“The Unknown Unitarian Universalist”

I once received a strange piece of mail from an organization I support. The content of the letter was not strange. It was the usual appeal for financial contributions to aid them in their organizational efforts to provide needed services to their constituency. What was strange about the letter was not its contents, but its address. It was addressed to: "Unknown Unitarian", P.O. Box 152, Norwell, Mass. That's was my box number all right, but I thought I was better known than that. Perhaps they'd lost my name from their contributors files, but still had my address listed under Unitarian donors. And so they said let's send it to Unknown Unitarian and see if we get a response. This got me to thi

“Response Ability”

Not so many years ago when I was granted fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist minister, I was given a homework assignment of sorts. I was in good company along with other middle-aged, white, affluent women answering this call. It turns out the whole of Unitarian Universalism and our Minister’s Association as well, have taken up the assignment which has been long overdue in our movement. The task was to explore my white privilege, something I had been doing over my lifetime and my previous career in one form or another, and so it came as a bit of a surprise. Wasn’t I already doing this? Doing this enough? Doing this the “right way?” Needless to say, I dove in, signing up to take a per


For my sermon of this morning I would like to reflect on the well-known Serenity Prayer of Alcoholics Anonymous, which was originally written by the late American theologian from Union Seminary in New York, Reinhold Niebuhr. A.A. adopted it as an official prayer sometime after the close of World War II. Who was Reinhold Niebuhr and how did he come to write that prayer? Reinhold Niebuhr was the product of the German Evangelical Church in America. His father, Gustav Niebuhr, was a minister and a model for his son to follow. Niebuhr’s father left his native Germany and immigrated to America because of disagreement over German military service. Gustav was somewhat liberal and progressive for an

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