Images of Nature

To be out in nature, re-confirming our connection to that which we did not make, is a form of worship for many people.

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Transfiguration

In the traditional story of the Transfiguration, three disciples go with Jesus to the top of a mountain where they see a vision. Moses and Elijah appear and talk with Jesus, who appears radiant.

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Time

“Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears all its sons away; they fly, forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.” (Isaac Watts)

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New Beginnings

We make a new beginning every morning, indeed in every moment, but there is something about the yearly start in January that captures the imagination.

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From the Heart

All wisdom traditions understand what it means to speak from the heart. But with the veneration of science and technology that exists today, it is increasingly difficult to hear one’s heart-voice.

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The Visit of the Magi

The story of the visit of the three wise men from the East has inspired countless retellings.

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Story

Humans are story-tellers. It’s how we remember important things.

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Light

Light in the darkness. In every culture, in every religion, in every wisdom tradition, light is a metaphor for knowledge, sight, understanding, consciousness, awakening, birth and rebirth.

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Advent Again

Can it be Advent again, already? I’m not ready… But then, are we ever “ready” for Advent? Perhaps that’s the point: Advent is the time to get ready.

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Praise and Gratitude

Praise and gratitude go hand-in-hand. Both are a natural response to our recognition that, as the old saying goes, “God is God. You are not.”

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Preparation

Transition into a time of worship can take many forms: a quiet moment of deep breathing and centering, a poem, a responsive invocation, gathering music…

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Veterans’ Day

We can be opposed to war in principle, and opposed to war in all its ugly specificities, and still express our gratitude and love for those who fight on our behalf.

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Food for Thought

The inspirational power of a good idea is constantly amazing. Consider the case of California organic farmer Michael O’Gorman, who put together two seemly-unrelated trends: the aging of American farmers and the high unemployment among returning military veterans.

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The Way Ahead

When the way ahead seems uncertain, when the news is mostly negative, when we feel powerless to effect change, it is good to remember that we are hardly alone.

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Discovery

We are each walking up the mountain of spiritual enlightenment, each on our own path, each discovering the same ancient truths in our own way and in our own words.

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Getting to Peace

Getting to peace begins at home and extends out to neighborhoods, cities, states, countries and across the world. The challenge always is to stand for peace without using violence to accomplish it.

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Ritual

All cultures have rituals. One of the liberating outcomes of worshipping in a progressive faith community is the freedom to create new rituals as well as adapt old ones.

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Pentecost 2013

Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Spirit on the followers of Jesus. It is celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter, and derives its name from that interval. (In ancient Greek Pentēkostē means “fiftieth.”)

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Pluralism Sunday 2013

Celebrating the diversity of religious traditions. On the first Sunday in May- this year, May 5, 2013 (or other times during the year) – churches dedicate their worship to a celebration of our interfaith world.

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Earth Day

Earth Day reminds us that “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” (Chief Seattle)

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Easter

Christos Aneste! Christ is risen! The response is Alithos Aneste! He is risen indeed! Whether your interpretation of the resurrection is literal or metaphorical, Easter morning is always welcome.

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Holy Week

Waiting… waiting… the images of waiting are everywhere just before Easter. Mary Magdalene at the tomb, the disciples wondering “what now?”, all of us in suspension after the events of Good Friday and before the release of Easter Sunday morning.

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Christmas Day

As Henry Van Dyke wrote nearly a century ago, “There is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas…

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Advent

Advent… a time of anticipation, of waiting and watching as the darkness deepens. There are many ways to mark the passing of this time…

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