouri this week... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

UU Sermon Writing - Part 6

This is my final post in this series on UU sermon writing.   I've been trying to establish that sermon-writing for UU ministers is a more time-intensive practice than in many other preaching ... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

UU Sermon Writing - Part 5

My interim friends have told me I have overstated the case on interim preaching, and that there are many who always write fresh material or whose rewrites are extensive enough that it's not much o... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

UU Sermon Writing - Part 4

I've talked about why UU sermon writing takes more time, why UU ministers don't preach every Sunday, and why the dynamics are tougher for part-time ministers.   Next I wanted to talk about s... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

UU Sermon Writing - Part 3

In the last couple of posts, I've outlined why it is that the sermon-writing process is different for UU ministers and why it is that we are not in the pulpit every Sunday.   And, of course, ... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

UU Sermon Writing - Part 2

In my last post, I talked about one major reason why UU ministers usually don't preach every Sunday of the year, and why our tradition is different from Christian churches about this.   In ad... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

UU Sermon Writing - Part 1

With all the discussion in recent months about bivocational ministry, it's worth discussion what implications it has for that central role of the minister: the preacher. My assertion is that Unita... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

Rev. Cyn

A Witness on Wheels: General Assembly Misses the Mark

I wrote the following piece right after General Assembly this year, but left it unpublished for a few months to reflect on it.   Reading the UU World piece on "Fired Up: General Assembl... [read more]

Rev. Cyn