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  • The early settlers who risked life and limb to come to this land—a land strange and unknown, but full of promise—these early settlers had a dream. That dream included freedom to worship as they wished; it included the opportunity to prosper, if they were willing to work hard; it included the...
    Sermon | By Marilyn Sewell | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 6th Principle (World Community), America, Economy, Justice, Money, Poverty, Unitarian Universalism, Worth
  • Readings An excerpt from “The Sonnets To Orpheus” by Rainer Maria Rilke Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21 Lyrics to Tracy Chapman’s song “Be And Be Not Afraid” Sermon The character of God said it to the reluctant Hebrew prophets who were always charged with speaking truth to power. “Be not...
    Sermon | By Susan Maginn | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Courage, Faith, Fear
  • Reading Isaiah 58:1-12 (excerpt) Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet!Announce to my people their sins. Day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness… Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and...
    Sermon | By Kathleen McTigue | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), Economy
  • Earlier this week I was speaking with a member of the church about the sermon I was going to deliver today. She said to me, “What’s the big deal?” This one’s easy. All you have to say is: “You have money. We need money. Give us your money. Then we can all go home.” So, you have money. We...
    Sermon | By Peter Friedrichs | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Canvass/Pledge, Generosity
  • For if they are evil and we are not, if that's how we see things, then we are committing the same kind of error which led to this tragedy. That's the problem of evil. Not so much that it exists — in that it's really just a fact of life, or a force of nature. The problem of evil, as I see it, is...
    Sermon | By Erik Walker Wikstrom | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
  • A child I know, when asked this week whether she would answer the call of her elementary school principal to wear red, white and blue clothes on Thursday, was in a quandary. She put down the crayon with which she was painstakingly trying to squeeze the words Peace is Possible onto the white bars...
    Sermon | By Victoria Safford | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 6th Principle (World Community), Brokenness, Democracy, Nonviolence, Terrorism, War
  • “I wondered about what I espoused as a pacifist and as a lover of life. As a Unitarian Universalist I dug for answers. But I had no answers. I still felt scared, horrified, hurt, angry, and shocked.”— Tom Capo How has this attack on our safe and secure country affected us? When a catastrophe...
    Sermon | By Tom Capo | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
  • Once or twice a generation comes a tragedy so immense that our whole nation comes to a stop and some new day of infamy becomes ingrained upon our memory and calendars. Such a date now becomes September 11th. We fixate on the horror; and then fear, anger, and a kind of helpless despair follow, but...
    Sermon | By Peter S. Raible | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
  • One of my favorite television shows is the "Third Watch." This series uses an ensemble cast of police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians to tell the story of life on the streets of New York City. Some characters like Doc, an EMT, are strong, steady, and reliable....
    Sermon | By Richard Nugent | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
  • I invite you to reach out and make contact with the person next to you, a hand on shoulder, hand in hand, arm in arm, arm around, that we might feel our human connection at this dreadful time of mourning. And I ask you to be silent with me in remembrance of those who died on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in...
    Sermon | By Elizabeth Ketcham | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
  • ...Our spiritual connection to the food we eat has...been harmed by a modern culture in which over-processed foods are so ubiquitous that we have ceased to think about foods in their whole forms any more. ...Michael Pollan writes, “Try this: Don’t eat anything your great-great-grandmother...
    Sermon | By Michael J. Tino | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Animals, Earth, Food, Food Justice, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Responsibility
  • It’s really complicated honey. I’m only now understanding it myself. We weren’t really thinking about it like you and your friends do. It’s not that we didn’t care about how it would impact you; we weren’t really thinking about you at all. Oh that’s sounds terrible, I’ll say. I...
    Sermon | By Scott Tayler | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Earth, Earth Day, Earth-Centered, Environment, Generations, Healing, Responsibility, Unitarian Universalism
  • Tomatoes are arguably the most consumed fruit or vegetable in our country....28% of Americans eat a meal every day that contains at least one tomato. It is estimated that every American eats about 29 pounds of fresh tomatoes a year and an additional 73 pounds processed in tomato sauces, ketchup,...
    Sermon | By Peggy Clarke | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 6th Principle (World Community), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Dignity, Direct Experience, Earth, Economy, Food, Food Justice, Human Rights, Nature, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Work
  • ...[H]ow we eat is not an isolated issue. While we would like to think, and often do think, with our independent human personalities, that what we eat is our own business, the truth is that what I eat, what you eat, has further reaching consequences than merely staying alive and being healthy. In...
    Sermon | By Alison Wohler | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Animals, Food, Food Justice, Nature, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Responsibility
  • A meat eater comes up to a vegan: “Did you hear about the new study saying vegans are more likely to go blind? I guess it’s because you don’t get the proper nutrition.” The vegan replied, “Nah, it’s just from reading all of those tiny ingredient lists.” Vegans (vegetarians who don’t...
    Sermon | By LoraKim Joyner | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: Animals, Compassion, Food, Food Justice, Responsibility
  • Working to feed the hungry and obtain adequate food for poor people in our society has long been central to my own justice and service work. When I was in high school, I spent many weekends volunteering with a group called Youth Service Opportunities Project....
    Sermon | By Michael J. Tino | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Abundance, Body, Direct Experience, Earth, Food, Food Justice, Unitarian Universalism
  • A while ago my friend told me that his son had come home from school with a new put-down expression. “That is sooo gay.” My friend explained to his son that perhaps he didn’t want to say that—after all, he lived in a family with two daddies—“gay” as a put-down just didn’t seem the...
    Sermon | By Devorah Greenstein | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Aging, Anti-Oppression, Body, Disability, Inclusion, Integrity, Multiculturalism, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Secular, Unitarian Universalism
  • My friend Sue has a son with autism who is now 19 years old. When Adam was younger (8–13) and when they would go to the grocery store, he would inevitably make a scene because he would want his parents to buy something he couldn’t have. This would be no ordinary scene of power play and wielding...
    Sermon | By Laurie Thomas | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), Body, Children, Direct Experience, Disability, Honesty, Illness, Multiculturalism, Parents, Relationships, Respect, Unitarian Universalism
  • God, or however you wish to name the Divine, does not make mistakes. What does this mean? What does this mean when a mother gives birth to a child with mental retardation or cerebral palsy? What does this mean when a child is in an accident and becomes seriously physically impaired?...
    Sermon | By Sally Patton | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 6th Principle (World Community), Disability, Hospitality, Illness, Mental Health, Multiculturalism, Unitarian Universalism
  • I’ve always had a fantasy about going to the airport with just the clothes on my back, my ID, a credit card and my toothbrush. I go through the revolving door, walk up to the counter and look up at the day’s flight schedule as if I were looking at the menu in a coffee shop. But instead of...
    Sermon | By Susan Maginn | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
    Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Direct Experience, Multiculturalism, Reverence, Searching, Spiritual Practice, Transformation, Multiculturalism