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The Liberal Pulpit

A Feeling. Mostly.

Freedom, part 1 On the subject of freedom, and speaking of fathers . . . I was seven years old when, at dinner one night, my father off-handedly mentioned that there’s an idea that everything you... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Disgust and Moral Judgment

"Purity" -- and it's opposite, "pollution" -- have been getting slowly edged out of morality. This is new. For most of human history, some notion of "purity... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Mind and Soul Ablaze

The Fire of Commitment, part 2 Let's unpack Rev. Mary Katherine Morn's lines in our hymn, "Fire of Commitment. " From the light of days remembered burns a beacon bright and clear. D... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Commit

Fire of Commitment, part 1 Commit. With Memorial Day recently behind us and June, the most popular month for weddings, now here, it's a good time to think about the meaning of committing – as a ... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Realities of White Privilege

White Supremacy, part 3 The tacit assumptions of White Supremacy show up in many subtle ways. When we make hiring decisions based on which applicant is a "better fit," how much of the... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Believing In Privilege

White Supremacy, part 2 The Long and Continuing Ideology of White Supremacy After the Civil War, slavery continued under different names. One of those names was "sharecropping. " Anot... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Truth With Your Own Tribe

White Supremacy, part 1 Charles Deas' The Trapper and his Family (1845) depicts a voyageur and his Native American wife and children"Oh Shenandoah" (also called simply "S... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

The Three Base Practices for Joy

Joy, part 3 Some spiritual practices might be your thing -- or might not be. Other practices are worth a try -- even if you end up only doing them once. Then there are the kinds of spiritual practi... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Joy Practice

Joy, part 2 Practices that help cultivate joy (SEE HERE), I have grouped into three categories. The “Might be Your Thing" category has practices that are not for everyone – but one of th... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Joy and Happiness, Evolution, Money

Joy, part 1 I do believe there’s a difference between happiness and joy. A British website called psychologies explains it this way:“Joy is more consistent and is cultivated internally. It come... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Pride

Pride: arrogance, vanity, hubris, haughtiness, conceit, snobbery, self-importance. “Pride,” said Pope Gregory I “is the root of all evil. ” The other vices “spring from this poisonous roo... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Lust

We inherit a long tradition of serious repression about lust. Augustine (354-430) was a major contributor to this repression. For Augustine, the ideal is life-long virginity of heart, mind, and bod... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Envy

“You see something, want it, feel it only sensible and right that it belong to you and not the person who has it. Once the injustice of the other person having it is established – this doesn’... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Anger/Wrath

Anger, we've been taught, is a deadly sin. But there’s a crucial ambiguity about anger. On the one hand, there is the anger-the-feeling, the body’s physiological response to a situation that i... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Greed/Avarice

Greed, more than any of the other “seven deadly sins,” has numerous and powerful champions. Oliver Stone’s 1987 film, “Wall Street,” was initially titled “Greed. ” The ruthless corpor... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Sloth

Is sloth such a bad thing? Jesus bids us to, “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin” (Luke 12:27, NRSV). Those flowers sound pretty slothful. In dealing with sloth, or ... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Gluttony

Of the seven deadly sins, gluttony is the one with which we are most obsessed. Try going to a bookstore and telling an employee: “I’m looking for something that will help me with my problem of ... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

The Seven Deadlies

There’s something about the number seven. Seven days in a week. Seven colors in a rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). Pre-moderns counted seven celestial bodies (Sun, Moon... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Free Speech on Campus

Free speech issues have been intensifying on American campuses. In February:"Protests that erupted at UC Berkeley ahead of a planned Wednesday appearance by right-wing commentator Milo Yiann... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Left Snark, Right Snark

The Corruption of Our Democracy, part 3 Gerrymandering With the use of computers and very precise neighborhood by neighborhood data – even household by household data – lawmakers carve intricat... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Painful Divide

The Corruption of Our Democracy, part 2 Fastforward 25 or so years and it’s the year 2010. I’ve become a minister, and I’m serving a congregation in Gainesville, Florida. I’m also the presi... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

I Love Democracy!

The Corruption of Our Democracy, part 1 I love democracy. I think my most joyous experiences as a Unitarian Universalist lay person came almost 30 years ago. I was a graduate student at the Univers... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

On Joy

joy (n) 1. the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation: She felt the joy of seeing her son's success. 2. a source or caus... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Our Body

Earth Day, part 2 We all die. I reflect often on my own impending death. It brings a certain peace, and a deep cherishing of the moments that I do have. And all species eventually become extinct. B... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

The Climate It is A-Changin'

Earth Day, part 1 One of my sayings is: Reality is never depressing. Reality can certainly be challenging. What’s depressing is trying to turn away from reality – trying not to know, not to thi... [read more]

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