Category Archives: Commentary

When “enough is enough” is not enough, then what…

It may sound foreign in today’s undisciplined society, but when the elders of yester-year would loudly shout, “Enough is enough!” that usually abruptly ended–(whatever).

But then, there goes another foreign word–discipline, absent in homes, outlawed in schools. Now what? This situation would rarely exist if the foundations for a spiritual education were early and firmly laid. It is very difficult to spiritualize teens and adults in this modern, free society prior to some traumatic unpleasant experience. Continue reading When “enough is enough” is not enough, then what…

Great Expectations

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by Sandy Sorensen, director of UCC’s Washington, DC, office

After a long year of divisive, partisan gridlock in Washington, conventional wisdom might steer us toward caution and skepticism in assessing the prospects for the new 114th Congress. And with difficult, contentious issues before us, it feels like a mighty steep uphill climb. The record low voter turnout in last November’s midterm election certainly reflects the disillusionment and frustration of the American public with congressional inaction. Continue reading Great Expectations

Internalizing the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization,” begins the first chapter of a priceless booklet of “Reflections” on verses from the Baha’i Teachings that begins with “The Purpose of Life.”

In the Holy Bible we also read, “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heavens. (Ecles: 3:1). Most orators emphasize the time aspect of this passage but let’s dwell a bit on the purpose–of everything under the heavens which, when misunderstood inevitably results in misuse and in all probability, abuse–our individual lives in particular no exception. Continue reading Internalizing the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

New Understandings

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Did you have a good Christmas? A happy new year? I can’t tell you how many times I have asked or been asked this question over the last few weeks. Responses vary, but they most often include, “I’m glad the hectic holidays are behind me so things can get back to normal.” And it’s true—the holidays can be filled with many stresses, but they also bring great opportunity. As we embark on a new year together, we have a chance to revise our personal and collective lives. Continue reading New Understandings