Will we be in danger if we open? Danger.  This word stuck with me in a recent meeting with congregational leaders. I think it resonated with me so deeply because of all the moral implications of church being a danger…even a Unitarian Universalist one. As we discussed the prospect of re-opening as the coronavirus pandemic […]

Below is a link to the recorded worship for First Parish in Cambridge for Sunday, May 3.  Much of my work outside of supporting my congregation through this crisis has been involved with answering questions related to people experiencing homelessness.  Seeing the vulnerability of some of the people in our community has really exposed weaknesses […]

A week ago, on March 10, I preached at All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington, D.C.  This was almost a week before the families of innocent worshipers at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Center in Christchurch, New Zealand would find their lives upended by violence and grief.  It was days before one […]

“Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion and the transforming power of love.” “Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.” -These are the only two places in the Six Sources of Our […]

This morning, I could write about the sickness of gun culture. I could write about the incompetent presidential administration. I could write about another nation working to sew discord in ours. I could write about yet another white mass murderer captured alive. I could write about politicians who value job security over lives. I could […]

I encourage you to look at the replies to this tweet and then listen to my sermon from February 4.  One could say that Trump has opened the floodgates to uncivil discourse, or one could say that he has tapped into something that has been bubbling under the surface for a long time.  Regardless, the […]

Sermon Delivered at First Parish Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist, November 5, 2017* I bought a Garmin GPS watch this week in an effort to kick start my fitness regimen which has been sidelined by seminary and moving and internship since about 2014.  Its fun.  Olive hates the beep it makes.  I like the fact that it […]

Tomorrow, 5 years of seminary and many more years of discernment will come to fruition for me as I find out where I will begin my journey as a Unitarian Universalist minister.  For all of us who have been in search this winter, this has been a time fraught with anxiety and punctuated by incredible […]

I’m reposting this poem that appears in “Love Beyond God”. I am sick with the onslaught of lynching and physical terror to which we have become accustomed and complacent.  The time to act is now.  Fuck respectability and not offending people’s sensibilities and playing the damned game.  This is not a game, it is life and […]