Listening to Rev. Joan Javier-Duval’s sermon at the closing worship of the UUA General Assembly, there was one word that resonated particularly deeply with me: Liberation.  Her message is a beautiful arc of what moving toward liberation can actually look like and I hope we take her challenge and continue crossing bridges to the other […]

Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.  People are now kneeling and praying and holding silence for this amount of time and it feels epic and unbearable.  It is easy in the midst of that interminable silence to understand how monstrous this act really was. By […]

Freedom of and Freedom from Religion Coronavirus If you want to go out and take the risk of getting coronavirus by not wearing a mask, not physical distancing, not taking sanitary precautions…that is your choice.  However, the big challenge with this illness is not so much your vulnerability as the vulnerability of everyone around you; […]

Below is a link to the recorded worship for First Parish in Cambridge for Sunday, May 3.  Much of my work outside of supporting my congregation through this crisis has been involved with answering questions related to people experiencing homelessness.  Seeing the vulnerability of some of the people in our community has really exposed weaknesses […]

HIV continues to disproportionately impact black communities.  Regardless of sexual orientation, black men have a 1 in 22 chance and black women have a 1 in 54 chance of contracting HIV in their lifetime compared with general population (1 in 68 and 1 in 253 respectively[1].) There is an urgent need for better information and […]

  About 90 minutes into Thursday’s forum on LGBTQ issues in Los Angeles, a gay rights leader posed a question to Sen. Elizabeth Warren: How would she respond if a voter approached her and said, “I’m old-fashioned, and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman?” Warren (D-Mass.) responded with […]

I have now watched the date that marks 400 years since Africans were first displaced to this continent in bondage come and go with no substantial acknowledgment by the Unitarian Universalist Association (well, we rang bells…that’s nice.)  I serve this denomination as one of all too few African American ministers and this lack of action […]

  The current occupant of the Executive Residence in Washington D.C. continues to literally live up to his name.  He continues to get the better of everyone around him, largely because it is the one skill that he has cultivated throughout his life.  He doesn’t make deals.  In order to actually make deals, on a […]

Arizona artists win suit over same-sex wedding invitations – Associated Press 9/17 Faith and sexuality cannot remain in conflict in the United States.  Faith and sexuality exist in different orbits of what it means to be human; even if they do cross paths they have no reason to collide.  Belief by its very nature is […]