Connected

My first Sunday back in the pulpit after my summer break was August 4th. As I was working on the service, I made a note to include the shooting in Gilroy in our sharing ritual of joys and sorrows. While I was writing the sermon, I learned of the mass shooting in El Paso. Sunday morning, I woke up to news of another mass shooting, this one in Dayton, Ohio. 

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Lora Brandis
Keep Something Beautiful

“I love Pascal’s phrase, that you should always keep something beautiful in your mind. And I have often — like in times when it’s been really difficult for me, if you can keep some kind of little contour that you can glimpse sideways at, now and again, you can endure great bleakness.” – John O’Donohue

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Lora Brandis
Curious

Yesterday I walked out into Horizon’s new community garden* because I was curious. It had been about two weeks since some of the beds had been planted. I was curious to see what the garden looked like.

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Lora Brandis
Becoming Whole

A Unitarian Universalist doctrine of sin includes the personal brokenness of the human condition. It is also includes collective damage: war, poverty, environmental devastation, racial and gender oppression –

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Lora Brandis
Draw the Circle Wide

Our task as human beings, according to Albert Einstein, is to free ourselves from the delusion of being outside of the circle of the entire universe. The delusion of separateness is -

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Elizabeth Gustwick