Rev. Tina Squire

Is Hope a Four-Letter Word?

For some, hope offers ineffectual lip service for change.  Others see hope as a brave stance in the face of a difficult world.  Rabbi Jonathan Sacks gives different names to these diverging views.  “Optimism is a passive virtue, hope an active one. It needs no courage, only a certain naiveté, to be an optimist. It … Continued

The Interplay of Abundance and Growth

Journalist Thom Hartmann states that we need a certain subsistence level of provision to feel happy, but above a certain point, having more stuff does not increase our bliss. Research by Ravi Mehta shows that perceived scarcity of goods can make us use products in more creative ways. When does an awareness of abundance allow … Continued

Strengthening Our Core: the Partnership of Courage and Justice

Standing for justice often requires bravery yet, often, those who do the dangerous right thing do not see themselves as especially heroic.  Their acts stem from a life and community that clearly know the best course of action. The Rev. Erika Hewitt notes that the origin of the word courage, is the Latin word “cor,” … Continued