Categories: "Religion" or "Islam" or "Reinhold Niebuhr" or "religion" or "Rick Warren" or "Rita Nakeshima Brock" or "Spirituality" or "Unitarian Universalist"

The Eve of Independence

July 3rd, 2012
My days in the Four Corners are numbered now after a two-month sojourn. I paid a visit this morning to our local pond, which is famous among the cognoscenti but now drained down to primordial sludge in anticipation of water from a new artesian well. The… more »

Life Examined

August 3rd, 2011
Dr. Margaret Burns answered an ad I placed in the Asheville, NC, Citizen-Times while I was researching a novel set in the mid 20th century at a private psychiatric facility. I remember the first time I heard her voice; it was low-pitched and direct… more »

A Life Worth Dying For

September 22nd, 2010
Liberal religion lost one of its most ardent and articulate champions when Forrest Church died September 24, 2009. The Rev. Dr. Church, who ministered more than thirty years at the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York, left a legacy that will be… more »

September Song

September 11th, 2010
September sparkles in New York City. In my neighborhood, Columbia and Barnard students have moved back into their dorms and fill the sidewalks, and the kids in my apartment building are wearing heavier back packs. In a city where so many people are… more »

Lower Manhattan, Our Gettysburg?

August 18th, 2010
Some very foolish things have been said about the proposed Cordoba Muslim Cultural Center in downtown Manhattan, the majority of them, it seems to me by people who wouldn?t know how to find the site if they were dropped off at the closest subway stop. more »