Guest In Your Pulpit - Douglas Harrell

Guest in Your Pulpit

Douglas Harrell attended his first UU service while visiting friends in 2001 and quickly realized that he had been a UU his whole life without knowing it. An engineer by profession, Doug is an avid reader who constantly ponders how the world works, and how we can make it a better place. His sermon, "Only Love Can" won the UU United Nations Office Dana Greeley competition in 2015/2016.

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

  • Find and Ye Shall Seek. As John Lennon famously put it, “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” This was certainly true for Doug Harrell on more than one occasion. In his sermon, “Find and Ye Shall Seek,” he discusses how the vicissitudes of life led him to the Unitarian Universalist Church, and how seeking can be more comforting than dogma.
  • Only Love Can (winner 2015/2016 Dana Greeley Competition). In our modern world, Americans are waging war daily against a myriad of social ills: drugs, crime, and poverty just to name a few. But is war really the right approach? As Marvin Gaye so eloquently put it, “War is not the answer--for only love can conquer hate.” Doug’s Sermon “Only Love Can” is an exploration into a different, more collaborative approach to today’s problems of poverty and crime.
  • Silos of Discord. The United States is on the verge of a new civil war. Not yet a shooting war, but just as during the leadup to the Confederate attack on Fort Sumpter, Americans are divided into two camps, and constructive dialogue is scarce. Where are the peacemakers? Is there anyone or any group who can serve as an honest broker by listening respectfully to both sides and work to heal the rift? In his sermon, “Silos of Discord,” Doug makes the case that the practice of the Seven Principles equips UU’s to undertake the task of bridging the divide, and restoring respectful discourse to our public sphere.

Additional Offerings:

  • Can present a humorous original story for all ages, "Billy Badd Boykin Behaves Badly at Bedtime."

Availability: Anytime of the year, within 200 miles of Wilmington, DE. May agree to go further, please inquire.

Fee arrangements: According to UUMA guidelines. Home hospitality may be requested depending on distance. Mileage may be lower if can be combined with a personal trip.

Contact: Email Douglas Harrell at