Poems in the Lap of Death (service; 140223)

shipbuilding

Not only do I not believe in that literal version of the monotheistic God, I have very little interest in trying to prove or disprove its existence. It is not a very nuanced understanding; I want us to deepen our appreciation of the complexities and paradoxes of life. ~read more~

buy nothing day?

bnd_detox

This year is the 22nd annual “Buy Nothing Day,” celebrated in the USA on the day after Thanksgiving, and in sixty-five other countries on the following Saturday. Not only do “Buy Nothing Day” supporters encourage us to forego shopping on that day, they also hold “credit card cut-ups” to help people get a handle on their debt, and they stage “zombie walks” where people dressed like horror-movie zombies shamble through shopping malls, inspiring people to wake ~read more~

we am evolution

lightning

“What does it take to become the kind of human beings who can break through the stuck patterns of human life at this time to engender a rapid, minimally destructive, transformation of human culture, society, and behavior?” asks Terry Patten. “How can we wake up (whether from ego, fear, confusion, spiritual bypassing or other limiting frames of mind) so that we can be rightly related to the question? How can our ways of being (both with ourselves ~read more~

Fated for Free Will? (sermon; 121014)

conscience angel devil toon

Fated for Free Will
Service celebrated at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana, on 14 October 2012

 

OPENING WORDS
For a few hours each Sunday morning, we set aside a time and space to recall ourselves to our larger values, and to teach them to our children. We make time to heal from the  wounds of the world, to recharge for the week ahead, and to better equip ourselves to care for and encourage our human cousins who ~read more~

Thunder-ous Real Hugs

Kobe Bryant Shannon Brown

My shouts of glee must have woken Lilly, because she raised her head and looked at me quizzically. “What are you so excited about?” she asked, “I thought you were rooting for the Heat.” Lillie is our dog, but she sometimes communicates with me telepathically. And she also has a pretty good understanding of basketball—-for a Labrador.

“I’m not shouting about the game. I’m tickled that they’re showing all the players hugging. Look-—players and coaches from both ~read more~

Sex-Positive Religion (worship; 120212)

Amor_Victorious

Sex-Positive Religion
Service celebrated at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana, on 12 February 2012

 

OPENING WORDS
Denver Butson was born in Maryland, in 1965; this is his poem, “Tuesday 9:00am”

A man standing at the bus stop
reading the newspaper is on fire
Flames are peeking out
from beneath his collar and cuffs
His shoes have begun to melt

The woman next to him
wants to mention it to him
that he is burning
but she is drowning
Water is everywhere
in her mouth and ears
in her ~read more~

Imprisoned Lightning (homily; 120205)

Statue of Liberty Torch

Imprisoned Lightning
Service  celebrated at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana, on 05 February  2012
Rev.  Chip Roush

OPENING WORDS
One of my favorite poets, Wislawa Szymborska, died last Wednesday, of lung cancer. These are excerpts of her poem, Psalm:

“How leaky are all the borders
we  draw around our separate nations!
How  many clouds cross those boundaries
daily without even paying the toll!
How much desert sand
simply sifts from country to country,
or how many mountain pebbles
hop down slopes onto foreign turf just like that!
Need I remind you of ~read more~

integral impulse (sermon; 110130)

nested dolls Snoopy

Integral Impulse Service celebrated at People’s Church UU, in Ludington, Michigan, on 30 January 2011; by Rev. Chip Roush

 OPENING WORDS               
by Ken Wilber (who turns 62 tomorrow)
“I’ll tell you what I think. I think the sages are the growing tip of the secret impulse of evolution. I think they are the leading edge of the self-transcending drive that always goes beyond what went before. I think they embody the very drive of the Kosmos toward greater depth ~read more~

evolving “alien” life on earth

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Arsenic-eating microbes–unlike any other lifeforms on earth–show that Life is even more tenacious and inventive than we thought.  When scientists starved the GFAJ-1 microbe of phosphorus, introducing the chemically-similar arsenic, the microbe adapted itself, incorporating arsenate into its cellular structure–including its DNA.

Felisa Wolfe-Simon and fellow researchers began working on the GFAJ-1 microbe (of the Halomonadaceae family) because it thrived in the toxically-salty Mono Lake, in California.  All life on earth uses the same six elements–including phosphorus.  So ~read more~

a UU vision

Our task is to challenge coercive religious (and/or political) movements, and offer an alternative that offers *both* a more accurate map of reality and will enable a better life for all, according to the Rev. Mr. Tom Schade:

“I think that it would be useful for us to understand ourselves as a particular form of ‘liberal religion’, a broad movement that (1) considers all religions as culturally relative expressions of a universal human impulse and (2) has ~read more~

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