Sermon Archives

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 »

Sacred Economics

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 “Sacred Economics” Rev. Caitlin Cotter Money means a lot of different things to different people at different times. For some it comes with shame, or hope, or a sense of satisfaction. Maybe money is something you’ve never had to worry about, maybe it’s something you’ve struggled with or for all your life…. Read more »

Stepping Out

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2016 “Stepping Out” REV. Julia Hamilton I am a big fan of mindfulness. Mindfulness — the practice of being here, now. Of experiencing, without judgment, the world as it is right in front of you. Breathing. Being. It’s part of what we do together here each week, learning to be present to our lives… Read more »

Spaces Between

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2016 “Spaces Between” Rev. Caitlin Cotter Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side? Rainbows are visions, but only illusions, and rainbows have nothing to hide. So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it. I know they’re wrong, wait and see. Someday we’ll find… Read more »

Growing Together

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2016 “Growing Together” Rev. Julia Hamilton This morning we are reflecting on childhood, and multigenerational community, and our hopes and dreams for this community as we head into the fall with a newly re-imagined children’s religious education program. I could stand here in the pulpit and make a lot of large, sweeping… Read more »

Soul Force

SUNDAY, August 7, 2016 “Soul Force” Rev. Julia Hamilton One of the things I did this summer was make a visit to our local art museum, to the exhibit they’ve got going on right now called Puja and Piety. It’s a collection of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain artwork that is devotional in nature – that is,… Read more »

To Be Patrioic

SUNDAY, July 3, 2016 “To Be Patriotic” Rev. Caitlin Cotter   Tomorrow is the Fourth of July. This is my first Fourth of July in Santa Barbara, but from what I’ve read online, I imagine when many of you think of the fourth, you think immediately of fireworks on West Beach, a Spirit of ’76 parade… Read more »

Into the Unknown

Sunday, May 29, 2016 “Into the Unknown” Rev. Julia Hamilton One of the things that I love about religious life is the celebration of milestones, markers in the cycle of being. Births, deaths, marriages, separations, the transitions between childhood and adulthood. Today is just such a celebration, just such a marker, in our lives. You… Read more »