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November Musings

By , November 4, 2014
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The theme for November is – not surprising – “gratitude.” And today I feel deeply grateful to the people who have helped First Parish navigate the choppy waters of the multi- ple transitions we’ve weathered since last May, when I wrote in these pages, “It’s a time of transition at First Parish, and transition is

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October Musings

By , October 1, 2014
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M i n i s t e r i o u s M u s i n g s Tim Shapiro writes in “What are Congregations For?”:“The primary purpose of congregations is to help human beings grow into a more mature, more deeply human existence. Congregations contribute to mature human existence by creating the opportunity

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Love and Death

By , August 13, 2014
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The world is missing some wonderful people just now – the beautiful and lively Lauren Bacall, the funny and sad Robin Williams, The President’s great-uncle Charles Payne, and of course all the not-famous folks who have died and are not mourned publicly. And juxtaposed with those celebrities and those un-famous ones are the thousands who

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Independence Day Message

By , July 8, 2014
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Dear Friends, Were we to have a service of worship on or near the Fourth of July this year I would be compelled by current events to speak out about the encroachments on freedom by the forces of greed that seem to hold sway in this country today.   Life, liberty and the pursuit of

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Thousands of UUs Gathered in Love

By , June 30, 2014
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This year’s UUA General Assembly was a long lesson in the interpretation of the covenant that begins, “Love is the doctrine of our congregation.” To live our lives rooted in a place of love means to face into trouble and conflict with open hearts, ready to hear and to see people who are very different

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Transitions

By , June 17, 2014
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This is a time of transition at First Parish, and while we are happy to welcome our new staff members a few of us are feeling unsettled because we’re not sure how things are going to be. When will the office be open? What will the new DRE be like? At the heart of these

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Morning Gratitude

By , June 4, 2014
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For the kindness of strangers who have, in this week, carried boxes of books, bought coffee, reprogrammed the complicated thermostat in our new house and notarized documents free of charge, I give thanks. Also for rain and sunshine and the mourning dove who sat for a long time on the balcony railing, cooing. Sometimes life is almost unbearably sweet.

Brief Blog Sabbatical

By , May 21, 2014
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So we’re building a new web site for the church and I think I’ll be shifting over to another blog host…plus we’re winding down and there’s not much more to say this year. I’ll let you all know where and when the next posting will be – probably in September when we pick up the

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The Guest House

By , June 8, 2013
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Years ago, my friend Bryan shared this poem with me and the congregation I served at the time. It’s stayed with me, and I’ve chosen it as the theme for my new blog. Here I’ll share sermons or excerpts, and other thoughts as they occur to me. Let’s start with this inspiration by Jalal ad-Din

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