Posts by Jill McAllister

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Between Us…

by Jill McAllister

Almost no one, anywhere in the world, can pretend to not know that many things on the earth are changing. But as with all times of turmoil, while some or even many people are directly affected (some devastatingly so), the effects on others are indirect, and may hardly be felt. It is always a temptation […]

Between Us

by Jill McAllister

Denise Levertov’s beautiful poem, “Beginners,” (in our hymnal #648) ends with these lines: “We have only begun to know the power that is in us if we would join our solitudes in the communion of struggle. So much is unfolding that must complete its gesture. So much is in bud.” This is an excellent description […]

Between Us

by Jill McAllister

February was Black History Month, and it was a good beginning for us to commit to listening more closely to “other histories,” especially the stories of people who have been marginalized, targeted, and disregarded by our dominant cultures. It was a beginning which we will continue to build on, seeking out more stories, and increasing […]

Between Us…

by Jill McAllister

We live in interesting times – as always! We live in a country actively engaged in change, yet at the same time nearly paralyzed by ideology and fears, or so it feels to many. A country deeply divided, with so many working so hard to take the lives of all citizens seriously by addressing racism, […]

Between Us …

by Jill McAllister

I’ve heard that as we age and mature, the best we can do is replace one habit with another habit. If that sounds too mundane, think about it again. If the habit is projecting anger on others by use of physical force, and it’s replaced with a practice of walking away and cooling down on […]

The fact of diversity makes a difference

by Jill McAllister

This column was originally published in the Gazette-Times Interfaith Voices section on October 02, 2015. From a recent article in The Christian Century, an ecumenical American journal: When thousands of refugees from Syria risked their lives to make it to Hungary, the prime minister declared that he needed to secure his nation’s borders so as […]

Gifts of December

by Jill McAllister

This column was originally published in the Gazette-Times Interfaith Voices section on December 5, 2015. When I was a child, my family celebrated Christmas. It was the focus for every December, so much so that I thought December and Christmas were synonymous. I never quite understood the connection between Santa Claus and the birth of Jesus, but […]

Between Us …

by Jill McAllister

For many years my extended family had a Christmas tradition of putting all our names in a hat and selecting one name each for gift-giving. Instead of 20 of us buying and getting 20 gifts, we each gave and received one. Our children are now all grown, but through this practice they and the older […]

Between Us…

by Jill McAllister

I would venture to say that at least 1/3 of the members of the UUFC, and maybe even as many as 1/2, have participated in some kind of diversity training to build awareness and skills in either multi-culturalism or anti-racism, or welcoming and team building, or some combination of these aims. If that’s true, then […]

Between Us …

by Jill McAllister

The name of this monthly column is “Between Us” because this phrase conveys my deepest convictions about ministry and the religious life. So much of what is most important literally happens between us. Love, for example. Comfort, and recognition, and help. Friendship and sharing – there would be no such thing as sharing if there […]