Rev. Nell Newton

Easy to Follow Instructions vs. the Illusion of Control

In our desire to predict and prepare, we might find ourselves researching a formula or recipe, neatly preparing a shopping list, and then carefully following the steps that promise success. Well-written instructions break tasks down into simple steps and reduce complexity. They can de-clutter the process. And that’s not a bad thing. Up to a point. But what are we avoiding and what are we confronting when we follow fool-proof instructions?

We Don’t Save Souls Around Here

Chatting with a neighbor about our jobs when he laughed and said, “But as least you’re saving souls!” Ack! No, not really, because…oh, well. Sometimes it’s hard to explain the radical bits of our Universalist tradition. People like the idea of hell—for other people. But if we’re the “No Hell” church, what are we up … Continued