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 […]

Will we be in danger if we open? Danger.  This word stuck with me in a recent meeting with congregational leaders. I think it resonated with me so deeply because of all the moral implications of church being a danger…even a Unitarian Universalist one. As we discussed the prospect of re-opening as the coronavirus pandemic […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ask a simple question… Get a non answer and a dismissive insult about my faith.  That was my experience when asking a question yesterday at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference (CBCFALC 19) during a session about the black church response to youth suicide and mental health.  The discussion was an interesting blend […]

A week ago, on March 10, I preached at All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington, D.C.  This was almost a week before the families of innocent worshipers at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Center in Christchurch, New Zealand would find their lives upended by violence and grief.  It was days before one […]

“Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion and the transforming power of love.” “Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.” -These are the only two places in the Six Sources of Our […]

This morning, I could write about the sickness of gun culture. I could write about the incompetent presidential administration. I could write about another nation working to sew discord in ours. I could write about yet another white mass murderer captured alive. I could write about politicians who value job security over lives. I could […]