‘Billy Bigelow’ is the lead male character in the musical Carousel.  He is a carnival barker…a “carny.”  He is a braggart and a loudmouth who is always ready for a fight.  He is a liar and a thief.  He is the man that no one should ever be in a relationship with but the one […]

Another unarmed man shot for being black and having something in his hands.  Again, police feeling threatened and ending a life with no proof or cause. #StephonClark #SayHisName The problem is guns. It’s not about good guys or bad guys.  It’s not about “rights”.  It’s not about safety.  It’s not even completely about race. Human […]

Remember…The United States was founded on the premise of wanting independence from European powers.  It was not a question of dominance, but rather a question of autonomy, self-determination and intentional isolation.  We didn’t enter WWI until the final year of armed conflict and it took the attack on our ships in Hawaii (not Hawaii itself […]

“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 […]

CALL FOR SOLIDARITY AGAINST ALL FORMS OF VIOLENCE: If your spiritual gathering place has a bell, as the minister of First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist*, I encourage you to join a growing number of faith communities and ring it on SUNDAY October 8 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. EST (or […]

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 […]