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Sometimes Uncomfortable Is A Good Thing

Given the title, and my adventures these past couple of months, you might be forgiven for thinking that what we’ll be talking about this morning has something to do with heart attacks and open-heart surgery. Something about … “Look on … Continue reading

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Celebrating Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! In deference to my modestly delicate condition, let’s do things just a little differently this morning. For one thing, I think I’d like to sit. For another, it’s a good time to try something a little new. … Continue reading

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Spiritual Humility

As most of you know only too well, my second book was published mid-October, and I made a book tour of the West Coast to talk about it. This was my second book tour. As with the first one not … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur and Forgiveness

(This is from the September 27th service) To err is human, to forgive divine. As we are in the midst of the High Holy Days of Judaism, I hope you’ll allow me the arrogant gesture of tweaking Alexander Pope’s wise … Continue reading

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Columbus Day – Whose Country Is This?

Thank you, Gayle, for playing “All Or Nothing” for our offertory. I never saw the musical “Oklahoma” on the stage, but I did see the movie. Even as a child, while the song was fun, the concept seemed dumb. All … Continue reading

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An Interfaith Life

Today we begin our fifth year together.  We do so in a new home, on a new day, at a new time.  Other than that, everything’s the same. I think it’s a good thing to shake things up every five … Continue reading

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Honoring Yom HaShoah

Today we meet to remember the Shoah. Possibly the first question will be: Shoah? Don’t you mean Holocaust? When I was a kid, and I’ll be talking more about that in just a moment, it was indeed called the Holocaust. … Continue reading

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Why Are We Here? – Contemplating Meaning

There are times when only meeting twice a month can really grate.  This is one of those times.  The truth of it is that there are three messages I’d like to share with you today – not that I will, … Continue reading

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Life In a Zero Sum World

With your permission, I’d like to address something this morning that hangs over our heads, but rarely gets named.  It’s not a particularly comfortable subject.  So, to paraphrase Bette Davis, “Fasten your seat-belts.  We’re in for a bumpy sermon.” From … Continue reading

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Must We Argue About God?

If there is one constant within the mind of the human species, and let’s face it, there are many more than one, but if there is one, it is that each of us sees things a little differently from the … Continue reading

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A Constant State of Anger

There’s a Star Trek episode, those of you who aren’t Trekkers may not know that, like Scripture, you can find an example of almost any point you want to prove in some episode of Star Trek, anyway, in a Star … Continue reading

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The Call of Interfaith

Welcome to Living Interfaith: Year Four.  It was an interesting summer.  After the article appeared in the New York Times, there were a lot of responses.  Happily, most responses have been very positive.  Some … not.  But I must tell … Continue reading

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Beginning to Engage Racism

The aftermath of George Zimmerman’s trial for shooting Trayvon Martin, the inability even to talk about it, only reinforces for us how difficult just starting a discussion ofrace and racism can be.  How do we even begin?  There is, of course, … Continue reading

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Our Third Year

Three years ago, we began a church … a church in the sense of where some linguists believe the roots of the word “church” lie: a circle, a sacred circle.  One of the things they do not teach in seminary … Continue reading

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Interfaith as a Faith

  (This message was shared on June 16th, at the Unity Peace Center in Woodinville, Washington.)           I am very grateful for the chance to share the message of Interfaith as a faith with you this … Continue reading

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How Do We Spend Our Lives?

One of the great joys of ministry, and there are more than a few, is the excuse to ponder a spiritual theme for a week or more and then share some thoughts about it.  Everyone’s different, I think you already … Continue reading

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Constructive Agnosticism

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed, though I have a suspicion that many of you have, that regardless of “race” or ethnicity, gender or age, country or spiritual path, many if not most of us have a rather interesting … Continue reading

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World Interfaith Harmony

Happy New Year!  Happy year of the snake.  Here’s hoping it’s a king snake and not a cobra! New Years, of course, are very Interfaithy.  Every culture has one.  Every spiritual path either has a New Year of its own, … Continue reading

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Pondering Freedom

I would like to share with you some words Abraham Lincoln wrote to Congress, just one month before he issued the Emancipation Proclamation.  They were written to Congress because, of course, Lincoln lived nearly a hundred years B.T. … before … Continue reading

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Honoring the Seasons

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven. Today we want to honor and reflect on the seasons and, particularly since this is where we are, the season known as winter.  It’s easy to … Continue reading

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