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About bobjanisdillon

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

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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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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