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Todd’s Thoughts January 2019

Beginning January 21st, I’ll be taking a brief, month long sabbatical. This is a common practice in the Unitarian Universalist churches. In general, UU ministers take a 4-6 month sabbatical every five years. I’ve been at UUCS more than seven years and have opted not to take an extended leave until now. This is so … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts December 2018

When I was a child the Internet was called the “Sears Roebuck Catalog,” and I couldn’t wait for it to arrive free each year just in time for Christmas. Mom used it to pick new school clothes for my siblings and me, to replace those she’d ordered the year before that had become too small—“floods,” … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts November 2018

Fall is upon us and the mornings already greet us with a chill. The political and social situation in our country also gives us chills. So does climate change, and the rise of authoritarian leaders around the world. It light of such big concerns, it’s difficult to think about Thanksgiving, about giving thanks during these … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts October 2018

Our Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East team is planning to host a public showing of the 2016 documentary, The Occupation of the American Mind, about how the Israeli and U.S. government, along with the pro-Israel lobby shape American media coverage of the Middle East conflict in Israel’s favor. Having screened the film … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts, September 2018

As I write this article, I’ve only just returned from my second trip to visit our Partner Church in Felsorakos, Romania. I saw old friends and made some new. I visited familiar sites and some places I’d never been, including the fortress where Unitarian founder, Francis David died in prison, the church that Unitarian Prince … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts, August 2018

The instruction to “love everyone,” seems like a tall order. I won’t name names, but there are some people in this world it seems nearly impossible to love. Yet there’s a difference between loving and liking. It’s possible to love those we don’t like, and to even like those we don’t love. Liking others depends … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts, July 2018

In these troubling times, magnified by our government’s kidnapping, incarceration, and abuse of children, there’s a glimmer of hope. When Attorney General Jeff Sessions attempted to justify this diabolical policy by quoting the Bible, he prompted a swift rebuke from his own church and some of his staunchest fundamentalist supporters. Franklin Graham, son of the … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts, June 2018

Subjectify > Objectify > Moralize. I’ve come to recognize this as the threefold process through which most of us seem to feel and think. I say “feel and think” because I’m also convinced emotions and thoughts are part of the same process, that thoughts cause feelings, and feelings produce thoughts. I’d go so far to … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts, May 2018

In March 2017 I gave a sermon entitled, “The Measure of All Things,” about Erich Fromm’s notion that, “the sole criterion of ethical value,” should be based on human welfare and the achievement of one’s full potential. I’ve decided to put this theory to the test through a series of thought experiments envisioning what it … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts, April 2018

After 911 George W. Bush began using the horrific event as an excuse to attack Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with that terrible day. For months many of us around the nation participated in weekly demonstrations protesting the very notion of a “preemptive strike” against a country that did nothing to deserve … Continued