2010 Sermons

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Solstice Reflection: by Bridget Meyer
December 19th, 2010

On March 31, 1880, thousands of people gathered in Wabash, Indiana, the first American municipality to be lit by electric lights. Bands played, guns fired salutes, and then lights sprang to life. A hush fell over the crowd. Some people groaned and fell to their knees. They’d moved from dark to light and no amount of jaded neon expectations more than a century later can obscure, for us, the wonder of that vigil. For we too, whether consciously or subliminally, even in the midst of our wildly wired lives, keep that same vigil each year at the winter solstice.

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The Present Moment as Perfect Teacher: by Rev. Barbara Child
December 5th, 2010

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Living In Gratitude: by Rev. Charlie Clements
November 28th, 2010

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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.

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Wild Fruits: Thoreau's Last Manuscript: by Keith Penniman
August 15th, 2010

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Time: by Ken Swearingen
August 8th, 2010

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The 1960s: by Mary Ellen Manock
May 23rd, 2010

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Surprised by Hope: by Fred Small
May 16th, 2010

So I‟ve been thinking about buying an iPad. For years I‟ve been lugging around my old leather-bound Franklin Planner,which these days invariably widens the eyes of the young. “That‟s old school!” they exclaim, with equal parts marvel and pity.

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Joshua Young, Burlington Unitarian Abolitionist: by Rev. Robert Senghas
May 7th, 2010

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The Power of Many: by Debbie Ingram
May 2nd, 2010

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Meditation: Waking Up While Awake: by Robert Senghas, David McFeeters
April 25th, 2010

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The Poetics of Ministry: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
April 11th, 2010

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The Tao of Easter: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
April 4th, 2010

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Let's Dream Together: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
March 21st, 2010

Hitch your wagon to a star‖ was the advice of the illustrious Ralph Waldo Emerson. In his great essay ―Self-Reliance,‖ the sage of Concord encouraged generations of Americans to defy convention, to chart their own destiny, to resist the good models and put more faith in their own inspiration more than in the creeds or catechisms of ancient authorities.

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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.

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But What Do You People Believe?: by Elz Curtiss
February 28th, 2010

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Love Birds "A Revolutionary Valentine": by Reverend Gary Kowalski
February 14th, 2010

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Our Power to Bless: by Mara Dowdall
February 7th, 2010

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A Faith for Our Time: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
January 31st, 2010

It’s said that faculty politics are so fiercely combative because so little is at stake. But in some instances, a great deal can hinge on the appointment of a particular professor to a particular chair at a particular university.

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Re-Segregating America?: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
January 17th, 2010

It’s been said that Martin marched because Rosa sat, and that Barack ran because Martin marched.

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Dream Time: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
January 3rd, 2010

It’s been said jokingly that if you took all the people who sleep in church and laid them down end-to-end, they’d all be a lot more comfortable.