Havoc For the Holidays

Unitarian Universalist Meeting House November 25, 2018 Well, we’re into it now. 2018's version of the Great American Holiday Marathon. Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror, thankfully. Ahead are Hanukkah, Santa Lucia, Christmas, Kwanzaa, St. Stephens Day, New Years, and Twelfth Night. Ahead for many of us are shopping, shopping, shopping, making of lists, checking them twice, cooking, throwing events, attending events, rehearsing for events, listening to music we only listen to once a year, trying to find that indefinable holiday spirit, and maybe a few quiet moments when we can reflect on the future and the past and deep deep questions of family and home. The questions of the Magi: w

Saving Graces

Unitarian Universalist Meeting House November 18, 2018 Last week I talked about the big cultural and political divide that has plagued our country for so long, an abyss that seems to grow wider and deeper with each new development. This week, many of us are dreading Turkey day, dreading the sharing of holiday meals with families where this divide must be confronted. What are we going to say to Uncle Oscar who is a staunch member of the NRA? If you are dreading inflammatory topics at the Thanksgiving table, there are several ways you can deal with it. Probably the most sensible is to agree in advance that certain subjects are off-limits. I know I did this with anything relating to war and pea

What If “Self-Evident Truths” Turn Out To Be False?

Unitarian Universalist Meeting House November 11, 2018 The mid-term elections are over, though there are some contests where a winner is not known. Most of us are happy with some results and unhappy with others. And many of us had entertained a hope that the great chasm that now exists between Americans would be bridged somehow, that people on both sides of the cultural divide could see reality in the same way, that we could talk to anyone about the things that we disagree about without the conversation becoming disagreeable. Maybe we could look on Thanksgiving dinner with anticipation rather than dread. Alas, I think we are as far apart as ever. One side’s truth is the other side’s lies

THIS WAY TO HEAVEN OR A DISCUSSION ABOUT IT

First Parish of Norwell, Mass. – April 5, 1987 – Brockton 11-12-17, Fall River 1-14-18, UUMH Chatham 11-4-18 I know a man in Christ who 14 years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.(New Testament - II Cor. 12) I felt myself die by degrees, and exactly at midnight I was separated from my body and saw the people occupied in watching it according to the custom of the country. I had a great desire to be freed form the sight of my body, and immediately

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