Sermon Archives

The Thick Self

Sunday, January 31, 2016 The Thick Self Rev. Julia Hamilton One of the things I will miss in the digital age, when books are all online and paper is a thing of the past, one of the things I will miss is the writing of notes in the margins of a book. Don’t get me wrong… Read more »

The Politics of Memory

Sunday, January 17, 2016 The Politics of Memory Rev. Julia Hamilton This week and weekend we will, as a nation, spend some time remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His famous quotes will be quoted and his legacy analyzed and the Dr. King that we see and hear about may or may not… Read more »

The Harley Effect

Sunday, January 10, 2016 The Harley Effect Rev. Julia Hamilton We’ve been thinking about sound a lot here lately. I’ve heard discussion of the need for a new sound system since I arrived several years ago, but I hadn’t really given much thought to the specifics of it until a few months ago, when we… Read more »

Honoring Darkness

Sunday, January 3, 2016 Honoring Darkness Rev. Caitlin Cotter When I was eighteen years old, less than a week after graduating high school, I moved to Wasilla, Alaska to work as an outdoor skills counselor at Togowoods Girl Scout Camp. I have a lot of stories from that summer in the wild woods of the… Read more »

Becoming Super Humble

Sunday, November 29, 2015 Becoming Super Humble: The Quest for Integrity Rev. Caitlin Cotter Many of us are constantly moving closer to fine. It’s a difficult thing, embracing who we are we, being okay with ourselves. Marianne Williamson wrote in her book, A Return To Love, Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate…. Read more »

Not-So-Secret Agents

Sunday, November 22, 2015 Not-So-Secret Agents Rev. Julia Hamilton Not long ago, I was asked the question, “Julia, who would you be, if you were fearless?” It was right here, standing on this chancel, being Installed as your Lead Minister. My colleague turned to me and said, “who would you be, if you were fearless?”… Read more »

Some People Say

Sunday, November 15, 2015 Some People Say Rev. Julia Hamilton The Space Within by Lao Tsu, from the Tao te Ching: Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub; It is the center hole that makes it useful. Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful. Cut doors and windows for… Read more »

Through an Ancient Gate

Sunday, November 1, 2015 Through an Ancient Gate Rev. Julia Hamilton There is a greeting I heard earlier this month: “The skeleton in me greets the skeleton in you.” This meditation reminded me of it. Not too long ago, a colleague invited me to something called a Death Café. I was intrigued. Some of you… Read more »

Grace Notes

Sunday, October 25, 2015 Grace Notes Rev. Julia Hamilton No one deserves the pileated woodpecker. The pileated woodpecker just exists. Not for you or I, not for the trees it lives in, not for the seeds and bugs it eats. It exists, and that is enough. It does not know that the forest it flies… Read more »

Running to the Woods

Sunday, October 18, 2015 Running to the Woods: On Grace and Grief Rev. Caitlin Cotter Our wayside pulpit today bears a quote from one of our Unitarian ancestors, Henry David Thoreau. The quote reads: It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. It’s a bit ironic that I chose that quote… Read more »