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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]

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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]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

The Retreat from Freedom and Democracy

Twenty years ago Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997) laid out a story of the rise of European wealth and power as geographically determined. Temperate climates, suitable soil, and availa... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Our Commission of Compassion

There's Something About Mary, part 3 Between the first and fourth centuries, there existed a Magdalene Christianity, characterized by emphasis on ending the oppression of the world’s powerless. ... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Her Gospel

There's Something About Mary, part 2 The Easter narratives place us on Calvary Hill, where the rational world of control is submerged in fear, pain, and a maelstrom of emotion. As a reader or list... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Witnesses to a World-Transforming Event

There's Something About Mary, part 1 There’s Something About Mary – which was the title of a 1998 Ben Stiller movie that has nothing that all to do with what I’m talking about. There was ano... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Divine Sources of Heart Hardening

The Jewish holy week of Passover began this year at sundown, Mon Apr 14. The celebration of freedom continues eight days, through the evening of Tue Apr 22. The first two days and the last two days... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Going Home (script)

Script used in the CUUC Animal Blessing service. Substantially adapted from Margaret Wild, Going Home. ACT I[Beatrice standing, slippers in hand. Boris and Maru on their beds. Toby enters with Mom]... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Never a Greater Need

Stewardship, part 3“Steward” comes from an Old English word for house guardian or housekeeper. After the Norman conquest, it merged with a word meaning “overseer of workers. ” We are the st... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

Abundance Is the True Law of Life

Stewardship, part 2 Abundance is the true law of life. The Jewish scriptures say it over and over. God is good, God provides, God is faithful. God loves us extravagantly and wants to provide for us... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

The Liberal Pulpit

The True Loaves and Fishes Miracle

Stewardship, part 1 There's a miracle story about loaves and fishes. You might have heard it:The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ... [read more]

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