This week we celebrate (belatedly) the birthday of Monique Truong, who wrote, “Although we strap time to our wrists, stuff it into our pockets, hang it on our walls…it can still run away, elude and evade, and show itself again only when there are minutes remaining and there is nothing left to do except wait till there are none.” So may we learn.
This week we celebrate the birthday of Zubin Mehta, who said, “if you scratch away a little of the fatigue and cynicism, out comes a 17-year-old music student again, full of wonder, exuberance and a tremendous love of music.” So may we be.
This week we celebrate the birthday of Charles R. Johnson, who said, “we are process, not product…we are verbs, not nouns…our ‘identity’ is fluid, not fixed or static.” So may ~read more~
After a week that included violence, terrorism, depressing political battles, and some frightening weather, it is good to gather together. It is good to confirm that we are okay; it is good to seek support if we are *not* okay; and it is very good to arrive and give stubborn witness to the power of our liberal religious values: freedom, reason, tolerance, compassion and courage. ~read more~
This week we celebrate the birthday of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, who said, “when I’m singing I’m a completely different person. I could be very free.” So may we sing!
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We are not selling a set of rules. We are offering a set of actions. Anybody who finds our path a worthy one is welcome to join us, and we will cry with them, sing with them, listen to them and share our food with them, as we journey together.
We are not offering mere community. Televangelists offer nothing if not a sense of “community.” The Hitler Youth were a remarkably close-knit “community.” What we are offering is rich, complex, supportive and challenging community.
We do not wonder who or what it is that you worship. We do not care if you worship anything at all. We do care about what you love, and what you fear. We care about your dreams and desires. We care about your suffering, and your sorrow; and we care whether, after all of that, you are still willing to open your heart, again and again.
If *that* is the path you want to walk, then we are willing and eager—delighted, even—to journey with you. We will support and challenge you and we ask that you support and challenge us.
This week we celebrate the birthday of Seamus Heaney, who wrote, “once in a lifetime…justice can rise up And hope and history rhyme.” So may we be.
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Thank you, Roger Ebert, for your passion for film and your passion for the human experience.
I have used this excerpt from one of his reviews in a couple worship services:
“The truth hidden below the surface of the [film] is a hard one: Nothing makes any sense. We do not get what we deserve. If we are lucky, we get more. If we are unlucky, we get less. Bad things happen to good people and good things ~read more~
This week we celebrate the birthday of Maya Angelou, who wrote:
Love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.
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Got a song stuck in your head? Are you driving yourself to distraction because you cannot stop singing “All the Single Ladies,” or “Seasons in the Sun,” or maybe some jingle from a commercial? I used to try replacing one such earworm with another, which sometimes worked. Now scientists may have a better, more foolproof answer: anagrams. According to an article by Richard Gray, solving “tricky anagrams…can force the intrusive music out of your working memory.” ~read more~