November 5, 2023 by Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford. In 1818, a historic ruling in Dedham, Massachusetts, determined who “owned” the local church. That answer, and its reasoning, may provide answers to questions about the mission of our own congregation.
October 15, 2023 by Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford. From William ‘Spirit’ Knifeman in “Reservation Dogs,” to the familial spirits in Gaelic Celtic cultures who return for the holiday of Samhain, ancestor veneration is a spiritual tradition that crosses countries and cultures. How are you inspired and “spoken to” by your ancestors? (Including your UU theological […]
October 8, 2023 by Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford. “Trust” is an important concept found in theology, especially among the mystics. There is a practical aspect, too – we are not wholly self-sufficient, and must have some degree of trust simply to exist in this world. The last few years have challenged this trust, but we […]
October 1, 2023 by Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford. Pneumatology is the branch of systematic theology concerned with Spirit. As theologian Rebecca Ann Parker writes, “This is how we speak about the elemental life-giving presence or forces that move through all things, through all life, that pervade the environment, sustaining life, connecting us together, and effecting […]
September 17, 2023 by Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford. “Do you believe in God?” is a common question UUs get. But what do we mean by God? There are many different understandings, but one heavily influenced by UU thought is process theology.
September 10, 2023 by Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford. Unitarian Universalism is a faith that encourages and equips members to find the answers to questions of meaning that are most true, most compelling, for them. This year, we embark on a year of opportunities for deconstruction, spiritual exploration, and “finding your compass.”