Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker

Broken Hallelujah: The Theology of Leonard Cohen

LISTEN: READ HERE He has been called a philosopher, a dark poet and a troubadour of truth for generations. Leonard Cohen, who died in 2016 at age 82, expressed a progressive theology in his sharply perceptive and heartfelt songs and poems about religion, politics, isolation, relationships, and community. In this service of songs, spoken word … Continued

Flunking Sainthood

LISTEN: In her wry memoir, Jana Reiss shares a year-long quest to become more saintly by tackling 12 spiritual practices, including fasting, centering prayer, Sabbath-keeping, gratitude, and       generosity. Though she begins with the      question, “How hard could that be?” Reiss finds to her growing humiliation that she is “flunking sainthood.” In this sermon exploring the … Continued

From Snake Handlers to Skeptic

LISTEN: READ HERE With special music from the Southern Appalachian gospel tradition Here’s a provocative question: When it comes to the very soul of spiritual  seeking, are we     rational, often    skeptical Unitarian Universalists really all that      different from say, emotive snake handling        Pentecostals?  As my colleague Fred Muir observes: “We share with our Pentecostal brothers … Continued

The Church of Not Being Horrible

LISTEN: READ HERE In the words of Pastor John Pavlovitz: “The Church of Not Being Horrible will gather every week to celebrate the inherent goodness of people. We’ll share stories of the ways we succeeded in being less than horrible to our families, coworkers, and strangers, and we’ll challenge ourselves to be even less horrible in the … Continued

A Curious Bunch!

LISTEN: READ HERE One of the most popular UU bumper stickers states “The answer is to question.” We are an inherently curious bunch. For decades, inquisitive researchers have been trying to figure out the science of our human “urge to know,” and to decipher the way in which questioning happens.  They’ve discovered that what is … 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

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

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.