Sermons

If You See Something, Say Something (10-01-17 Sermon)

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Podcasts | 0 comments

How do you name the cycles of the moon? What observances do you religiously keep? Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah, Ramadan? The first day of school and the Fourth of July? Flag Day, Veterans Day, the feast of St. Francis, or St. Patrick, or Cecilia? Do you notice and mark the solstices and the equinoxes and the cross-quarter days in between? Or maybe for you it’s hockey season, football season, the Final Four, and that beautiful day on the far side of winter when pitchers and catchers report for spring training, and the lake ice shatters, the ground greens up, song birds return, and with the crack of the bat everything’s right with the world? How does your year go round?

—Rev. Victoria Safford, “If You See Something, Say Something”
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Out of Control (09-24-17 Sermon)

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Podcasts | 0 comments

Imagine you are looking in a mirror, at your own face, exactly as it is. Take a breath. Look into your own eyes, and smile. In your mind, speak your own name, and say, forgive and be forgiven. Speak your own name, to your own self, and say again, forgive and be forgiven. Breathe deep.

—Rev. Victoria Safford, “Out of Control”
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Empirical Sacraments (09-17-17 Sermon)

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Podcasts | 0 comments

The truth is only rarely fully present on the surface, as anyone who’s ever been in any kind of therapy can tell you,  as any archeologist or geologist or mythologist will tell you.  It’s always a matter of diving and divining. How do you go after it?  With what kind of curiosity, mixed with skepticism, mixed with open-mindedness, mixed with hope, with fear, with logic?  With what kind of agenda do you go seeking truth?

—Rev. Victoria Safford, “Empirical Sacraments”
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A Fond Farewell to Walden (08-06-17 Sermon)

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

We can still read Walden, even memorize the chapters, translate them into our own clumsy modern language, but we can’t live there, any more than Henry Thoreau could. “One world at a time,” and it’s this messy, messed
up world, and we’re all in it together.

-Rev. Victoria Safford, “A Fond Farewell to Walden”

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