Category Archives: Commentary

Better together

by Jessie Palatucci,

Communications Specialist

Some days you just feel like a terrible person. It happens to all of us. You know that there are real problems in the world but you decide that instead of doing something about it, you are going to do some online shopping. And sometimes you know deep down that, even if no one can tell, you’re not thinking very nice thoughts about people who probably don’t deserve it. And some days you bail on the simple opportunities you could take to make the world better out of sheer laziness. And on those days, you feel like a jerk. Continue reading Better together

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


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.

Turtle Talk

“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.