2008 Sermons

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Jesus for the Non-Religious: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
December 21st, 2008

Fifteen miles from Orlando, Florida, you'll find the Holy Land Experience, an evangelical theme park that promises to take you back two thousand years in time to let you walk the streets of old Jerusalem and experience the ministry of Jesus.

 

Little Acorns, Mighty Oaks: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
November 23rd, 2008

This is a good year for acorns. According to the Boston Globe, backyards across New England are bursting with a bumper crop. I've learned that, just like people, oak trees have fat years and lean years.

 

Reverence for Life: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
November 11th, 2008

There are some figures who belong not to any one country or culture but to the world at large.

 

The Rule of Law and the Blessing of Liberty: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
October 19th, 2008

What separates the jungle from civilized society is that, while one rests on the law of force, the other is founded on the force of law.

 

The Bliss of Compassion: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
October 5th, 2008

In the beginning, the old stories say, when the heavens and the earth were in formation, back at the very start of time, a great darkness lay upon the face of the deep, and a mighty wind moved across the emptiness.

 

Family Matters: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
September 28th, 2008

Sometimes it seems like parenting is a long goodbye. This strange little creature arrives into your life, and before you know it or have a chance to get acquainted, separation begins. The umbilical cord is cut.

 

Spiritual Intelligence: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
September 14th, 2008

There are many ways to be intelligent. Some excel musically. Often the very same people show an aptitude for math. Artistic creativity and imagistic thinking flow out of the right hemisphere of the brain, while highly verbal individuals depend more on their left hemisphere.

 

Last Lectures, New Beginnings: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
September 7th, 2008

Ministers often ponder the question, “What would I say to my congregation, if this were my very last sermon?”

 

The Question Box: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
June 1st, 2008

One of my favorite books in the Bible is also one of the shortest The book of Ruth is a little tale of loyalty and grief and the friendship of women. And like all happy tales it ends in a wedding.

 

A Last Sermon: by Roddy O'Neil Cleary
May 25th, 2008

A short while ago, the phone rang in my office. Kathleen said there was a young man downstairs who wanted to see a minister.

 

A Charge to Keep: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
April 27th, 2008

Some of you might be interested to learn that George Bush has a favorite painting. The artwork depicts a cowboy, bandanna around his neck and hair blowing in the wind, racing up a rocky ravine atop his galloping steed.

 

Who is my neighbor: by Roddy O'Neil Cleary
April 20th, 2008

The parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the most familiar in the Gospels. But a good story is one that deserves to be retold.

 

Turning Points and Tipping Points: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
April 6th, 2008

Little things can make a big difference. A smile or frown, a word of encouragement or a malicious remark can have consequences much larger than you might imagine.

 

Too Much to Bear : by Roddy O'Neil Cleary
March 30th, 2008

On March 19th, the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, there were anti-war demonstrations across the country. The numbers have dwindled significantly.

 

Metamorphoses: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
March 23rd, 2008

It takes a leap of faith to celebrate Easter in Vermont, particularly in the month of March.

 

Home Economics: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
March 16th, 2008

Just as there are comfort foods that remind us of childhood—my own special favorites are spaghetti and grilled cheese sandwiches—there are certain comfort words in the English language, words that induce a sense of peace, safety, nurturance and satisfaction.

 

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.

 

Care of the Soul: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
February 17th, 2008

In the middle of the Montgomery bus boycott, one of the protesters (it may have been Rosa Parks) was asked how she felt about walking to work each day, instead of taking the segregated city transport.

 

Learning to Love: by Roddy O'Neil Cleary
February 10th, 2008

At the end of January, I learned a lesson in what it means to love. My four nieces and nephew were my teachers.

 

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.

 

Notions of God: by Stephen Kiernan
January 13th, 2008

Every few years my amazing son Will gives me a page-a-day calendar in December, from the Far Side or Dilbert. This year it as a Zen calendar, and when I tore off Friday’s page to see the thought for yesterday, it seemed fitting for today: “If you open your mouth, you are wrong.”

 

The Heart Has its Reasons: by Roddy O'Neil Cleary
January 13th, 2008

I’d love to stand at the door on a Sunday morning and ask each person as they come through one question: “Why are you here?”

 

The Moral Arm of the Universe: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
January 8th, 2008

Martin Luther King Jr. was a magnificent orator. But he's become almost too closely associated with the "I Have A Dream" speech that he delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

 

Einstein's God: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
January 6th, 2008

Albert Einstein’s name has become synonymous with braininess. With his swarm of frizzy, uncombed hair and puppy-dog, twinkling eyes, his face is instantly recognizable, even by the ninety-nine percent of the planet who have no clue about what his theories mean.