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For Those Who Lost Their Lives in Wars

By , May 21, 2015
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Spirit of Love, be with us and be in our memories of those who have lost their lives in war. Hold all who serve in your care and keep them safe, until nations shall beat their swords into ploughshares and study war no more. Amen. (Rev. Sarah Stewart, First Unitarian Church of Worcester )

May Musings

By , April 30, 2015
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Back in our Vermont days, our daughter won blue ribbons one year at the county fair for vegetables she grew in the garden and eggs she collected from our flock of laying hens. This was the beginning of a beautiful friendship between Charis and the good earth. Today she has a massive garden, where she

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April Musings

By , March 27, 2015
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The poet T. S. Eliot wrote “April is the cruelest month,” but I’ve never understood why. Here in New England April is so sweet, bringing with it the promise of warmer days after the frigid winter, bringing back the sunlight we’ve so sorely missed in bright rays beaming more directly – bringing the first flowers

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Snow Day

By , February 15, 2015
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I should be in church. I should be finding pretty bowls to put the candy in for our annual All-Generations Valentine’s Day “Chocolate Communion.” I should be listening to the choir rehearse their pieces for this week and next; I should be greeting the people who arrive at church early. I should be checking to

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Out Ahead of the Storm

By , February 2, 2015
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We left Boston under clear skies yesterday morning and flew to Salt Lake City, then on to San Francisco. The mountains around the airport in SLC are spectacular, craggy and snow-covered and so in-your-face. No time to drink in their splendor – we had only an hour between flights, and had to go from one

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The Institute For Excellence in Ministry

By , January 31, 2015
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Very early on Sunday morning, if all goes according to plan, I’ll board Delta 2083 bound for Salt Lake City, where I’ll connect to Delta 2375 to San Francisco. I’m meeting an old friend and colleague there, and we will travel to Pacific Grove on Monday, to Asilomar Conference Grounds for the week-long Unitarian Universalist

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Wisdom from Pope Francis

By , December 22, 2014
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Today’s news brings great wisdom from Pope Francis. I like to share my fellow religious leaders’ thoughts when they bridge gaps between faith traditions and speak truth to power. What follows is taken from an Associated Press translation of the Pope’s address to the Curia today. The Curia is the body of “cardinals, bishops and priests

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December Musings

By , December 7, 2014
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The wheel of the year goes around, and finds us once again at “the most wonderful time of the year.” The sun returns, the baby is born and the angels sing, the oil miraculously burns and the Temple is reclaimed. The “jolly old elf” manages to bring a little something to thrill a child’s heart,

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A Tough Week For Toms

By , November 5, 2014
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It’s been a tough week for three good men, all who bear the name of Tom. Tom Menino, beloved 20-year mayor of Boston, died on October 30. Tom Magliozzi, beloved co-host of “Car Talk,” died on November 3. And today I heard Tom Ashbrook, beloved host of NPR’s “On Point,” explain that he is going

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