Sermon Archives

“But you DO believe in God. Don’t you?”

July 15, 2018 | Rev. Kenneth Collier, minister emeritus I have a problem. I suspect Julia as it as well. Most Unitarian Universalist ministers have it. Here’s the scene. I’m at some social event or other and strike up a conversation with someone I don’t know. Before long New Friend asks me what I do…. Read more »

Welcoming Transience

May 27, 2018 | Rev. Caitlin Cotter Coillberg When I was a sophomore in college I did a maritime studies program based out of Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. As part of that program I joined with classmates on a research project studying the eating habits of cormorants — it was mostly very stinky work identifying… Read more »

Noise Reduction

March 4, 2018 | Rev. Julia Hamilton “For Citizenship” by John O’Donohue In these times when anger Is turned into anxiety And someone has stolen The horizons and the mountains, Our small emperors on parade Never expect our indifference To disturb their nakedness They keep their heads down And their eyes gleam with reflection From… Read more »

The MeToo Revelations

January 21, 2018 | Rev. Julia Hamilton Author Arundhati Roy says, “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, you can hear her breathing.” We are here this morning to listen to the breathing of possibility among us. The breath of a new world, a new way. Not… Read more »

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 »

Playing with Place

“Playing with Place” Rev. Caitlin S. Cotter | July 30, 2017 One of my favorite parts of being your Minister of Congregational Life and Learning is that I get to lead Family Circles on first Sundays during the school year. These Family Circles are an opportunity for children and their caregivers to come together and… Read more »

Play’s the Thing

“Play’s the Thing” By Rev. Caitlin S. Cotter | July 23, 2017 When was the last time you saw a live theater performance? For some of us that may be a painful question, given the price of tickets in this town. But I hope everyone has had some opportunity to see a play of some sort… Read more »

The Practice of Play

“Playing Around: The Practice of Play” By Rev. Caitlin S. Cotter | July 16, 2017 One of the best things about summer, in my mind, is the unexpected adventures. Last week I had a free day in Denver after my family reunion, and a colleague friend who lives there invited my spouse and I to the… Read more »