“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” – The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution These words were written by a group of angry and frightened men in 1791 to enshrine in law their […]

The poet in me can’t resist the significance of knees in this week’s episode of America: 400 Years of Racial and Ethnic Culture in Conflict.  First there is the gesture itself: kneeling.  This is what people do when they propose marriage, what they do when they surrender, it is a universally accepted gesture of homage.  […]

Democracy before decency… Jefferson’s greatest deed Sealed in the American creed that “All men are created equal” Too often holds these truths to be self-evident: That “men” exclusively means “male” And “equal” is only painted from the palette of white skin And being “created” is synonymous with an individual right to material wealth. Democracy before […]

(Cambridge, MA) A month ago, I wrote a post that gave some reflection on the issues of race and diversity within the Unitarian Universalist Association (HERE). Since that time, UU Religious Educators have called on our churches to spend this week and next engaged in a UU White Supremacy Teach In.  This is an opportunity […]

Tomorrow, 5 years of seminary and many more years of discernment will come to fruition for me as I find out where I will begin my journey as a Unitarian Universalist minister.  For all of us who have been in search this winter, this has been a time fraught with anxiety and punctuated by incredible […]

Four words that are Not for all Cast a pall Build a wall Straight and tall Where only one side is right. Four words that Conjure an era Make nostalgia dearer Allay misplaced fear Make it clear There is only one way to be right. These same four words Erase black authority Deny brown integrity Evade […]