Sermons

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

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

  • Sunday, December 10, 2017: The Loser’s Joy

    Sunday, December 10, 2017: The Loser’s Joy

    —In order for Peace on Earth to really come, our world, our social order, our economies and our own social location, would be thrown up into the air like match sticks, revealed for their illusory nature, and brushed away so a new world order, of justice, equity and compassion could be constructed in its place.
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  • Sunday, December 3, 2017: When It Is My Turn To Be Old

    Sunday, December 3, 2017: When It Is My Turn To Be Old

    —When I was a child, all I wanted to be was a grownup. After the ... years of waiting to be [an adult with gravitas], all of a sudden it was not good to be an adult with gravitas. [We need to work] together, rather than creating ... competitive age cohort groups.
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  • Sunday, November 19, 2017: Do The Best You Can

    Sunday, November 19, 2017: Do The Best You Can

    —With denial we can never walk ourselves back into optimism because there is no opportunity for correction, for the belief that while mistakes are inevitable, correction is possible... remorse [and regret don't] feel good, but ... [they are] an improvement over denial. [These are], in fact, the truest, most faithful [routes] to optimism.
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  • Sunday, November 5, 2017: All Soul’s Service

    Sunday, November 5, 2017: All Soul’s Service

    —And even when [we or our loved ones] can no longer do any of the activities of daily living by themselves without assistance, we can be assured that they are still infused with inherent worth and dignity ... they are beloved by God, ... holding us without qualification, precious, necessary and beloved.
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  • Sunday, October 22, 2017: Answering the Call of Love

    Sunday, October 22, 2017: Answering the Call of Love

    —It isn’t going to be easy…having church move out of our comfort zone. Or being expected to extend ourselves out beyond what we know, and love, and even like. But the price of not doing it is high, and the rewards, the rewards are beyond measure. We can become the people we mean to be.
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  • Sunday, October 15, 2017: The Ducks

    Sunday, October 15, 2017: The Ducks

    —Think of a duck.What [is] it like? Did you touch it? Stroke its feathers? Hear it? [We are all thinking of ducks, yet] we all did it differently ... each one of us alone in our experience ... So many ways to be human ... we are not alike. And ... that can be okay...
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  • Sunday, October 8, 2017: Gloria’s Tale, Our Tale

    Sunday, October 8, 2017: Gloria’s Tale, Our Tale

    —Once I learned from [Gloria's] parents how barriers could be lifted if inclusion was the goal, my grasp of what was possible expanded .... And now, after these many years, I understand that often when we say “we can’t” what we really mean is, “We don’t know how.” And that difference is important.
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  • Sunday, October 1, 2017: Humbled and Stronger Together

    Sunday, October 1, 2017: Humbled and Stronger Together

    —I want to be part of a community, a people, who are honorable, compassionate, caring and trustworthy. And if I want that, I need to be that myself, at least as best as I can... we are invited to be our fully human, fully gifted, and always imperfect selves. Humbled and stronger together.
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  • Sunday, September 17, 2017: Path to Understanding

    Sunday, September 17, 2017: Path to Understanding

    —Love is the doctrine of this church.... What does that mean... A doctrine is a basic principle...the foundation for all the rest of who we are and what we do. It is the bedrock .... the bedrock, does not change.
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  • 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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