Post date: 07/17/2005 - 11:00pm
In The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World, authors Paul Ray and Sherry Anderson write: "In virtually every age before our own, boys became men and girls became women, youths became warriors or shamans or healers and neophytes of every sort were guided through a time of falling apart in order to grow into a greater maturity. Our culture does not provide such initiations for our young people, and this means that our adults and elders are uninitiated, too. Still, despite the absence of formal rites of passage, initiations are happening anyway, all around us."
Post date: 07/10/2005 - 11:00pm
Those tabloids at the grocery line checkout usually get a chuckle from me. I remember around Christmas time I found two amusing headlines: "Baby born with antlers--what a dear boy." And above a traditional picture of Christ was another headline, "I will return within weeks." It is likely such fascinations and imaginings will be with us as long as human nature remains what it is. As long as there is imagination, and especially when there is societal change or unrest, folk will look for meaning, insight, and direction in unusual places.
Post date: 01/09/2005 - 11:00pm
January light in our sanctuary was a topic in this column a couple of years ago. I pay attention to the strangeness of this light at the beginning of the year for January's light is different from other months. The sun strikes us differently in this season.
Post date: 05/17/2004 - 6:00pm
We detest terrorism, but every week it seems like the current policy of the United States is just making things worse. We think there could be a reconsideration of why we are in Iraq; what our real goals might be; and how to go about achieving them. It will take patience and money and sacrifice and, perhaps, some compromise. We support democratic government, women's rights, religious pluralism but the situation in Iraq is not even close to that.
Post date: 05/10/2004 - 6:00pm
On May 5th, there was a good crowd of nice people at the Bienville House Awards Dinner where Paula Henderson was awarded the Peace Keeping award for the year. Lots of Unitarians were present. A good group from our Camphor Church Partnership met on Saturday morning, May 8th, at Southern University's Museum and were given a great tour of a really fine exhibit of African Art. Then we had beans and rice at the Early Risers Kiwanis Club lunch. Lots of Unitarians were there. Is there any place Unitarians cannot be found in Baton Rouge?
Post date: 05/03/2004 - 6:00pm
Process Theology Process Theology is both one of the newest ways to think and feel about the religious and one of the oldest. I want to talk with you about that. The next few times I am in your pulpit, I want to try and demonstrate how Process Theology has grown out of the past and gives some folks a way to get an overall look at the playing field ahead of time.
Post date: 04/26/2004 - 6:00pm
"The Side of the Angels" On Sunday afternoon, April 25, eight of us from UCBR attended a performance of "The Laramie Project" at the Swine Palace on the LSU campus. Afterward, I appeared on a small panel consisting of one of the ministers from the University Presbyterian Church, and the director Leon Ingulsrud to discuss issues of religion and tolerance with audience and cast.
Post date: 04/19/2004 - 6:00pm
"Thank You"
Post date: 04/12/2004 - 6:00pm
"Green Sanctuary"
Post date: 04/05/2004 - 6:00pm
"Such a Mix" Special Note: At this difficult time for Scott and Cindy Ross and their family, Dwight and I have been touched by the love and concern so many of you have shown. This church is truly a caring community.