When people who “heed the guidance of reason and the results of science” arrive at a diversity of answers, it may be that they are asking different questions. Three ethical frameworks help us to make sense of our moral choices. This sermon was written for the UUs of Fallston, May 19, 2013.2 days ago
The true preacher can be known by this, that he deals out to the people his life ... life passed through the fire of thought.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Divinity School Address, 1838
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We have inner resources for our community’s work of encouraging young souls. Whether you are a parent or part of the larger circle of care, the abilities to articulate your own faith, to stay present, and to let people grow beyond our predictions can be helpful in our mission to nurture. This sermon was written for the Unitarian Universalists of Fallston for Mother’s Day, May 12, 2013.1 week ago
Spirit of Life,
Ground of our being,
Root of unified mystery
Growing into myriad branches of expression,
Bring us together now.
Bring us close to the earth,
Ear to the whispering grass,
Waiting with slow breaths,
Listening for the very stones to cry out
With their rocky stories of
Tectonic plates meeting and parting meeting
Their mineral memories of
Hadean days, molten rocks flowing and joining
Their ancient legends of
Stars born out of the collapse of other stars
Help us to re-member.
Help us to piece together
Our one-ness with matter,
Our one-ness that matters.
With one more deep breath,
May we rise, star-stuff walking and rolling
Across the surface of an impossible blue-green planet.
May we join together to heal what is divided.
May we find wholeness within, without, among, between.
Eternal Source, Seed of the Universe, help us to grow peace.
So be it. Blessed be. Amen.
Context: This prayer was written by Rev. Lyn Cox for Union Sunday at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, May 5, 2013. Union Sunday is an annual regional celebration of Unitarian Universalism. It commemorates the 1819 “Baltimore Sermon” by William Ellery Channing, which launched the Unitarian movement in America. This year’s Union Sunday preacher was the Rev. Dr. Galen Guengerich from the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City. Rev. Guengerich is the author of the forthcoming book, God Revised: How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age.2 weeks ago
The Wiccan Rede, “An it harm none, do as ye will,” can be considered a version of the Golden Rule. It may seem like an “anything goes” guideline, but a closer look reveals the rede’s strong limits and its requirement for active critical thought. Following the Wiccan Rede would involve considering potential harm to beings outside our immediate awareness, taking care to cultivate willpower that matches our values, and caring for ourselves as members of the interdependent web. This sermon was written for the UUs of Fallston, April 28, 2013.3 weeks ago
Sometimes we need recalculate our route when it seems like we’ve reached a dead end or find ourselves rushing down a road in life that’s not right for us. The book of Ecclesiastes (also known as Koheleth) has some surprisingly timely advice for those situations. This sermon was written for the UUs of Fallston, April 14, 2013.1 month ago
Christians, Pagans, and Humanists all have perspectives on resurrection. This sermon was written for the Easter service with the Unitarian Universalists of Fallston, March 31, 2013.1 month ago
for it is the issue of separation,
whether we can, with safety and impunity,
set up little islands in the human experience
and therefore protect ourselves
against any relationship with the mainland.
And Universalism says unequivocally, it cannot be done.