Sermons

Please enjoy reading through our Worship Services from prior weeks. All readings are included.

(note that all sermons are copyrighted, and all readings, photos, and quotes appropriately reference intellectual ownership)

  • Sunday, May 28: Living Into Our Covenant

    Sunday, May 28: Living Into Our Covenant

    —I think of ... how I want it to be, for each of us each and every Sunday. Committed to dwell together in peace. Bound by our great covenant, one with another and with our God, called back to it again and again, because love is the doctrine of this church.
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  • Sunday, May 21: Religious Education Sunday

    Sunday, May 21: Religious Education Sunday

    —While we adults who are sitting here struggle to engage with the conversations about white supremacy, our children jumped right in, eager to get engaged, ... willing to consider that they might be part of the problem as well as part of the solution.
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  • Sunday, May 14: Honoring Our Tailwinds

    Sunday, May 14: Honoring Our Tailwinds

    —I think of the folks who say that they made it on their own, nobody helped them; they just worked hard and were smart enough to make good decisions. They did it themselves. Nobody helped them. Can anyone really believe that? ... Nobody has done it, whatever it is, on their own.
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  • Sunday, May 7: The Way Leads On

    Sunday, May 7: The Way Leads On

    —I did not think of myself as a soccer Mom... I was still [a] minister ... I had not lost that identity, but I had to face the reality that I ... was ... a Mom with a family that needed a minivan... I got over it. The way leads on....
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  • Sunday, April 16: Easter Reflection

    Sunday, April 16: Easter Reflection

    —We know that there are times of happiness and times of sadness. ... They may seem like opposites, and yet we know they are intertwined. ... Once adults were children, but as adults, there are things we cannot do anymore. ... We all learn from each other and depend on each other.
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  • Sunday, April 2, 2017: Just A Tiny Thing

    Sunday, April 2, 2017: Just A Tiny Thing

    —Who might there be who would heal and flourish in a church community, if we could only think to invite them to join us? It is just a tiny thing. One tiny thing at a time. An opportunity perceived and an opportunity taken, person by person.
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  • Sunday, March 26, 2017: Giving Sunday

    Sunday, March 26, 2017: Giving Sunday

    —We ... [call each other] ... to our better selves. ... we are the hand that reaches out and says, “You belong here.” ...Together we can be the people we mean to be, inhabiting a world we love and cherish. ... [We give what we can, and receive as we need] ... Together.
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  • Sunday, March 5, 2017: With Our Faith to Guide Us

    Sunday, March 5, 2017: With Our Faith to Guide Us

    —I believe ... that we have good news, and that we can make a difference because history has confirmed what our Theodore Parker said two hundred years ago: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” He said [this] as an affirmation of his Unitarian faith.
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  • Sunday, February 19, 2017: Our Black Pioneers

    Sunday, February 19, 2017: Our Black Pioneers

    —Are we where we wanted to be? [Are we] "... men and women whose hearts are the homes of high and lofty enthusiasm and a noble devotion to the cause of emancipation, who are ready and willing to lay time, talent, and money on the altar of universal freedom.”? We are working on it ...
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  • Sunday, February 12, 2017: Evolution Sunday: “Your One Wild and Precious Life?”

    Sunday, February 12, 2017: Evolution Sunday: “Your One Wild and Precious Life?”

    —It is an essential human question that takes familiar forms. What are we here for? What are we supposed to be doing? Who are these people and creatures with whom we share our world, and how should we relate to them?
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  • Sunday, February 5, 2017: Ethic of Reciprocity

    Sunday, February 5, 2017: Ethic of Reciprocity

    —...We are living in a global context. And we are living in perilous times. [The] ethic of reciprocity needs to be expanded. We need to understand that all peoples are our neighbors, not just the ones we know...
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  • Sunday, January 22, 2017: Miraculous

    Sunday, January 22, 2017: Miraculous

    —We are held. Only we don’t notice it. So focused are we on our micro concerns, on the minutia of our daily living, that we don’t look up and out ... enough to live fully mindful that the world is a sacred place, on which we need to tread reverentially.
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  • Sunday, January 15, 2017: Standing Together

    Sunday, January 15, 2017: Standing Together

    —There have been wise voices through ... human history that have seen through to the truth of intersectionality, that until all are free, none are free; until all are respected ... all of us are ... at risk. ... [we look to] our faith [to challenge] the injustices of the world.
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  • Sunday, January 8, 2017:  Instead of Resolutions

    Sunday, January 8, 2017: Instead of Resolutions

    —We often make New Year’s Resolutions, articulating our good intentions. What exactly makes them good? ... Maybe there are ways to spend your time and your energy that would bring you more peace or more joy. Telling yourself you should be doing them isn’t going to get you there.
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  • Sunday, December 25, 2016: Christmas Day

    Sunday, December 25, 2016: Christmas Day

    —What were the wise men bringing ... to a baby who came to teach people how to live and get along together, a baby we call the Prince of Peace ... what would you would bring the baby Jesus? What do you think would help him do what he came to do?
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  • Saturday, December 24, 2016: Christmas Eve Service

    Saturday, December 24, 2016: Christmas Eve Service

    —Sweet baby Jesus grew up a religious and political refugee. He knew what it was to be vulnerable, poor, displaced. From that experience, he grew compassion from which we still draw strength and guidance. Knowing the whole story we can understand....
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  • Sunday, December 18, 2016: Celebrating Christmas

    Sunday, December 18, 2016: Celebrating Christmas

    —We tell the story about Jesus so we can remember that one person can make a difference, like Jesus did. So we can remember that people who do not seem to have power, can make a difference…So we can remember that acts of love, and kindness and compassion can make a difference, and even change…
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  • Sunday, December 11, 2016: Waiting and Decorating Within The Fertile Void

    Sunday, December 11, 2016: Waiting and Decorating Within The Fertile Void

    —Right now we can be like the Ancient peoples and claim this time for what it is – a time to take refuge from the insistence and pressures of culture. We can claim this time to celebrate ... What the Ancients learned was not only that the seasons were cyclical, but that they were essential…
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  • Sunday, December 4, 2016: Some Sort Of Prayer

    Sunday, December 4, 2016: Some Sort Of Prayer

    —As children we learned to wait because we had to... [b]ut we didn’t necessarily learn to like it. But ... [w]aiting [can be] a beautiful thing ... Have you ever sat with someone in tears. They cannot tell you exactly why. They may not have the words ... you sat with them, and you waited…
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  • Sunday, November 27, 2016: Living In The Along

    Sunday, November 27, 2016: Living In The Along

    —This humility in the face of wonder, this nestling into the presence of the infinite. It is not escape. It is renewal. It is the moment of refreshment and empowerment, of regaining right relationship with ourselves and our world, or reorienting our moral compass and finding once again, true north. It does not pull us…
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  • Sunday, November 20, 2016: Old Turtle

    Sunday, November 20, 2016: Old Turtle

    —... I have to wonder, why do we need to be in some way better than others, to feel gratitude, or to know we are okay? Why do we take comfort in being special...? ... Our faith, affirms that “You are loved, and so are they.” There is no hierarchy of belovedness in the universe.
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  • Sunday, November 6, 2016: Ordinary Lives

    Sunday, November 6, 2016: Ordinary Lives

    —...think back on your life, back, back beyond this year, or this decade, or a series of decades. Who in your story was quietly unnoticed because they were simply doing their job or fulfilling their role...[yet] packed the many parachutes that have saved your life, or softened your landing when things got tough?
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  • Sunday, October 30, 2016: Fright Management

    Sunday, October 30, 2016: Fright Management

    —Fright management. It is how we learn to be brave. It is how we learn to have courage. We put ourselves in situations that scare us, and come out the other side stronger, more confident, and more brave...Every day we have the chance to practice courage...But our need to practice personal courage on a daily…
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  • Sunday, October 23, 2016: Life Happens Here

    Sunday, October 23, 2016: Life Happens Here

    —Sometimes planning is a very good thing...But we all know that life is what happens when you are busy planning something else...sometimes things don't go according to plan. Look for and consider the opportunities that present themselves when things don't go according to plan.
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  • Sunday, October 9, 2016: Days of Awe

    Sunday, October 9, 2016: Days of Awe

    —In the practice of the Days of Awe, we have ten days, from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, to forgive, and to ask forgiveness, so that by the time we come before our God, all that is left to be forgiven are the sins against God, which in my guess, will be few, if all…
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  • Sunday, September 25, 2016: Courageous Hospitality

    Sunday, September 25, 2016: Courageous Hospitality

    —...our country is having difficulty imagining opening its doors to the mere 10,000 refugees proposed by President Obama. My moral compass says that something needs to be done....I was feeling disheartened......And my hope returns. Because that is something we can do. We can behave in ways large and small that make a difference. We can…
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  • Sunday, September 18, 2016: Welcoming, Curious, and Free

    Sunday, September 18, 2016: Welcoming, Curious, and Free

    —Don’t we want to be cleansed of detritus that clutters our lives and muddles our thinking, that stops us from seeing what is out there in the world that is really amazing, and nourishing, and beautiful?... My friends, welcome to the interim period...
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  • Sunday, September 11, 2016: A Love Like That

    Sunday, September 11, 2016: A Love Like That

    —Look what happens to a love that is freely given, no strings attached. It lights the whole sky. Indeed....I am not always going to be able to do that, to love like that, but I am going to try. I invite you to enter this time of transition with me, with the intention of offering…
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