just like a UU

A new lay leader wants my sister’s church to cease using exclusively masculine pronouns when they refer to God.  Evidently, they aren’t ready to use many feminine pronouns, so they just repeat the word “God” a lot–”God wants the best for God’s children,” etc.  This frustrates my sister, who finds that language clunky and distracting.  Besides, she says, “I don’t think people who come to this [tradition withheld] church worry about that kind of stuff.”  She ~read more~

working for peace

When I answered Yolanda’s call, I knew (from Caller ID) that she was calling from the Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Nevertheless, I wanted to hear what she would say.  She wished me a good day, told me her name, and asked if we might have a short conversation.  I reciprocated, and agreed.  She asked if I thought there would be peace on earth during my lifetime.  I resisted the temptation to be flip—“sure, there may have been two ~read more~

bathroom of heresy

The Bathroom of Heresy was created by two of my colleagues (names withheld to protect the guilty), when their seminary living quarters shared a bathroom.  They decorated it with religious images both sacred and profane, setting fine art next to contemporary kitsch.  They displayed everything from tracts handed them on street corners to postcards with Jesus pointing the way to Las Vegas.  There was a reproduction of a Renaissance painting near a wind-up “boxing nun” toy ~read more~

pure sense of purpose

 Lt. G. is surprised at how much he misses some aspects of war. In his post in Doonesbury’s Sandbox, Matt Gallagher writes,

“I’ve been out of the military for just over a year now, and I’ve been shocked at how much I miss (parts of) it. The camaraderie, of course, can’t be replaced in the civilian world, nor can the ability to act like a boorish 16-year old with a gun. (I’ll leave it to the reader’s ~read more~

guilty bystander?

“For us to claim we are ‘on the side of love,’ implying others are not, feels dangerously self-righteous to me,” posts Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig.  She continues, “Please hear me: I don’t want us to sit on our hands or stay silent about what we believe. I feel so blessed to be part of a movement with brave people willing to put themselves on the line for justice. I just hope we can practice with humility, seeking ~read more~

identity exercise

Choose an identity that has been alive for you recently…What has been good about that identity? What’s been hard about it? What is something you’d like us to know/remember about that identity in your life?

Thanks to Toniann Read, the Director of Ministry with Children and Youth at UU Metro Atlanta North, for sharing the above questions, which they use as a check-in at their monthly RE Council meetings.

I have a hard time with such questions as ~read more~

$0.02 on GA’12

Dear UUA Trustees,

Thank you for asking my input about GA12.

If we are to ask UUs of color, and UUs with green cards, to risk their safety and their freedom by going to Arizona, then we must make it worth that risk: let us do real work in Phoenix. Even if SB1070 has been wholly repealed by June of 2012, we made a commitment in Minneapolis to focus on justice work. Let us do the necessary business ~read more~

48 into 1070

Many of those arrested at the Phoenix protests have had their day in court. Most UUs protesting the inherent racism in the anti-immigrant SB 1070 have been sentenced to community service.  (I don’t know if non-UUs got different sentences; it is at least plausible.  That’s for another post).

Some of us donated money toward the bail fund, to help the protestors get out of jail; might we not also stand in solidarity by doing some community service ~read more~

so may we categorize: