“CHANGE I WILL”

In worship services I’ve led this month, I have focused on the theme of acceptance of life changes and how they can be a vehicle for transformation. Some changes we love and welcome, like getting married, a better job etc., and others we struggle with greatly, such as the breakup of a relationship, death of…

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Why is This Night Different from All Other Nights?

Last weekend was the start of the Jewish holiday of Passover, which commemorates the freedom of the ancient Jews from slavery in Egypt. To honor this, on Saturday night our UU Church in Hartland, VT held its 2nd annual Seder celebration, which I led, and which focused on universal themes. Passover is quite relevant for all…

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The Empowering Embrace of Helplessness

As mentioned in an earlier posting, I had elective surgery recently. I’ve been recuperating at home ever since. I’m progressing nicely, but surgery by nature is invasive and an assault on the body, so recovery is a slow process. There’s been a fair amount of physical limitation and stress during the healing process, including limited…

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A Life That Matters

Last week I had the great privilege to officiate at a funeral service for a woman who was very beloved by her family, friends, and community, many of whom shared stories about her that were full of full of heart and humor. The overarching theme was that she had lived “a life that matters”, which is…

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Dissolving the Self

Last week, I had elective surgery done. The first surgery of any kind for me in 55 years, since I was a child. Although I didn’t have any life-threatening condition, the procedure required being put under by general anesthesia. And I found myself utterly terrified at the prospect of never waking up – which is…

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In the depth of winter… there was in me an invincible summer

Yesterday, after leading worship services at UU churches around New England for the last several weeks, I came home and lead the service at my own UU church in Hartland VT. The theme was personal healing and transformation through life changes and transitions. We know in our heads that life is change, life is full…

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