Sermons 2014-2015

  • Back on the Bus 09/14/2014 In her poem “Living Waters” Simone Campbell shares this with us:
  • Forgiveness and Healing 09/28/2014 One of the interesting stories out of Dr. Luskin’s Stanford Forgiveness Project is the work they did with people from Northern Ireland.
  • The Power and Importance of Laughter 10/05/2014 Norman Cousins is famous for being a journalist, an author, and a peace activist. Did you know he is also a trailblazer in the field of laughter?
  • Habits of a Healthy Community 10/19/2014 Typically when we are talking about being healthy, we mean physically healthy. And healthy habits include things like good diet, exercise, rest, play and going to the doctor when you are sick.
  • Be Thou My Vision 10/26/2014 The hymn, “Be Thou My Vision” is full of theistic imagery and Elizabethan ‘thee’s and ‘thou’s. While it doesn’t capture the exact form of my theology I still find in it something powerful and moving.
  • Middle Peace for the Middle-East 11/02/2014 Later today, at 2pm over at the Vestal United Methodist church, the Children of Abraham are hosting a lecture and discussion on the topic: “Interreligious Dialogue, in Binghamton, Israel, Palestine, and the region.” The speaker, Rabbi Ron Kronish, is and international speaker on the topic of peace.
  • By All the Lights of Faith 11/30/2014 When I was young I heard stories of Krishna, one of the avatars of Vishnu. This was in a Sunday School class at the Unitarian church in Rochester, NY.
  • Mandela’s Persistence 12/07/2014 “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up.” (Nelson Mandela)
  • The Hollow Within 12/14/2014 Days of light and days of darkness. We approach the solstice and the turning of the year. Soon the nights will grow shorter and the days longer, more light returning to our lives. Our attention is brought to the happiness and frivolity and joy of the season of lights.
  • Selma to Ferguson 01/18/2015 The NAACP Legal Defense Fund recently produced a list of 76 names of unarmed people of color killed by police over the past 15 years.
  • Oversoul, the Force and Chi (oh, my!) 02/01/2015 Back in 2001 a phenomenon developed during the population censuses in various countries. In Scotland, over 14,000 people stated that Jedi was their current religion. The Jedi are part of a fictitious world.
  • Light of Science 02/22/2015 James Audubon, naturalist, ornithologist, and painter, once said, “When the bird and the book disagree, always believe the bird.” This scientist’s commitment to the evidence sums up much that is at the heart of Unitarian Universalism.
  • Transcending Wonder 03/15/2015 My colleague Meg Riley serves the largest UU congregation of all.
  • Words of Prophecy 03/29/2015 I had a professor in seminary whose preferred way of teaching theology was through biography. She believed that the stories of people’s lives illuminated the heart of the theological venture.
  • Beauty Is the Highest 04/12/2015 One of the activities that we do during the formal New UU class, held two or three times each year, is called the Four Corners Game.
  • Including You 04/19/2015 One of the central values in modern Unitarian Universalism is inclusion and acceptance of all people. I remember asking my mom about this when I was young. I grew up Unitarian Universalist.
  • Why We Still Read the Bible 05/03/2015 According to the story in the book, Jacob was running away from his brother Esau (Gen 28) after stealing his birthright and his blessing from their father.