There is More Love Somewhere

The following was written by the British poet, Richard Aldington, who as a young man served in the military during WWI. “We pass and leave you lying. No need for rhetoric, for funeral music, for melancholy bugle-calls. No need for tears now, no need for regret. We took our risk with you; you died and […]

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Our Need To Give

The culture we live in encourages us to always be thinking about what we need more of. More clothes, more cars, more food, more vacations, more groceries, more education, more money for education, more income, more… On and on it goes. Church leaders often get caught up in this, too. We need more volunteers. We […]

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Our Interfaith Future

The Pew Research Center has been tracking religious hostilities around the world since 2007. They have just published a report that found that a third of the 198 countries and territories that were studied in 2012 had a high or very high level of social hostilities related to religion. That is the highest share in […]

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Jesus for UU’s

“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they […]

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What is Your Spiritual Type?

What is your favorite part of worship here on a Sunday morning? Do you like that liberal religion is defined and celebrated here, Sunday after Sunday, same place, same time? Or is you favorite part joys and sorrows or coffee hour, because you like to talk? Do you feel like you haven’t been to church […]

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Whom Do You Serve?

And Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled… Then the man said, “Let me go, for the […]

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When to Contact the Minister

My wife and I are about to close on a house in Salisbury. It is halfway between her place of ministry in Charlotte and mine here! It is an older home, in a historic district. I am imagining I am going to learn very quickly where the home improvement stores are in that town! I […]

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The Transient and the Permanent

When I was a child, I was taken to church (willingly) by my parents “every time the door was open” (as they say). I loved the sense of community, of adults beyond my parents who cared about me, of friends beyond my sister and brother to be with. I even often enjoyed Sunday School, because […]

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