The Starting Point of Community

“We share with one another the creative work of living in the world.”

Thomas Merton, Care of the Soul

Merton creates and then extinguishes a paradox of life: the question of whether it is the contemplative life, the interior life, the life focused on self-development, or the life of action, of deeds, of community development, that is the better. A colleague once remarked that...
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Grey February

“The Doldrums, my young friend, are where nothing ever happens and nothing ever changes.”

Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

I often feel in the Doldrums in February. Juster’s description of the graying surroundings, the cool, uncomfortable but not offensive air, the muted environment, it all just hangs. A little bit like the Waiting Place in Dr Seuss’s “Oh,...
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Returning more than gifts

“ … the vibrations set in motion by the words that we utter reach through all space and the tremor is felt through all time.”

Maria Mitchell

Maria Mitchell was a Unitarian in the nineteenth century, the first female American astronomer, the first woman elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences … and she discovered a comet. “Miss Mitchell’s Comet”...
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Playing an Advent(ure)

“… in the human spirit, December is a time of lights, rising over the depths of darkness are the lights of human ideals.” – Carl J. Nelson

We are now into the season of Advent, a season of ‘preparation.’ Traditionally, this would have been preparation for the second coming of Jesus – advent was a time of fasting and reflection. More recently, it may be a...
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Exploring our Divine World

“Each window tells a story about the creation of the world, the meaning of history, the purpose of life, the nature of humankind, the mystery of death. The windows of the cathedral are where the light shines through.” – Forrest Church, Cathedral of the World

Last week I used a story about Tom’s early days to present Unitarianism as a living faith; that rather than seek out...
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What Children Can Teach Us

“When all is quiet and we are small and the night is dark, may we hear the tender breathing of all who lie awake with us” Jane Rzepka

When my son Thomas was about two months old, I recall one evening (amongst many) without sleep. I think there must be a biological event where new parents’ brains are rewired from the lack of sleep to ensure their priorities are aligned to new life....
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