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"The Good Father" - June 18, 2017

There’s probably no more challenging role today than being a mother or a father. We no longer live in the “Father Knows Best” world of breadwinner dads and stay-at-home moms. Often both parents are working long hours out of the house and once they’re home, still expected to be available 24/7. Roles have changed in other ways as well. There are more single parent households, and increasingly females are the primary breadwinner, sometimes with a stay-at-home dad minding the kids...

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"The Blessing of Animals" - June 11, 2017

When I was growing up, our family had a string of cats and dogs, goldfish and parakeets who came and went, part of the household for periods of time. But it was only as an adult that I came to understand Anatole France’s words, “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”...

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"Our Unitarian Heritage" - June 4, 2017

“Who do people say I am?” Jesus asks his disciples.

Some, they tell him, think he’s John the Baptist, Jesus’ mentor, come back from the dead. King Herod had killed John, but Jesus and his disciples continued John’s ministry of baptism.

Some think he’s the prophet and miracle worker Elijah, who, according to tradition, didn’t die. Instead he was whisked off in a heavenly chariot and was expected to return and usher in a new age...

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"Remembering the Mexican War" - May 28, 2017

There are wars that loom large in our collective me mories—the American Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars One and Two. And then, sadly, there a re the forgotten wars, wars remembered only by those directly impacted by them--the Spanis h American War, Korea, the Gulf War. I can remember the wrenching in my gut when a young man o nce asked me, “what was that Viet Nam war about anyway?”

On this Memorial Day, when we honor and remember all those who died in service to our country, I’d like to hold up another so-called forgo tten war for our remembrance--the Mexican American War, a war that cast a long shadow over the history of America and helped shape our own Unitarian Universalist faith...

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"Part-Time Minister--Full-Time Ministry" - May 21, 2017

The art show hanging here in the sanctuary and the final wrap-up event on Memorial Day will bring to a close two years focused on this meeting house, its place here in Lancaster and our hopes to preserve it for another 200 years.

But these past two years have also highlighted some of the realities we face as a congregation at this moment in our history. Our active membership and attendance is significantly less than in past decades. Our pledges, donations and fund-raising are unable to cover the cost of on-going expenses, eating away at our shrinking endowment. Our long-term financial outlook, is challenging...

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