November 6, 2020

“My New Word for the Month–Plus Diving Saviors” Oct. 30, 2020

Many of you know that I like learning new (and obscure) words–especially if they have an interesting pedigree. So you probably won’t be surprised when I tell you how much […]
October 28, 2020

“The Business of Church Or the Church of Business?” Oct. 23, 2020

Every once in a while someone will refer to the church as a business, as in “UCN has a product to sell” or “We can’t ignore our budget’s bottom line […]
October 21, 2020

“Humor for Hard Times,” Oct. 16, 2020

I don’t know about the rest of you, but as I watch the news on the spread of COVID and witness our country’s dysfunctional politics, I find I’m in more […]
October 13, 2020

“A Not-So-Mad Hatter’s Story” October 9, 2020

I read once that when Thomas Jefferson was writing the Declaration of Independence, he was not happy about the idea of a committee making revisions to it. (It’s hard to […]
October 6, 2020

“Send in the Clowns,” October 2, 2020

There’s a story I like about a presidential candidate who asked a bishop how to receive God’s revelation. The bishop told him, “Go out into the rain, and lift your […]
September 29, 2020

“Kinky Turtles,” Sept. 25, 2020

Back in April I wrote a couple Parson-to-Person columns on things children often mis-hear (like "Howard be thy name" for "Hallowed be thy name," "Deliver us from email"...
September 15, 2020

Parson to Person: “A Tiniest Bit of Hope,” September 11, 2020

Last week I explained why I sometimes wear a clerical (“Roman”) collar at public events, explaining that it’s one of the few universally recognized public symbols of religious leadership, and it’s […]
September 8, 2020

Parson to Person: “Faith, Justice, and Roman Collars,” September 3, 2020

This past Saturday I went to the “Justice for Jake” march in Kenosha, to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Before the march a number of UU’s from all over southeastern […]
August 26, 2020

Parson to Person: “Clever Clergy Cards,” August 21, 2020

Every once in a while someone sends me a card (as a number of you did when my sister Alice died). Sometimes I get a card that reminds me of […]