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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 […]

A Tale of Two Nations

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

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 […]


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 […]

‘We Are The Ones …’

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

If you read the Hebrew bible, you will find book after book of “prophets.” Each prophet passes on a particular message from God to God’s chosen people. Many of them are reluctant prophets. They don’t like being disliked for their message and being somewhat of an outcast. It is not often that hellfire and brimstone […]

Prophets, Go to the Head of the Line

by Rev. M. Jamil Scott

The new year is upon us, and we celebrate the triumphs and challenges of 2017. As we enter into this new year, many of us are feeling uncertainty and uneasiness about our future. Many of us aren’t sure how we will fare economically and socially under this new and controversial presidential administration. We aren’t quite […]