Here Be Dragons: Navigating Media in the 21st Century

Readings   From Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag Being a spectator of calamities taking place in another country is a quintessential modern experience, the cumulative offering by more than a century and a half’s worth of those professional, specialized tourists known as journalists.  Wars are now also living room sights and sounds.  Information…

For All the Saints

Readings  “The Church is People” by Janet H. Bowering, in UU World, Jan., 2010 A church is people. It is not a body of belief, a set of principles, or an impressive structure of stone, wood, and glass. A church has roots in the past no matter how recently the congregation was organized. A church…

Loving and Letting Go

Readings   Phillip Simmons, from Learning to Fall  (diagnosed with ALS at 35, died July 2002) When we accept our impermanence, letting go of our attachment to things as they are, we open ourselves to grace.  When we can stand calmly in the face of our passing away, when we have the courage to look even…

Gracious No’s and Grounded Yes’s

Readings    “The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is…

The Pregnant Pause

Readings    From “Train Your Mind:  Don’t Be So Predictable” by Acharya Judy Lief, in September Issue of Tricycle   When we work with mind training … we are interrupting our usual way of going about business. We find that many of our actions are programmed and extremely predictable and we notice that in other…