Author Archives: bobjanisdillon

About bobjanisdillon

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

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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Who is your congregation?

In my conversations with Unitarian and free Christian congregations, one specific bit of good news is repeated again and again: congregations are reporting new attendees to their online worship. It may just be one or two – though occasionally more … Continue reading

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Your Monday blessing: The Final Word

Crave not the final word. The Grim Reaper, it’s pretty clear,has nothing terribly important to say, after all. Meanwhile, only a drop or two~from your mouth today,might fall like seedsonto the waiting harvest,and be utterly obliterated into joy.

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The Divine Symposium

The gods and I were discussing which was better – a Twitter account, or access to birdsong. Apollo said something funny that I can’t repeat. Then we got out our harps, and played until lunch:nectar, wine, ambrosia, and what I … Continue reading

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So You Want to Grow the Congregation… Two Questions of Discernment

So You Want to Grow the Congregation…Two Questions of Discernment Throughout my ministerial career – for fifteen years as a minister serving various congregations in the US and UK, and more recently serving at UK Unitarian headquarters as Congregational Connections … Continue reading

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“Daybreak”

This morning, the day broke into this house of mine again.The past was gone. Later, I’m sure I will change the locks –who can bear such unrelenting thievery? – but for now, sitting amongst the gold-strewn sky, I give to … Continue reading

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“No poem”

I have no poem to offer you, my friends:only a pale flower,arms outstretched in joytoward the stormy heavens.

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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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