Dec
07

Listen. Speak Up. Act. This Is Our Task.

As we take in the magnitude of the verdicts in both the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases…. It is a time of listening and learning. Listening within ~ to our own thoughts and feelings. And listening to others, friends…
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Dec
02

Children of God

On Valentine’s Day 2000 I traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to South Africa and onto Harare, Zimbabwe. My childhood friend, Natalie, was working for a non-governmental organization there, and I, at the time a local AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer, saved up enough…
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Dec
01

How To Talk With Our Children About Ferguson

Last Monday, as I awaited the verdict from the Grand Jury on Ferguson, I was boarding an airplane with my two children and my parents for the Thanksgiving holiday. I spoke with my parents about my worry and anger. We…
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Nov
30

On a Beach, a Child of God

Childfootprint in sand

On a beach in Chennai (then Madras), on the Eastern shores of India, in the year 1909, a young Indian boy was declared by two Europeans to have an “unusual aura.” They plucked him and his brother off that sandy…
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Nov
20

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Living into Solidarity

From STANDING ON THE SIDE OF LOVE: On the eve of Trans Day of Remembrance 2014, Standing on the Side of Love’s Campaign Coordinator Nora Rasman sat down with Lourdes Ashley Hunter, co-founder and National Director of Trans Women of…
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Oct
30

Youth Group Reflects on UCS’s November Theme: Gamblers

I asked Charlotte Cramer, one of the co-leaders of UCS’s Youth Group, to reflect on our November theme, Gamblers.  She had some lovely thoughts to share: Life is a gamble. From the moment we are conceived, to our last dying…
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Oct
30

Gamblers (Yes, and…)!

As I began reading through the SiP packet for UCS’s November theme, “Gamblers” my initial reaction was, “I am so not a gamber!”  This thought was based purely on my grandparent’s love of going to the casino in Niagara Falls…
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