Sermons

The World is Before You (03-11-18 Sermon)

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in Podcasts | 0 comments

The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in. This is the very watchword of a living tradition.

How might a religion so deeply devoted to spiritual individualism renounce that now, or at least evolve it radically into an ethic of interdependence, an ethic, a theology, a mythology, a sacred practice and a politics, of mutuality? Because the days of flat-earth individualism are done. The physical and psychic damage of individualism needs to be done.

-Rev. Victoria Safford, “The World is Before You”
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A Home for Your Soul (03-04-18 Sermon)

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Podcasts | 0 comments

…and that is why this church exists, and every church, every kind of church and temple and minion and mosque; every deliberately gathered beloved community exists to make a home for the wayfaring soul.

-Rev. Victoria Safford, “A Home for Your Soul”
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Recalculating (02-18-18 Sermon)

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Podcasts | 0 comments

This happens to us all the time. We crave order and control and predictable patterns in this life. When we can’t find them (because they mostly do not exist), we get anxious and we make them up, imposing our will or our opinion or our expectations of ourselves, of everybody else, all over the place, and when the universe rears up on its hind legs and says, “Well, actually no. You’re not the boss of the world, and this is not how it’s gonna go,” we are mightily disrupted.

-Rev. Victoria Safford, “Recalculating”
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Say All the Words (02-04-18 Sermon)

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Sermons | 0 comments

Sometimes disruption is loud and disorderly and completely out of place, and sometimes it’s loud and orderly, and erupts in exactly the right place at exactly the right time. It is like the ice on the lake in late winter, the way it will be in another month (or two), when suddenly one night you hear it booming out there, cracking, like an explosion, and in the morning it’s not one fissure on the surface but a massive web of ruptures, and into every hairline fracture the sun streams in and water flows, and soon the ice is compromised entirely, and then it’s gone and you can’t quite believe it was ever there at all, that firm, intractable foundation.

-Rev. Victoria Safford, “Say All the Words”
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