Sermons 2010-2011

  • Repair 09/19/2010 Elwin Hope Wilson of Rock Hill, South Carolina became a small celebrity for being repentant. At the age of 72 and in deteriorating health, Wilson repented from a lifetime of racist rhetoric and activity; he had a change of heart.
  • Service as Joy 10/03/2010 The Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote, “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”
  • Why We Respect Each Other 10/20/2010 Under the full moon on the Autumnal Equinox during a reception following a simple pagan handfasting, I fell into a conversation with a sometimes-Muslim about religious tolerance and understanding.
  • Poisoning Our Own Wells 10/24/2010 My fear is that short-sighted greed and an unhealthy gluttony for cheap energy will push our society to take high-stakes risks that threaten our environment and the public health.
  • Surrender, Never Surrender 11/07/2010 What some will call living a life of surrender; other will call living a life of fierce commitment. When, in this religious sense, I surrender – am I not at the same time, clinging fast to something?
  • For the Good of the Community 11/28/2010 For many people the initial draw to a religious community after they’ve walked in the door is: Do I fit? Are these my people? Is this my culture?
  • A People So Bold 12/05/2010 Ours is a religious tradition which has often played a prominent role in social justice issues throughout the past few centuries. It has been this willingness to engage the real problems of the world that has caused me to be most proud that I am a Unitarian Universalist.
  • And the Wisdom to Know the Difference 12/12/2010 The serenity prayer, composed by famous 20th century liberal Christian theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, is a mainstay of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. So many people know this simple three line prayer.
  • Practicing Spirit 01/02/2011 If you wish to begin a spiritual practice, you don’t need to choose a traditional form such as daily prayer or yoga or sitting Zen. You could as readily choose a practice you already have such as gardening or quilting and add the depth dimension to it.
  • My Soul Cries Out for Water 01/09/2011 Ultimate Reality is a mystery to which we have clues, but will never fully understand. The words we use are halting and inadequate. Words are helpful, but they also get in the way.
  • Beloved Community 01/16/2011 I found a humorous book a few weeks ago called The Savvy Convert’s Guide to Choosing a Religion which encourages the reader to “Compare and contrast before you commit” to one of the “99 religions to choose from!”
  • You Are in My Prayers 01/23/2011 I am, I must admit, someone who has trouble with prayer – well, with some kinds of prayer – ok, with one particular kind of prayer: Petitionary prayer or intercessory prayer.
  • Civility Amidst Polarized Politics 02/07/2011 If you ever publish a letter to the editor or a guest editorial in the local paper do not, unless you are a glutton for punishment, read the posted comments of the online version for your letter.
  • Whose Are We? 02/20/2011 An elderly gentleman ran a curio and antique shop in a large city. A tourist once stepped in and got to talking with the old man about the many things that were stacked in that shop. Said the tourist, “What would say is the strangest, the most mysterious thing you have here?”
  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Pledge Drive 03/06/2011 My wife expressed her opinion that this was perhaps the worst sermon title I had ever dreamed up. And that’s saying something.
  • Love and Death 03/13/2011 This past Wednesday was the beginning of Lent for our Christian brothers and sisters. Perhaps you noticed, as I did, people in the grocery store with ashes on their foreheads.
  • A Welcoming Congregation: Still Standing! 03/27/2011 We have a big bright banner hanging in our social hall that proclaims we are Standing on the Side of Love.
  • Messages in the Music 04/10/2011 I was in the car this past week with my older son and he looked over at the police car that was waiting at the red light next to us and reported that the cop was singing.
  • Study War No More 05/08/2011 Happy Mother’s Day. Religion has an old and deep tradition of honoring motherhood that is somewhat lost in our modern practice.
  • Five Habits of a Moderately Successful Minister 06/19/2011 Let me tell you a story about my childhood. I have mentioned before that I grew up in an alcoholic home. My father, older brother and sister are all in AA and have been through recovery work for some time now.
  • Seven Ways to Say It 08/21/2011 There are times when I step back and wonder at this community of ours: such an amazing collection of people with an amazing collection of ideals and practices.