Tag Archives: James Luther Adams

We were made for these times

There’s plenty going on in the world, in our country, in our state, and in most cases, in our individual lives – that would justify feelings of overwhelm, of denial, of heightened anxiety and reactivity.  And yet lately, I’ve been feeling … Continue reading

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What We Call God, Or Don’t – Sermon, July 17, 2016

Reading – god is no noun by Glen Thomas Rideout  Sermon: “What We Call God, Or Don’t” All day yesterday, the Board and our Committee on Ministry and I met for a retreat facilitated by the new Regional Lead for the … Continue reading

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the big and the small t – a sermon on truth

Story: “A Farmer’s Horse Ran Off….” a traditional Chinese folk Tale Sermon: “The Small and the Big T” Most Sundays over the past year, we’ve sung the song that we’ll close this service with – “Spirit of Truth.”Before this year, … Continue reading

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God Revised

Several years ago, I was sitting at the desk in the Chaplain’s office at the Denver Women’s Prison, waiting for one of the inmates, and I could hear my own breathing.  It was heavy, and quick, which was not at … Continue reading

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Not Just Any Relationship – 5 Jagged Rocks Post #4

“Stones, timber, though squared, hewn and polished, are not a house,  until they are compacted and united; so saints or believers in judgment of charity,  are not a church unless orderly knit together.” (Cambridge Platform, 1648)  For a while, in … Continue reading

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How to Write Your Unitarian Universalist Testimony

“Only by….conversion can we be possessed by a love that will not let us go.”  – James Luther Adams, in “Root Ideas of Human Freedom” My colleague Joanna Fontaine Crawford posted this article, along with an invitations to Unitarian Universalists to … Continue reading

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Belinda Carlisle and the Beloved Community – Jagged Rocks Post #3

Hanging on a banner in the sanctuary of First Unitarian Society of Denver, is the bold claim:  “Salvation in THIS Life.” This is how this rock began.  I don’t know for certain if it was Nancy Bowen or Mike Morran … Continue reading

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Jersey Shore Meet YRUU – Jagged Rocks Post #2

I’m excited that between now and June, our youth group will be spending a couple sessions a month on the theme of Unitarian Universalism’s 5 Jagged Rocks.  These core theological propositions ground me, challenge me, and hold me in my … Continue reading

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The 5 Jagged Rocks of Unitarian Universalism

 Yesterday, a colleague invited a question on the UU Evangelists Lab Facebook page, asking the group to share about our particular cultural context and how it shapes our core theological message. Today, I have been preparing for a session with our … Continue reading

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What Can We Count On? (Part 1)

I write this post nearly two weeks into the federal government shutdown, and once again on the brink of national (which would likely mean global) financial disaster. Though there is talk of a deal in the works, the process leading … Continue reading

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