Stronger than Hate

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 24th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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Rev. Erik Wikstrom serves as Settled Minister at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church – Unitarian Universalist, Charlotsville, VA. The Blue Boat occasionally re-posts from his blog, A Minister’s Musings. Here are Rev. Wickstrom’s reflections on the death of Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church.–Ed. A Time to Mourn   Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church — you know, the one that said “God hates fags!”and made a name for itself picketing so many funerals — died today. Many of my friends and colleagues are discussing whether or not they feel compelled to forgive, or to mourn and his passing. Some say they hope he will rot in the hell he seemed…

Bridge the Divide

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 4th 2014 // 30 Days of Love // one comment

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DAY 18: For Immigration Reform At the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the UUA we think often about bridging divides, and in particular the multi-generational divide between Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults and other UUs, so it has become a reflex for us to consider how one’s identity informs one’s point of view. While in the office we work to build bridges of understanding amongst our constituents, it is not obvious it translates into being more aware of the divides we are all called upon to bridge in our daily life. Leaving the comfort zone of one’s own point-of-view isn’t automatic, isn’t always easy and requires a deliberate choice. Bridging a…

Oral History to Vibrant Reality

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 1st 2014 // 30 Days of Love // no comments

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DAY 15: Keeping the Story Alive Flat World Story My family arrived in America from Eastern Europe during anti-Jewish Pogroms at the end of the 19th century. My grand-parents on both sides of the family were born here, but their parents, and any family members older than they, were immigrants. Growing up I was fascinated to know where our family came from, but when I asked my grand-parents to talk about it the story always began and ended with the passage of their parents through Ellis Island. No matter how much I’d insist, my grand-parents were equally insistent on not telling me the family history from before about 1900 (give or take a few years,…

Prisms

Written by Jeremie Bateman // January 31st 2014 // 30 Days of Love // no comments

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DAY 14: Interfaith Perspective For me, stories are an absolutely essential part of my faith. As has come up each year during 30 Days of Love, I grew up Roman Catholic and spent much of my high school and college years around Franciscans. When I think about stories that have impact for me, many of them are stories of Francis of Assisi. The story of Francis embracing a leper – who he had previously ignored, avoided and had been taught to despise – reminds me to push past the cultural messages, personal fears and other barriers that keep me from recognizing the worth of each person and acting on the recognition. The story of Francis…

The Power of Stories

Written by Annie Gonzalez // January 27th 2014 // 30 Days of Love // no comments

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DAY 10: Sharing Stories   The truly very important matter So a couple months ago, something happened to me that I imagine you might be able to relate to. I got really upset about something a stranger said on the internet. Now you probably know how this goes. First Random Acquaintance posts a status on facebook about a Very Important Matter about which you have strong feelings. So you post a comment, with your (carefully worded) opinion. Some other acquaintances chime in, mostly in agreement with you, but then, here comes Stranger, posting something that is just plain wrong. Stranger knows Random Acquaintance, but you and Stranger have no connection. Still, you feel compelled to…

A Fine Mix

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 27th 2013 // Future of Faith, Thanksgivukkah // no comments

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Rabbi David Kudan asks, Are We Right to Blend Hanukkah and Thanksgiving This Year?. His answer demonstrates the power of adopting an interfaith approach to finding meaning in mixed traditions. Re-posted from ReformJudiasm.org–Ed.   As you’ve undoubtedly heard, the Jewish calendar and the secular calendar offer a strange convergence in the United States this year as Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coincide. The Jewish media has been full of humorous articles about combined menus (like this one from Jewish cooking expert Tina Wasserman) featuring foods like latkes with cranberry sauce, and the term “Thanksgivukkah” has been coined to describe the merged holiday. While this is all in good fun, perhaps we should take another look at the…

Blue Boat Just Got a Dinghy

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 21st 2013 // Guides and Tools, young adults, youth // no comments

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Blue Boat is now on Twitter     @BlueBoatBlog       No, we haven’t gone out in our dinghy out yet. But we will… Follow us.  

Definition by Choice

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 23rd 2013 // Stories and Voices // one comment

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Alex Kapitan reflects on the fundamental role choice plays in defining oneself, and the necessity choosing on the route to fulfillment. Reposted with permission from Alex’s blog, “www.rootsgrowthetree.com” -Ed.   Alex I want to talk about choice. I want to talk about the fact that just because someone who is out to destroy you says you chose to be the way you are does not mean the path of best protection is to counter with “no I didn’t, it’s not a choice, I was born this way and I’ve always been this way.” Is who I am—my sexuality, my gender—a deep and real part of me, close to my soul? Yes. Are there choices involved?…

Senseless Loss

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 17th 2013 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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This post by Lynn Ungar comes to us from the Quest for Meaning, a UU Collective, on patheos.com. The incomprehensible act of violence upon which Lynn comments allows reflection upon the First Principle of Unitarian Universalism. At moments such as this the words of the Rev. Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe who says, “It requires practice. At the core of this principle is love“, ring with simple truth. – Ed. WTF? September 16, 2013 By Lynn Ungar 2 Comments Really, WTF? Has people shooting at strangers become a sort of national pastime? Are we supposed to get used to this? Worse yet, have we gotten used to it? Really, what am I supposed to say? Once again we…

An Interfaith “Muhammad”

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 11th 2013 // Guides and Tools, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Sana Saeed‘s review of “Muhammad, The Story of a Prophet and Reformer”, by Sarah Conover, lifts up several Unitarian Universalist principles, and provides an opportunity to  appreciate and practice our faith. –Ed. Interfaith Experiences of Prophet Muhammad: A Book Review One of the reasons I am drawn to Unitarian Universalism (UU) as a Muslim is because I am constantly inspired by my Arlington, Virginia UU community to look deeper within my Muslim identity as a Pakistani woman. I feel this experience highlight’s the concept of pluralism that Diane Eck wrote about, which essentially states that only by truly appreciating and understanding diversity whether it be through interfaith dialogue or cross-cultural exchanges, can we be pluralistic,…