2011 Sermons

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This I Believe: by Sally Conrad
December 18th, 2011

* When Stephen first asked me to speak today about what I believe I was panic stricken. Good grief – What do I believe and where did it come from?




This I Believe: by Barry Finkelstein
December 18th, 2011



Equal Marriage: by Charlie Clements
November 27th, 2011

It is nice to be back in Burlington. This my fifth Thanksgiving Sunday in this pulpit and I thank you for the invitation as well as the honor and pleasure of being with all of you again. It’s been a rough fall for many in Vermont; we reach out to those who are still suffering the effects of the floods from Irene, which ended up being one of the ten most destructive natural disasters in American history



Finding the Inner Drum: by Chip Patullo
October 9th, 2011

I like to say I first learned of Unitarian Universalism when I was naked on stage in front of 1453 people at our Flynn Theatre. I was with Neal Cleary, our former minister Roddy Cleary and Bill's son, listening to our former minister Gary Kowalski discuss religion with an ex-con, Rule, who was part of Bill T. Jones dance company.



The Long Strange Road to Ministry: by Reverend Roberta Finkelstein
August 21st, 2011

 No text is available for this sermon.


Father's Day Reflection: by Pam MacPherson
June 19th, 2011

While I have known for a couple of weeks that I was going to share some of my thoughts with you today, it wasn’t on my mind when I reviewed my calendar earlier this week to see what I had scheduled for each day.



Women Leaders in Islam: by Maureen Fiedler, SL
March 20th, 2011



test: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
February 28th, 2011




Faith of the Founding Fathers: by Rev. Olivia Holmes, et al
February 20th, 2011

What a testament to the wonder of this church that we have four very special guests with us this morning, two of whom have come with their wives, no small feat, indeed, considering that they all died almost 200 years ago! What a joy to welcome them in our midst, on this day when we lift up our fourth principle of Unitarian Universalism, which, of course you all know (she holds up oos and points to it).




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.



What I Love About Islam: by Rev. Dr. M'ellen Kennedy
January 23rd, 2011



This I Believe: by Lynn Clauer Foster
January 9th, 2011

This I Believe…
I believe that the great mystery that defines us is something that cannot be named… and yet it echoes within us…
It awakens in those moments when we transcend the known and rest in the heart of the sacred. Those times, we all have, when we are filled with a sense of wonder, joy, awe, or peace. It is there…
There in the contrast of shadows cast long across snow by moonlight…
There in a universe of stars to dwarf & re-calibrate all that seems so huge…
And there as we bear witness to gentle beauty of a baby sleeping…




This I Believe: by Kristin Kany
January 9th, 2011

My father lay dying in his hospital bed. His life was ending. Parallelly, mine was indeed falling apart as well.
My father had been a brittle diabetic for 40 plus years. He had lost his eye sight a few times & it never returned fully, he was plagued by Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, neuropathy in his feet and in many of his organs, and now he had fallen and broken his hip at the age of 72.
During the 10 week hospitalization, my father contracted septic shock & pneumonia, was induced into a coma for a week, requiring a respirator to breathe. He also battled a few infections, required a tracheotomy and feeding tube, his kidneys were failing and his foot was about to be amputated due to a bed sore infection into his heal bone.


No One But Us: by Mrs. Denny Davidoff
January 2nd, 2011

It is so safe here. So safe. Just us. Our worship, our hymns, our stuff. So safe.

But this has been a discomforting week. Aren’t all the weeks discomforting? Bombs instead of celebration in Iraq and Nigeria. Continuing warfare in Afghanistan. Tensions in Cote d’Ivoire, Israel and Palestine. Resolves to do in the health care reform legislation. Immigrants unwelcome. Diseases uncured. Poverty unchecked.