Sermon Archives

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 »

Beyond Tolerance

Sunday, May 22, 2016 Beyond Tolerance Rev. Julia Hamilton The Dalai Lama once famously said, “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” Far be it from me to disagree with his holiness the Dalai Lama, for whom I have a great deal of respect, but I think I am going to have to… Read more »

Bread and Roses

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Bread and Roses: a May Day Sermon Rev. Caitlin Cotter I was super excited when Rev. Julia asked me to preach today. I was excited in part because I really enjoy preaching, and in part because today is May 1st and that’s one of my favorite holidays. It’s one of my… Read more »

Earth: Our Oasis in Space

SUNDAY, April 17, 2016 Earth: Our Oasis in Space Rev. Caitlin Cotter There’s a moment I want to take us back to this morning — two years before the first Earth Day and Joni Mitchell wrote “Woodstock,” one year before the oil spill happened off our shore and coated our pelicans in goo. It was Christmas Eve,… Read more »

Born Again Unitarian Universalist

Sunday, March 20, 2016 Born Again Unitarian Universalist Rev. Caitlin S. Cotter Growing up in East Tennessee, in the heart of the Conservative Christian South, as I did, I have known a lot of people who identify as born again Christians. Growing up in progressive religious communities, I have also seen a lot of “born… Read more »

The Choice to Create

Sunday, February 28, 2016 The Choice to Create Rev. Julia Hamilton One of my first Unitarian Universalist heroes was a young woman named Kara Morgan. Kara was a member of my hometown UU church in New Orleans and she was just a few years older than me, but by the time she was in 8th… Read more »

The Love Force Awakens

Sunday, February 14, 2016 The Love Force Awakens Rev. Caitlin Cotter Today is Valentine’s Day. I bet a lot of you have mixed feelings about this. There’s a lot of pressure attached to this holiday- pressure to be in a romantic relationship, pressure to buy things, pressure to shove aside grief or stress or depression… Read more »

Strange Jewels

Sunday, February 7, 2016 Strange Jewels Rev. Julia Hamilton Elizabeth Gilbert, from her book, Big Magic: “This, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you? Look, I don’t know what’s hidden within you. You yourself may… Read more »