Todd’s Thoughts December 2017

As part of our mission and commitment to diversity in our church and our world, we will have an all-church diversity, equity, and inclusion workshop on Saturday, December 9th, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The workshop will be conducted by members of The Greatness of a Time Collective. GOAT “is a group of purposeful individuals … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts November 2017

November is upon us, a time we intentionally consider and express gratitude for all we are thankful for. Perhaps this is a taller order than usual considering all the tragedy in the world this past year—hurricanes, earthquakes, mass shootings, the global trend toward rightwing nationalism, and a full year since the disastrous election. These are, … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts September 2017

On Saturday, July 29th (2017), some person or persons spray-glued eight Alt-Right propaganda fliers onto the glass of our outside bulletin board. They were discovered and removed before Sunday morning. Fortunately, other than needing to clean off the glue residue, there wasn’t any vandalism or lasting damage done. The fliers themselves reflected some pretty paranoid, … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts October 2017

I often say being a successful minister means being one-part Gandhi and one-part Rocky Balboa, remaining compassionate and nonviolent and still be standing at the end of the day. This peculiar juxtaposition now seems necessary for liberals in general as, each day, we’re pummeled by unexpected and extreme circumstances—three category 4 hurricanes in a row, … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts August 2017

Several have been curious about my experience at the Unitarian Universalist Association’s annual General Assembly in New Orleans a few weeks ago. I’ve not said much about it because I’m not quite sure what to say. I remain concerned about what I consider the error of Political Correctness that many now seem to consider synonymous … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts-July 2017

I’m passionate about logic! Love it! I realize, for some, this seems like an oxymoron because logic is supposed to be void of emotion, especially emotions as intense as passion and love. But I would argue that being reasonable is itself a form of love, that if we are not reasonable with others, then we … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts-June 2017

June is the final month of our Church year, and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support, generosity, and hard work in helping us fulfill the continuing mission of our church—to create community, to find meaning, and to work for justice. Given the outcome of the November election, I … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts-May 2017

I’ve been a proponent of critical thinking ever since I first studied logic in college 30 years ago. Since then, I’ve often said, “We could solve most the world’s problems in a generation if we started teaching kids critical thinking today.” This is so, I believe, because too many of us regularly commit what philosopher … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts-April 2017

Quick as lightning, the long-armed monkey snatched the keys from my hand, yanking them into its cage. It immediately began biting into my new keyring with its sharp teeth, then started grinding it back and forth against the concrete floor, as if to taunt me. As I wondered if and how I might get them … Continued

Todd’s Thoughts – March 2017

Grace, Wisdom, Strength, and Healing. That’s the simple prayer I say to myself each time I’m about to press a load of heavy weight off my chest. I ask for grace just in case I do something stupid, like risking injury by taking on more than I should. I ask for wisdom so I’m smart enough not to lift … Continued