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A Minister’s Musings

Song in a Weary Throat

Pauli captioned this photo:  "The Imp! " This is the text of the sermon I delivered to the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Sunday, June 18, 2... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

To sing not enough ...

Yesterday morning I joined with a group of people in a park in downtown Charlottesville.  The park has been getting a lot of attention lately, both locally and in the national media, because of ... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Too Fast

This is the text of the reflections I offered to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation here in Charlottesville -- which I have the privilege of serving -- on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Fo... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

But I'm not a ...

Yesterday I promised that I would return to one of the most frequent responses people who identify as white have to the use of the term "White Supremacy" as the way to describe the do... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Words, words, words ...

During the years I served the First Universalist Church of Yarmouth, Maine, I regularly had lunch with a colleague from the United Church of Christ congregation across the street.  I don't rememb... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

From Torches to Whispers ...

According to my local paper, The Daily Progress, last night: "Several dozen torch-wielding protesters gathered in Charlottesville’s Lee Park just after 9 p. m. Saturday, chanting “Yo... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Listening Even When We Don’t Want to Hear: UU White Supremacy Teach-In

This is the text not only of the reflections I offered to the congregation I serve -- the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charlottesville -- on May 7, 2017, but the text of the entire servi... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

A Toxic Cesspool By Any Other Name ...

For my non-Unitarian Universalist friends (whom I still love anyway! ), the faith tradition I serve is currently embroiled in what I'm calling a struggle for the soul of our faith.   I don't thi... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

What's Needed is Transformation (and not just change)

This is the text of my newsletter column -- "Words of Wikstrom" -- from the April edition of the monthly bulletin of the congregation I serve. This month’s theme is “transfor... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Lessons From (and for ) the Circus of Life

This is the text of the reflection I offered on Sunday, March 19th, 2017, at the congregation I serve, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist.  This is the version from the 11:15... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

The Best Place to Hide From God

This is the text of the reflection I offered on Sunday, March 5, 2017, to the congregation I serve -- Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist.  As always, you can listen to it if ... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Can You Be Anybody You Want to Be?

This is the text of the sermon I delivered on Sunday, February 19, 2017 with the congregation I serve, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist.  As always, you can listen to the p... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

The Making of a People of Prophecy: the book report

In the sermon I delivered (and posted) yesterday I said that I'd actually written another sermon which I came to realize was not the sermon I needed to deliver.  For what it's worth, here's th... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

The Making of a People of Prophecy

This is the text of the sermon I delivered to the congregation I serve-- Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist -- on Sunday, January 29, 2017.  As always, you can listen if you... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

The Prophetic Role

This is the text of the sermon I delivered at the congregation I serve -- Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist.  As always, you can listen to it if you'd prefer. “Aft... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Doing Nothing ...

This coming Friday -- January 20th -- is the day on which Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.  There will be, not surprisingly, protests and demonstra... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

A Day of Silence

In The Wizard of Earthsea wizard Ged inadvertently lets loose on the world a great evil.   He tries to undo his mistake, but the evil is too powerful for him.   And then it begins to chase him. ... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Be Here Now

This is the text of the sermon I delivered at the congregation I serve, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist, on Sunday, December 4, 2016.  You can listen to it if you prefer.... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

what's a person to do? (part 1)

I recently heard the idea that there is about a three to four week window of time during which the white left will be highly motivated.  Although people of color have been telling us for decades a... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

fair isn't always fair

In response to the protests following the election of, now, President-elect Trump I have heard two assertions over and over again.  The first is that Donald Trump was elected "fair and sq... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

What's Possible: now the eyes of my eyes are opened

I. It’s not possible, I said, When I heard the news Of the White Police Officer Shooting The Unarmed Black Man Whose arms were raised And whose back was turned. It’s not ... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

The Election of Donald Trump: a response

I went to bed early last night, fully confident that what has happened couldn't possibly happen.  But it did.  And now we -- as individuals and as a nation -- have to live with it. For many of... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Reflections on an Election Day Eve

It has been a long, grueling Presidential campaign.   I often think of how much worse it is for the candidates who are running than for those of us in the bleachers watching.   This time, though,... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Of Judgement and Truth

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A Minister’s Musings

A Minister’s Musings

Talking About a Revolution?

There have been both contentious and contentious elections before.   U. S. history is full of very nasty campaigns.   During the campaign of 1870, a prominent supporter of the incumbent, John ... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings