2007 Sermons

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A Dickens of a Christmas: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
December 23rd, 2007

Probably no one has done more to burnish the glow that surrounds Christmas than the author Charles Dickens.


A Moment of Happiness: by Roddy O'Neil Cleary
December 16th, 2007

Given the fact that as a people Americans work more than they sleep and have less vacation than any other Western country, I was surprised by a recent special report in Time Magazine that claims nine out of ten of us are either very satisfied or moderately satisfied with our jobs.


The Happiness of pursuit: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
December 9th, 2007

When Thomas Jefferson sat down to write the Declaration of Independence, he probably couldn’t have foreseen where his words would lead. And of all the Declaration’s promises, the pursuit of happiness may be closest to the core of the American Dream.


The Most Important Time : by Roddy O'Neil Cleary
November 25th, 2007

How often people quote the words of George Bernard Shaw: “Youth, the best time of your life, what a shame that it’s wasted on the young.”


A Lover's Quarrel with the World: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
November 11th, 2007

Near the end of his life, Robert Frost said that his only ambition had been “to write a few little poems it’d be hard to get rid of.” And it’s hard to think of any poet whose lines are harder to dislodge from people’s minds.


God and Sex: A Fascinating Pair : by Roddy O'Neil Cleary
October 27th, 2007

In speaking to a friend and member of this congregation about my topic this morning, he could not imagine what God had to do with sex or what sex had to do with religion and/or spirituality.


Sex and Violence: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
October 7th, 2007

On a beautiful, sunlight morning like this one, it’s hard to imagine the darkness that lurks in the human heart. For it was exactly one year ago, in the early morning hours of October 7, that Michelle Gardner-Quinn was walking home to her dormitory at the University of Vermont after a night out with friends.


Songs Of Freedom: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
September 30th, 2007

Every American knows the song Yankee Doodle Dandy. Grown ups know it. Kids know it. And probably most people know a little of the story.


To Believe or Not to Believe: by Roddy O'Neil Cleary
September 23rd, 2007

Over the years, one thing I’ve learned about myself is, I don’t like buffets. I’d rather not have to deal with all the choices.


The Power of Dreams: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
September 16th, 2007

September means back to school. No ritual is more familiar in this land of free and universal public education.


The Children are Well!: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
September 9th, 2007

Children widen the circle of our being in ways that are limitless. Every baby that’s born connects us to our history, our own mothers and fathers, grandparents and unknown forbears who brought new life to the world in each successive generation.


Community Matters: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
June 3rd, 2007

In his State of the Union Address on January 6, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered a speech designed to rally Americans in defense of liberty, which was desperately threatened at that time.


Mothers of God: by Roddy O'Neil Cleary
May 13th, 2007

A week before Palm or Passion Sunday on the Christian calendar this year, I was invited to speak to our seventh and eighth graders. They were studying “Neighboring Faiths.”


The Lion and the Lamb: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
May 6th, 2007

On the wall of my minister’s study, there is an old print titled “Noah’s Ark” that shows the animals boarding a big house boat.


Singers of Life: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
April 8th, 2007

On this day, April 8, fourteen years ago, a great American passed out of life and into history. Marian Anderson was arguably the greatest contralto of the twentieth century, but it was her role in the struggle for civil rights as much as her extraordinary voice that imprinted her on the world’s imagination.


Flower Power: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
April 8th, 2007

When I think of power, strength, sheer physical force, I think of an avalanche.


The Power of the Rev: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
April 1st, 2007

One of the occupational hazards of ministry is being accosted by anonymous strangers who either want you to be their confidante or want to challenge your knowledge of Bible verses.


The Faith That Chooses Us: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
March 25th, 2007

Choice is an important value for Unitarian Universalists. One might say it’s almost a sacred precept.


The Tragedy of the Commons?: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
March 18th, 2007

Imagine you were challenged to design a place of worship for the modern world. It should acknowledge the discoveries of science and reflect the human place in nature.


Transcendental Wild Oats: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
March 11th, 2007

Loveable but exasperating. Reverential yet ridiculous. Tender father and neglectful parent. An old fashioned patriarch always dependent on women. Extravagant dreamer living in the most pinched circumstances: Bronson Alcott was a study in contradictions.


Weaving the Fabric of Our Lives - the Warp and Weft of it All: by Valerie Wood-Lewis and Gary DeCarolis
March 4th, 2007

All of the crossroads in my life have been about striving for and making connections with others.


The Final Form of Love : by Roddy O'Neil Cleary
February 25th, 2007

As much as I enjoy presiding at weddings and civil unions, I often have a lurking concern. How many of the invited guests are able to enter into the happy couple’s joy?


After Ecstasy, the Laundry: by Bill Schultz
February 18th, 2007

When I ended my term as UUA President in 1993, I vowed that I would never preach in the pulpit of any minister who had not been kind to me when I was President.


2007 Canvas Kick-off Remarks : by Bill Schultz
February 17th, 2007

I’m going to assume that you’re ready to yield up the contents of your wallets. About ten years ago a very pleasant young man from Oberlin College, my alma mater, came to call on me in my office in New York.


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.


Make Way for Heros: by Roddy O'Neil Cleary
January 21st, 2007

Last Sunday night a phone call was waiting for me when I came home. It was my friend Patrick Brown, Director of the Burlington Multicultural Center and proprietor of the Caribbean Corner on North Winooski Avenue between the Radio Bean and the Other Place.


Civil Rights Report Card: by Robert Appel
January 14th, 2007

The delicate is not always the most durable. Living things are notoriously perishable.

Meet Joseph Campbell: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
January 7th, 2007

For almost four decades, Joseph Campbell taught comparative mythology at Sarah Lawrence College, authoring a series of books on the archetypes that shape the human mind and our relation to the cosmos, titles like The Masks of God and The Hero With A Thousand Faces.