Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Blessings of Love

This Sunday, I’m using a passage from the Book of Ruth for our text of the month.  Five years ago, a lesbian couple used it in their wedding, toward the beginning of the 2008 Summer of Love.  Then another lesbian … Continue reading

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If I Had a Hammer

The sunsets this time of year are often spectacular, and we love looking out the back of our house, which looks west, to watch the colors spread across the sky. We see them through the sycamore in the back of … Continue reading

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Moving Forward

The drought we are experiencing in California has got our attention, I hope, and meteorologists suggest that this may be the new normal.  Indeed, one scientist suggested that by the end of this century, this current year would be considered … Continue reading

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Pulling Together

One the best books I have recently read is “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown about the University of Washington’s eight man crew and their gold medal victory in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.  It is a … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Prison of Bias and Stereotype

Tuesday, January 14, was the birthday of the prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam.  The celebration of his birth,  moves around in our calendar, as does Ramadan, because the Muslim world uses a lunar calendar. There are approximately 2.1 billion … Continue reading

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Inconvenient Men

This Sunday, I am preaching on “Inconvenient Men.”  Unbeknownst to me, my husband Kit masterminded this development, beginning with his Christmas present in 2012:  Ralph Nader’s newest book, The Seventeen Solutions – Bold Ideas for Our American Future.  I was … Continue reading

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Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity

Beloved Conversations Peter Farriday Racial and ethnic diversity is a rich topic in Unitarian Universalism today, both at the national level and among many congregations. At Neighborhood Church, the recent congregational assessment done by consultant Tony Robinson stated that “a … Continue reading

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