Sermon Archives

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 »

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 »