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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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Poem by John Aikin, M.D.

Your Monday Blessing today comes from the pen of John Aikin, M.D. (1747 – 1822) the subject of this year’s Warrington Academy Service at Cairo Street Unitarian Chapel. This is from his “Epistle to the Rev. W Enfield, Ll. D.” … Continue reading

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What is the role of religious institutions in justice? A dialogue

Dear friends, I stumbled across an old paper I wrote about congregations and justice. It’s an imagined dialogue between four giants of Unitarianism and Universalism: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Clarence Skinner, Olympia Brown and Clarence Skinner. I apologize for the “in … Continue reading

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Sermon: “Ghosts”

Thanks to Dorothea Dix Unitarian Universalist Community for hosting me. Here’s the text of the sermon: It was after the waves of pirates and princesses, after the ninjas wearing bathrobes and plastic swords, after the cute little pumpkin being pushed … Continue reading

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Hope sermon (text)

“Hope: The Future of the World” Living a Visionary Life Sermon Series Rev. Bob Janis-Dillon The First Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hunterdon County 6/1/2014 It was a beautiful beginning. The star of stars burst into being, the world exploded into … Continue reading

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Blessing of the Animals Sermon (text)

“The Blessing of the Animals” Rev. Bob Janis-Dillon The First Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hunterdon County May 25, 2014 I want to begin with what has to one of the most obvious statement of faith anyone has ever made: I … Continue reading

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Passover poem

Somewhere back in the generations of your family, someone ran away: from the guns of an army, from an abusive marriage, from the whips of Pharoah, from a poor town with nothing, from a nameless dread, from the everyday lies … Continue reading

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