Category Archives: Thoughts

Humility and purpose

A couple of items caught my attention this week, separate yet connected, and worth noting. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory released this photo of our Earth last week, taken by the Cassini spacecraft from its orbit around Saturn. That’s us, scurrying around on that small white dot right of center, between the rings and the light […]

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Echoes of a life

I’m home after attending a memorial service celebrating the life of a longtime member of our church, a remarkable woman who lived Thoreau’s admonition to “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” The church was full and the service ran over 90 minutes. Family and friends recounted their memories spanning her 85 years, […]

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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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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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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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A Rose By Any Other Name

Indulge me in a bit of shop talk. Imagine an entrepreneur pitching a new venture to a VC over lunch in a swanky restaurant. The concept is a spiritual community, a church. “What makes this different from all the other churches, all the other religions?” asks the VC. The attraction for people (value proposition in […]

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A discussion about Heaven

A long-standing joke about Unitarian Universalists, or UUs, goes like this: A UU comes to a fork in the road. An arrow points to Heaven in one direction, and another arrow points to a discussion about whether heaven even exists. The UU goes down the path eagerly anticipating the discussion. UUs laugh at this joke […]

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