Tag: David Breeden

Despots in the Trees? Think Kudzu

A lone tree on a hillside covered in kudzu

Two French philosophers, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, in a pair of books together titled Capitalism and Schizophrenia, set out to change our way of thinking, away from hierarchical patterns and into integrated patterns.

Theocracy and Its Discontents

two whole fish on a platter

In my youth, the school cafeteria at my public school served fish on Fridays in an attempt to make us all fasting and pious non-meat eaters at school. The result was piety of another sort.

Wait! Where’s the Mystery?

One thing about Humanism that catches people up is that we don’t have any secret words, elaborate handshakes, esoteric stages of enlightenment, or locked doors.

Get Your Narthex On Out of Here

Book cover Robert P. Jones White Too Long

That the character of Jesus is a Rorschach test of one’s personal politics should perhaps give us pause, but such is the nature of American Christianity.

Appropriately Appropriative

book cover Timothy Morton Hyperobjects

The question of cultural appropriation is real and complex.

The Neighborhood of Boston

Nowadays, Boston is a multicultural city, but the Boston that created Unitarianism was not. 

The Bad Thing About Bad Things

Rev. David Breeden speaking

Integrity is a Team Sport

David Breeden

The Crooked Timber of Ourselves: Finding Integrity

David Breeden

Awe, Fetish, Resentment: Becoming More Fully Human

David Breeden

Awe and Then Some

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What? I Missed That!

David Breeden

Syncretism and Hybridity: How Religions Get Made

#syncretism FUS University Presents: “Syncretism and Hybridity: How Religions Get Made” with Rev. Dr. David Breeden. Like many congregations, FUS draws on a variety of traditions for its philosophies and rituals. Join Rev. David as he considers the long history of mixing religious practices to meet the human needs of the moment.

Belonging: Being a Citizen of the Cosmos

Rev. David Breeden speaking

Belonging: Congregating Congregational-ly

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Belonging: To the Self

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What Goes Into the Soup: Equinox Reflections

Seasonal Celebrations Team and Rev. David Breeden

Holy Subtraction Theory!

Holy Subtraction Theory! Nearly every new religious movement claims to be getting back to basics — what some prophet or other originally said or meant; what the founder of some religion or other really meant. Don’t buy it. The words in scriptures change meaning with time. The cultural realities change with time. The social and …

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So Here We Are

Rev. David Breeden speaking

Gathering the Waters (Rev. David Breeden)

Speaker: Rev. David Breeden 2019.09.08 Led by Revs. David Breeden, Jim Foti and Kelli Clement Come kick off the new program year with our annual water celebration as our ministers share reflections on what it means to gather as a humanist community. This all-ages assembly will include a story by Rev. Jim and Religious Education …

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FUS University presents “Anxiety Is Your Friend: A Closer Look at Kierkegaard”

Speaker: Dr. David Breeden September 8, 2019 FUS University presents “Anxiety Is Your Friend: A Closer Look at Kierkegaard,” with Rev. Dr. David Breeden. The ideas of Danish philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard are often portrayed as a very depressing read, but his take on anxiety and despair is in fact very positive and life-affirming.

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Putting Labor Back in Labor Day

Rev. David Breeden speaking

Nothing Neither Way: A Humanist Samadhi

As a Humanist, I’m always skeptical about complicated religious texts. Is the complication bad translation? Is the complication merely a smoke screen for vacuity? Nothing Neither Way: A Humanist Samadhi Blog Post

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Refugees from Complexity

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Refugees from Complexity

In his fantastic new book Out of Our Minds: What We Think and How We Came to Think It, the historian of ideas Felipe Fernandez Armesto writes a pithy description of the worldwide rise in populist nationalism: “confused by chaos, infantilized by ignorance, refugees from complexity flee to fanaticism and dogmatism.” Refugees from Complexity Surfing …

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Surfing the Contradictions — Lived Religion

Like it our not, you’re living your religion. Like . . . morning breath . . . everybody’s got it. Or at least that’s the way sociologists of religion have traditionally framed our lives. You can choose “Roman Catholic;” you can choose “Secular” or “None of the Above,” but there’s a list, and you fit …

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The Liberal Lens

Speakers: Rev. David Breeden & Jé Hooper Humanism and liberal politics have historically gone hand-in-hand. But the liberalism of the early-twentieth century is not the liberalism of today. What accounts for this change and where is it going next?

Where’s Azazel? Scapegoating, Sacrifice, and Reconciliation

There’s a whole lot of scapegoating going on just now. It’s the way of populism and the demagogues who drive it. The script goes like this: “Look at how bad things are! It’s because of those dirty ____s!” The concept is straightforward in politics, but its origin in theology is not so straightforward. First off, …

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Who Said Patience is a Virtue?

David Breeden

Collaborators, Quislings, and Accomplices

David Breeden

BLOG: Change and the Progressive Mind

Excerpts from a talk presented by Rev. Dr. David Breeden, 4 September 2016, at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis “Are you discontent with the lot the universe has given you? The universe is change; life is opinion.”– Marcus Aurelius (Meditations IV.3) Humanism is a progressive philosophy—we believe in change as basic to both human knowledge and social wellbeing. Humanists …

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BLOG: Who We Are and Who We Have Been (2015)

On February 15, 2015, Rev. Dr. David Breeden delivered a talk at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis about our roots and shoots as a congregation titled “An Accident Called Intelligence: Global Climate Change and Stewardship.” Here are some of the highlights. Our Roots “It’s easy to feel hopeless. But this congregation over the years has faced …

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BLOG: Humanism as a Bridge (5/15/16)

This is an excerpt from a talk delivered May 15, 2016 by Rev. David Breeden. It is a good introduction to our humanist focus at First Unitarian Society. Full podcast and text of FUS talks here. …I like the way the British Humanist Association summarizes humanism. They have three points and the third goes this way: Living …

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