Speaker: Rev. Steve Edington

Speaker: Rev. Steve Edington

“God Is Not God’s Name”

October 27, 2019

On October 27, 2019, Rev. Steve Edington (beloved former interim minister) returned to the FCU pulpit! The sermon title is also the title of a recently published book by Steve. It traces his religious and spiritual journey from an evangelical Baptist church in southern West Virginia to a forty-year career as a Unitarian Universalist minister; and offers some of the insights and conclusions he has come to along the way. Steve’s sermon has to do with how we explore and cultivate a relationship with that which we sense is greater than ourselves without getting too ensnared in religious language or terminology. It is part of our human condition to look beyond ourselves for some greater meaning or purpose in our lives. Our various religions have sought to deal with this condition—and it is a condition we all encounter however “religious” or not we may consider ourselves to be. Steve is the Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, New Hampshire—a congregation he served for twenty-four years. He has also been an interim minister for several New England UU congregations—including a very delightful time at FCU! Currently Steve is the quarter-time consulting minister for the UU Church of Franklin, New Hampshire. Steve and his wife, Michele, live in Nashua.

Endings and Beginnings

April 1, 2018

The Easter story is being told in countless thousands of Christian congregations today. As varied the content of the Sunday services may be from one Christian congregation to the next over the course of a year, they are all on the same page today.

The Sixties: Still Crazy After All These Years

March 25, 2018

Culturally and politically speaking, what is generally referred to as “The Sixties” ran from, I’d say, late 1963 with the Martin Luther King March on Washington and the Kennedy assassination, and ended in the mid-70s with the end of the Vietnam War and the whole Watergate episode. However you frame it, it was a very tumultuous time in our nation’s history; and its legacy and meaning continue to be debated.

From the Bottom Up

February 4, 2018

Sometimes when the bottom falls out of life we are set free. We attain enlightenment, or an enlightenment of sorts, so perspective, some clarity, some sense of reality, some sense of dealing with things as they are.

God and the Constitution

January 28, 2018

One of our great national paradoxes is that practically every movement in this country to achieve greater levels of social justice, equity, and equality have been, to one degree or another, religiously inspired and driven. And at the same time practically every effort to oppose, subvert, or undermine these movements has also been religiously inspired and driven.

How Martin Luther King Has Informed my Ministry: A Homily for MLK Sunday

January 14, 2018

It will be 50 years ago come this April, but the memory is vivid as ever. I was a 22 year old seminarian in Rochester, New York and was doing my field education at a large, liberally oriented American Baptist church in a Rochester suburb. Just as I was going into a meeting there on the evening of April 4, 1968 someone said they’d heard on the news that Martin Luther King had been shot.