“The Sound of Hope”

In Scripture, according to the Hebrew and Greek words translated by the word “hope” and according to the biblical usage, hope is an indication of certainty. “Hope” in Scripture means “a strong and confident expectation.”  My talk will include stories of survivors of violence, the work we do at Women’s Services, and the role “hope” … Continued

Showing Mercy When it’s Us vs. Them

Our first principle is the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  This can be a hard principle to remember when faced with people who spew hatred and vitriol.  In our current political climate, where things seem more divided than ever how can we show mercy and compassion towards people who believe the opposite of … Continued

Come Blow Your Horn

Have you ever noticed that “justice” is the only word prominently featured twice in our seven UU principles?  “Peace, liberty, and justice for all” in the 6th, and “Justice, equity and compassion in   human relations” in the 2nd. Together, they offer guideposts to justice making and community   building through compassion. What does it mean to … Continued

New Beginnings

Words on how we can look at the New Year with fresh ideas, and combat swollen heads with swelling hearts.

Spirit of Life, Come Unto Us

READ HERE It is safe to say that Hymn #123, Spirit of Life, is as close to a UU theme song as we have in our tradition.  The hymn resonates. UUs seem to “get” this song and the “inner conversation” it invites with whatever we identify as the Spirit that moves us, sings within us, … Continued

Heavenly Peace

LISTEN: READ HERE Christmas Eve Concert and Candlelight Service Choir concert at 5:00 p.m.  Service at 5:30 p.m. “Heavenly Peace” One of the most cherished Christmas hymns, “Silent Night,” turns 200 this year. For some, the line, “Sleep in heavenly peace,” is the most moving and relevant to their personal lives and to the state … Continued

God Got A Dog

LISTEN: A Virtual Blessing of the Animals! Homily: “God Got A Dog” Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker On this holiday Sunday, we will create an altar of artifacts of your pets, past and present and participate in a blessing ritual. Please bring collars, leashes, photos, toys, and other pet ephemera to the service. DO NOT BRING … Continued

What’s Wrong With Doing Good?

The holidays are a time of charity and doing good, but this talk will ask us to consider the limits of charity and other forms of social do-gooding.  It will also raise the possibility of alternatives that can address the core problems that charitable giving seeks to solve.

The 23rd PsaIm: I Shall Not Want

READ HERE In this sermon, during the Jewish festival of Chanukah, we’ll explore the universal appeal of the 23rd Psalm and the ways in which it serves as a portable shrine and touchstone of comfort for people of all beliefs, including UUs.

The Puritans and Us

This service is about sex, politics, and religion. Enough said.