Posts By Buffy Boke

Today’s UU

By , October 13, 2015
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Today’s UU – a sermon preached on October 4, 2015 for Open House at First Parish UU – Canton  There’s a Unitarian Universalist blog called “Blue Boat” that published a piece by Rebecca Brinson – it originally appeared in another online blog called “The Toast.” The piece is called “Unitarian Universalists: Hiding In Plain Sight.”

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A Place At The Table

A Place at the Table – a sermon preached on September 27, 2015 Last month Nick and I traveled across the country by train. When you book a sleeping berth, three meals a day are included in the price of the ticket. The dining car is made up of booths that seat four people –

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“It Takes A Village”

It Takes A Village – a sermon preached on September 20, 2015 “It takes a village to raise a child.” This proverb from the Igbo and Yoruba people of Nigeria exists in different forms in many African languages. The basic meaning is that child upbringing is a communal effort. The responsibility for raising a child

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October Musings

By , October 2, 2015
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Last week Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, visited the United States and Roman Catholics as well as others came out by the thousands to see and hear what he had to say. He is a new kind of pope, emphasizing the needs of the poor, the disabled, those who are the

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Black Lives Matter

By , July 31, 2015
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Aside from our work to rebalance the earth’s atmosphere, nothing facing us is more important than addressing the pervasive racism that underlies our culture. I have been reading a lot this summer, looking for understanding and ways to become the strongest possible ally in the struggle for racial justice and the effort toward ending racism.

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Let America Be America

By , July 4, 2015
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July 4, 2015 “Happy Independence Day” – that’s the cri du jour. But the cri du cœur is something different this Independence Day. This year the cry of our hearts echoes the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. How long, O Lord? How long? Black churches are burning, black youth gunned down,

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What Will We Do?

By , June 19, 2015
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Nine people praying together at their church were murdered by a man who wanted to start a new civil war, a man who was raised to be bigoted, his white privilege used as a cloak to disguise his evil. Unitarian Universalists don’t like talk of evil but I’m here to tell you there is evil in

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Summer Days

By , May 29, 2015
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Summer Days  The night before the last day of school we packed: underpants, socks, shorts, shirts, one sweater, one pair of jeans, sneakers and a bathing suit or, if it was a good year, two bathing suits, a hairbrush, and a toothbrush. All library books had been returned. Our teeth had been professionally cleaned and

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Now That You’re Liberated

By , May 25, 2015
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                      Now That You’re Liberated                    A little boy forgot his lines in a Sunday school presentation. His mother was in the front row to prompt him. She gestured and formed the words silently with her lips,

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