• Mar2024

    Most religions have some type of ceremony to mark the arrival of a baby or child and express the commitment a community gives to the child and their parents – baptism, Bris, etc. For Unitarian Universalists, we have a dedication ceremony, usually done during a regular worship service. This ceremony...

  • In 2016, my colleague, the Reverend Nancy McDonald Ladd, delivered a sermon at that year’s UU General Assembly, where she explained that she was tapping out (what wrestlers do when they are having a fake fight but it’s getting too close to real injury) of fake fights. Let me immediately...

  • I was in Houston after Hurricane Katrina, when over 200,000 evacuees from Louisiana poured into the city, many of them sheltering in the Astrodome. They were traumatized from all that they had experienced and seen. Counselors, clergy, and other volunteers were coached that what was most needed was for the...

  • Feb2024

    How Would We Celebrate Summer?

    February 20, 2024

    The show Northern Exposure is now streaming on Amazon, (with original music, fans!) and last night, I watched the episode, First Snow.  In it, the residents of Cicely, Alaska, are preparing for the long, hard winter. This ranges from eating heavy meals to try and gain weight, fixing up their...

  • LOVE NOTES to Live Oak

    February 20, 2024

    Love Notes to Live Oak Identify a place on the Live Oak campus Why is that place special to you? Any place outside I am an outside person, so I always enjoy being out in the open, and we do have an attractive property. But most important is the fact...

  • Principles and Values

    February 14, 2024

    In case you haven’t heard, there will be a second vote this June at the UU General Assembly about whether to change Article II of our Unitarian Universalist Association bylaws. Currently, Article II contains what we often refer to as our Principles and Sources. It is required that we examine...

  • Beyond Inclusion: Belonging

    February 7, 2024

    Last week, I was invited with other clergy to tour and bless the new Texas Children’s Hospital North Austin Campus. The Senior Vice-President of the facility, Russ Williams, talked about how they didn’t just want to be inclusive, they wanted families to feel they belonged. Hence having clergy people there,...

  • Jan2024

    In case you haven’t heard, a total eclipse is coming to Central Texas on Monday, April 8. We’ll be having our own event, Eclipse on the Labyrinth. (If you have any ideas about making this a blast and would like to help make it happen, send me an email and...

  • This past Sunday, I shared a little about my experience at the Sikh Langar at this year’s Parliament of the World’s Religions. There, the Sikhs provided lunch every day for hundreds of the Parliament participants, because feeding all, and complete equality of all people, are core to their faith. This...

  • Looking Ahead at 2024

    January 17, 2024

    I don’t want to bum you out, but there is a fact that I think we all need to face: this is a presidential election year. The Iowa caucus made it a little more real, didn’t it? You may have, and I say this utterly sincerity, some post-traumatic stress from...