During this time of sheltering in place, sometimes our pets become even more important than usual–especially for those of us who live alone. (In fact, I have read that pet adoptions have gone up about 100% since COVID restrictions have been in place.) In the … read more.
I recently got back from California after visiting my big sister Alice. Originally we had planned for Alice to come out to Wisconsin this spring, but then COVID hit and her health started going downhill. (She has been living with cancer for years.) So we decided … read more.
In the fall of 2017, Unitarian Church North installed a “Black Lives Matter” sign in front of the church. So did many other UU congregations (including my home church in Racine). It was a somewhat radical idea at the time. Although recent protests against systemic … read more.
As we look at the controversy around COVID restrictions (when to open up businesses, when to wear a mask, etc.) and around the news stories about police brutality against people of color–it’s clear our nation is in an excruciating place right now.
Some white people are … read more.
At a time like this, when we think about recent deaths of UCN members (Darlene Lochbihler on May 26th and Ed Friedrichs on May 29th)–I find myself thinking about legacy. An interesting word, legacy. It comes from the Latin “legare,” meaning to “send an ambassador” … read more.
Since we celebrated M L King Sunday on January 19th, and we are on the cusp of February (Black History Month), I thought I’d mention a few interesting connections between Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and a 19th-century Unitarian abolitionist minister named Theodore Parker.
First, … read more.
You may have noticed that I have begun ending the services I lead at UCN with the words “peace and unrest.” If you were at the Sept. 22nd service you already know why I do that. But if you weren’t there (or were but would … read more.
There is so much happening in our country right now that it’s hard to absorb it all.
For one thing, we are dealing with COVID-19–which is something we all share to some degree, but which especially hits people of color (because of front-line exposure, less ability … read more.
Many of us, I’m sure, are thinking about the recent death of Darlene Lochbihler. I didn’t know her for as long as many of you, but even in the time I’ve been here at UCN Darlene made quite an impression on me and Craig. Most … read more.
The Jewish philosopher Maimonides (1136-1204) once wrote a Guide for the Perplexed, in which he created a “ladder of charity” with 8 rungs on it:
The lowest rung is to give, but to give reluctantly.
The second rung is to give cheerfully, but not in proportion to … read more.