Happy Thanksgiving!

We hear often about the “War on Christmas,” but the Washington Post describes Thanksgiving as “the most politicized American holiday of the 19th century.” We can thank our Unitarian and Universalist forebears for some of that (sincerely). Many of them were abolitionists, and though there was not yet an agreed...

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Celebrating the Common Table

This Sunday, I have been told, is one of our most popular services for our kids and youth – the Feast of Bread and Cider! I mean, a double-long table filled with all different kinds of bread…what’s not to like? (There will also be gluten-free offerings.) This is an annual...

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The Times That Try Our Souls

So … how are you feeling about the election? I have a friend who noted recent political history (there is usually a congressional “flip” at midterms when the president’s party has been in the majority) and that the predicted “wave” didn’t occur. He wondered why liberals/progressives were feeling disappointed. He...

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How Are Your Values Showing Up?

Last Sunday, I talked about people who are operating under a mental model of “fear as motivation.” I think we can see right in our own geographical community people whose core values are shaped by a fear of going to hell. No surprise, then, that when they attempt to motivate...

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Halloween and Lessons Learned

Halloween has become one of the best opportunities for gaining intercultural competence. But it has often included a steep learning curve, especially if you grew up – as I did – when conversations about misappropriation were not common. As a child, it was not uncommon to see other kids dressed...

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Building a New Way

We are rebuilding, as a church. On March 16, 2020, we closed our doors and began doing church in a completely different way, with computer screens and occasional drive-thru events taking the place of all the other ways we were accustomed to connecting. More than two years later, it should...

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Becoming More Visible

While I was on sabbatical, I played around with the app “TikTok,” an entertainment and educational app especially popular with younger generations. (I quite enjoy it, and have found it to be a wealth of knowledge, especially around social issues. If you have any interest in learning how to use...

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Live Oak 2052

With celebrating our 30th anniversary this Saturday, I have naturally been thinking about the beginnings of Live Oak. I am so grateful to those brave souls who planted this church! The early days of Live Oak meant a lot of being “always in beta” as they figured out how to...

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UU Identity and Inviting Others

So, a fun thing happened this week in our social media world. I uploaded a short video to Facebook, and it’s been shared over 200 times: In terms of history, this is actually sort of a big deal, in that it represents a change in Unitarian Universalist culture. For a...

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