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In the Meantime,

Back north, where I lived for all but four years before coming to Arizona, we know the ways of ice and snow.  For example, it is not the cold but the thaw that is dangerous. As ice and snow melt, they move.  What was solid a week ago is now liquid.  Frigid water then carries…
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In the Meantime,

I have sometimes defined Unitarian Universalism as an experiment in democratic religion.  Both of our traditions grew from earlier experiments in vesting power in the people as much as the clergy or a creed or a book.  Thus to ‘join’ a UU community is to become an owner/operator.  It is less a confession of faith…
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In the Meantime,

It has been a while since I spoke about the interim process and why it matters. While it is obvious to me, it may not be to others, and as politicians and marketers know, one has to repeat things many times for some to realize you have said something even once.  Therefore, let me say…
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In the Meantime,

Believe it or not, winter is half over.  Well, it will be, come February 1.  Folk traditions often mark the astronomical moments of the year.  Solstices and equinoxes we all know but halfway between each is also a place many ancient cultures inserted rituals.  Groundhog Day Day is a vestige of something older, hence “the…
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OUR STORY – OUR JOURNEY 1963-2021

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In the Meantime,

Did these past weeks remind you of “Waiting to Exhale?” While I never saw the 1995 movie, I understood the phrase.  It means holding your breath until you feel it is safe to let go; with that “whew” sound no doubt.  After so many uncertain weeks it seems we can let go of political worries and…
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In the Meantime,

History is a lot more fun to read than make.  This past week has been the most troubling in America since September 11, and ultimately is even more momentous.  A comic strip from long ago, written during another turbulent era, parodied the words of Commodore Perry in the Era of 1812, saying, “We have met…
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In the Meantime,

This Sunday the Transition Team and I prepared a service that would share our work and your stories about VUU as part of the pilgrimage from one settled ministry to the next.  Then the world intervened, as we all know.  “Best laid plans,” as the poet said.  Of course, we have been living in unusually uncertain times now for almost a…
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In the Meantime,

I think it was Emerson who observed that because eternity was too much for mortal minds to comprehend, God mercifully divided it into days and years.  It is before dawn on December 21, 2020 as I write these few thoughts and social media is filled with comments about the annus horribilis about to end and…
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In the Meantime

So, we went out and looked at the convergence.  It was fun.  But honestly, it was not a big deal.  Sure, it was 800 years since they last lined up like that, but that’s only from an earth perspective. And to be totally blunt, even then only humans noticed.  What is notable is not the…
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