Tag Archives: Healing

Hush

Bluebird by Charles Bukowski There’s a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out But I’m too tough for him I say, stay in there I’m not going to let anybody see you There’s a bluebird in my heart … Continue reading

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all we can do

All you can do is walk into Jerusalem, with the Hosannas ringing in your ears, and the palms coming at you in every direction, when you’re already remembering the bitter of what comes next even then, all you have is … Continue reading

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What Comes Next

Reading – from Alain de Botton’s 2016 essay, “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person”   It’s one of the things we are most afraid might happen to us. We go to great lengths to avoid it. And yet we do it … Continue reading

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Step Zero

Story: Two Monks and a Woman  Homily – for the New Year: Step Zero (co-written by Kristen Psaki)  Here’s what I’ve always wondered, about that story.  When the older monk asks the younger monk that question, about why he was still … Continue reading

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How It Might Have Gone (My Universalist Dream Ballet Version of the Brett Kavanaugh Senate Hearings)

I was imagining all day yesterday how it might have gone. I keep thinking of it like my Universalist-Dream-Ballet version of the horrifying/captivating Senate Hearings. That is, a version of events fueled by my most idealistic notions of redemption and reconciliation.  And, … Continue reading

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Re-Creation and Reconciliation – Easter Sermon 2017

Reading – from Louise Erdrich’s The Painted Desert   Sermon – Re-Creation and Reconciliation – Easter Sunday 2017 Perhaps it is predictable that my favorite part of the Jesus story is the moment that many orthodox preachers would call his … Continue reading

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True Things – Sermon March 12 2017

Reading, from Adrienne Rich’s “Lies, Secrets, and Silence”  Sermon, “True Things” – part 1 of 3 part series “Real Life”  Today’s my mom’s birthday, and so I’m going to start by sharing a classic my-mom story. She’d just come back … Continue reading

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Healing the Heart of Democracy

Reading: Washington Post articles from Sept 26 2016 “Feeling Anxious About the Debate?” and October 13 2016 “People Are So Stressed by this Election….”  If you were at the installation, you may remember that the opening line of the choral … Continue reading

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Every Tool, a Weapon

Audio Podcast of this sermon available here.  Video shown before the sermon: Fox News Interview with college senior about inclusive language campaign at University of Michigan  By now, you’ve probably heard the audio, though you likely wish you hadn’t. The latest … Continue reading

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Giving Up the Ghost

Reading from Christine Robinson’s essay, “Imagineers of Soul”  Sermon Preached August 21, 2016 The audio version of this sermon can be found here. A few years ago, my colleague Robin Bartlett, who grew up Unitarian Universalist, preached a sermon she … Continue reading

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