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From “Waking Up White”

By , February 8, 2016
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“If there’s a place for tolerance in racial healing, perhaps it has to do with tolerating my own feelings of discomfort that arise when a person, of any color, expresses emotion not welcome in the culture of niceness. It also has to do with tolerating my own feelings of shame, humiliation, regret, anger, and fear

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February Musings

By , January 26, 2016
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February has been declared Black History Month. The idea was to begin to redress the wrongs done to people of color in this country by emphasizing the history that was for so long omitted from our history books. It is clear that the wrongs have not been redressed. Today we grieve what seems to be

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Ministerious Musings for a New Year

By , January 15, 2016
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At this time of year we are always inundated with suggestions for improving our lives. “Sixteen Things You Should Say Goodbye to in 2016” is the latest to cross my field of vision. I sighed. Yes, I know I hold on to habits and thoughts that may not be 100% productive. Yes, I know I

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By , November 23, 2015
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 December 2015 – Ministerious Musings …and once again we find ourselves at the turning of the year, with the holidays upon us and the cold winter weather hovering. What a special, complicated, beautiful, difficult, anxious time of the year. Expectations abound in spite of our wisdom – we know that people continue to be who

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“Permission”

By , October 29, 2015
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We do not need permission To live our life guided by that which lives within us. And yet, too often, some part of our heart Waits for someone else to give the go-ahead Before we fully embody our wisdom and our silliness, Our joy and our sorrow.   This is what it means to give

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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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