Beginning Again in Love

The High Holy Days of the Jewish tradition remind us that life offers us the opportunity for forgiveness, the chance to begin again in love.  There is a lot of power in forgiveness—and maybe that is why it can be such a difficult thing to do.

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Sealed

Yom Kippur begins at sundown on September 29. This is the Day of Atonement in the Jewish tradition and concludes the High Holy Days. This is a season to remember gratitude, to find and grant forgiveness, and to gather our spirits to move into the New Year. We will celebrate with language and liturgy drawn … Continued

Sadly in Need of Mending

The Universalist promise that each of us is lovable and already loved never suggested that we do not make mistakes or fall short of our aspirations. There are times when all of us need to find forgiveness. Perhaps that is why most of us prefer mercy to justice, at least when we are on the … Continued

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Deep in Our Humanity

Our Unitarian Universalist principles call us to lead lives filled with mercy and compassion – treating all with respect, working for peace and justice, building beloved community.  The practicality of living these values may not always be as simple as Love your neighbor as yourself.  Let us explore the ways in which tapping into our … Continued

I Can. We Must.

At the heart of our theology is the trust that our choices matter. We can at least help shape our destiny. This is called “human agency” in theological terms. Power can be used for good or ill, however. The religious question is what we will help make happen and what informs our choices.

To Love Mercy

Do justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly. The words of the Prophet Micah are carved above the entrance to our Eliot Chapel. To love mercy requires that most difficult of human achievements: a change of heart. In these divisive times, how do we prevent our hearts from hardening?