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Let’s Resist the Pace of Mainstream Culture

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer
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This sabbatical took me from Auschwitz in Poland to the rock and sands of Death Valley. From a Buddhist monastery in Trout Lake, Washington to the stunning and empty beaches of Molokai. Then to the desert lands of New Mexico that Georgia O’Keefe inhabited. It has been a gift. I come back entering the month […]

Transformation

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer
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Transformation can come with suddenness and fire and it can come gently and gradually. It can work on you long after the watershed moment: that time which delineates who we were prior to an event from what we have become after an event. We are changed, expanded, fuller in who we are and our living. […]

We Are a Risk-Taking Faith (by Rev. J)

by Rev. M. Jamil Scott
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Our sister Christian denomination, the United Church of Christ, has adopted the slogan “God is Still Speaking” in order to convey their belief that God’s “revelation” is continuous and did not end with the death of the prophets. As religious liberals we place ourselves in contradistinction to religious conservatives by gaily (and gayly) leaping out […]

Risk (by Rev. J)

by Rev. M. Jamil Scott
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My heart is moved by all I cannot save: so much has been destroyed I have to cast my lot with those who age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world. -Adrienne Rich   U.U. feminist theologian, Sharon D. Welch describes “risk” as responsible action taken within the limits of bounded power. […]

Pursuing the Paradox: Being a Unified People who Celebrate Diversity

by Rev. M. Jamil Scott
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This month as we celebrate Black History Month, let us contemplate identity politics together. A narrative heard in the media these days from those from the so called “alt-right” is that we have become a society that is overly concerned with “identity politics.” Identity politics concerns any individual, group, or organization from marginalized populations that […]

Helping Find Our Best Selves

by Rev. M. Jamil Scott
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“If a man’s [person’s] ego has been stabilized, resulting in a sure grounding of his [their] sense of personal worth and dignity, then he is [they are] in a position to appraise his [their] own intrinsic powers, gifts, talents, and abilities.” -Howard Thurman As religious liberals who reject the doctrine of original sin, we believe […]