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

by Rev. 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. 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. 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. 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 […]

A Tale of Two Nations

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]

Tributes

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer
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The year in review of those who have died always gives me pause. But this year in particular, several persons who are notable also had a profound effect on my life. Leonard Cohen wrote the songs that Judy Collins covered in my teen years. In particular, “Suzanne.” The title track from his last album, “You […]