Author Archive | Thomas

Members(hip) Matters

Editor’s Note: Today’s post was written before the events of last week on our Facebook Page. I will write more about all of that, maybe as soon as this week, but for now, this was the follow-up we had planned, presented as intended when it was written. Last week, I wrote a post about the […]

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No, Your Neighbor is Probably Not a Unitarian Universalist

I’ve recently seen people share this post from December 2019 written Jonathan Tjarks and shared in several places: The mistaken premise of the article is that because Unitarian Universalism doesn’t have a creed, “central message of the UU church is that you can believe anything you want…” though this claim is contradicted immediately with the […]

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Monday Mediation: Free Faith, Assembly Required

Unitarian Universalism has a core. The five Smooth Stones of Liberal Religion outline a stable and lasting foundation on which we each build our own spiritual life. They are not specific to Unitarian Universalism, but they provide boundaries within which we roam. Along with the wide field of the 7 Principles our congregations have agreed […]

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Worth and Dignity: A Labor Day Meditation

Labor day is a secular holiday, but maybe it can hold a special place for Unitarian Universalists? As part of the ongoing development of our faith, Labor day feels fundamentally tied to our values and the Principles of the UUA. Last week was the 59th anniversary of the historic “March on Washington for Jobs and […]

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Tolerance is not Inclusion

Here on the blog last week, I talked about how the world still needs liberal religion; how many people still want all the community benefits and even the rituals and commemorations that come with religious practice. They want the good parts of religion without the dogma and the stifling traditions, and at its best, that […]

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Thomas’ Birthday Pledge Drive!

Do you find my ministry moving? Inspiring? Encouraging? Do you want even more of that? There are 6 weeks until my Birthday and I am having a Patreon Member drive in celebration. Patreon allows you to sponsor my ministry directly and make it possible for me to continue to make art, write thoughtful commentary, and […]

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Religious Education is Worth Investing In.

Some things to consider as many congregations start getting their budget ready for the spring congregational meetings: Who are the most vulnerable people in your church? Who are the people who are the most impressionable? Who are the people who need the most guidance in their search for truth and meaning? Which group of people […]

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