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Every Tomorrow is Juneteenth.

June 24, 2020

Check out this short, powerful YouTube video, of a young black man sharing his mother's unwritten rules . . .Until black Americans are not afraid to interact in public, lest they make a mistake that lands them abused or killed by police;Until police are trained to never shoot anyone in the back;Until police are trained to not cut off the ...

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Pride Sunday

June 11, 2020

A big shout out to Barbara Allen, Chair of the Welcoming Congregation, who has put a wonderful Pride service together for this Sunday! We will also return to Facebook Live-streaming so that more people can find us who would take comfort in our message of service, hope, community, and justice. If you have concerns about privacy, you may turn off ...

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2020 Commencement for Justice

June 4, 2020

It is the season of endings and beginnings, a time of commencement.  We congratulate the graduates in our midst who did not get to have ceremonies:  Polly Pierone graduated from college, and Mary Wood graduated from high school.  Both were influenced by growing up in our church, growing up Unitarian Universalist.  Milestones completed, they are beginning a new phase of ...

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What Brings You Joy?

May 14, 2020

That's a loaded question, isn't it? You might answer it sheepishly, like binge-watching TV (if the show is good), or relaxing with a few drinks (if you're a drinker), or using medicinal marijuana (if you have any), or sex (if available). Then there's taking early morning or sunset walks in your neighborhood, gardening, dancing in your living room, Zooming with ...

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Mother, I Forgot to Tell You…

May 7, 2020

Many years ago, I used to go to "church camp." This was an annual, week-long event put on by the Unitarian Universalist Association for young adults aged 18 - 35. It was called OPUS (nope, oddly enough, that's not another UU acronymn, just its name). I went to OPUSes all over the US and Canada. In the mornings we all ...

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What the Hell is Happening to 2020?

April 29, 2020

It's quite something to realize it's about to be May, the 5th month of the year. I vaguely remember celebrating New Years, Valentines, and St. Patrick's Day . . . then all hell broke loose. Lately in my worship services, I've done my best to have a pastoral theme, something that comforts us personally. Meanwhile, there are social justice issues ...

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Love in the Time of Corona

April 23, 2020

I thought I was so clever when I came up with that snappy saying! I was day-dreaming, trying to orient my disoriented quarantined-after-two-weeks self. I remembered the famous novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. How I read "Love in the Time of Cholera" when I was about 19 or 20, when it was hot, deep into a Michigan summer. I was ...

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Our Hearts Go Out to New York City

April 15, 2020

My heart broke today when I heard Mayor Cuomo of New York City begging the nurses and health professionals to come help out if the epidemic was not too acute in their home region or city. It feels like when there is a really bad forest fire and firefighters are flown in from other states, and even other countries. Our ...

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Easter Time!

April 8, 2020

A resurrection would be nice right about now, eh? Resurrection as far as a return to normal life, social gatherings, and public events. I miss the NBA! I miss socializing in my little Altadena village where I live, where I run into people I know. I miss going out to eat! What do you miss? So much feels "dead" right ...

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Free Your Mind . . . And Your Ass Will Follow

April 1, 2020

Our Worship Theme of the Month for April is LIBERATION. Ironic, considering many of us feel anything but liberated at this time. But it's referring to the major Jewish and Christian holidays in April. For Jews, Passover is about liberation from slavery. For Christians, Easter is about liberation from sin. (For Easter, the title of my sermon is: "Liberation From ...

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Been Here, Done This

March 25, 2020

Greetings from . . . my bed! My office has moved to my bedroom - or should I call it my war room? Never thought I'd preach from bed, but here we are. I just ordered a tripod for my phone so we can broadcast from other platforms. I'm terribly un-tech savvy, but I am doing my best to rise ...

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To Love the Dead

October 24, 2019

It's that time of year, when the veil between the worlds of the dead and the living gets thin and we can commune with our loved ones who have passed. So says the traditions of pagans' Samain and the Mexicans' La Dia de Los Muertos. It's no wonder many Americans have embraced or appropriated these traditions for themselves, since we ...

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