From Rev. Dave

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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Reflections on Social Justice

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

Reflections on Social Justice

Social justice is a calling beyond social service. Addressing the needs of our fellow human beings through direct service is important, but it’s only one step toward justice. Here are many other ways to live more justly and work toward a more just world. Witness Pay attention to the inequities and injustices around us. When we see injustice, we are inspired by our faith and empowered by our church to take action. Connect Enter into relationship with the person or people in need. Discover how those needs might be better met or connect with those who currently meet those needs (or try to)...

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