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  • By Susan Frederick-Gray
    The president of the Unitarian Universalist Association reflects on the spiritual challenges of confronting the resurgence of American white nationalism.
    Image credit: A member of a white supremacist militia stands in front of religious leaders, including UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray, who gathered to protest a rally of neo-Nazis and other white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017.
  • By Kim Hampton
    Stories do three things.
    Image credit: Above: Kim Hampton tells a story during Friday morning worship. Below: UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray tells a story adapted from Paulo Coelho during Sunday morning public worship.
  • By Sofia Betancourt
    We seek to reform Unitarian Universalism because we can never be the bearers of love and justice if the foundation that sustains us is still perpetuating the very problems we long to solve.
    Image credit: LeLaina Romero, Amanda Thomas, and the Rev. Sofía Betancourt sing “For You I Sing,” by Margaret Nes, during the Service of the Living Tradition.
  • By Celie Katovitch
    We ascend, or descend, inextricably linked with all others.
    Image credit: © 2014 Daniel Nevins
  • By Anthony Makar
    A little playfulness can go a long way.
    Image credit: © Robert Neubecker

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  • By Amanda Udis-Kessler
    Editor's note: This sermon was prepared for a white congregation, and thus speaks to those who identify as white, centering the dismantling...
  • By Amanda Udis-Kessler
    Given that Unitarian Universalists believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people, not just black people, why should we say “black...
  • By Sarah Movius Schurr
    This sermon refers to, and includes, the emerging ritual of a "chocolate communion." If you're seeking to incorporate our Unitarian...
  • By Nathan Ryan
    The statement Black Lives Matter might be hard to hear because it floats. It is a bit of hyperbole. There is no counter point, no balancing...
  • By Robin Bartlett
    Reading From The Hebrew Bible (Isaiah 40:1-11) Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her...
  • By Susan Maginn
    We are in the midst of advent, friends, and I have to admit how much I love this season. Like most clergy I feel that it is my job, 24/7/...
  • By Seth Carrier-Ladd
    At the beginning of this sermon, pictures of the five black people killed by police officers were projected for the congregation to see as...
  • By Victoria E Safford
    Introduction One year for the November Service Auction, [a member] asked and I agreed to have a sermon topic listed among the many items...
  • By Gary Kowalski
    Fantasies sometimes reveal undisclosed information about ourselves: our hidden phobias, unspoken desires and unexamined motives. And group...
  • By Paul R Beedle
    The first step is to notice the mountain. It is there. And it belongs to a range of mountains. There’s no going around it. The next step is to reach the kind of acceptance that has us praying in our hearts: "Lord, I don’t ask you to move the mountain, just give me the strength to climb." The...
  • By Joanne Giannino
    Readings 1: The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 14, verses 3-91 While he was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the Leper, as he sat at the table, a...
  • By Randolph Becker
    It has been a not-so-quiet week in Lake Wobegon! On Monday, I found that, apparently over a long period of time, a large sum of money was...
  • By Ana Porter
    Moses was a rancher. Long before he became a famous Biblical patriarch who led his people to freedom from slavery, he was a simple rancher. And this simple rancher was tending his flock on the side of a mountain one day circa 1527 BCE, when he came upon a small forest fire—a burning bush. He was...
  • By David Schwartz
    A former South African paramilitary commander looks across his dining room table into the interviewer's camera. He is in his early sixties...
  • By Lisa Sargent
    After I graduated from college, I worked for Planned Parenthood for several years. Most days, I walked through protestors to get to work. They usually carried crosses and said things like, "Jesus will forgive you if you repent for your work." It turned out that the most revolutionary thing I did...
  • By Bret Lortie
    It was in Alaska, right before the first Gulf War, that I first realized how music can “teach us how to hear the world differently,” as...
  • By Krista Taves
    It is 2 a.m. I am sleeping in the chaplain’s on-call room at an inner city hospital. My room hovers over the Emergency Entrance and the...
  • By Cynthia Frado
    I want to tell you right up-front that I am unabashedly pro-life. I am also unashamedly pro-abortion. What I am not is unequivocally...
  • By Naomi King
    The question for us today is: what does it mean for us to stand with our faith, for us to stand with this church? This is not a new...
  • By Cecilia Kingman Miller
    I get these catalogues and magazines in the mail—I'm sure you do too. They are filled with pictures of things I must buy and bodies I will...
  • By Bonnie McClish Dlott
    Last spring, I got a message from the universe. Now I don’t get too many messages from the universe; sometimes I don’t even get my phone messages. But this message was very loud, and it came at four in the morning in the form of a tremendous thud from my closet. This particular message was one...
  • By Patrick T O'Neill
    Your presence here in such numbers today is a wonderful indicator that this congregation is important to you and to people you love. I want...
  • By James Ishmael Ford
    It was Spring. At long last there was no hint of snow on the ground. It was even warm, sort of. Birds and bugs had, at last, returned to...
  • By Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley
    Reading Genesis 16:1-6, 21:1-17 Sermon When I was studying for the ministry, one of the expectations was that each week, the entire...
  • By Jeanne Nieuwejaar
    When I was a child, the world felt safe and whole and meaningful to me. It reached out and embraced me in a comfortable, welcoming,...
  • By William G Sinkford
    First, let me bring you greetings from the larger family of faith of which you are a part. The Unitarian Universalist Association is the...
  • By Marta I Valentín
    A Sermon for First UU Church of New Orleans and Community Church of New Orleans Sunday, August 27, 2006 First Presbyterian Church The...
  • By Beth Graham
    What we try to express as Unitarian Universalists, are these truths: ...
  • By Jessica Purple Rodela
    “It is not the symphony of voices in sweet concert I enjoy, but the cacophony of democracy, the brouhahas and the donny-brooks, the full-...
  • By Leslie Becknell
    "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America..." "Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are!..." 1 "...
  • By David Breeden
    In 1935, a US government truck pulled up to my grandfather’s house, a two-room sharecropper’s shack in which sixteen people lived. They were starving to death. Not malnutrition. Starvation. The truck brought surplus food, which on that particular visit consisted of a gallon of mustard. My father...
  • By Holly Anne Lux-Sullivan
    In a Barnes & Noble just before Easter, I watched a woman glance at a table of books and make a face like she'd just tasted something awful. Then she hurried on by as if she were afraid the books would bite. Curious, I looked to see what she had grimaced at: All the books on the table were about...
  • By Peter Morales
    Jefferson Unitarian Church Golden, CO Mothers Day, May 13, 2007 Three weeks ago my wife, Phyllis, and I participated in our all church...
  • By Peter Friedrichs
    Earlier this week I was speaking with a member of the church about the sermon I was going to deliver today. She said to me, “What’s the big...
  • By Kathleen McTigue
    Reading Isaiah 58:1-12 (excerpt) Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet!Announce to my people their sins. Day after...
  • By Susan Maginn
    Readings An excerpt from “The Sonnets To Orpheus” by Rainer Maria Rilke Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21 Lyrics to Tracy Chapman’s song “Be And...
  • By Marilyn Sewell
    The early settlers who risked life and limb to come to this land—a land strange and unknown, but full of promise—these early settlers had a dream. That dream included freedom to worship as they wished; it included the opportunity to prosper, if they were willing to work hard; it included the...
  • By Susan LaMar
    In March of 2002, the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association held its every seven years gathering in Birmingham, Alabama. I was...
  • By Roger Bertschausen
    Call to Gather “The struggle of today is not altogether for today; it is for a vast future also.” -- Abraham Lincoln’s annual message to...
  • By Melissa Carvill-Ziemer
    On the cusp of this new day in our nation’s history, seems like everyone has something to say. I have been deluged with emails from the...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    I had jet-lag. That’s my excuse—that, and it was a hot, humid Sunday afternoon in Chicago, the end of a three-day family reunion. All of us...
  • By Mary Wellemeyer
    Bob and Addie Polk had moved into the neighborhood in 1970, when the little houses were relatively new, and through the years they had been friendly with the neighbors. After her husband died, Addie kept more to herself, increasingly limited by declining health in older age. Bob Dillon and his wife...

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