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Avoiding the Pathogen of Hate

We are about to exit the flu season for this year, for which anyone who has had the flu may well be exceedingly grateful.  And we may all be grateful that the worldwide flu pandemic which many dread every year, … Continue reading

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March Newsletter 2017

March 2017

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Listen! … please

“A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?”   It’s a nursery rhyme, from that internationally … Continue reading

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Your Money or Your Life?

I’d like to talk this morning about something that in many ways is talked about much too much … and in many ways isn’t talked about nearly enough. Money. Now you already know that we are an Interfaith congregation. So … Continue reading

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Honoring Chanukah

Hineh mah tov (see song at the end of the sermon).  “How good and pleasant it is for people to dwell together in unity.”  Good … and pleasant … and these days darn near impossible!  Unity has never seemed so … Continue reading

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Why Standing Rock Matters

(guest sermon for Evergreen UU) Good morning.  I had some trouble deciding how to start what I wanted to share this morning.  Lots of electrons bit the dust on my computer.  But then I remembered something I was told in … Continue reading

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The Case for Humility

Our topic today is “The Case for Humility.”  It might seem perhaps a bit strange that a person would feel it necessary to make a case for humility.  But if we look around us, particularly these days, if there is … Continue reading

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Welcome Back to Living Interfaith

An interesting thing happened on my way to writing this sermon.  First, I got distracted by my pear tree adventure.  For those who are not aware:  buckle up.  I was picking some delicious pears from my backyard pear tree when … Continue reading

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Fingers in Our Ears Syndrome

(I was a guest at Good Shepherd Baptist Church on Sunday, 14 August and was privileged to give the sermon) Good morning. It was good to meet many of you before the service. In case you’d like to skip the … Continue reading

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Six Years Together

I want today to be a celebration of something truly special and remarkable.  Today concludes six wonderful years together as the Living Interfaith Church.  In September we will come together to begin our seventh year.  But while today will still … Continue reading

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What Is Prayer?

On May 5th we had a double whammy of a day.  It was, for one thing, Holocaust Remembrance Day.  But it was also the National Day of Prayer.  I shared some thoughts about Holocaust or Shoah Remembrance in our monthly … Continue reading

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BREAKING FREE FROM OUR “ME”-CENTRIC PRISON

Buckle up. We’re going to talk about some difficult stuff this morning. But I’m going to give away the ending. There is hope, there is a better world waiting if we will come together and commit to it. Our choice. … Continue reading

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Words Matter

When we’re kids, I think most if not all of us learned the ditty: “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never harm me.” But the truth of it is, words can harm us. And words can … Continue reading

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An Epidemic of Blinders

Buckle up. Every now and then, I get my dander up. No, I have no idea what that means except to say that today my dander is up. Since our last service, when there was this big question mark listed … Continue reading

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In Quest of the Universal Chanukah – A Personal Reflection

Chanukah is the celebration of the Maccabee victory in the second century BCE over Antiochus of Syria. Antiochus had forbidden Jews to practice their religion and had desecrated the Temple in Jerusalem. Specifically, Chanukah is a celebration of the rededication … Continue reading

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Thanks for What?

As everyone here is well aware, last Thursday was a national holiday. We call it “Thanksgiving.” Most of the time, we don’t go a lot further than that in contemplating the day. So this morning I’d like to pose a … Continue reading

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Disunited Nations

Having just recited the United Nations Charter, two things come to mind. First, what a tremendous charter: it sounds so very wonderful. Second, signed 70 years ago this past June, it sounds very much like fantasy. The real United Nations … Continue reading

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Spiritual Humility – The Faith of Interfaith

At the Living Interfaith presentation (by Steven Greenebaum and Cathy Merchant) a half hour service, including crucial the crucial elements that help to make Living Interfaith services safe, sacred space was offered.  This included a short homily on spiritual humility … Continue reading

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Ingathering & Jewish New Year

We begin our sixth year today, six years of coming together to celebrate each other’s spiritual paths without hierarchy. That we gather today ever so slightly auspicious because tomorrow night is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. I have to … Continue reading

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What IS Interfaith? ~ Celebrating Our First Five Years

There are many reasons that one might wish pause and reflect a bit. One is a heart attack and triple bypass surgery! Another is a dream, a dream almost mystical in nature, that reaches the threshold of five full years … Continue reading

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