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About bobjanisdillon

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

The Unaccommodating

Your Monday Blessing: The Unaccommodating The 21st century will be the century of the unaccommodating. The earth will not fall in line with your procurement request. The ocean has not even read the listing on your beachfront property. The oil … Continue reading

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How Narrative Might Save Our Lives

This post was inspired by a wonderful little discussion, posted on YouTube, between two people about how we might begin to contemplate the existence (or non-existence) of God. In the clip – which you can watch below – Robert Lawrence … Continue reading

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What does a Minister do all week?

The following is a long, rambling essay in which I make no real attempt to be amusing or entertaining. You have been warned. But it’s something I’ve wanted to write for a while – a sum-up of a typical week, … Continue reading

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Theme Talk

In August I was honoured to take part in a five-day series of theme talks on “Theology in the Flesh”. You can find all the theme talks here: Hucklow Theme Talks The 2019 talks were quite a diverse and riveting … Continue reading

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FIRST

With these auspicious lines, the poet commences The earliest poem of the Australopithecus anamensis. Or were you first? Did those acuminated senses Place the objects of the world within your bars, And did that mouth of yours grunt out an … Continue reading

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Generic Prayer Instructions

Find nature, then be in it. Go to a body of placid water. Sit. Notice who is in charge of the planets and the earth. Not you, is it? Very well. Keep sitting. Create a body of placid water. Notice … Continue reading

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The Baal Shem Tov

The Baal Shem Tov One might, in turn, believe and not believe in reincarnation, in order to say, “next life, I’d do it happier,” and then embrace this one.

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Lord’s Prayer

Lord’s Prayer Boss, we’ve still got that deal. (right?) Give me bread Give me life even when I don’t deserve life in Your eyes. I’ll give life to those who don’t deserve life in my eyes. I’ll make You holy. … Continue reading

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What Keeps Time?

What keeps time? Heartbeats steps a circle, pulled through its circumference a jar, beneath some papers, in a cupboard a tick a dinosaur, reshaped and reappraised rings on a tree waves, microwaves, and train goodbyes the folded hands of a … Continue reading

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Your Monday Blessing for today

May God’s home be in the arms of the homeless and the refugee, may God’s ceremony be justice, may God’s tribute be surrender. May God’s righteousness be the poor, confirmed, and may God’s river be the very stream where she … Continue reading

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