Sermons

Travels in Time: From Impermanence to Wisdom (6-18-17 Sermon)

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We may be wise in many ways and still do dumb things, make stupid choices. Or we can humbly reflect on our own wisdom – how we’ve lived our lives, how we’ve lived in time – and how graciously, we have been transformed.
- Ken Stewart, “Travels in Time: From Impermanence to Wisdom”

Thick and Thin (05-28-17 Sermon)

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Podcasts | 0 comments

from Reverend Charles Grady, Unitarian Universalist

Our churches are clearings in the wilderness of this time:
places of refuge and sanctuary for the bruised and tired,
and also places of healing and renewal.
They are ‘workshops for common endeavor,’
and schools for learning and enlightenment,
transmitters and celebrators of a heritage,
tools for breaking down barriers.
tools for building new bridges.

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Nothing Can Be Changed Until It Is Faced: UU White Supremacy Teach-In (05-21-17 Sermon)

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Podcasts | 0 comments

Things are falling apart, beloveds. In Unitarian Universalism, in our nation, in the world. White supremacy is gurgling up from its gut either a rallying cry, or a death rattle—but either way, it is shaking the earth and toppling the structures we have come to use as landmarks… It is only when things fall apart that they can be re-constructed in new ways. There is hope and possibility in the emptiness left when the old ways collapse upon themselves.

-Rev. Ashley Horan, “Nothing Can Be Changed Until It Is Faced: UU White Supremacy Teach-In”

A Song Must Be Sung (05-14-17 Sermon)

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Podcasts | 0 comments

There are angels,
so other-worldly you can only feel them –
where you can’t name or see or touch them
but know, on some level, like the soul, like the heart,
that they are the only thing holding you up
when all else falls away.

There are angels,
so earthly you can hold their hand,
hear their weeping as they sit with you in grief,
lean on them when your strength is wavering –
who get you a cup of a coffee
and bring over hot dish and jello salad
and lemon bars that will heal anyone.

There are angels
beyond number
spilling out and over the head of that pin,
flying through God
just above our head, below our feet,
within our heart –
and they come out singing.

-Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, “A Song Must Be Sung”
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Powerless and Powerful (05-07-17 Sermon)

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Podcasts | 0 comments

Yet there rises now this question: what if the crisis of this moment is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness the womb, with something new and mighty, wholly terrifying but beautiful and strong and loving, waiting to be born? This is about what story we’re going to choose to live in going forward – not alternative facts, but an alternative intention, an alternative allegiance or fidelity. It’s about looking at the only facts, and choosing an alternative loyalty.

-Rev. Victoria Safford, Powerless and Powerful

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Dreams and Bones (04-09-17 Sermon)

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Podcasts | 0 comments

When I say sacred, I mean the architecture of this radiant creation, and whatever we intuit, whatever we discover, whatever it reveals to us, of beauty, truth, and love. For me, words like “sacred” refer to the common, holy mystery of life and death. We are part of the cosmos, fragments of its holiness, and in our relation to the whole – expressed as reverence, expressed as joy, as gratitude, as prayer, and among us as compassion- the sacred is made manifest. It is the larger love which transcends our understanding, but which touches us, terrifies us and delights us, meets us, feeds us, in daily tangible, physical, material, ordinary ways.

-Rev. Victoria Safford, “Dreams and Bones” Download 04-09-17-sermon pdf

April Showers (04-02-17 Sermon)

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Sermons | 0 comments

Immanence
is the belief
that there is no veil, no separation,
between the sacred and this world –
between the Holy and our lives.
It is a belief in the sacred, sanctified dimension
of the common – the ordinary – the daily presentations.

-Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, “April Showers” Download 04-02-17-sermon pdf