Posts Tagged: Julia

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 »

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 »


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 »