Sermons from 2015

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From Infant to Child

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From Infant to Child              December 20. 2015 So, here we are, just five days before Christmas.  You are all ready to observe the holiday I’m sure, to make it the best yet.  You have done all of your Christmas shopping – right? – the tree is up and decorated with sparkly baubles, the lights are […]

The Third Principle

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The Third Principle             December 13, 2015 “The thing about being a Unitarian Universalist that I like is that I can believe anything I want.”  I wonder how many times I have heard that, or a variant.  I wonder how many times, in explaining to an enquirer what Unitarian Universalism is, I have said something which […]

Good Religion/Bad Religion

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Good Religion/Bad Religion              December 6, 2015 It’s 39 years ago that I finally decided I wanted to a Unitarian minister. It was something I had been toying with for several years, but I had always managed to find an excuse not to do it. But I spent 1976 doing what seems almost an obligatory rite […]

A Declaration of Interdependence

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A Declaration of Interdependence    November 22, 2015 I need to issue a full disclaimer right at the beginning of this sermon. I need to acknowledge my debt to a colleague, Rev. Sue Phillips, who is Regional Lead for the UU congregations in northern New England, and whose article, also called A Declaration of Interdependence, I […]

Being in Covenant

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November 22, 2015 After becoming a member of UUCM, it took me 2 years, before I started to understand what membership really meant. When I was a Lutheran all I had to do was say I believed what the church said and I could be a member. The UUCM bylaws say all I have to […]

Justice, Equity and Compassion in Human Relations

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Sermon, November 8, 2015                     Justice, Equity and Compassion in Human Relations My first ministry was in Atherton, a small town on the western periphery of the Greater Manchester conurbation in north west England.  It was a very nondescript working class town, caught in the grip of Thatcherism so that its only two industries of cotton […]

Watch Your Language

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Sermon, October 25, 2015                        Watch your language Given that it can be such a contentious issue, particularly in our Unitarian Universalist context, I thought it would be useful if this morning I preached about religious language.  Words are our primary medium for communication, but often they also lead us down the path to misunderstanding each […]

Readings from The Day of the Dead service

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November 1, 2015 Antoine de Saint-Exupery: Bit by bit, nevertheless, it comes over us that we shall never again hear the laughter of our friend, that this one garden is forever locked against us. And at that moment begins our true mourning, which, though it may not be rending, is yet a little bitter. For […]

What is the Spirit?

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What is the Spirit?                                                        Sunday, October 18, 2015 Twenty or so years ago, the congregation in New Hampshire where I was then minister held an auction, and recklessly I offered two items. I offered four hours of yard work, raking the approximately 4,589,357 leaves which fall on every square yard of ground during a New […]

Talking in Circles

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Sermon                       Talking in Circles      20 Sep 2015 Well, the pressure is on. The other day I was looking at the results in so far of the congregational survey compiled by the Search Committee as part of the process of determining what you most value about this congregation and therefore what qualities and strengths you would […]