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“Ask the Beasts: St. Francis”

October 6, 2019

I preached the following short sermon at the “whole church” (multi-generational) Sunday service in honor of St. Francis. The statistics cited come from these sources: According to a recent Public Policy Polling: Six out of ten Americans own a pet. (That number might be low; another poll suggests that it’s closer to seven out ten Americans who own a pet.) From http://www.americanpetproducts.org/press_industrytrends.asp One in five Americans report a preference for spending time with their pets rather than most human beings. From http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/06/animals-and-pets-poll-american-prefer-dogs-fear-snakes.html The American Pet Products Association gathers statistics on how much Americans spend on their pets – including pet expenses such as food, their medicines and veterinary care, their grooming and boarding, and the initial cost of purchasing a pet. According to these statistics, it is estimated that in 1994, twenty-five years ago, Americans spent 17 billion dollars on our pets. Ten years after that, 15 years ago in 2004, we doubled it, spending more than $34 billion on our pets. The latest number, as of 2017? Doubled again! We spent almost $70 billion on our pets. From http://www.americanpetproducts.org/press_industrytrends.asp and https://www.vmdtoday.com/news/american-pet-spending-reaches-new-high Today there are about 900 million dogs on the planet. From https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/how-many-dogs-are-there-in-the-world.html

“A UU Appreciation of Rosh Hashanah”

September 29, 2019

On September 29, 2019 at the First Church Unitarian, Littleton, MA, we had a “Unitarian Universalist Appreciation of Rosh Hashanah”. Together, we learned a few things about this important Jewish holiday and a few of its traditions. Here you will see a bit about the shofar and hear some brief remarks I made, ending with an excerpt (just the very beginning and ending) of a ritual inspired by the Jewish tradition of Tashlich, or “casting”.

“The Best of Intentions”

September 22, 2019

There’s a good chance that in recent years you’ve heard someone say, “Impact is more important than intent.” Do intentions matter? If so, how much? Should we ever “assume good intentions”? And what does it have to do with privilege?

“The Tide Is Rising, and So Are We”

September 15, 2019

I preached this sermon at First Church Unitarian in Littleton on September 15, 2019. My sermon title was inspired by the song of the same name, composed by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman and Yotam Schachter. The sermon came before the September 20 youth-led Global Climate Strike, demanding that transformative action is taken to address the climate crisis. (Gratitude to Rev. Peggy Clarke and other UU ministers who created a worship resource to help with this service. And gratitude for the folks from FCU who indeed went to the Boston Climate Strike on September 20!)