Fertilizing the Future
- Last Updated on 19 November 2014
If you spend time in the woods these days, as we get the pleasure of doing at our beautiful church, it’s hard to miss the fallen leaves that are piling up. The view, not that long ago full of vibrant reds and yellows and oranges, and within recent memory a vibrant green, is now dominated by grey tree trunks of all sizes and brown leaves everywhere. It calls to mind a favorite reading of mine, by Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. David Bumbaugh:
Same-Sex Marriage and Community
- Last Updated on 25 November 2014
I was fortunate to participate in the GLBTQ Safe Zone training through Ball State a number of years ago. During one especially revealing exercise, we paired off. Each of us who was a straight ally was paired with a person whose sexual orientation was gay or lesbian. The assignment was simple, or so I thought: Discuss your weekend without revealing anything at all about the sexual orientation of your partner or spouse. It proved to be much harder than I anticipated. The woman with whom I was paired caught me out time and time again, gently and with good humor, when I simply forgot or let a stray pronoun slip. By the end of the time, I was exhausted from the effort. For my partner, accustomed to living with that restraint at her workplace, it had been “business as usual.”
The Power of Community
- Last Updated on 30 October 2014
If you attended the service this past Sunday morning, you witnessed some of the greatest testimony you’ll ever hear about why it’s important for Unitarian Universalism and Unitarian Universalist congregations to exist. Two of our high school youth, fresh off returning from a Youth Conference in Indianapolis – they had literally arrived back in Muncie half an hour before the start of the service – shared during Joys & Sorrows about what a powerful, meaningful and transformative experience the Con was for them. They used words like “accepted,” “loved,” and “held.” And I can attest to this since I was there – they were accepted, loved and held not primarily by adult UUs, but by the youth in our region who led and participated in the conference. They experienced a transformative community of their peers.
Life and Death in the Interdependent Web of All Existence
- Last Updated on 15 October 2014
The Honor Guard snapped to attention as their commander shouted an order, and the crack of three perfectly timed rifle shots splintered the stillness, followed by “Taps.” The Guard Chaplain and another officer folded the ceremonial flag and handed it to Mitch’s mother. I pronounced the benediction and the small group gathered under the cemetery’s bright blue tent in the warm Fall afternoon began to disperse.
I got a head start on thinking about this month’s theme of death near the end of last month. It was a typical Tuesday evening at our house—I’d already picked up (Great) Grandpa Don for dinner, we were waiting for Tom’s daughter Julie and her family to arrive, Tom and I were juggling dinner prep, and the dog was underfoot, wanting to be fed. Then the phone rang.