The Coming of the Christ Child

Everybody’s life runs dry. We all have developed certain patterns, a framework, a modus operandi out of which we live our lives. You should not expect to continue to run down the same path and not lose vitality. Suicide is an indication that something needs to die in order for something new to be born; it’s […]

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Saying Grace

FAMILY THANKSGIVING BREAD SERVICE Gary Synder, a Buddhist practitioner and writer who grew up in a Christian home, wrote an essay entitled “Grace”, meaning the words you speak before a meal; he said that “…grace is the first and last poem, the few words we say to clear our hearts, and teach the children, and […]

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Thanks for the Miseries

In a deep and profound sense, trouble and problems are the very best thing that could happen to us. It is rare in my experience to have anyone give thanks for their trouble at the time it is happening. Most of us have been conditioned to move toward being freed of all our distresses and our troubles and ills. […]

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Saying Yes to Everything

Rev. Phil Sweet & Friends (Angela Lensch, Bob Bultman, Keith Koch, David Smirz) While traveling in India, Joseph Campbell met with Sri Krishna Menon, a renowned Hindu teacher. Menon asked him if he had a question. Indeed Campbell did. “Since in Hindu thinking all is Brahman, all is a product of divine energy, no matter how […]

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The Spiritual Discipline of Work

Max Planck, the German physicist, said: “Nobody comes into this life or this world with any kind of guarantee of life itself or happiness or good fortune or success. Therefore for every hour of happiness that you enjoy and for every good thing that comes to you, you owe an obligation, you contribute back to […]

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The Religious Impulse

We are alive and we are going to die. Religion is our response to these two realities. We are, in fact, the religious animal. Death casts a mantle over everything we do. The answers we seek have to find meaning beyond our mortality. A major conundrum of our life is the tension between embracing the world […]

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The Call To Renewal

In the UU hymnal is a hymn that begins: “A fierce unrest seethes at the core of all existing things”. Every morning we wake to face the unknown. Mary Oliver in Morning Poem says “Every morning the world is created” and in her poem Blue Pastures, “And you must not, ever, give anyone else the […]

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Christmas And The Divine Child

Santa Claus lives at the North Pole. He’s been busy all year working and thinking about you. But how can he find you with all the houses in the world, and yet he does, and somehow he knows what you’ve been hoping for. How can he do this with all the children in the world and […]

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Embracing The Wild

Mary Oliver says: What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? In Maurice Sendak’s book “Where the Wild Things Are, Max is sent to his room for acting wild. In his room he becomes king of the wild things and they have a great rumpus together. In the end […]

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