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Unitarian Universalist Responses to Inauguration 2009

The inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was by many measures an historic occasion. So historic, in fact, that the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress initiated the Inauguration 2009 Sermons and Orations Project which they described this way:

On January 20, 2009, the United States will inaugurate Barack Obama, the country’s first African American president. In anticipation of citizens’ efforts to mark this historic time around the country, the American Folklife Center will be collecting audio and video recordings of sermons and orations that comment on the significance of the inauguration of 2009. It is expected that such sermons and orations will be delivered at churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship, as well as before humanist congregations and other secular gatherings. The American Folklife Center is seeking as wide a representation of orations as possible.

The Unitarian Universalist Association shared the Library of Congress' invitation to participate in this project with our clergy, directors of religious education, music professionals, and lay worship leaders. We also invited them to share any materials they created in response to the Inauguration of President Obama with us. Manuscripts are available on this site; audio and video will be archived and made when possible.

We Are the Ones: Avoiding Fascism in a Turbulent World by Rev Dr Claudene F Oliva, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Evansville, IL

An Open Letter to President Obama by Patrick T. O'Neil, Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, NY

Re-imagining the American Dream by Marilyn Sewell, Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR

Dirty Hands and Moving Feet by Leaf Seligman, Minister of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Fitchburg, MA

Patriotism by Robert Meyerson, lay member of Starr King UU Church in Hayward, CA

Can Politics Change Our Culture? by Dennis Daniel, Co-minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston, VA

Calling Out The Dream by Kathy Duhon, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire

The Inauguration of a New Day by Brent A. Smith, Minister of All Souls Community Church

Living the Dream: A Sermon for Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday by Wendy von Zirpolo, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, MA

The Current and Future State of Ethnic Relations by Blane Harding, lay member of the Namaqua Unitarian Universalist of Loveland, CO

MLK Jr.: Lessons in Leadership by Anthony David, Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta

Cautious Optimism, Wild Hope, by Sue Spencer, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury

Dear America: A Letter to Our Nation by Peter A. Friedrichs, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County

Bending Toward Justice: One More Step by Paul R. Beedle, Minister of the Henry David Thoreau Unitarian Universalist Congregation Stafford, TX

Spirit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 2009 by Mark Ward, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville (delivered to the 9th Annual Joint Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Awards held by Mission Hospital and the Mountain Area Health and Education Center in Asheville, NC)

A Clearer Vision by Susan LaMar, Minister of the Channing Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist, Ellicott City, MD

Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution by Scott Sammler-Michael, Minister of the Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church of Burke, VA

Dear Mr. President by Bruce Clear, Minister of the All Souls Unitarian Church of Indianapolis, IN

Why Lincoln Still Matters by Roger Bertschausen, Minister of the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Appleton, WI

The Challenge of Hope by Elizabeth M. Strong, Minister of Ashby First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist, Ashby, MA

Disembodied Dreams by Ron Phares, Aspirant for Ministry

With Faith and Fortitude by Lisa Ward, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County, Churchville, MD

A Sermonic Letter to My Church to Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday by Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, OH

Obama-Nation by Dr. John L. Young, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church, Jacksonville, FL

An Inauguration Sermon by Christine Robinson, Minister of the First Unitarian, in Albuquerque, NM

Work Still in Progress by Jim Sherblom, Co-Minister, First Parish in Brookline, MA

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