Posts Tagged: Julia

A Force, Not a Feeling

December 3, 2017 | Rev. Julia Hamilton As Ken Ryals and I were sitting in his office, picking out the hymns for this morning’s service, I realized that I was gravitating toward songs singing the  praises of the natural world, toward alleluias for the myriad beauties of the earth. I hope you enjoyed singing these… Read more »

Loving the Hell Out of the World

Rev. Julia Hamilton | November 12 , 2017 Clouds heavy with love Showered me with wild abundance. Inside me, my soul was drenched. Around me, even the desert grew green. Kabir was a 15th century poet and mystic from India. Raised in a Muslim family, he later became a Hindu, or perhaps it is better to… Read more »

Doctrine of Discovery

Rev. Julia Hamilton | October 9, 2017 In the statement of the core principles affirmed by Unitarian Universalism, “the Free and Responsible search for truth and meaning.” is listed as number four. Taking this principle seriously can be very difficult, because it asks us to be both free and responsible. It points to an expansive… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »