Posts by Erin

COMPASSION: The Practice of Crossing Borders

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The Defiant Birds and Grasses (02-17-19 Sermon)

All over this globe right now people are swarming. We move in swarms, in herds, in flocks, like locusts and antelopes and wooly mammoths, always moving toward water, always seeking food, always migrating toward safety for our young, and in our case, the case of our specific species, toward love and home, compassion.  This is very old, this longing for welcome and home, almost as old as the longing for life that we share with all the other animals,and plants.  I was a stranger and you welcomed me, says one ancient holy text. This is our shared experience as human animals.  My father was...

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We All Go High (02-10-19 Sermon)

Unitarian Universalists are direct descendants of Eve, who did not make a “mistake” in the garden and thus bring down all humanity. She was not tricked by a snake or anybody else.  We are the children of Eve, the woman who said plainly, “I don’t want to live in this garden, this gated community, if I don’t have full access to the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. I’m ravenous for wisdom, and moral agency, and I’m ready for the messy work of ethical discernment.  This neighborhood’s too small, too homogenous, Adam, and I want to draw wide circles of...

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The Healing We Seek (02-03-19 Sermon)

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February – From the Minister

“There’s no academic way of making someone compassionate…It happens through experience.” -Tony McAleer Cofounder of LifeAfterHate.org In a spate of articles after the 2016 election, speculations were made about why so many big cities went blue and so many rural areas went red. Some speculate that people who live in big cities are more likely to be younger and more educated, because they moved there to find work, so they are inherently more liberal and adaptable. Some speculate that living in areas with denser populations make people more likely to think beyond their immediate...

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