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About bobjanisdillon

Unitarian Universalist minister, poet, husband, father, three-chord guitar wonder.

The Epic of Gilgamesh, for your viewing pleasure

In 2017, I adapted the epic of Gilgamesh (written by Sîn-lēqi-unninn) to a Ministerial closing ceremony. We don’t have a video of the original epic of Gilgamesh (first performed about 2100 BCE) but we fortunately, this version survives. Starring Rachel … Continue reading

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Exist

Lately, I’ve been putting prayer on the to-do list.I know, I know: there’s something spiritually amiss about this,a lack of authentic devotionality, a careless mix-up ofthe self-help priorities. Worse, it’s sometimes sixth, or seventh on the list.Some days, I don’t … Continue reading

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An Alien Astronomer Reports on System B^DX4-2

System B^DX4-2 is a promising one. A single mid-size star, with a number of planets in orbit – 6 visible. Gravity tables put the likely total at somewhere between 8 and 16. Star 1-B^DX4-2 is just post-midlife, stable ordinary. Nothing … Continue reading

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The Trick

The trickis to open your handswide enoughto hold the sunrise

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The 21st Century Congregant, Part 2: How Congregations Can Adapt

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece called “The Century Congregant: A Profile”. I wrote about what we might expect from a typical attender to our chapels and fellowships and churches – aware that none of us are completely … Continue reading

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On a Grey and Rainy Morning

Everything under the sky gets ruined,broken by raindrops,whispered suggestions by the passing galesthat soon become promises. The ten thousand things are busybeing destroyed utterlythis grey morning. Even now, your bitterness, regret,sorrow and care,your hatred and pain,your worst moments, and the … Continue reading

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Idiot Wind

Listen, he said, it’s like this.Some idiot farmer has thrown your plans into the wind, like seeds.God knows why. On the highway, 18-wheelers roar continuallyover several of your dreams.Don’t worry, the birds are cleverer than those monsters,they’ll get there, eventually, … Continue reading

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Breathe

When things go wrong, and wrong again,And disappointment sets up campUpon your spirit:Breathe. Breathe in the moment’s dampAnd heavy-laden wisdom, sent From higher places to your cell,A missive seeping to the bone.Take it in, hear it,Let prayer, that holds all … Continue reading

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The 21st Century Congregant: A Profile

In my first few weeks as Congregational Connections Lead for the Unitarian General Assembly, I’ve had many fascinating conversations with congregational leaders about how congregations are adapting to an uncertain future. Congregations large and small (OK, medium and small – … Continue reading

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The Morning Gets Her Skates On

Last night, Dawn sensedyou were having a rough one.So she laced up her boots,and stepped gingerly out onto the sky.Tottering at first, on golden legs,she breathed into the strength of her own centre,then, after sharpening her edges on the nearest … Continue reading

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