Sermons from November 2015

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A Declaration of Interdependence


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


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


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


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


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 […]