Sermon Archives

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 »

For This Is the Day We Are Given

Sunday, October 11, 2015 For This Is the Day We Are Given Rev. Julia Hamilton At a certain point when we are very young, we learn the days of the week. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Monday, the first day, the first day of the work week, the first day of the school… Read more »

That Looks Promising!

Sunday, September 27, 2015 That Looks Promising! Rev. Caitlin Cotter There’s a lot happening in the world right now – and of course there always is. Famine, war, disease, storms and fires and earthquakes, inequality and injustice. It’s overwhelming. And our own lives can be overwhelming as well – all the small and large things…. Read more »

Technology: Promise or Peril?

Sunday, September 20, 2015 Technology: Promise or Peril? Rev. Julia Hamilton About ten years ago, I was invited by my sister to join her at a conference in San Francisco. It was called the Nonprofit Boot Camp, and it was hosted by the Craigslist Foundation. You may be familiar with Craigslist, the online local marketplace… Read more »

In Body, In Spirit (Ingathering)

Sunday, September 13, 2015 In Body, In Spirit (Ingathering) Rev. Julia Hamilton There are two different ways to approach getting in to a body of water, like a pool, or a lake, or the ocean: The gradual approach, and the all at once submersion. The gradual approach begins at the stairs, or on the sand,… Read more »

Work and Dignity

Sunday, September 6, 2015 Work and Dignity Rev. Julia Hamilton My first job out of college was waiting tables at the Red Lobster in Beverly Hills. I had to wear this hideous shirt, covered with a tropical fish print that would make your eyes swim if you stared at it too long. I think they… Read more »

Sustaining the Good Life

Sunday, August 30, 2015 Sustaining the Good Life Rev. Julia Hamilton I learned two new words this week: chrematistics and oikonomia. They are ancient Greek words, and ancient Greek words are always juicy to say. Aristotle uses these words in his famous writings on politics. Lest you think that I spend all my time reading… Read more »