The Second “U”

Readings    Excerpts from “Embracing a New Universalism:  A Meditation on the First and Seventh Principles” by the Rev. Dr. James Ishmael Ford Let me tell you a little about me. In my youth I prayed to know God. I prayed with complete earnestness, with the fullness perhaps only a youth can muster with a…

Dance of Change

Readings    from The Way of Transition by William Bridges It’s a paradox:  To achieve continuity, we have to be willing to change.  Change is, in fact, the only way to protect whatever exists, for without continuous readjustment the present cannot continue.  Even the great conservative, Edmund Burke, realized this, for he said that “a…

Love for the Long Haul

Readings  Adapted from “Five Unexpected Health Benefits of Love and Friendship” by Linda Carroll Most of us are aware of the fact that if we love someone and are loved in return, our overall mental health is enhanced. Happiness is healthy, plain and simple. But the benefits of loving others only get more impressive as…

A Rose in Snow: Christmas Eve 2014

Reading  “A Rose in Snow” by Jane Ellen Mauldin    The year my brother died, my family tried to pretend our sorrow wasn’t real and we kept to all our regular Christmas traditions.  Although we were crazed with grief, we tried to fake it and were all miserable. Later, when my father died, my mother…