Abundance Without Attachment

Our consumer crazy culture shouts at us daily that we are not complete until we get the latest and greatest new thing that will surely make our lives easier and more fulfilling. We grow attached to ideas and thoughts about what we want or expect out of life. Then it seems we spend a lot […]

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Our relationships with our parents are a mix of love and challenge. They teach us through example by what they do AND what by what they don’t do. As their children we are left to hold and examine the lessons of love and life that we are given. Using First Corinthians 13, the infamous verse […]

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Duty, Destiny and Dharma

Brilliant writers from the classical tragedians down to today’s most popular authors have addressed the conflict between fate and free will. Think of Homer and Hamlet, Oedipus too. At the heart of every human life lies the universal struggle between the human inclination to accept fate absolutely and the natural desire to control destiny. A […]

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Let’s Talk About Racial Justice

Let’s begin with music… a piano, a saxophone, a Native American flute. Let’s open our hearts to poetry, often the best way to tell a story. Let’s be aware of some hard facts, and ponder solutions for our country, and our beloved community. Let’s listen to voices from the past, as they call to us […]

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The ancient Hebrew people developed powerful values in order to preserve community in the midst of chaos. If re-examined  and re-defined, these values could become powerful guides to healing our fractured national and local communities. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City and a retired United Church of Christ clergywoman, Rev. Schultz spent […]

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Mother’s Day Is Also Mothers’ Day

In a wonderful book about the development of feminist consciousness before “feminism” arose in the 19th century, the historian Gerda Lerner gives credit to individual women who were warriors, artists, nuns and mothers for defending their principles and thereby laying important groundwork for later movements.  On this Mothers’ Day, Estella Lauter will pay homage to groups of […]

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“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” Aristotle 384-322 B.C. Should we be a little surprised that we can learn really important things from sources as diverse as Aristotle, Tiger Woods, and April-the-Giraffe? Hmmmm… Cynthia Johnson, a retired Unitarian Universalist minister who served UU congregations […]

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Poetry Sunday

A “brave new world,” but are we ready? Poetry Sunday has become a UUFDC tradition since it was begun over a decade ago. Last year, poets from among the members and friends of this Fellowship celebrated the 20th year of UUFDC’s existence. This year, we are responding to a request from the Racial Justice Task […]

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Earth Day With Buddha

Immediately upon the arrival of our newly elected government, many references to Climate Change were removed from various federal and state government websites.  The ‘official’ position appears to be that any changes we are experiencing are not caused by human activity; this, despite 97% of climate scientists agreeing that climate-warming trends over the past century […]

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Rising Up by Diving Deep

For many in our congregations, the traditional theological meanings of Easter lay like sunken wreckage at the bottom of the lake of our lived experience. Should we care about mounting a salvage operation this year? Or is it better to just visit the point which overlooks the water where that ship went down, and enjoy […]

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