Category Archives: Sermons

Factions We Love

Reading: from Resistance by Barry Lopez [Sometimes I dimly recall the days] when I felt, like many others, that my life served no purpose. Do you remember any such days? It was as though we all lived in tunnels then, … Continue reading

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Past as Prologue

There was a time in my ministry here where I felt like every meeting or gathering I was in, I found myself saying “well that’s a can of worms.”  It got so common that at a certain point I just … Continue reading

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The Lure of the Local

Part 1: Community in Place and the Longing for Home  For a couple of years, in what now feels like another lifetime, I oversaw a new play development program with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder. New plays were a … Continue reading

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The Morning After

Reading: After 37 Years My Mother Apologizes for My Childhood by Sharon Olds  Sermon – The Morning After – Gretchen Last Sunday, I told you about the ledge at my friends’ lake cabin. How I was too afraid to ever follow … Continue reading

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Unbalance Your Life

One evening, not too terribly long ago – relatively speaking, there were two sisters who were preparing for a very special dinner guest.  He was a powerful teacher, someone who radiated wisdom, and love.  They each prepared for this special … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter

First Reading: Say it With Your Whole Black Mouth by Danez Smith  Second Reading: From Kenny Wiley’s A Unitarian Universalist Black Lives Matter Theology  Sermon: Black Lives Matter  Listen to this sermon here.   Was this a long time ago? My … Continue reading

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Kids > Guns

It was 1851, and the great Unitarian minister Theodore Parker decided he needed a gun. “I have been obliged to arm myself.” He told the gathered assembly of Unitarian ministers that May.  “I have written sermons with a pistol in … Continue reading

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