Richard S. Gilbert

Dick Gilbert

Richard S. Gilbert retired in June 2005 after serving 44 years in the Unitarian Universalist ministry in Cleveland, Ohio, Golden, Colorado, Ithaca, NY, and for 32 years at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY. He received an M.Div. from St. Lawrence University Theological School, a D. Min. from Colgate Rochester Divinity School and honorary doctorates from St. Lawrence University, Meadville Lombard Theological School and Starr King School for the Ministry. In 1995 he received the Holmes-Weatherly Award of the Unitarian Universalist Association for faith-based social justice work. He is the author of the Building Your Own Theology adult religious education series, as well as three Skinner House Books: The Prophetic Imperative: Social Gospel in Theory and Practice, How Much Do We Deserve? An Inquiry in Distributive Justice and In the Holy Quiet of This Hour, a book of meditations. Currently he is part-time Social Justice Coordinator for the St. Lawrence Unitarian Universalist District, does guest preaching, social justice workshops and is working on several books including the religious life of Susan B. Anthony and the history and philosophy of UU religious education. He also has taught at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Starr King School for the Ministry and Meadville Lombard Theological School.

From Richard S. Gilbert

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Be ­gentle with another— It is a cry from the lives of ­people battered By thoughtless words and brutal deeds; It comes from the lips of those who speak them, And the lives of those who do them. Who of us can look inside another and know what is there Of hope and hurt, or promise and pain? Who...

Meditation | By Richard S. Gilbert | April 26, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Anti-Oppression, Caring, Compassion, Love, Pain, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Vulnerability

We meet on holy ground, Brought into being as life encounters life, As personal histories merge into the communal story, As we take on the pride and pain of our companions, As separate selves become community. How desperate is our need for one another: Our silent beckoning to our neighbors, Our...

Opening | By Richard S. Gilbert | April 23, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Community, Connections, Purpose, Relationships, Sacred

How much inequality can a democracy experience and survive? What is economic justice?

By Richard S. Gilbert | March 17, 2015 | From UU World
Tagged as: Justice, Living Our Faith, Social Justice

Blessed are the heavens, for they declare the power of creation. Blessed is the earth, our beloved home, for she is a planet of plenitude. Blessed are the waters thereon, for they gave rise to living things. Blessed is the land, for it is the source of life abundant....

Reading | By Richard S. Gilbert | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Awe, Earth Day, Nature

As we leave this community of the spirit, May we remember the difficult lesson That each day offers more things than we can do. May we do what needs to be done, Postpone what does not, And be at peace with what we can be and do. Therefore, may we learn to separate That which matters most And that...

Closing | By Richard S. Gilbert | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Character, Choice, Integrity, Meaning, Mindfulness, Unitarian Universalism

Listen! This is a noisy world. You may have heard of the story of a dispute in the student union of one university. It seems "the presence of a juke box...disrupted conversation. Conversationalists petitioned for removal of the offending machine....

Reading | By Richard S. Gilbert | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Listening

It is easy to pray when the sun shines And we are grateful for another glorious day of being. It is hard to pray when wind and rain and thunder Plague our every step and spoil our every plan. It is easy to be virtuous when life goes well And our existence is a journey from bliss to beauty and back.

Reading | By Richard S. Gilbert | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Spiritual Practice

Speak, flowers, speak! Why do you say nothing? The flowers have the gift of language. In the meadow they speak of freedom, Creating patterns wild and free as no gardener could match. In the forest they nestle, snug carpets under the roof of Leaf and branch, making a rug of such softness....

Reading | By Richard S. Gilbert | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Beauty, Earth, Fear, Flower Communion, Hope, Nature, Vernal Equinox

The human race is a vast rainbow bursting into view of white and black, red, yellow and brown. Yet for all blood is red, the sky is blue, the earth brown, the night dark. In size and shape we are a varied pattern of tall and short, slim and stout, elegant and plain....

Reading | By Richard S. Gilbert | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Body, Diversity, Inclusion, Multiculturalism, Race/Ethnicity, Unitarian Universalism, Wholeness

By our presence here with one another, Hearing the harmony that is the music of the spheres, May some of the harshness and discord of our human lives Be transmuted into music....

Closing | By Richard S. Gilbert | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Arts & Music, Awe, Community, Presence, Unitarian Universalism, Unity

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