Author Archives: Gary

This I Believe

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All nine of us who serve as Worship Associates at the UU Church of Nashua (NH) will be sharing what we believe during this morning’s service. All nine of us in under 60 minutes. We need to allow time for opening and closing hymns, an outreach offering, Spirit of Life. That leaves only two to three […]

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Raw Faith

Last week I finally had the opportunity to see the movie Raw Faith. The film tells the story of Marilyn Sewell, Unitarian Universalist minister, as she makes the difficult decision to leave her Portland church and, amidst her doubts and deliberations about the meaning of her life, falls in love. The portrayal of Marilyn’s life journey […]

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My Soul

Through the happenstance enabled by Google, photographer Mark Ellis contacted me recently to share a time-lapse video he produced over the past year. Entitled My Soul, the scenes were shot in northern Minnesota, often on bitterly cold nights. The title of the work reflects the song by Peter Mayer which accompanies the stunning views. I commend […]

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Transcendence

Core to being spiritual, in my view, is maintaining a sense of transcendence. That’s a “big word” way of saying connecting with the mystery and wonder outside of ourselves and our humdrum routines. Probably the most effective way for me to maintain that connection is through nature. Growing up at the base of the Sierra, […]

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Worship

I’m working with three members of my church to plan a worship service on the meaning of worship. We intend to explore what draws Unitarian Universalists to church for a communal hour on Sunday mornings. When I was 8 or 9, my mother started taking me to church. Initially we attended a Methodist church, largely because […]

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Perspective

Are you in need of perspective, a sense of your place in the world, a reason to step outside the busyness of life and reconnect with the grandeur of nature? If so, watch this time-lapse production by Norwegian photographer Terje Sorgjerd. You’ll find the story of his amazing production here. The Arctic Light from TSO […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 24

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My guest this episode is Cynthia Schroer. Cynthia began her religious life as a devoted Catholic. In time she became disillusioned with the church and — in one of those unexpected coincidences of life — a search for a preschool led her to a UU church and a new religious home. Since that serendipitous encounter, […]

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The Face of god

Captured by Norwegian photographer Terje Sorgjerd. You can read the details of the project here. Send to Kindle

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Be Spiritual – Episode 23

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My guest for Episode 23 is Roger Comstock, a longtime Unitarian Universalist who joined the UU church in Atlanta in 1963. In addition to sitting in the pews, Roger has served as the executive for four of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s districts, with the distinction of being the first lay-person appointed to that role. He […]

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Christmas Reflections

At a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island, Kurt Vonnegut informs his pal, Joseph Heller that their host, a hedge fund manager, had made more money in a single day than Heller had earned from his wildly popular novel Catch-22 over its whole history. Heller responds “Yes, but I have something he will never […]

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