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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 Karishma 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
  • Every June, representatives of the congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association gather for the annual General Assembly. Each year as we do so, we try to shed some light on a local issue of justice, and we invite people of all faiths to join us in working to make our world a better place.
    Sermon | By Michael J. Tino | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), Anti-Oppression, Caring, Immigration, Justice, Secular, Solidarity, Unitarian Universalism, Anti-Oppression, Immigration
  • We are five days away from what is has come to be traditionally celebrated as the birth of Jesus of Nazareth....
    Sermon | By David A Miller | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 6th Principle (World Community), Advent, Christianity, Christmas Eve / Christmas, Generosity, Grace, New Child, Revelation, Transformation, Unitarian Universalism
  • Many of us have stories about God. A college student once told me how he asked questions about God in his childhood church and the leaders did not know how to answer. He decided that God must not be real....
    Sermon | By Susan Maginn | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Agnosticism, Atheism, God, Love, Religion, Unitarian Universalism, Unitarianism, Universalism, Worth
  • Gadgets: The downfall of a free society, electric litter paving an inexorable path to our culture’s moral, intellectual, spiritual, and inevitable destruction. If you are an American living in the 21st century, you likely have fretted over this topic, or some variation on it. You might even have...
    Sermon | By Anne Welsbacher | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Despair, Discernment, Privilege, Responsibility, Secular
  • Radical hospitality. Radical means “out of the ordinary,” “revolutionary,” even. So what would it mean to receive someone—a stranger—with a presence that was not just polite, but to receive them with revolutionary generosity? Activist Rosemarie Harding remembers her growing-up days, in...
    Sermon | By Marilyn Sewell | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 5th Principle (Conscience & Democracy), 6th Principle (World Community), Anti-Oppression, Christianity, Commitment, Diversity, Hospitality, Multiculturalism, Unitarian Universalism, Wholeness
  • When I was in third grade at Evergreen School in Plainfield, NJ, my best friend was John Carvana. At 8 years old, I was awkward physically and socially, and I was drawn to John’s intelligence and easy grace. The friendships of young boys are less about whispered secrets than about hanging out and...
    Sermon | By Fred Small | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 6th Principle (World Community), Anti-Oppression, Diversity, Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, Multiculturalism, Race/Ethnicity, Unitarian Universalism, Wholeness, Multiculturalism
  • Bob and Addie Polk had moved into the neighborhood in 1970, when the little houses were relatively new, and through the years they had been friendly with the neighbors. After her husband died, Addie kept more to herself, increasingly limited by declining health in older age....
    Sermon | By Mary Wellemeyer | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Courage, Despair, Direct Experience, Discernment, Money
  • I had jet-lag. That’s my excuse—that, and it was a hot, humid Sunday afternoon in Chicago, the end of a three-day family reunion. All of us were well-fed and happy, but tired and...well, the family had been together for three days. When my aunt remembered that she needed to return the flower...
    Sermon | By Erika Hewitt | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: America, Compassion, Generosity, Poverty, Stewardship
  • On the cusp of this new day in our nation’s history, seems like everyone has something to say. I have been deluged with emails from the various groups I try to pay attention to: Planned Parenthood, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture,...
    Sermon | By Melissa Carvill-Ziemer | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Anti-Oppression, Black History / Whitney Young / James Reeb, Identity, Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, Multiculturalism, Race/Ethnicity, Unity
  • Call to Gather “The struggle of today is not altogether for today; it is for a vast future also.” -- Abraham Lincoln’s annual message to Congress, December 3, 1861[1] Reading: “The Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this...
    Sermon | By Roger Bertschausen | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 6th Principle (World Community), America, Anti-Oppression, History, Politics, Race/Ethnicity
  • In March of 2002, the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association held its every seven years gathering in Birmingham, Alabama. I was excited to go to Birmingham, partly because it would be my first convocation with a thousand or so colleagues, but for another reason as well. My first husband,...
    Sermon | By Susan LaMar | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Privilege, Race/Ethnicity