Posts By Buffy Boke

Green Eggs and Ham (with interruptions)

By , April 3, 2017
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GREEN EGGS AND HAM By Cindy Spring This morning’s reflections are based on a sacred text that may have great meaning for many of you. I’ve asked two of our best textual critics to help me with our interpretation this morning – our very own intern minister David Egan and our beloved member-from-birth Don Seaman.

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Monkey Wants The Moon

By , March 27, 2017
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Monkey Wants the Moon – March 26, 2017 The monkey is reaching The monkey is reaching For the moon in the water: Until death overtakes him He’ll never give up. If he’d let go the branch and Disappear into the deep pool, The whole world would shine With dazzling pureness.   This poem was written

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Self-Discipline

By , March 19, 2017
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March 19, 2017 Years ago Nick and I brought our daughter to college for her first year. We were joined on this happy occasion by Nick’s brother Richard and his partner Mikki – a brief family time before Charis got swept into the vortex of campus life. Richard had attended that very same college in

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Emotional Maturity

By , February 19, 2017
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I might have mentioned that I was very sick when I was in third grade, and was confined to bed for the better part of five months. The following year, I had a relapse and was sick for about a month – and during all that time I grew quite a bit, but without the

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Stronger Than We Think We Are

By , February 7, 2017
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“We’re Stronger Than We Think We Are” A minister who retired recently said this to her congregation many times over the 29 years she served them. She said it when they needed to find a place to worship because their building was affected by mold. She said it when they stood up to community condemnation for

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Our Seven Principles

People often ask what Unitarian Universalists believe. Unitarian Universalism is not a creedal faith, however. We aren’t asked to subscribe to a specific set of beliefs, but to be in covenant with one another to affirm and support certain principles. These principles sometimes are used in place of a creed, but they are not so

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Above, Within and Among

By , December 18, 2016
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We are Unitarian Universalists. Our Universalist heritage teaches us that whatever happens to us – our souls, spirits, whatever – if anything – happens to all of us. If when we die we are met with a Supreme Being who sits in judgment over us, that being will save all of us. No one is

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Uncle Louie and the Northwest Passage

By , November 13, 2016
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Uncle Louie and the Northwest Passage Our theme this month is “Story” and I think if we asked everyone here today to tell us just one story from their family we could be here for days. Every family has a story they tell. Sometimes those stories are funny and sometimes they are tragic. Sometimes they

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The Book Of Life

By , October 2, 2016
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L’shanah Tovah! May you be written into the Book of Life for a good year! The Book of Life is a book that God keeps, according to Jewish custom, and in it each year God inscribes every person’s fate for the coming year. Rosh Hashanah, which begins tonight at sundown, rings in the New Year

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On Covenant

By , September 27, 2016
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Our heritage teaches us that the fundamental quality of our existence is loving kindness. In his book, The Gospel According to Jesus, Stephen Mitchell writes, “What is the gospel according to Jesus? Simply this: The love we all long for in our innermost heart is already present, beyond longing.” Covenants are about relationships. The amazing

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