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Housing and Home, Mourning and Hope

(Sermon Preached at All Souls New London Unitarian Universalist Congregation on 9/25/16) The person in man is a thing in distress; it feels cold and is always looking for a warm shelter. But those (who are) warmly wrapped in social … Continue reading

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A Second Letter to the Boy Scouts of America 2/7/16

To: Members of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive Three years ago, I sent my Eagle Scout badge back to the Boy Scouts of America in protest (you can find that letter here: … Continue reading

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We are All Refugees

(Note: This is an edited and reworked version of a talk I gave in 2013. Reproduced here because it seemed timely.) I’m talking tonight about the meaning of the refugee experience for political life.  In doing so, I am trying … Continue reading

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The Slow Boring of Hard Covers

At thirty-five I find I can read poetry. And this: that I care to. My father read and wrote poetry. He professed love for the sonnet’s confinement while he read Plath to my mother’s displeasure listened to Dylan at home … Continue reading

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Axiom derived from encounters with destitute persons

This person can’t wait for me to get my thinking straight. This person can’t afford the consequences of hasty, uninformed, ill-considered actions on my part. I will be stuck in this tension as long as I keep thinking about or … Continue reading

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The Asymmetry of Nonviolence

“This guy, he just wouldn’t leave my apartment.  I invited him in, but then he wanted to stay.  I told him to leave, and he said he wouldn’t.  I told him I would call the police, and he said ‘go … Continue reading

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Hungry Ghosts and Birds of Appetite

Serving persons who are homeless is particularly demanding work.  In general, I do well in this environment – I like the clear stakes and the opportunity to be creative and nimble.  But I have gotten into a pattern of recurring … Continue reading

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