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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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Signs of the Times

What is poetry? Only the poets ask themselves this; everyone knows. It’s rhymes and lines and lavender bows.   What is art? The new exhibit’s about this, but nobody goes. The world is too full of television shows.   What … Continue reading

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& the band paraded out

(after Cavafy)   & the band paraded out of Congo Square, marching to the midnight tolls, the enslaved spirits free for a time, between fourth and fifth, between Rampart and the plantation. The music drifted away, toward heaven, outstripping the … Continue reading

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Blessed are the many, blessed are the one

Your Monday Blessing words this morning come from friend and colleague the Rev. Judith Walker-Riggs. These words were the chalice lighting words for Cairo Street Unitarian Chapel’s 2016 Academy Service, a service in memory of the Warrington Academy, the school … Continue reading

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Your Monday Blessing, by Father Pedro Arrupe

It’s been a busy weekend, so taking a few hours off from the writing game. For your Monday blessing, here’s a favourite of mine, written by Father Pedro Arrupe. Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love … Continue reading

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Diary of a visit to the refugees

About a year avon, in Nov. 2015, I went for just a few days to the island of Samos with several others to volunteer with the refugees there. It was a wonderful – if harrowing – experience and I’d love … Continue reading

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Your Monday blessing: “The Back Nine”

I am approaching one of those infamous years with a nothing at the end – the big-four-oh, in my case. There are many metaphors out there for ageing. Ecclesiastes, whose neighbours Leviticus and Judges disparage as being “a bit on … Continue reading

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The Summer Moon

Your Monday blessing: last of the summer reruns and then I mean to dive into the writing again, spirit willing. Here’s one from three years ago.   The Summer Moon (for Abe)   I walked to the moon, but I … Continue reading

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Your Monday blessing – by Kabir

I said to the wanting-creature inside me: What is this river you want to cross? There are no travelers on the river-road, and no road. Do you see anyone moving about on that bank, or nesting? There is no river … Continue reading

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Monday Blessing from Elie Wiesel

Your Monday Blessing, from Elie Wiesel’s 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech: “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence … Continue reading

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