Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker

Onward, Forward, Singing Hymns

LISTEN: READ HERE Unitarians began including hymns regularly in worship around the time The UU Church of Meadville was founded (mostly psalms set to music back then). In the nearly 200 years that have followed, our hymnody has reflected an evolving and broadening theology, our merger with the Universalists, a deeper dive into social justice, … Continued

Keeping to the Path, or How to Steer Clear of Spiritual Bypassing A Sermon with Zen Tales

LISTEN: READ HERE In the early 1980s, psychologist John Welwood coined the term “spiritual bypassing” to refer to the use of practices and beliefs to avoid confronting uncomfortable feelings, unresolved wounds, and fundamental emotional and psychological needs. In the years that have followed, many well-meaning seekers have fallen under the thrall of bogus “gurus” who … Continued

Clearing A Path

LISTEN: READ HERE In a world overrun with words, thoughts, noise and conflict, how might we clear a path to a more heart-centered life. We’ll explore new paradigms for setting deeply-felt intentions in the New Year that could yield better results than the typical “resolutions” route.

Wax, Wick, and Kerosene

READ HERE On the cusp of the Solstice and in the midst of Hanukkah, we’ll explore the power of light to inspire, uplift, and enlighten us, and hear tales of how the warm glow of community and the kindness of strangers can support us in the “bleak mid-winter.”

Thanksgiving Sunday: Like Pearls on a Silken Cord

READ HERE In the age of social media and gated communities, what does it mean these days to be neighborly? What recent, inspiring examples remind us that we are all interconnected whether we realize it or not? Gratitude lunch to follow.  

An Atheist for President?

READ HERE In this sermon, just after Election Day, Rev. Robin will reflect on the progress of atheist, humanist and secular politics in a society where the “Godless” are often still demonized as candidates without a prayer.  

Go Set A Watchman. Let Him Declare What He Sees

The publication of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird prequel, Go Set A Watchman,  unleashed a torrent of opinion pieces, critiques, applause, and befuddlement about the recasting of Atticus Finch from paragon of white virtue to an emblem of deep south racism. Mary Louise  goes home as an adult and sees a different shade of Atticus than she had seen through the adoring eyes of Scout. In this sermon, we’ll explore the disturbing, empowering, and liberating  ways  our lives, our world, and the people in it, become more real when we are willing to “declare what we see” through unblinking adult eyes (even with the thickening vapor of half-truths and fake news).  How do we reconcile the beautiful with the ugly, the vile with the just, the illusion of a leader with the reality, the fondness we have for friends and family when it is sullied by expressions of prejudice?  And what will we do with the truths we see? “When I was a child, I reasoned like a child…but when I grew up, I put away childish things.”

20/20 Visions: Seeing is Believing

READ HERE Stewardship undergirds everything that our community does and calls us into deeper connection with each other.   As we launch our annual stewardship campaign in order to fund our current and future needs and goals, we’ll explore together the “vision” behind the dollars and how  “seeing” ( focusing on what matters) is truly a … Continued