May 19, 2019
I was raised a UU, but I’d choose it for myself, too! I briefly explain some of the reasons why.
May 12, 2019
Together we considered Mother’s Day and motherly love. I was inspired by (in addition to my own mother) the poem “The Lanyard” by Billy Collins, which was our reading. You can read the poem here. Also, check out this horrible mug!
April 28, 2019
Unfortunately, the video for this service did not come out in an audible form. Here is the sermon text, which is pretty close to what I actually said that day in sharing my appreciations of Hinduism! I shared some basics about the tradition in the Time for All Ages as well.
April 21, 2019
On Easter Sunday, I preached about the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas, with help from the work of scholar Elaine Pagels, to think about what it might add to our understanding of “resurrection”.
March 10, 2019
The video starts with a reading made up of excerpts from Jon Krakauer’s “Into the Wild”. Following that is my sermon, “Lent: Into the Wilderness”. This morning was the first Sunday during Lent, the Christian season leading up to Easter. Specifically, Lent is the 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter (leaving out the Sundays). For many Christians, Lent is a time for sacrifice. It’s a time to repent, and take stock. And of course, Lent is to Easter what Advent is for Christmas; a time for preparation. We considered what Lent might offer for 21st century Unitarian Universalists.
March 3, 2019
In the hymn “Spirit of Life” we sing, “Spirit of Life, come unto me. Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.” But why are we so restrictive — so selective — with our compassion at times? In this sermon I consider how we decide to mete out our compassion. And, hot sauce.
February 24, 2019
I preached this sermon on the morning before the Oscars, on the 80th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”. Synchronistic events (meaningful coincidences) reminded me of this wonderful story recently (the book as well as the movie). Watch and listen to explore some of the hidden theological and spiritual messages of the great tale by L. Frank Baum! (And note my rainbow stole, as well as my blue gingham shirt in honor of Dorothy’s dress.)