Sermons 2012-2013

  • In the Beginning Was a Really Good Story 09/16/2012 In the beginning, it was not a problem to have two versions of creation written into the sacred text, two version of Noah and the flood, or four versions of Jesus’ life and teachings.
  • Angry Birds 09/23/2012 Angry Birds is a delightful brain-numbing, time-wasting, award-winning, highly-popular and addicting computer game created a mere three years ago (December 2009).
  • Disarming the Clobber Passages 10/07/2012 Do you know what the ‘clobber passages’ are? Did you know of the phrase before you read about my title and the accompanying sentence description in the newsletter? The phrase ‘clobber passages’ refers to a set of specific biblical verses that are used by conservative Christians to condemn homosexuality.
  • Wake Up in a Multi-Religious America 10/14/2012 Four and a half years ago I got a call from a private investigator who was worried for me. It was a courtesy call, ostensibly. Considered beyond the polite and calm words that were exchanged, it bordered on fear-mongering. The crux of it was that this private investigator had come across my ...
  • All Voices Day 11/04/2012 They say the two things you can’t discuss with company if you want things to remain civil are politics and religion. Many of you have described situations to me of how this little proverb holds true for you and your family at holiday times.
  • Hope, Hunger, and the Truth about Fiction 12/02/2012 Hope is my topic for today. Of course, that means I also want to talk about courage, but primarily the focus is on ‘hope.’ Hope is that secret something within us that leads us to work for a better world.
  • Faith for the Hard Times 12/16/2012 What do you do when you need a faith sufficient to get you though the darkest nights?
  • The Heron and the Despair 01/13/2013 All the world over, in scripture and in poetry through the ages, people proclaim not only how good the earth is and how blessed but also how we can learn from it.
  • Redesigning Racism 01/20/2013 I went to the movies this month. The opening scene showed a chain gang of prisoners slaving away under the watchful eye of the guards.
  • Faith of an Athiest 02/10/2013 It is always a bit of a risk when I am first in an interfaith setting to be honest about who we are as Unitarian Universalists. I hope you are not surprised to learn that some religious people are unsettled or shocked to learn we have pagans and atheists here in this congregation.
  • God, Not of the Gaps 02/17/2013 St. Augustine wrote, “If you can understand it, it’s not God.” So take everything I am about I say with that grain of salt.
  • Covenant through the Ages 02/24/2013 You are perhaps familiar with the aphorism of Lord Acton that claims, “Every institution finally perishes by an excess of its own first principle.”
  • Seeking Happiness, Finding Meaning 03/10/2013 When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they ...
  • Let Go and Pull for Shore 03/24/2013 There are ways through. The question when you are in the midst of it, however, is how to keep going, how to persevere.
  • Neighbors at an Unseen Border 04/07/2013 Last year I agreed to serve a term as a board member of the American Civic Association. The reason I did this is because I care about diversity and plurality.
  • Salvation in the Wild Places 04/21/2013 William Cullen Bryant begins his poem “Green River” saying, “When the breezes are soft and skies are fair, I steal an hour away from study and care, and hie me away to the woodland scene.” Me, I did that this weekend but stole more than an hour!
  • This I Believe 05/05/2013 The invitation is simple: using only a few hundred words, write about the core principles that guide your life. Our Coming of Age youth do it every year.
  • Faith and a Little Anxiety 05/19/2013 ‘No anxiety’ is an impossible and perhaps an unfavorable goal to achieve. Anxiety is a part of living. Yet I have a strong propensity toward being non-anxious, toward calming everything down or lightening everything up.
  • Interfaith in the Home 05/26/2013 Unitarian Universalism is a wonderful religious home for people and families who have more than one religion. As Rev. John Buehrens says, “It’s the one to have if you need to have two.” We honor many sources and celebrate differences.