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Guest In Your Pulpit - Cal Frye

Cal Frye is a member of the Oberlin Unitarian Universalist (UU) Fellowship.

Titles of programs/sermons and a brief statement of content on each:

  • Cooperation, Covenant, CommunityThe story of how the folks in Deadham, MA organized a church (in 1637!) should inform how we approach our covenantal community. Reports on the work of Alice Wesley she described in her Minns lectures of 2000, but suitable for a single sermon.
  • What's 'Liberal' About Liberal ReligionIs there still a way Republican and Democratic UUs can find common cause?
  • Still We DreamA service mostly in the words of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Why Are We HereWhat are we doing here? Are we a religion or a social club? Can you even have a religion that satisfies atheists, humanists, Christians, and pagans? I think it might be UUism.
  • The Elements of ReverenceDo you have to be devout to be reverent? Virtue ethics reveals a side of Reverence even humanists could appreciate.
  • The Role of Reason in ReligionFrom the roots of Humanism along with the Transcendentalists, comes the odd idea that if we can improve on the ideas of faith, we should do so.
  • Services in honor of Charles Darwin, traditionally given as part of global celebration of Darwin Day near February 12 as part of the Clergy Letter Project:
    • The Devil's Chaplaina traditional sermon / service tracing Darwin's personal theological journey from conventional Anglicanism to agnosticism.
    • A Visit With Mr. DarwinThe naturalist and author Charles Darwin comes to visit your pulpit and relate a bit of his story, religious views, and thoughts on slavery.
  • How Does an Atheist Come to Church or more to the point, why should one behave ethically without heaven or hell?
  • Why All the Fuss About Atheists? is an attempt to understand the vehement reaction some religious authors have to the "New Atheists" and the rise in secularity. Can it be Original Sin?
  • Doubt is My Foundation explores the scientist's reliance on doubt and skepticism as key to discovery, while also drawing a crucial distinction between healthy doubt and toxic cynicism.
  • Doubt Was Our Foundation takes the themes of the message above and relates them to the Founders of our country and the creation of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Updated from a message first given in Kent on July 4, 2010.

Availability: Anytime, within 200 miles of Oberlin, OH. Would prefer home hosptiality on Saturday evening if distance from Oberlin is greater than 70 miles. Not available weekends of Summer Institute and Memorial Day Weekend.

Fee arrangements: Standard fee, please contact to make arrangements.

Contact: Email Cal Frye at cjf [at] calfrye [dot] com

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