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  • Your minister is not, cannot be, your friend.
    Sermon | By Dawn Skjei Cooley | June 8, 2022 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Friendship, Leadership, Limitations, Ministry, Relationships, Unitarian Universalism, WorshipWeb, Worship
  • In the Bible, there’s a pretty well-known story about David and Goliath. Goliath, a huge warrior from the side of the Philistines, challenged someone from the side of the Israelites to battle. David was chosen and he knew that even with all of the armor in the world, he would not be able to win...
    Sermon | By Kari Gottfried | November 7, 2019 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: History, Identity, Living Our Faith, Meaning, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Purpose, Revelation, Salvation, Seven Principles, Unitarian Universalism, Unitarianism, Universalism
  • Editor's note: This sermon was prepared for a white congregation, and thus speaks to those who identify as white, centering the dismantling of white supremacy from a white perspective....
    Sermon | By Amanda Udis-Kessler | July 27, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: #BlackLivesMatter, Anti-Oppression, Race/Ethnicity
  • Given that Unitarian Universalists believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people, not just black people, why should we say “black lives matter” rather than “all lives matter”? To answer this question, we must draw a distinction between a faith stance and a description of reality.
    Sermon | By Amanda Udis-Kessler | March 14, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: #BlackLivesMatter, America, Anti-Oppression, Justice, Race/Ethnicity, Secular
  • This sermon refers to, and includes, the emerging ritual of a "chocolate communion." If you're seeking to incorporate our Unitarian Universalist values into such a ritual, we recommend providing an organic fair-trade product like the one...
    Sermon | By Sarah Movius Schurr | August 14, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Body, Commitment, Direct Experience, Diversity, Food Justice, Humanism, Love, Relationships, Valentine's Day
  • 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 narrative. This is something our culture is not accustomed to. We are used to having a good guy and a bad guy, a protagonist and an antagonist. We’ve seen...
    Sermon | By Nathan Ryan | November 24, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: #BlackLivesMatter, Anti-Oppression, Direct Experience, Faith, Oppression, Pain, Race/Ethnicity, Redemption, Salvation, Unitarian Universalism, WorshipWeb
  • 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 that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins. A voice cries out: 'In the wilderness...
    Sermon | By Robin Bartlett | February 19, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: #BlackLivesMatter, Anti-Oppression, Christianity, Dignity, Equity, Race/Ethnicity, Seven Principles, Unitarian Universalism, Violence
  • 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, 24/7/365 to orient the world to the best of my ability toward peace, love, hope and joy....
    Sermon | By Susan Maginn | February 19, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), 6th Principle (World Community), Anti-Oppression, Direct Experience, Doubt, Faith, Justice, Peace, Race/Ethnicity, Suffering, Unitarian Universalism, Wisdom
  • At the beginning of this sermon, pictures of the five black people killed by police officers were projected for the congregation to see as each was named. At the end of the sermon, photo portraits of each were placed on chairs as candles were lit for them. This is Tamir Rice. Tamir Rice is twelve...
    Sermon | By Seth Carrier-Ladd | February 3, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: #BlackLivesMatter, 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 6th Principle (World Community), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Anger, Anti-Oppression, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Race/Ethnicity, Unitarian Universalism
  • 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...
    Sermon | By Paul R Beedle | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Anti-Oppression, Diversity, Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, Race/Ethnicity, Respect, Responsibility, Service
  • Fantasies sometimes reveal undisclosed information about ourselves: our hidden phobias, unspoken desires and unexamined motives. And group fantasies say much about our culture—our society's real values as opposed to the ideals that receive mainly lip service.
    Sermon | By Gary Kowalski | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Greed, Money
  • Introduction One year for the November Service Auction, [a member] asked and I agreed to have a sermon topic listed among the many items available for bidding....
    Sermon | By Victoria Safford | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Abundance, Generosity, Growth, Integrity, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Salvation, Unitarian Universalism
  • SERMON DELIVERED BY REV. ROBERT WEST at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, New York on September 8, 1963. This was Rev. Robert West's first sermon at First Unitarian in Rochester. Late on a Sunday afternoon, five weeks ago, my family and I drove into Rochester to begin our life here with...
    Sermon | By Robert Nelson West | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Anti-Oppression, History, Race/Ethnicity, Rights, Anti-Oppression
  • The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Stewardship and Development staff is pleased to announce that The Reverend James C....
    Sermon | By James (Jay) C Leach | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Community, Connections, Generosity, Individualism, Unity
  • If you have been paying attention lately, you have been exposed to a mountain of information about the status of immigrants and aliens in the United States. You have heard some of the heart-wrenching stories about separated families and exploited workers, about thousands of deaths as a result of...
    Sermon | By Kendyl L. R. Gibbons | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Connections, Immigration, Justice, Politics, Seven Principles, Unitarian Universalism, Immigration
  • Step One:​ Invoke an external and internal threat. Pose it as a threat to civilization itself. Create a sense of overwhelming crisis beyond the reach of any traditional solution. Insist that the leader’s superior instinct and access to privileged knowledge are more reliable than universal...
    Sermon | By Victoria Safford | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: America, Anti-Oppression, Fear, Freedom, Inclusion, Oppression, Politics
  • "Few of their children in the country learn English Unless the stream of their importation could be turned they will soon so outnumber us that all the advantages we have will not be able to preserve our Language, and even our Government will become precarious." Does this sound familiar? This...
    Sermon | By James (Jay) C Leach | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 6th Principle (World Community), Anti-Oppression, Globalism, Immigration, Oppression, Privilege, Immigration
  • How clearly I remember it. My husband, Dan, and our daughter, Sarah, had spent the night in Taos, New Mexico. The next morning we set out for the pueblo, an ancient village inhabited by indigenous people known as the Pueblo. Clearly tourists, easily identified as European Americans, we were...
    Sermon | By Jan Carlsson-Bull | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), America, Anti-Oppression, Healing, History, Indigenous American, Indigenous Peoples Day, Race/Ethnicity, Secular, Anti-Oppression
  • As part of my seminary training I spent a summer working as a hospital chaplain, assigned to the psychiatric floor. I found it to be deeply gratifying work, and I was able to build relationships with many of the patients. Some were long-term and others had a quick turnaround. Some were what we...
    Sermon | By Peter Friedrichs | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Calling, Identity, Meaning, Self-Respect, Unitarian Universalism
  • Today is the second of our three-part sermon series dedicated to Rev. Forrest Church. As I noted last week, Church spent nearly 30 years as the senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in New York City....
    Sermon | By Peter Friedrichs | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Limitations, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Purpose, Service, Unitarian Universalism