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UU Service

Arvid Straub Atencion

By Jon Sievert

At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, the Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube discusses the Buddhist concept of right speech and how the harsh, hateful, and false speech that permeates the US political and religious space infects every aspect of our lives.

UU Service
“What Buddha Taught About Right Speech”
By Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube
Sun, Dec 3, 10:30am
Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15

What is the ancient teaching of the Buddha that allows us to use our words to heal and transform our relationships and help to heal our culture? We ask ourselves, “Is it true, is it helpful, is it timely” before we speak. After a recent speech, the Dalai Lama was asked what we could do to help heal the political divisiveness in the US. He began his answer by saying, “Avoid harsh speech.” For many of us, right speech is the most difficult of the precepts to honor.

Dr. Straube was a Unitarian Universalist parish minister for 35 years, serving congregations in Washington State, North Carolina, and, most recently, as Lead Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego. While serving the San Diego church, the congregation created a bilingual separate campus in the US/Mexico border area.

Throughout his ministry, Dr. Straube has studied the beliefs and practices of humanity’s great contemplative traditions. From the time of his first Buddhist meditation retreat while in seminary more than 40 years ago, he has had a committed Buddhist practice and taught Buddhist meditation and practice in all his ministry settings. He has also studied and taught contemplative practices in the Christian tradition and considers himself a disciple of both the Buddha and the rabbi Jesus of Nazareth.

He currently maintains a practice of spiritual direction and meditation coaching via his website, and serves as Interim Director of Contextual Ministry at Meadville Lombard Theological School, a Unitarian Universalist seminary in Chicago. Dr. Straube earned a Master of Arts in Divinity at the University of Chicago and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Meadville Lombard. In 2014, the school granted him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.

Special music will be provided by Texas singer/songwriter Bernice Lewis, who has built a solid national fan base with almost four decades of performing at festivals, coffeehouses, colleges, and house concerts.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The meeting room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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