Guest in Your Pulpit - Damaris Davis
Damaris Davis, is an activist, actor and English professor. A popular speaker on the history of human rights and current issues, she became a UU in 2001 and has three years of CLL training. Her sermons are timely, well-researched, lively and user-friendly!
Titles of programs/sermons and a brief statement of content on each:
- UU 101—An entertaining introduction to our history and principles, helpfully illustrated with UU jokes! Draws on Reverend Tom Chulak's fascinating Eagles lectures on the evolution of UU thought and practice. A very positive experience for visitors and enlivening for regulars.
- UVangelism—Charles Dickens remarked that Unitarians were good people, who would improve the world - if they could. Could this religion save a frightened world? We'll look at the elements of successful evangelism-what it is, why we need it, and how it could be adapted for UU's in action. A favorite.
- Soul Force and You—"Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul-force." (MLK Jr, 1963) Like combat, non-violent confrontation requires education, training, self-evaluation and mental preparation. Dr. King devised a practical set of steps we can all learn to use.
- Meet Mrs. Roosevelt—This is one you've heard about! Mrs. R herself tells her personal story, of her lonely childhood, broken marriage, and lifelong battle with fear and depression-and how she became the best-known, best-beloved woman on earth. Emotional and uplifting. Costume performance only.
- Hiawatha and the Great Peace—This is a stunning piece of forgotten American history from the Great Lakes. Hiawatha was a genuine "peace warrior" of the stature of Gandhi and Dr. King. His leadership changed a violent, nearly psychotic 15th-century society into a culture of self-sustaining peace.
- Susan Anthony's Religion—"The religious persecution of the ages has been carried on under what was claimed to be the command of God. I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." (1896) (Costume performance, or lecture)
- Free Speech, Incorporated???—Recently the Roberts Court ruled that the Bill of Rights allows Enron, Citigroup, AIG, Wal-Mart, Haliburton, Blackwater, Union Carbide and all the rest to spend without limit to influence our vote. In the light of our commitment to the "dignity of the individual," "the right of conscience and the democratic process," --not to mention the "responsible search for truth and meaning"—we must ask what this decision implies for US democracy, and what to do about it.
- Soul of Social Security—Francis Perkins came from that wonderful first generation of college-educated American women. Tough, vivacious, and deeply spiritual, "Madame Perkins" was Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor. Believing that insurance was one of humankind's greatest concepts, she designed Social Security along basic American religious convictions
- Was Jesus Christian?—Tough question. Recent research highlights some startling contrasts between Jesus' teachings and those of the church that survived him. Based on studies of early art and the Nag-Hammadi manuscripts.
- What You Should Know about Computer Voting—As the old song says, "You better stop! look around! 'cause there's things goin' on you don't know" as regards electronics, national control, and computer vote tampering. This is a 5th Principle issue that was an important topic at GA.
- Freedom of the Pulpit, Freedom of the Pew—A look at the traces from thousands of years of religious evolution that remain in our buildings and our services, and most importantly for liberal religion, in the relationship between the pulpit and the pew.
- Really Listening—Somebody said an argument is two people trying to get the last word in first. You can amaze your friends and family by hearing what they really say: techniques from UU dialogue circles, Quaker practice, Carl Rogers and MLK.
- Mrs. Claus Explains Christmas—Every December the place goes crazy! Santa's better half cheerfully untangles the various symbolic contributions-- of pagans, Romans, Victorians and economists—now on view at your favorite shopping mall, and offers extremely practical advice on what those you love really want, and how to give it.
- Secrets of the (Winter) Solstice—Since the birth of humankind, the most powerful time of the year has been that awesome standstill between the dark and the light. It can be a difficult season indeed for many of us! This is a celebration of the peace within the mystery.
- Other programs also available. Ms Davis also performs weddings and civil unions.
Availability: Please contact to discuss availability.
Fee arrangements: $75.00 for congregations of 50 or fewer, $100.00 for 51-99, and $150.00 for 100 or more. If more than 50 miles, 50 cents per mile. Would appreciate home hospitality Saturday evenng if needed.
Contact: Email Damaris Davis at dfcdavis [at] gmail [dot] com