Mindfulness

Just as Christianity has its center the story of the life of Jesus and his teachings, and Islam has at its center the story of the life of Mohammed and his teachings, so the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha are at the center of Buddhism. The young Buddha was a high-caste Brahmin prince who…

On Unconditional Love

We are born embraced by unconditional love, and we live and move and have our being embraced and transformed by that same love. We forget that, though, or are convinced otherwise. Our first teachers in the art of love are our parents.  If we are lucky, they swaddle us and respond to our needs and…

What’s Class Got to Do with It?

  Meditation:  In words We bring all of who we are to this place…our stories, our identities, our passions, our connections, our wounds, and our scars.  We choose what to show, and when, and to whom.  Over time, little by little, we learn to trust, learn to share, learn to listen, learn to hold the…

Black Lives Matter

Since we believe that Black Lives Matter…what are we going to do about it? Yesterday, Alicia Garza talked about the freedom ride to Ferguson, MO…where Black Lives Matter activists first began to organize.  They networked, held trainings and discussions, broke bread together, wrote poetry, made music.  As many of you know, I was there in…

The Worst Indignity

The Worst Indignity UU Church of the Palouse · January 10, 2016 Ritual of Remembrance and Re-weaving One year ago today, Belinda Neibuhr got up, got ready for work, and headed to Arby’s.  One year ago today, Dave Trail went in to work on a Saturday to meet with Michael Chin, a young lawyer, home…

Dreams, Visions and Stories

Readings included: “The Moment of Magic” by Victoria Safford Excerpts from “The Norwegian Secret To Enjoying a Long Winter” by Laura Vanderkam The Winter of Listening by David Whyte (abbreviated) Sermon There are literally thousands of myths and stories that explain the changes in seasons.  Many involve temperamental and powerful women, such as the Greco-Roman…

Don’t Let the Light Go Out

Reading: “Chanukkah” by Lynn Ungar Come down from the hills. Declare the fighting done. Be bold-declare victory, even when the temple is wrecked and the tyrants have not retreated, only coiled back like a snake prepared to strike again. Come down. Try to remember a life gentled by daily acts of domestic faith-the pot set to…