Showing posts with label Holy Humor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holy Humor. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Stories about UU mystic Harry Hollywood - Not enough black voters disenfranchised in Georgia so senatorial election goes to run off.


UU mystic Harry Hollywood was asked about the senatorial runoff in Georgia on January 5, 2021. 

Harry said, “Georgia state law requires a runoff when results indicate Black voters were insufficiently disenfranchised the first time around. 

Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process but Republicans in the State of Georgia subscribe to different values than us UU folks.“

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Stories about UU mystic Harry Hollywood - Reality doesn't care about your beliefs.

UU mystic Harry Hollywood was at a holiday party this past weekend where people were arguing about whether wearing masks and social distancing were necessary to mitigate the Covid-19 virus and whether there even was a Covid-19 pandemic because it has been said it was all a Democratic hoax. It has been reported that Harry laughed and simply said, “The Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning and science has shown that reality doesn’t care about your beliefs.”

People seemed stunned and didn't know what to say. Harry spoke again and said, "Reality is when it happens to you."

Nobody laughed. They seemed at a loss for words and Harry said further, "Truth and consequences is not just a game. Some call it real life."

Monday, December 14, 2020

Stories about UU mystic Harry Hollywood

Harry went to church at First Unitarian Church of Dismal Seepage and, at coffee hour, got talking to Charles Sinclair. They discussed the second principle as it might apply to the recent election. Charles recounted the conversation saying that Harry said something like “Justice, equity, and compassion is all well and good but being a doormat can be a gateway rug.”

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Religion in the public sqare - When President Trump tantrums where are the adults? Where are the UUs?

3 Secrets To Parenting Tantrum-ing Kids Successfully | Dr. Karin ...

According to Andy Borowitz President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has lashed out on Twitter yesterday accusing spell check of treating him unfairly.

President Trump often likes to play the victim to garner sympathy from his supporters and to incite a sense of outrage and retaliation against his perceived enemies to thwart his wishes and desires.

Psychologists have a word for this - "childish."

Psychologist, Dr. Jonah Sproul, stated, "Lay people call this the 'terrible twos' which is the stage of childhood when children have temper tantrums if they don't get their way. Adults who act this way are examples of what child development specialists call 'arrested development.'."

Dr. Sproul further stated, "This kind of behavior is seen in adults who are narcissistic and have a grandiose sense of entitlement. The behavior will continue and even escalate unless there are mature authority figures for the adult child who can limit it. Otherwise the behavior will continue and get worse."

"What can the average citizen do," asked Betty O'Hern?

Dr. Sproul said, "What do you do with a tantruming child? If you are an effective parent you know exactly what to do. Talking doesn't help. The main tactics are time out, re-direction, and a statement that no requests can be considered until the individual calms down. The main thing is that the tantruming child is reassured that there are adults in charge who will keep things safe."

Betty O'Hern replied, "That sounds very good. Where are the adults?"

Unitarian Universalists are, hopefully, adults who could step up and help Americans stay safe. Where are they? Where is their voice? Where are their actions? When America needs, desperately, credible leadership to improve the spiritual health of the nation are UUs making a contribution?

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Universalists believe in Sump'n Claus.

While most of the world believes in Santa Claus who knows if people are naughty or nice and only gives gifts to the nice people and coal to the naughty people, the Universalists believe in Sump'n Claus.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Holy humor - Jokes on you

Jack made a date with Jill to go out for dinner. When the day came, Jack went ot Jill's house to pick her up. However, Jill wasn't home. 

Jack angrily took his pencil out of his pocket, wrote "Asshole" on Jill's door, and then left.

Jill finally came home later and saw this. She quickly realized that she had missed the date, and she darted off to Jack's house.

"Please, please forgive me," Jill told the Jack when she got there. "I totally forgot about our date today. But when I got home and saw that you had written your name on my door, I came here as fast as I could."

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What makes the Buddha laugh?

A person told me one time he didn't like Unitarian Universalists because they were too serious, too earnest, even self righteous seeming to think they were superior to people whose religious beliefs tended to run in a literal and funamentalist track.

I understood his point and I too have run into UUs who impressed me because of a sanctimonious judmentalist attitude like a reformed smoker. And yet, I have also known UUs who have a great sense of humor and don't seem to take themselves seriously at all. They seem easy going and accepting of everyone even people who seem to be more spiritually immature and childish.

An indicator of spiritual maturity is a rising above the ego and seeing beyond the mistakes of our brothers and sisters to their oneness with us in God's creation. This seeing beyond is what some call "forgiveness." In simpler, more vulgar language, it is overlooking the bull shit and side stepping the drama.

People are more than their problems and often they can't see that, but we that can have a role to play in gently laughing at the absurdity. When our brothers and sisters can laugh along with us we have joined with them in what A Course In Miracles calls a "Holy Relationship."

Why is the Buddha sometimes depicted as smiling? What is the Buddha amused by. What makes him laugh?

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Question of the day

Having a sense of humor where a person can laugh at the absurdities and incongruities and paradoxes of life is considered to be a sign of advanced spiritual development. To what extent are you able to experience the innocence of a child and laugh at the ridiculousness of the human predicament?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Do UUs need God?

A Unitarian Universalist was running late for his own wedding. He sped to the church and circled the parking lot three times looking for a parking spot. Frustrated, the man became religious and pleaded, "Oh God, give me a parking spot and I'll quit all my vices, to to church every Sunday, give to charity, forgive everybody, and never use you name in vain again. Please, please, I can't lose my beautiful bride!"

Just then, he noticed an open spot right in front of church. Instantly, he stopped sobbing and said, "Never mind, I found one."

Thursday, November 27, 2014

UUs do have a good sense of humor.

Are you a UU yahoo?

As a former Roman Catholic I miss a lot of things about my old church like the liturgy which can be beautiful, and the sacraments which help people at times of life transitions. But I have never found any group of people who can laugh at themselves like UUs can and I find it very endearing and charming. It is a grace not to take oneself and one's ego too seriously, Here's what Wes Nisker says about it in the introduction to his book, The Essential Crazy Wisdom:

"...and the most appropriate response to each other is compassion and a sharing of laughter. After all, we really don't have a clue as to what is going on here, if anything, and most likely we aren't really in charge of very much of it anyway, and in the end the joke seems to be on all of us. Knowing tht, we can relax a little and dispense with any blame. So far, as human beings, our greatest gifts, aside from the ability to make good painkillers, are our feelings of love and senses of humor. This book is a tribute to those qualities, as they have so generously appeared in members of our species." p.7
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