Sunday, 25 June 2017, 06:47 am PDT

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RevThom

Poetry Sunday 2017 - Links to all the poems I mentioned

On Sunday, May 14, 2017 I preached a sermon called, "Poetry is Resistance. " Here are all the poems I read from or mentioned during the service:For the Call to Worship I read a gently... [read more]

RevThom

RevThom

Considering Economic Protest (1st post in the series)

Every dollar you spend you spend is a vote for Trump. Every dollar you spend is a vote for the Republican-led congress. This is a striking statement, but I believe it to be true in two ways. First,... [read more]

RevThom

RevThom

Sermon: Renewed to Life

Opening Words The poet and priest John Banister Tabb composed these words about being renewed to life.             Out of the dusk a shadow, ... [read more]

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RevThom

Repealing the ACA Will Hurt the CrossFit Coaches Who Keep You Healthy

Fitness buff and exercise enthusiast Paul Ryan is determined to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The ACA is how many who work in the fitness industry get their insurance. As an American who is horri... [read more]

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RevThom

My Health Care Story

Recent news demonstrates the crucial difference the Affordable Care Act makes in our nation. According to recent reports, a record 6 million Americans signed up for coverage in 2017. And, earlier t... [read more]

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RevThom

Moral Opposition to the Repeal of the ACA

There has been much conjecture about what will become of the Affordable Care Act (and Medicare, and Medicaid, though those will be the topic of another post. ) The New York Times recently ran an ar... [read more]

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RevThom

Sermon: Disobeying Herod

Call to Worship The season begins with a star. A symbol of hope and love. A sign that portends new possibilities. The in-breaking of light in a time of darkness. The season begins with a star. ... [read more]

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RevThom

A Moral Fantasy

In my own grieving process over the election I find that I’ve entered a stage of bargaining. My thinking frequently goes in the direction of fantasies and magical thinking. The idea of petitionin... [read more]

RevThom

RevThom

An Open Letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama,When you took office eight years ago you inherited a country facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. This crisis was not of your creation but the responsib... [read more]

RevThom

RevThom

Moral Counsel for the Members of the Electoral College

Following my earlier post on moral counsel, I would like to put forward another group of people who I believe are in need of moral counsel: the 306 members of the Electoral College planning to cast... [read more]

RevThom

RevThom

Moral Counsel

Last Thursday, and again this Monday, I called into a national conference call hosted by Rev. Dr. William Barber II of the North Carolina NAACP. Rev. Barber is one of our nation’s foremost moral ... [read more]

RevThom

RevThom

Sermon: "A Letter to My Daughter"

An audio version of this sermon can be heard here. Chalice Meditation I’d like to begin the service by drawing your attention to our chalice. Our faith’s symbol. The chalice is a fierce symbol.... [read more]

RevThom

RevThom

Pastoral Message to My Congregation

Today I'm dusting off this blog that I haven't updated with any regularity or seriousness for years in order to record messages to my church and my world about this scary world in which we live. ... [read more]

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RevThom

Foucault at the Wake County Jail (Getting Arrested Part 2 of 2)

If there was anything that surprised me about getting arrested it was the sheer bureaucracy involved. After we were placed under arrest in a legislator’s office (for protesting House Bill 2) the ... [read more]

RevThom

RevThom

Why I Risked Arrest By Speaking Out (Getting Arrested Part 1 of 2)

Last night I went to jail with Reverend Barber. * Last night I went to jail with Vicki, a member of the Raging Grannies, and Keith, a longtime member of the NAACP who is “sick and tired of being ... [read more]

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RevThom

Reading Every McSweeney's Book

I recently completed a reading project that has been my obsession for the past several years. I’ve read every book – all 232 of them – ever published by Mc Sweeney’s press. According to the... [read more]

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RevThom

My Top 10 Albums of 2015

Each December I look forward to the AV Club’s list of the best albums of the year. In previous years, those lists have turned me on to some great bands like Japandroids, Dirty Projectors, and Clo... [read more]

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RevThom

Interlude: Getting Swole

Click this link to read the previous entry. Click this link to jump ahead to the next post in the series. Before we move along to the next post in the series, here are a few shots of me working out... [read more]

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RevThom

"My Butt Is Bigger" or, The Taboo of Embodiment

Click this link to read the previous entry. Click this link to jump ahead to the next post in the series. A group of us were standing around at the “Crossfit Prom” – an inter-gym social event... [read more]

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RevThom

The Cult(ure) of Crossfit

Click this link to read the previous entry. Click this link to jump ahead to the next post in this series. There is a joke about Crossfitters that the only thing they talk about is Crossfit. One of... [read more]

RevThom

RevThom

Zero to Sixty

Click this link to read the previous entry. Click this link to jump ahead to the next post in this series. People sometimes shudder and give me an uneasy look when I tell them that I went straight ... [read more]

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RevThom

A Decade on the Couch

Click the link to jump ahead to the next post. I couldn’t actually remember the last time I had broken a sweat, that is if you don’t count from walking up a flight of stairs or carrying a bag o... [read more]

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RevThom

My Favorite Books from 2014

Each year I set a goal of reading at least 52 books. This past year I came close to reaching my goal finishing 46 books. (And, that’s if you don’t count all 22 volumes – more than 2,800 pages... [read more]

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RevThom

My Favorite Music of 2014

Writing about my favorite new music of 2014 immediately poses a conundrum. What am I to do when the best two albums of this year, by far, are from bands whose names are so profane that I can’t pr... [read more]

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RevThom

Emerson's Ecstasies: Taking Religious Experience Seriously

This lecture was delivered on 9/11/2014 at The Community Church of Chapel Hill, Unitarian Universalist, as the kick-off for the 2014-2015 Spiritual Education for Adults program. The topic I’ve ch... [read more]

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