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Celebrating Ministry

On Sunday, June 17, my congregation celebrated my ministry of thirteen years, upon the occasion of my retirement.  (I will still be working behind the scenes in June and on-call through July, but that

4 weeks ago

Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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Transformed Into Ourselves, Not by Ourselves

Ministry & Metanoia, part 5 A Prayer Dear Ground of Being, We know we cannot transform ourselves. What we can do is attend. Keep watch. Be ever on the look-out for the beginnings of a new compassion a

4 weeks ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

ministry & metanoia


Ministry & Metanoia, part 4 “John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance [metanoia] for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mark 1:4) “Jesus answered, ‘Those who are well

06/20/2018 10:25:00 AM

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

ministry & metanoia

Love the Hell Out of the World

This is my last sermon with you. It is not my last time in Ashby as your minister. That will be the evening of July seventeenth when I come to enjoy a concert on the green. Nonetheless, this morning i

06/20/2018 08:45:25 AM

Colin Bossen: Preacher, Writer, Organizer (Site / Info)


A word about the situation we’re in

I usually write on a narrow set of subjects — worship, theology and church administration — so leave subjects of national or international importance to those who have a greater depth of experience or

06/19/2018 03:38:51 PM

Rev. Scott Wells (Site / Info)

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Sermon: The Art of Blessing

This homily on blessings, begins with a celebration of our music director retiring after 21 years, and ends with a hard look at our government’s practice of separating children from their parents on o

06/19/2018 10:05:52 AM

RevWho (Site / Info)

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Ministry & Metanoia, part 3 We are marking milestones today: milestones of ministry past and milestones of ministry future. It has been twenty years since Rev. Shannon Bernard's ministry ended. It has

06/19/2018 01:08:00 AM

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

ministry & metanoia


Ministry & Metanoia, part 2 "May I never again take for granted a friend, objectify a stranger, be indifferent to falling rain, falling leaves, falling snow, eat bread without thought, hear music with

06/18/2018 08:33:00 PM

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

ministry & metanoia

Poetic Justice and Prison

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, Oklahoma imprisons 151 out of every 100,000 women—more than double the national rate. If Oklahoma were its own nation, we would lead the entire worl

06/18/2018 02:30:49 PM

BeyondBelief (Site / Info)

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Sermon: Beatitudes

This sermon reflects on the intersection of the Beatitudes and Liberation Theology.          All this month we are reflecting on what it would mean to be a people of blessing. Last week we celebrated

06/18/2018 01:46:46 PM

RevWho (Site / Info)

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Words from Your Minister for June 2018

Dear Members and Friends of First Parish Church: Tomorrow will be my last Sunday with you. I have changed the topic of the sermon to “Love the Hell Out of the World” to fit with the sermon the I preac

06/18/2018 07:19:57 AM

Colin Bossen: Preacher, Writer, Organizer (Site / Info)


Marking Ministry Milestones

Ministry & Metanoia, part 1 "Ministry is all that we do — together. Ministry is that quality of being in community that affirms human dignity, beckons forth hidden possibilities, invites us into deepe

06/17/2018 09:07:00 PM

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

ministry & metanoia

Love Is Love Is Love: a Pride Service

A special service in celebration of Los Alamos’s first LGBTQ+ Pride Week.

06/17/2018 12:00:09 PM

Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (Site / Info)


Beautiful Masculine Soul

The other day, a man I love told me about a men’s group meeting he had gone to, for the first time. It was a Bly group, he said, named after the great American poet, Robert Bly, who is also renowned f

06/17/2018 07:57:26 AM

Soul Seeds (Site / Info)

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Reflections on LGBTQ Pride Month 2018

Here are some pictures that bring joy to my heart as I reflect on and celebrate Pride Month.  The picture in the upper left is Trish and Kate Varnum with their son Alex.   Trish and Kate were denied a

06/16/2018 03:26:00 PM

The Human Spirit (Site / Info)

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Feed More Sheep

as preached at the First Parish Church, Ashby, MA, June 3, 2018 I am mindful that we only two services left together: today, and Sunday, June 17th. After that we will go our separate ways. You will st

06/16/2018 06:54:00 AM

Colin Bossen: Preacher, Writer, Organizer (Site / Info)


Spooky Action at a Distance

Donald Hoffman is a professor of Cognitive Science at the University of  California, Irvine. A few years ago,The Atlantic magazine interview with him titled, “The Case Against Reality,” explored the a

06/15/2018 10:48:43 AM

Carl Gregg (Site / Info)


Opossum sighting

The photo came out a little blurry, but I was delighted to catch a glimpse of this little opossum neighbor, while I was sitting in the screen tent a few mornings ago. When it saw me, it speeded up its

06/15/2018 06:23:29 AM

Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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Sermon impression: “Teaching of the Holy Spirit” (June 10, 2018)

What follows is not a manuscript of the June 10 morning sermon at Universalist National Memorial Church, or even a reconstruction, but an impression to share with those who were not present. The morni

06/14/2018 05:02:00 PM

Rev. Scott Wells (Site / Info)


New congregations to join the UUA?

I had been waiting for the UUA Board agenda and packet for their meetings that surround General Assembly; they published them last night. Why? To see what great things the UUA is planning? No. Somethi

06/14/2018 09:10:52 AM

Rev. Scott Wells (Site / Info)

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