The Illusion of Separateness with Bret Bicoy

It feels to me as if too many of us have bought into what our Buddhist friends call the “illusion of separateness.”  It’s this place where we judge one another and thus feel the impossibility of anything ever getting bridged.  The gulf is too wide and the gap too distant, the walls grow higher, and […]

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Ajamou Butler has a one-of-a-kind form of poetic ministry that electrifies and inspires the souls in any room he’s performing in. During our time together, we will talk about the many ways Heal the Hood MKE has grown to make a global impact in underserved communities around the globe. Born and raised on Milwaukee’s Northside, […]

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The holidays, the gatherings, the food, presents, the joy!  As I write this, we are ‘outside’ of the holiday season; Halloween is a couple of weeks away.  As we look forward to all of the celebrations, we’re also witnessing the ongoing aggression in Ukraine, the attacks on Israel, the political conflicts of our own Congress.  What will happen in […]

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Showing Up with Rev. Dawn Volpe

As someone who’s spent the last 38 years imploring, cajoling and badgering the flock to ‘COME JOIN US IN CHURCH EVERY SUNDAY!’, I was happy to read a post from UU minister, Victoria Weinstein: Last Sunday morning I picked up the phone in the office. After I said, “Good morning, Unitarian Church,” a woman’s voice […]

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Let’s listen and reflect on five Door County stories. In each story, landscape and memory are intertwined and often historical events drive the plots. We’ll lift up the voices of fisherman Anton Amundson, Ephraimite Emma Trueblood,  Horseshoe Island’s Alma Folda, the talented and testy Bill Beckstrom, and two women who sold “London Fog” here in the 1960s. […]

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If you ask most people if crime has increased and if the world is a scarier place most will answer “Yes!”  But statistically crime is down across the country. This feels out of sync with what our news feeds tell us.  What is driving this sense of fear and how might we push back against it?  Amazingly, we […]

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God As Trickster with Rev. Phil Sweet

The trickster is a beloved figure of mine, disruptive, breaking the rules, violating the norms, challenging authority, pricking our pomposity. He is mythological in nature, corresponding to inner psychic experience. There is another side to God then the one we were taught, darker, fiercer, not at all related to our human sense of morality. Robinson […]

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Poststructuralism with Terry Goode

Poststructuralism and Its Influence on Unitarianism Poststructuralism is a philosophical, literary and social movement that says everything is culturally based, and thus culturally biased.  The claim is that there is no objective truth, just truth filtered by cultural bias, and that bias is controlled by authorizing and validating power structures.  Goode queries, “Why should this […]

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Guidelines for Living with Dick Smythe

Do any of us deliberately structure our lives, our behavior, by any rules or guidelines?  I would guess many of us go through life reflecting some combination of parental lessons we received in childhood and the life lessons we have experienced as adults.  Those of us with a deep Christian or Jewish commitment have two […]

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