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Abundance at Tinker Creek: A Homily

November 19, 2017

Annie Dillard’s book “A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” is an account of time she spent living in a rural area outside of Roanoke, Virginia in the early 1970s. Here’s how she describes her home of that time: “I live by a creek, Tinker Creek, in a valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. I think of (my) house clamped to the side of Tinker Creek as an anchor-hold. It holds me at anchor to the rock bottom of the creek itself and keeps me steadied in the current…It’s a good place to live; there’s a lot to think about.”

Does The Earth Need Us?

November 5, 2017

Mr. Alan Weisman came out with his book “The World Without Us” some ten years ago. In it Mr. Weisman uses a very fanciful premise to play out some very factual, and scientifically based, scenarios.

A Story from an Old Yearbook

October 29, 2017

The memento I brought for the service today is an old high school yearbook, published in 1927. Among the senior class pictures is one of an attractive young woman known as “Lottie.” I never even knew she had that name until I discovered the book after she’d died, and I was helping clean out the house in which she’d lived for much of her life.

Where Race and Class Unite? Part Two

October 15, 2017

Today I want to bring this matter of class closer to home. Home in this case being our Unitarian Universalist movement, and this congregation as a part of that movement—our UU Association. I’ll be drawing in part on a report that came out last summer, just prior to our UU General Assembly, by our Association’s Commission of Appraisal titled Class Action: The Struggle with Class in Unitarian Universalism. And I’ll be throwing in some of my own stuff as well.

Where Race and Class Unite? Part One

October 1, 2017

“Where is our Holy Church? Where race and class unite.” When these lines appear in our hymnal there’s a question mark after the words “Holy Church.” “Where race and class unite…” is offered as a response to the question. Perhaps that question mark is misplaced. Or maybe those words should be offered as a vision or goal we’ve not yet reached but still aspire to—be it in our UU congregations or in society at large. It’s not an easy topic, but one we can ill afford to ignore on either level.

Looking Back…Looking Ahead

June 11, 2017

“I have learned that the read church can be defined as our most intimate relationships: How we smile and trust each other; How we talk and touch each other; How we share and protect each other; How we welcome new friends and forgive old enemies; How we love each other—in all the myriad ways that love can be expressed. That is the church.” — Rev David Rankin