Scott W. Alexander

Scott W. Alexander is the editor of Salted With Fire: Strategies for Sharing Faith and Growing Congregations, AIDS and Your Religious Community and The Welcoming Congregation: Resources for Affirming Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Persons. He currently serves as Minister at the River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

From Scott W. Alexander

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Have you wondered how to integrate your heartfelt beliefs into your daily life? Here nearly 40 contributors ponder this creative dilemma and share their discoveries. Creating a home altar, practicing martial arts, fasting, quilting — these are just some of the ways they've found to make every day...

Book | By Scott W. Alexander | From Skinner House Books

This morning, I want us to grapple with one of the most universal and troubling facts of human existence. Though every last one of us would have it otherwise, it is an unavoidable reality that during our lifetimes people close to us will become sick, suffer great pain, and, in some cases, die. It...

Sermon | By Scott W. Alexander | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb

At one point in her novel Fly Away Home, American writer Marge Piercy has a mother say of her daughters: “The girls had been raised Unitarian (Universalist), which seemed a nice, sensible compromise between having no religion at all and having to lie about what we believed. Enough religion to be...

Sermon | By Scott W. Alexander | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb

As must be obvious to every one of you, these are times of great tension and conflict in America. Much of this turmoil in our nation is focused on what many observers have called The Culture Wars...the very vocal and visible battles that are occurring on many fronts to determine whose values,...

Sermon | By Scott W. Alexander | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb

Take a moment right now to visualize in your mind’s eye the first American Thanksgiving feast which our Pilgrim forebears shared with their Native American neighbors on the shores of Massachusetts Bay in the Fall of 1621. If you’re like me, you imagined a pretty pleasant and peaceable scene—a...

Sermon | By Scott W. Alexander | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb

Happiness is a deep, persistent and universal obsession for humanity. As one of my correspondents asked, "Why isn’t happiness the only thing that matters?" From the very beginning Americans (in particular) have made happiness a central piece of their national quest....

Sermon | By Scott W. Alexander | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb

Elie Wiesel was just a wide-eyed and innocent adolescent when he and all the other Jews of the Transylvanian village of Sighet were jammed into cattle cars one April night in 1944 by SS troops, and shipped to Auschwitz....

Sermon | By Scott W. Alexander | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb

In a world with so much hatred and violence, We need a religion that proclaims the inherent worth and dignity of every person. In a world with so much brutality and fear, We need a religion that seeks justice, equity, and compassion in human relations . In a world with so many persons abused and...

Responsive Reading | By Scott W. Alexander | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb

"It was still dark that morning in 1942 when the Gestapo rousted from bed the Jews of Bobawa, a Polish village. In the confusion, twelve-year-old Samuel Oliner slipped away and hid on a roof, still in his pajamas. The next afternoon, when he dared to look around, the ghetto was silent....

Sermon | By Scott W. Alexander | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb

Every once in a while in my life, I have a human conversation that so stuns or startles me that it proves impossible to ever forget. It wasn’t long ago that I had such a troubling and transforming interaction, and I want to tell you about it. But first, I have to set the stage. Twenty years ago,...

Sermon | By Scott W. Alexander | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb

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