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“Everything Possible” January 28, 2018, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

The only measure of your words and your deeds will be the love you leave behind when you’re gone.” So proclaims the liberal message of a song from our contemporary hymnbook. Yet financial inheritance is one of the most powerful shaping forces of the inequities in our culture. How might we think about our legacies […]

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“Take a Knee” January 14, 2018, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Kneeling is an ancient gesture, with a variety of implications. It can symbolize unwilling submission, authentic reverence, concentrated attention, or even silent protest. As we once again honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., how do these qualities reflect our contemporary experience, and our enduring longing for right relations among people of all […]

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“Dove and Serpents” January 7, 2018, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

In addition to our own All Souls 150th celebration, this month marks the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda, the first recognized declaration of religions freedom in Christian western Europe. Today we remember the Unitarian monarch and his remarkable mother who together brought this concept into official government practice, and transformed the relationship among […]

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January 2018, Newsletter, The Flame

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January 2018, Newsletter, The Flame

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“The Giver and the Gift” December 24, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

A Humanist perspective on the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and the meaning of Christmas in a secular society. Charles Dickens was a Unitarian, with a shrewd understanding of human psychology, and the transformation that occurs in his Christmas ghost story is anything but supernatural. This morning will be a time for thoughtful reflection amid the […]

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“Who Would Do That” December 10, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

As women (and men) once again try to break through the silence surrounding sexual harassment and abuse in our culture, how do we learn together what constitutes appropriate, or unacceptable, behavior? Have the rules really changed, or were there ever really rules? Some vintage ideas about ethics might help us unravel this dilemma. We will […]

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December 2017 Newsletter, The Flame

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“Semper Reformanda” October 29, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Our culture celebrates the last day of October as Halloween, but that same day is also memorable as the anniversary of the defiant act that initiated the Protestant Reformation. This week it will be 500 years since the German monk Martin Luther posted his 95 claims about the corruptions of the Catholic Church on the […]

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