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Celebrate the Spiritual Gift of “Wisdom”

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 in From Rev. Dave

Celebrate the Spiritual Gift of “Wisdom”

This African American Heritage Month, exploring the received wisdom of the ages, we look to the West African image of Sankofa: the bird forced to fly hastily from its home, yet who carries an egg nestled within its back feathers. Literally “Sankofa” is a Ghanian word that’s usually translated as “reach back and get it.” It is a call to ancient and traditional wisdom in the service of a better future. Unitarian Universalism famously reaches back to get all manner of wisdom from all manner of sources to serve a better future. The spiritual practice of deeply...

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Allegheny’s Sabbatical

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 in From Rev. Dave

Allegheny’s Sabbatical

You are a blessing. You are all ministers. To this congregation. To this neighborhood. To this planet. May this sabbatical be a blessing to all. And may these months teach us and bring forth from within us that which the days and weeks never know.

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The Grateful Heart as a Spiritual Practice

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 in From Rev. Dave

The Grateful Heart as a Spiritual Practice

It’s reported that Meister Eckhart said, “Were the word ‘Thanks’ the only prayer you ever say, it would suffice.” (Wäre das Wort ›Danke‹ das einzige Gebet, das du je sprichst, so würde es genügen.) Madison Avenue would like to convince us that if we have the right salary or the right amount of stuff (that they sell), then we’d be happy and finally we’d have something to be grateful for. But turns out that that’s exactly the opposite of how it works! It’s through being grateful that we live a happy life. That’s what the “Grateful Heart” meditation was...

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Send in your “What do UU Want to Know” questions

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 in From Rev. Dave

On July 21, I will be addressing questions YOU ask and responding to thoughts You have or whatever YOU want to know about Unitarian Universalism as practiced at Allegheny. Email your comments to minister<at> alleghenyuu.org. The fun, the serious, the frivolous, the deeply theological… all will be considered! Let your imagination and your curiosity run wild and find what I come up with on Sunday, July 21.  

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Resilience

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 in From Rev. Dave

Responding to a question about the decline of the typical old-school denominations, Susan Nienaber writes in “Resilient Congregations”: Resilience (is) a human capacity that can be developed and strengthened in all people through growth-fostering relationships. … it’s all about the relationships with one another and with God. Our congregations are going through a miraculous and inspiring time of change and adaptation and I am so excited to see the changes that have needed to happen for a long time. Not every congregation is going to survive intact but I am now convinced that we will...

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Top 10 Reasons Unitarian Universalism Is Cool

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 in Feature Stories, From Rev. Dave

Top 10 Reasons Unitarian Universalism Is Cool

10) We’re based on principles rather than personalities. Ours is one of the few religions not based on a people or a person. (Examples include Lutheranism, Calvinism, Christianity, Buddhism, and even Judaism is based on the name of the Kingdom of Judah.) This has wide-ranging implications. 9) Affinity with promoters of the common good and practitioners of the perennial philosophy (tendencies toward the good, the true, the just) in every place & time. [These’ll get less esoteric after this.] 8) Encouragement to believe what we really believe and become who we are called to...

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