Sermons by Martha Dallas

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Icebergs and Ether: Insights Through the Unseen: by Martha Dallas
November 16th, 2014


Icebergs and Aether: Insights Through the Unseen: by Martha Dallas
November 16th, 2014

 “There’s more than meets the eye.” When we remember this truth, we can see and do so much more!

Just a few days ago, humanity marked the story of the cosmos with a pointed accomplishment: after a ten-year, 4 billion-mile journey, the robotic rover called Philae detached from its spaceship, Rosetta, and descended, with a couple bounces, to land on… a comet!


A Communion of Kindled Souls: by Martha Dallas
March 16th, 2014

 Usually when I write, I’m accustomed to sitting at a desk. But I wrote most of this sermon sitting near the fire burning in our woodstove. Every now and then, glancing at the state of the fire visible through the glass window, listening to the sound of the fire’s draw of air into the firebox, or feeling the strength of its heat on my body, I’d put my laptop aside and get up to add a log or two.



We Are All Teachers: by Martha Dallas
April 28th, 2013

 Who among us has nothing left to learn? No one.

Who among us has something to teach? Everyone. It might sound trite, but I absolutely believe it.

I don’t know who first used the term, “the congregation is the curriculum,” but this is the truth you get when you apply developmental theory to religious education. It’s true. The congregation IS the curriculum. We are the learning, we are what is learned, we are the learners. And so are those whom we recently sang out of the sanctuary.



From Here to There: Ruminations on Journey: by Martha Dallas
March 18th, 2012

 Each of us is unique, with our lives one grand unfolding journey. And within it, our years and days hold smaller journeys. Thresholds and revelations are ever emerging, as we walk multiple, varied paths at once. The gift in this notion is that any moment contains qualities of beginning if we choose to see them.



You Taught, I Was Moved: by Martha Dallas
February 13th, 2011

I’m wondering if you’ve noticed that when I call the children forward for the Reflection for All Ages, I use special language to refer to… to… (I don’t even want to say it)… to their teachers. Instead of using that word, I say something like: the adults who’ll be leading their classes.



Religious Education at First UU: by Martha Dallas
August 29th, 2010


Religious Education at First UU: by Martha Dallas
August 22nd, 2010

As this congregation’s Director of Religious Education, I am responsible for guiding the learning and the developing faith -- of the children and youth of this congregation. By extension, I am also concerned with the spiritual growth of their parents and guardians, and ultimately of us all.



Who Can We Become?: by Martha Dallas
March 14th, 2010

I’ve got a question: How many people in this congregation are not Unitarian Universalist, but don’t know it?i Let me repeat that: How many people in this congregation are not Unitarian Universalist, but don’t know it? It’s presumptuous, isn’t it? The question comes from the Rev. Liz Strong. It boldly suggests that some of us, despite calling ourselves UUs, may not truly be so.


Relating with God: by Martha Dallas
February 24th, 2008

I am always eager for the challenge of sharing a beginner-level explanation of Unitarian Universalism.


Religion as Child's Play : by Martha Dallas
February 3rd, 2008

I suppose that inside me, there’s a little mix of Mary Poppins and Peter Pan. I love to laugh, and sometimes I feel like I’m flying. I’m lucky that these qualities have always been a strong part of me.


Being Carried Away : by Martha Dallas
January 28th, 2007

I have been singing all my life. I’ve sung in church choirs, school choruses, gospel choirs, chamber ensembles, and done solo performances.


Exploring Together: by Martha Dallas
November 12th, 2006

The youthful huntress, Diana, poised to release her arrow… Paperwhite narcissuses blooming in my house, scenting the air I breathe as I write… flopping over, instead of standing up straight like they do in the photos of my houseplant catalog…