Category Archives: Sermons

Food Revolution

This sermon is about food and diet. That’s not exactly a trigger warning, but the 15 people who purchased this sermon at last year’s goods and services auction and asked me to preach on the rationale for veganism—or plant-based diets—probably … Continue reading

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Are You Politically Correct?

I begin with a trigger warning. If you are a person who is triggered by the concept of trigger warnings, be forewarned: In general I support trigger warnings—in academia, and in sermons. Also, a further trigger warning: if you think … Continue reading

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Big ‘B’ Belonging and Huge ‘H’ Helping

The 2016-2017 congregational year is beginning. I am excited for what I expect will be a very normal year. Wait, what? Normal? Who wants a normal year in ministry? Here’s what I mean. Ever since we completed our building project … Continue reading

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When Seeing Isn’t Believing (redux)

I question the definition of religion that begins with belief. To begin with belief—to assume from the beginning that religion requires belief—limits the scope of the religious life too sharply.  I welcome the definition of religion that begins with discernment … Continue reading

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On the Art of Being Lost

“Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.”[1] These words from the Transcendentalist writer Henry … Continue reading

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A Remote Important Region

A Sermon for the Ordination of the Rev. Karen Johnston “And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy, / a remote important region in all who talk”[1]—words from twentieth-century American poet, William E. Stafford. Today we ordain a minister. … Continue reading

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Sexism: Still Way Too Normal

Two phenomena—women’s basic economic inequality and widespread sexual violence against women—should surprise nobody. They are well-documented and receive considerable media attention. For every dollar men earn in the United States, women on average earn 79 cents.[1] In 2012 18.3% of … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time, We Were Together

“Once upon a time, we were together”—words from Indian-born, Canadian poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar. “Follow the trail / To young Douglas firs, tree farmed, / close to power lines, radio towers visible, / western Hemlocks, also planted. / coastal streams … Continue reading

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Stronger Together

[This address was delivered the the Unitarian Universalist “Cluster Connection” conference at the Unitarian Society of New Haven in Hamden, CT, April 9, 2016.] First I want to thank Susan Linsley and her team for the invitation to address you … Continue reading

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For Gravity’s Sake!

Did you feel it? I didn’t either. In the new issue of Smithsonian Magazine, physicist Brian Greene writes: “More than a billion years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, two black holes executed the final steps in a fast-footed … Continue reading

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