March 27, 2016: A Rite of Spring

Read the Order of service An Eastertide Celebration in Three Acts  “[God] has written the promise of the resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” ~ Martin Luther ~ Prelude ~ Opening Words The Unitarian Universalist minister Max Coots once wrote: “We need a celebration that speaks the spring-inspired word about life […]

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March 20, 2016: Liberation Theology

Read the Order of Service I want to tell you a story about a guy named Frankie.  That’s not his real name, actually.  He came from a pretty wealthy family and had one of those long, aristocratic sounding names, but all of his friends called him Frankie.  And Frankie had a lot of friends.  He had […]

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Read the Order of Service Reading:  “Our deepest fear …” by Marianne Williamson I want you to look with me in your mind’s eye at a pastel drawing.  There is a figure, sitting on a bench.  The drawing is simple; there are no details; the face is an oval and the body a barely disguised rectangle.  But the […]

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Read the Order of Service Opening Words:  “Those of us who are alive in these times have a clear and evident mission. We have a compelling moral purpose that can direct our lives and our energies: We are about saving the world. So what is our part? The place is to begin at home- that is, […]

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February 7, 2016: We are a People of Desire

Read the Order of service February 7, 2016 – This morning I want to talk about “nones.”  That’s right, “nones.”  If you think about it, “nones” have a lot to tell us about who we are as Unitarian Universalists.  In fact, “nones” might be the ones to help us see more clearly how it is that […]

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January 31, 2016: Resistance in the Home

Read the Order of Service January 31, 2016 – There were a lot of folks from here who were at the Open House of the Islamic Society yesterday.  [How many of you were there?]  One of the things we were told was that if a Muslim lives her or his daily life with an awareness of Allah, then everything they […]

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Read the Order of Service. January 17, 2016 – You’ve probably never heard the name Ephraim Nute.  (But it is a pretty cool name, isn’t it?)  You’ve also probably never heard about the 2011 book that Skinner House published about him:  The Incredible Story of Ephraim Nute: Scandal, Bloodshed, and Unitarianism on the American Frontier.  (And how’s that […]

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Read the Order of Service January 10, 2016 – People often think of the Unitarian Universalist faith as a champion of the individual. And in the early to mid-1800s, our Transcendentalist forebears did indeed elevate the importance of the individual, yet some today argue that their true legacy to us is their commitment to challenging the […]

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Read the Order of Service This is the sermon I preached on Sunday, January 3rd, 2016.  It is not the sermon that had been advertised, nor the one I’d worked on with the lay worship weavers.  Instead, as I said in the introduction, “this sermon simply appeared unbidden.  But if you want to keep the Muses happy, you […]

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