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On loneliness

From the Heart

Are you lonely?

I know — this might seem like the opening line for a dating service ad. But no, this is a serious question about our spiritual and religious health.

If I feel off-balance because I have not had enough social contact, I am … read more.

For current members and friends

Reverend George Buchanan here. We are all concerned about the risks presented by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

First and foremost, I hope and pray you are all taking reasonable care of yourselves and following medical advice on handwashing and other practices.

If you … read more.

Online calendar

In response to the current coronavirus challenge, we are worshipping online, rather than in person. Consult our online calendar tinyurl.com/caluucnc for up-to-date information about our meetings and our worship services.

Considering White Fragility

From the Heart

In March I am leading workshops to study the book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo. These workshops will be on Saturday mornings March 7 and March 21 via online chat. … read more.

The Great Turning

From the Heart

We live in a time of global climate crisis, or climate emergency. The evidence is all around us, and on the news every day.

So what do we do? I believe we start by reframing. Yes, there are problems. … read more.

Mindfulness

From the Heart

Thich Nhat Hanh writes:

“Someone asked me, ‘Aren’t you worried about the state of the world?” I allowed myself to breathe and then I said, ‘What is most important is not to allow your anxiety about what happens in the world to fill … read more.

Follow your bliss

From the Heart

“Follow your Bliss!” Most of my advice as a minister is summarized in this phrase. I know life is far less than perfect and often difficult. And still, please follow your bliss.

This is not a command, … read more.

Radical Acceptance

From the Heart

In her excellent book Radical Acceptance: Embracing your Life with the Heart of a Buddha, Tara Brach writes:

“D. H. Lawrence described our Western culture as being like a great uprooted tree with its roots in the air. ‘We are perishing for lack … read more.

Life passed through the fire of thought

From the Heart

Ralph Waldo Emerson writes that a sermon is “life passed through the fire of thought.” In this Emerson challenges me – and other preachers – to make our sermons about our own lives, rather than solely about abstract intellectual or scriptural … read more.

Houses of hope

From the Heart

My Unitarian Universalist colleague Reverend Naomi King calls us to cultivate: “cities of refuge, houses of hope, and gardens of peace.”

She issues this call in the face of those who would say our predicaments are overwhelming. She believes we … read more.