Weaving the Web

Weaving the Web

I was in New Orleans for the annual General Assembly (GA) of the Unitarian Universalist Association, where the Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray became our first elected female president (not the first to serve–keep reading for details). All three candidates were women, and they created a covenant of behavior among them when the race began. It made … Continued

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You know those situations when someone says something that insults or stereotypes a group, and you don’t figure out what you should say about it until hours later? That’s so often how it goes for me – more often than not. In fact, sometimes I’m not even fully cognizant that they’ve said something problematic until … Continued

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Two separate and painful events in the wider world of Unitarian Universalism occurred on the same day, March 30. The Rev. Ron Robinson, a UU minister and founder of the Third Place Community in Turley, Oklahoma , was arrested on child pornography charges, and admitted guilt. This was a shock and a source of great … Continued

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You may have heard the grim statistics on how many transgender teenagers have attempted suicide or  died by suicide: 40%. Here’s another statistic: when transgender teenagers have supportive family and community, that rate plummets. If their families are supportive, it is no different than in non-trans kids. A community that accepts and supports transgender people … Continued

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It is good to be back with you! As I write this I am not yet caught up with all that has happened at UUCPA during the past six months. However, Mary is leaving me lots of information from her busy time here, and by the time you read this, I will have met with … Continued

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Dear ones, you have all the information about the who and what and how long about sabbatical, and more is in the sabbatical guide that is posted online and in the Main Hall pamphlet rack, so I won’t belabor the point. I just want you to know that I will miss you during these months … Continued

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  It’s hard to believe, but I will be leaving for Mexico in just six weeks. My six-month sabbatical begins July 1, and I’ll be taking my annual study leave from June 4 to 30. So what will that time look like? Here at UUCPA, very much as usual. We have a terrific lineup of … Continued

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Last Sunday, as we lit our chalice, Jane Glauz spoke about her lifetime in our congregations. One snippet she shared was the founding of East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Ohio. Synchronicity struck like the chime of a clock: later that day, I learned that East Shore had marked their 60th anniversary that same morning. … Continued

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It’s hard to believe, but I have been the parish minister here for over twelve years, and it’s been over five years since I returned from my first sabbatical. Our ministers, like those of most UU congregations, accumulate a month of paid sabbatical leave for every year, and are expected to take it when 4-6 … Continued

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On the 50th anniversary of Selma in March, when I asked people to cross the bridge to a better world by committing to an action they would take for racial justice, I chose two for myself. The first was to read lots of African-American history, fiction, and poetry — so little has been part of … Continued