Sermon Archives

Sun in Drag

“Sun in Drag” By Rev. Caitlin S. Cotter | June 18, 2017 Last month I talked about how our American Unitarian Heritage is steeped in a deep love and respect for learning and education, how Unitarians have historically believed that people are good and can be even better. I mentioned in passing that we also have… Read more »

God and Country

“God and Country” By Rev. Julia Hamilton | June 11, 2017 In 2014, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a company, Hobby Lobby, did not have to provide contraceptive coverage to its employees because of the religious beliefs held by its owners. In the arguments, the Court cited the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act,… Read more »

Learners Welcome Here

“LEARNERS WELCOME HERE: Embodying Unitarian Universalism” By Rev. Caitlin S. Cotter | Preached May 28, 2017 On the 14th of September in 1997, at the Emmy Award Night in Pasadena, Rev. Fred Rogers was awarded a lifetime achievement award. You may remember his show, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, that long running public television program that reminded its… Read more »

Free to Geek

“Free to Geek” By Rev. Caitlin S. Cotter | Preached April 30, 2017 One of the questions people often have about Unitarian Universalism when they first learn about us is what our holy book is. The thing is, just like we don’t have a creed as Unitarian Universalists, no brief authoritative formula of religious belief that… Read more »

The Legacy of the Heretic

Sunday, March 26, 2017 “The Legacy of the Heretic” | Rev. Julia Hamilton One of the rarest books in the world today is titled “Christianismi Restitutio,” The Restoration of Christianity. Published in 1553, it was the last book written by Michael Servetus, and it was the book that was strapped to his arm as he… Read more »

Sanctuary

Sunday, March 19, 2017 “Sanctuary” | Rev. Julia Hamilton I know people here in Santa Barbara, and in other cities, too, people whose lives are bounded by fear. Day to day, they live lives much like many of us. They go to work, they go shopping, they create art, they cook dinner, they pursue their… Read more »

The Problem with Superman

SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017 “THE PROBLEM WITH SUPERMAN” | REV. JULIA HAMILTON I was once given a little hanging decoration, one of those sort of artsy things with wires and beads and a suction cup that attaches to your window. It said, in silvery flowing script, “Leap and the net shall appear!” But I’m not… Read more »

Words of Resistance

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2017 “Words of Resistance: Tact, Kindness, and What We Say” Rev. Caitlin Cotter When I was a teenager I kept a hand-lettered sign on my wall that read, “Tact is not saying the right thing at the right moment, but refraining from saying the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” This was a… Read more »

Greater than the Sum of Our Fears

Sunday, November 6, 2016 “Greater than the Sum of Our Fears” Rev. Julia Hamilton What a week it’s been. What a week it’s been, my friends. Here we are, on the eve of the presidential election, arguably one of the most bizarre and tumultuous election cycles this nation has ever seen. Here we are, a nation divided along… Read more »

Who Do We Come From?

SUNDAY, October 16, 2016 “Who Do We Come From?” Rev. Caitlin Cotter I think it’s so appropriate, today, to have rested for a moment in the beauty of a song about gratitude. Because we have so much we can thank our ancestors for, those who have helped form us into the people who we are today,… Read more »