as preached at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, February 18, 2023 He drew a circle that shut me out–Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.But Love and I had the wit to win:We drew a circle that took him in! Those words might be familiar. They have long been popular in Unitarian Universalist circles. They come from the poet and lifelong Universalist Edwin Markham. Active in the...
A Trip to Big Bend
We went to Big Bend National Park over the winter holidays. Here's my account of the trip.
A sermon considering the proposed covenant of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston.
Books read in 2022
A list of the books I read in 2022.
Most Read Blog Posts of 2022
A review of 2022's most popular blog posts.
Christmas Eve 2022
as preached at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, December 24, 2022 Joy to the world! Can you feel it? Bright lights against the unanticipated cold. Festive songs, flickering candles, cider, cookies, stories of miracles and poems that attend to “[t]he starry form of love”… Christmas and the winter holidays are here. Joy to the world! Christmas and the winter holidays are a...
Ignorant as the Dawn
A sermon on what is permanent and what is transient preached at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston.
The Waning of the Light
as preached at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, December 4, 2022 In the Jewish tradition there is a midrash, an interpretation, of the Torah, the sacred text, about twilight. It points to a spiritual practice that is essential for many Unitarian Universalists. The midrash has to do with what once happened at the waning of the light, that period of time when it is no longer day...
The Ground of Being
as preached at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, November 6, 2022 We are in the midst of one of liberal democracy’s great civic rituals: the country’s biennial elections. Their stakes seem to be much higher than usual. In the past weeks, I have talked with more than few of you who have reported losing sleep about their possible outcomes. Pundits, politicians, scholars, and a...
All Souls Homily 2022
as preached at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, October 30, 2022 From age to ageOh! I have slipped the surly bonds of EarthLove ends. But what if it doesn’t?Be Thou with us, now and alwaysI have only one picture with him.We will not see it, none of us.Behold, peace shall extend to thee like a river I offer you this jumble of words drawn from the music and poetry of this, our...