Sermons 2011-2012

  • Covenant 09/18/2011 The first time I entered this building there was a small framed letter board hanging on the hallway wall next to the entrance of the sanctuary.
  • Wineskins and Watersheds 10/02/2011 A colleague of mine recently proposed a topic for a book of essays about Unitarian Universalism. He proposed the essays be written by current young leaders who grew up as first generation Unitarian Universalists.
  • For Fixing What Is Broken 10/09/2011 Have you ever broken anything? Surely we can think back to a childhood experience of a lamp or a vase or a window that you broke. It’s almost archetypal in how the scene would play out.
  • Evolving Myth 10/16/2011 I used to get excited about an old book with the word “myth” or “mythology” in the title, but usually it was really a story book of old Norse or Egyptian or Hindu gods.
  • A Charter of Compassion 11/06/2011 The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves.
  • Occupy Church 12/04/2011 In the eighteenth chapter of the Gospel according to Luke, Jesus tells The Parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:2-6).
  • Last Things First 01/01/2012 Eschatology literally means “Last Words”, speaking of final things. It is the theology of how it will all end.
  • The Multicultural Imperative of our Faith 01/15/2012 Do you ever wonder what this congregation will be like in forty or fifty years? We live in such a rapidly changing society; I can well imagine it will be noticeably different.
  • Power and Process Theology 01/22/2012 I am still trying to figure out if Process Theology is for me. Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal tradition rather than a creedal one; we don’t have a single belief structure here.
  • Of Minstrels and Ministry 02/05/2012 “Spirit of Life, come unto me.” When was the last time you looked at the words to this meditative hymn and considered what it says?
  • Wonder and Chaos: Adventures in Childhood 02/12/2012 Wonder is one of those magic childhood words. Childhood is a time of discovery and exploration. So much is new or seen anew with fresh eyes.
  • Our Three Best Stories 02/19/2012 I can tell you just our three best stories and that will be enough to have a sense of what our faith is all about.
  • Trust Me 03/07/2012 A story I found tells of a little girl and her father crossing a bridge. The father was kind of scared so he asked his little daughter: “Sweetheart, please hold my hand so that you don’t fall into the river.”
  • Tener Salsa en la Vida 03/11/2012 I don’t mean to knock ketchup lovers, but salsa is so much better in my opinion.
  • On the Edge 03/25/2012 The story of Icarus is one of the perennial stories of the human condition.
  • A Fool’s Assumption 04/01/2012 Assumptions are such a basic part of how we interact with reality it is hard to pull back and notice them.
  • Healing the Commons 04/22/2012 “If you ride your breath and quiet your mind, you will hear the heartbeat of the Earth,” Susan Podebradsky tells us in the poem we used as our opening words this morning.
  • Five Stones 05/27/2012 As a liberal religious community we affirm that we are always learning; that there is always more truth unfolding in our understanding. We see that being together matters, relationships are more important than doctrine, we say.