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Diana K. McLean
Louisville, Colorado
Preparing for Unitarian Universalist Ministry
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Yesterday we saw, and many of us experienced, a rallying of the people unlike anything we have experienced before. It was powerful, perhaps especially for the many who were participating in their very first rally or march or protest. The question is, "What's next?" How do we move forward in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Poetic Justice
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In a time such as this, stories of rebellion are stories of hope. Last month, while my teenager and I were on a mini-vacation not far from home, I took him to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. (Don't worry, no spoilers here for those who haven't seen it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Poetic Justice
One of the principles of Unitarian Universalism is that we affirm and promote "the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large." I lived out that principle yesterday by voting for the candidate that I believe upholds our first principle:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Poetic Justice
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Two years ago today, my Dad died. A year ago, I wrote about "The Meaning of a Year". Now I can tell you that it's different at the two-year mark than the one-year mark. In the first year, there are more "firsts" than you can count. The first birthdays: his... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at Poetic Justice
I was away from all news sources for six hours tonight. As soon as I got in my car to come home, I heard about Dallas. Heartbreak heaped upon heartbreak. I have friends in law enforcement. I have friends in the Black Lives Matter movement. They are all good people.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Poetic Justice
[Content warning: rape/sexual assault] I have been hesitating to write about the Stanford rape case that has been so prominent in the news. I've worried that any response I might make would only take up space more rightfully belonging to the voices of people who have themselves been raped. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at Poetic Justice
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My hiking accident was three months ago today. I'm finally back on my feet (literally, if with a limp) and as I've said to a few friends, "I'm not back to my normal life quite yet, but I think I can see it from here!" I never thought I'd be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Poetic Justice
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One month ago today, I had a hiking accident. Shortly after taking this picture of my son at the top of the trail we were hiking that Saturday afternoon, I broke both bones in one ankle, and sprained the other. This is the next picture on my phone: My view... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at Poetic Justice
So often, the news breaks my heart. Yesterday, it was the news from Paris. Six terrorist attacks, over 120 people dead, hundreds more wounded, suicide bombers on French soil for the first time. Today, many of my Facebook friends have changed their profile pictures to add an overlay of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Poetic Justice
In a few hours, very early tomorrow morning, it will be exactly one year since my Dad died. One year. When someone you love dies, people tell you that the one-year anniversary will be hard. You nod, thinking you know what they mean. At least, that's what I did--nodded and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2015 at Poetic Justice
No, this isn't a post about romance or a nasty break-up. It's about loving the world and how that means I'm constantly both heartbroken and hopeful. I've been silent for a while on this blog because I've been struggling to articulate what I have been feeling. Two quotes have been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Poetic Justice
The only labels people should wear are the ones they choose for themselves. In No More Boxes, Part 1, you may have noticed that while I specifically rejected a few labels (straight, lesbian) I didn't give you a new label to apply to me. That's because, generally speaking, I don't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Poetic Justice
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Grief is sneaky. Earlier this week, I was at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Colorado Springs. One of many beautiful features of their property is a labyrinth--a place for walking meditation. I've had a years-long love of labyrinths, so I knew I wanted to go walk this one. Monday afternoon,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at Poetic Justice
Boxes are finite. Their contents are neatly contained. They’re great for shipping and storing stuff, but not for living life. We check boxes on forms all the time: employment status, income level, marital status, family size, medical history. But it’s less easy to check a box to describe who you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Poetic Justice
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Every summer, I try to attend the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association ("GA"). It takes something major to keep me from going, because it's so important to me. When I explain GA to non-Unitarian Universalists, I call it a national church conference, but that's a gross oversimplification. What... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Poetic Justice
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I've been doing a lot of driving lately, and listening to a lot of 80s music in my car. This is the music of my adolescence, the music of junior high and high school dances, the music of roller rinks and mix tapes. The music of my high school romances.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Poetic Justice
I can't stop thinking about an article that showed up in my Facebook news feed this morning. An article which praised a US soldier for behaving boorishly towards Muslims while serving in Afghanistan. Here's the entire content of the article (other than the picture that went with it, and a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Poetic Justice
Now, I wouldn't say I'm panicky. Not really. But I am taking a few deep breaths and telling myself that really, I've got this. Really. I can do all the things I have to do in the next 17 months. All. The. Things. The things for school. The things for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Poetic Justice
It's New Year's Day--a time when some of us make resolutions, and may be judging how well we kept the ones we made a year ago. I gave up the practice of making New Year's resolutions several years ago, seeing it as a source of more guilt and frustration than... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Poetic Justice
Though I know I have lots yet to learn (and believe that this is always true of all of us, at any age or career stage), I can feel a shift from "student" to "minister" taking place in my internship. I thought I was feeling that shift early on--like, 18... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at Poetic Justice
Lately, I've been feeling particularly grateful for those who push me. Not those who push me around, mind you, but those who push me to be my best self. Those who know I'm capable of more than I sometimes realize. Maybe more than I've ever realized, at least so far.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Poetic Justice
It's not okay. It's not okay. It's not okay. It is so very not okay. In the last week or so, I've heard far too many excuses from people trying to make it okay that something racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise degrading of another human being was said. First there... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Poetic Justice
In the wake of last night's announcement that there is no indictment, will be no trial, for the shooting of Michael Brown, I am one of many people struggling to find my place in the reaction to that news. How can I be of actual help? How can I make... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Poetic Justice
My son and I have a spiritual practice that he calls "thankful-fors." It involves lighting our chalice, the symbol of our Unitarian Universalist faith, at the dinner table and then each of us sharing what we are thankful for that day. One of the few rules is that we can't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Poetic Justice
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Sometimes I believe the natural world knows exactly what I need, even when I don't, and sends it my way. This isn't very scientific, and it may or may not be my "theology of nature" most of the time, but right now, it's working. I promised myself that once a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Poetic Justice