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The Liberal Pulpit

More of Us Than of Them

The Third Reconstruction, part 3 Groups that seem as disparate as the Sierra Club, the NAACP, the ACLU, the National Abortion Rights Action League, the coalition to stop gun violence, voting rights... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

I Thought I'd Be Saying...

The Third Reconstruction, part 2“We must tell America if you think we are just going have one march, or one campaign, you must be out of your mind, because we are going to resist the one moment m... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Truth, Hope, and America

The Third Reconstruction, part 1 The Spirit of Truth image has stood before her White Plains congregation for over 80 years, on the front of the pulpit I have occupied for less than four of those y... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Neither Blame Nor Sympathy

J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy (2016) describes the poor southern and midwestern culture that Vance himself comes from – a culture that President Obama had characterized eight years before:“Yo... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Sorrow Carves the Container for Joy

The Blues, part 3“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your he... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Happiness vs. Joy

The Blues, part 2“When things go wrong, I’d rather just be quiet with it than to feel nothing at all. It can feel good to hurt, or to at least bring the hurt up to the surface enough to get it ... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Dukkha and The Blues

The Blues, part 1 Life is dukkha, said the Buddha. Dukkha is often translated as suffering or dissatisfaction. The word dukkha comes from a root referring to a wheel with the hub off-center. Imagin... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

True Dialog

Dialog is generally regarded as a good thing. Particularly in these polarized times, we are surely in need of dialog, and a lot of it. But when we think of dialog, we are usually thinking of dialog... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

What Does Mercy Have to Say?

Scared, part 2 Let me mention another issue where our fear reaction overrode both rationality and mercy: our incarceration rate. In 1930, about 200 of every 100,000 men was incarcerated. It stayed ... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Fear Stifles Mercy

Scared, part 1 In Melanie Watt's children's story, Scaredy Squirrel, our hero discovers the pleasures of leaping into the unknown. It is, of course, a lesson for us all. There’s a lot of fear i... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Justice AND Mercy

Mercy Sakes! part 3 The Count of Monte Cristo wreaks upon his wrongdoers the perfection of retribution. For the betrayer who was cowardly, "afraid to challenge Dantes for Mercedes love direc... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Sin v. Disconnection

Mercy Sakes! part 2 I once heard my colleague, Rev. Scott Tayler, UU minister now on the UUA denominational staff in Boston ("Director of Congregational Life"), tell the story of grow... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Mercy v. Justice

Mercy Sakes! part 1 Mercy. It seems to be a species of compassion -- especially that compassion represented in forbearing from punishment, leniency, or forgiveness. Since it is unearned, it also ov... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

What Is Mercy?

Words do twist and meander, don’t they? The etymology says mercy comes from Latin mercedem (reward, wages, pay hire) and merx (wares, merchandise). “See market,” it says! (etymonline. com. ) ... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Politics and No-Self

What would be the political implications of mass awareness that the self is an illusion? Arriving at and integrating that awareness through a devoted spiritual practice generally facilitates a pro-... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Evolving Religion

"Church! Huh! What Is It Good For? " part 3 Religion came to early humans as both a blessing and a curse. Faith community provided a feeling of connection, of at-home-ness, of being w... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Religion and Social Health

"Church! Huh! What Is It Good For? " part 2“People who frequently participate together in religious rituals achieve a feeling of community that enhances their ability to cooperate a... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Where Religion Came From

"Church! Huh! What Is It Good For? " part 1 In 1970, in the midst of the Vietnam war, Edwin Starr made the charts with a protest song: “War (What is it Good For? )” “Absolutely ... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Protecting Faith While Preventing Discrimination

Washington State began recognizing same-sex marriages in 2012. In 2013, Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, WA, refused to provide flowers for the wedding of Robert Ingerso... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

I Don't Deserve a Donut

"The Desertless Life" part 3 In the last post, I concluded, "The idea of deserving something positive can be replaced, in some cases, with policies creating entitlements. In ot... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Shedding Desert

The Desertless Life, part 2 Grace is a mix of concepts. Grace is unearned, undeserved. So it’s luck. Serendipity. But not just that. Grace is also a name for the fact that the best things in life... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Mid-Winter Groundhog Grace

The Desertless Life, part 1 In the beauty and grace of winter the trees rest. Their bare branches let in the sky. The season’s table is set with ice and starlight. It is a time for bundling up, h... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Spend It On the World

Grace, part 3 We Unitarian Universalists are called to the work of justice. We strive to temper our own greed, and to care for the poor, the oppressed, the disadvantaged. Our faith calls us to sacr... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Pay Nothing But Attention

Grace, part 2 You don’t have to earn the best things in life. They're free. You can’t buy them. Nothing you can say, do, be, or become can make you deserve them any more or any less. I'm gues... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Can't Earn It

Grace, part 1 We live by grace. We live in grace. There is a joy in life. Even amid the grief and tragedy – in part because of the grief and tragedy, growing out of the sadness – there is a joy... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit