• Deborah and I miss having younger children in our lives, so we are looking at becoming foster parents in Hawaii. (I hasten to add that until I retire, Deborah would do 90% of the parenting.) But though I’m living here, I must be vetted … read more.
Author: Rev. Leland Bond-Upson
As many of you know, I have returned from several months of sheltering in place at home, in Hawaii. In this new electronic age, one can indeed work from home anywhere in the world so long as the work is intellectual, or management, or creative, … read more.
Kindness in response to violence.
The Dalai Lama has told us repeatedly, “essentially, my religion is kindness.”
Judith Martin, who writes as “Miss Manners,” also treasures kindness, as one of the primary goals of etiquette. Her perfect hostess is one who “makes us feel that we are … read more.
In the 1950s and 1960s Unitarianism was becoming Unitarian Universalism, and those people (quite a few of whom are still around) became interested in the literary movement of the Beats, and folk music, and coffee shops, and poets, and authors who thought poetically, like Antoine … read more.
July 3, 2020
Aloha, dear friends. ‘Aloha’ means literally ‘I greet you–or take my leave of you–with the breath of life.’ That is a real part of the Hawaiian religion, and not something dreamed up by the Chamber of Commerce. I have returned to Elgin after … read more.
Dear members and friends of UUCE,
Running simultaneously with the tumultuous electoral and pandemic news, we are witnessing the remarkably persistent determination by all people of good will to end the evil of racism.
This is wonderful good news, and a wonderful opportunity to root out—at last! … read more.
My father, with his wild mixture of virtues and faults, did one thing right, for which I am most grateful: he took his family to the most beautiful places in the Cascade Range each summer. We hiked or drove in to and camped in a … read more.
It seems that the idea is sinking in, in new and deeper ways, that the race problem we have in this country is not only the individual animus or hatred that many people feel toward people of color (POC), especially toward black folks, but also … read more.
Things are not going well in our country, and indeed, these are the times that try our souls. The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc with our economy, our employment levels, and our sense of security, and of course, our health. And as of this writing, … read more.
What Can We Bear?
Trayvon Martin, 17, shot by a vigilante in Florida; Freddie Gray, killed by a ‘rough ride’ in a police van, in Baltimore; Michael Brown, shot by a cop in Ferguson, MO; Eric Garner, suffocated by the NYC police; Walter Scott, shot in … read more.