Tugging On Superman's Cape

Beware the Labels You Choose For Others

You may end up describing yourself.

The maeltrom that we call our public square has become a place where the rush to label your drowns out any attempt at communication or understanding. Once you label someone you can conveniently ignore them or address them through the mask of that label and the preconceived notions it represents. It becomes a lazy way of engaging in political . . .

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September 06, 2018

Our Fourth Principle

Freedom, not license

With the end of summer upon us it is time to return to the discipline of regular writing. I hope your summer has been filled with enjoyable moments with family and friends. 




We, the Unitarian-Universalist Association of Congregations, affirm and promote . . .

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August 27, 2018

New Digs...New Look

Pardon me while I unpack things

After searching for a while I have settled on relocating my blog to Silvrback, a blogging site designed for writers.  Please excuse the mess as I learn my way around here.

This move was prompted by a change in the terms of service at my prior host, Tumblr. While I generally support some of the changes required by the new anti-trafficking . . .

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May 01, 2018

Sacrifice: It's Not What It Used To Be

A reflection as we approach Memorial Day

News this weekend of the US-led attack in Syria reminded me of our military members.  Given that my daughter and son-in-law both serve in the US Army, things that affect our military are always on my radar.  It is one of the reasons I subscribe to “Stars and Stripes”.  You could say I have a vested interest, . . .

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May 01, 2018

Check Out a New Podcast

Visit "The Bible Inspectors"

Tyler Owen is the driving force behind The Bible Inspectors, a website that encourages people to examine fact claims in the Bible from a variety of viewpoints.  This month he has added a podcast to his offerings on the website, and has asked me to be a co-host.  This is an exciting opportunity and I appreciate Tyler’s . . .

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May 01, 2018

Our First Principle

"We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person."

This was a message I presented at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship at Burlington, IA almost five years ago.  I believe the core of the message remains applicable today as we negotiate our way through what at times can seem a very hostile public square.


Most of us who have been part of . . .

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May 01, 2018

Men, Let's Not Be Snowflakes

The other day at our UU Fellowship our Sunday program focused on the #MeToo movement, a recent movement addressing the very old evil of sexual assault and harassment that has victimized women and men for years. Our video was of a presentation on PBS in which women who have been catalysts in the movement discussed what they hoped would happen . . .

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May 01, 2018


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