Paul S Sawyer

Full name: Paul S. Sawyer

Rev. Paul, speaks from the pulpit, with a gingerbread house visible on the altar below.

Rev. Paul S. Sawyer (he/him/his) has served as the settled minister of the First Universalist Society of Hartland, VT since 2006. Prior to his ordination, Paul worked in education as a fifth-grade teacher, a behavioral counselor for children with emotional-behavioral disabilities, and as a wilderness educator, leading canoe trips, ropes courses, and teambuilding activities as program director at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, VT. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, the Graduate School of Education at Boston University, and Harvard Divinity School. He lives in Hartland, VT with his wife Katy and their two children, Emma and Aidan.

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Reflection | By Paul S Sawyer | December 9, 2020 | From Braver/Wiser
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), Advent, Anger, Children, Christmas Eve / Christmas, Compassion, Direct Experience, Humanism, Living Our Faith, Love, Psychology, Relationships, Respect, Responsibility, Self-Respect, Worship

Think of where you feel safe and at peace. What’s the signal that tells you it’s okay to be at peace? (Ask for answers.) For people in the United States military, there’s a special signal that says “you’re okay, and you’re at peace.” It's a melody called "Taps," and it's only 24 notes...

Time for All Ages | By Erika Hewitt, Paul S Sawyer | May 21, 2019 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: America, Death, History, Memorial Day, Military, Secular

The first time I ever played “Taps” was at summer camp when I was ten years old. That was the year I started playing trumpet, so I can only imagine how it sounded. I know there was no way that I could have hit the high note near the end. The first time I played Taps in honor of those who died...

Reading | By Paul S Sawyer | May 11, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), America, Death, Direct Experience, Grief, History, Memorial Day, Military, Military Service, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Secular, Veterans Day, War

[In this difficult time of war and destruction,] We call to our minds today the life of a man of peace, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We pray that like Dr. King, we may have the courage to live our convictions even in the face of overwhelming opposition....

Prayer | By Paul S Sawyer | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 6th Principle (World Community), Anti-Oppression, Children, Commitment, Equity, Justice, Living Our Faith, Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, Peace, Prophetic Words & Deeds, War

Loving God, We gather today in humility, Awed by the stone rolled back; And the surprise of the empty tomb. We gather in defiance Of the pain and the injustice that came before; And of the pain and injustice that will likely come again. We gather in hope That life can begin anew; That our...

Meditation | By Paul S Sawyer | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Awe, Birth, Christianity, Commitment, Easter

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