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The Liberal Pulpit

On Joy

joy (n) 1. the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation: She felt the joy of seeing her son's success. 2. a source or caus... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Our Body

Earth Day, part 2 We all die. I reflect often on my own impending death. It brings a certain peace, and a deep cherishing of the moments that I do have. And all species eventually become extinct. B... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

The Climate It is A-Changin'

One of my sayings is: Reality is never depressing. Reality can certainly be challenging. What’s depressing is trying to turn away from reality – trying not to know, not to think about it. That ... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

The Retreat from Freedom and Democracy

Twenty years ago Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997) laid out a story of the rise of European wealth and power as geographically determined. Temperate climates, suitable soil, and availa... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Our Commission of Compassion

There's Something About Mary, part 3 Between the first and fourth centuries, there existed a Magdalene Christianity, characterized by emphasis on ending the oppression of the world’s powerless. ... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Her Gospel

There's Something About Mary, part 2 The Easter narratives place us on Calvary Hill, where the rational world of control is submerged in fear, pain, and a maelstrom of emotion. As a reader or list... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Witnesses to a World-Transforming Event

There's Something About Mary, part 1 There’s Something About Mary – which was the title of a 1998 Ben Stiller movie that has nothing that all to do with what I’m talking about. There was ano... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Divine Sources of Heart Hardening

The Jewish holy week of Passover began this year at sundown, Mon Apr 14. The celebration of freedom continues eight days, through the evening of Tue Apr 22. The first two days and the last two days... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Going Home (script)

Script used in the CUUC Animal Blessing service. Substantially adapted from Margaret Wild, Going Home. ACT I[Beatrice standing, slippers in hand. Boris and Maru on their beds. Toby enters with Mom]... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Never a Greater Need

Stewardship, part 3“Steward” comes from an Old English word for house guardian or housekeeper. After the Norman conquest, it merged with a word meaning “overseer of workers. ” We are the st... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Abundance Is the True Law of Life

Stewardship, part 2 Abundance is the true law of life. The Jewish scriptures say it over and over. God is good, God provides, God is faithful. God loves us extravagantly and wants to provide for us... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

The True Loaves and Fishes Miracle

Stewardship, part 1 There's a miracle story about loaves and fishes. You might have heard it:The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

More of Us Than of Them

The Third Reconstruction, part 3 Groups that seem as disparate as the Sierra Club, the NAACP, the ACLU, the National Abortion Rights Action League, the coalition to stop gun violence, voting rights... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

I Thought I'd Be Saying...

The Third Reconstruction, part 2“We must tell America if you think we are just going have one march, or one campaign, you must be out of your mind, because we are going to resist the one moment m... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Truth, Hope, and America

The Third Reconstruction, part 1 The Spirit of Truth image has stood before her White Plains congregation for over 80 years, on the front of the pulpit I have occupied for less than four of those y... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Neither Blame Nor Sympathy

J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy (2016) describes the poor southern and midwestern culture that Vance himself comes from – a culture that President Obama had characterized eight years before:“Yo... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Sorrow Carves the Container for Joy

The Blues, part 3“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your he... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Happiness vs. Joy

The Blues, part 2“When things go wrong, I’d rather just be quiet with it than to feel nothing at all. It can feel good to hurt, or to at least bring the hurt up to the surface enough to get it ... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Dukkha and The Blues

The Blues, part 1 Life is dukkha, said the Buddha. Dukkha is often translated as suffering or dissatisfaction. The word dukkha comes from a root referring to a wheel with the hub off-center. Imagin... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

True Dialog

Dialog is generally regarded as a good thing. Particularly in these polarized times, we are surely in need of dialog, and a lot of it. But when we think of dialog, we are usually thinking of dialog... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

What Does Mercy Have to Say?

Scared, part 2 Let me mention another issue where our fear reaction overrode both rationality and mercy: our incarceration rate. In 1930, about 200 of every 100,000 men was incarcerated. It stayed ... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Fear Stifles Mercy

Scared, part 1 In Melanie Watt's children's story, Scaredy Squirrel, our hero discovers the pleasures of leaping into the unknown. It is, of course, a lesson for us all. There’s a lot of fear i... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Justice AND Mercy

Mercy Sakes! part 3 The Count of Monte Cristo wreaks upon his wrongdoers the perfection of retribution. For the betrayer who was cowardly, "afraid to challenge Dantes for Mercedes love direc... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Sin v. Disconnection

Mercy Sakes! part 2 I once heard my colleague, Rev. Scott Tayler, UU minister now on the UUA denominational staff in Boston ("Director of Congregational Life"), tell the story of grow... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Mercy v. Justice

Mercy Sakes! part 1 Mercy. It seems to be a species of compassion -- especially that compassion represented in forbearing from punishment, leniency, or forgiveness. Since it is unearned, it also ov... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit