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“The Thin Veneer,” November 8, 2015, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Our own Unitarian hero Theodore Parker said it, back before America’s civil war, in a sermon on the moral condition of Boston: What keeps you from a course of crime?  Your Morality?  Your Religion?  Is it?  Take away your property, your home, your friends, the respect of respectable people; take away what you have received […]

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Kendyl’s Column: Building Our Future

All Souls is approaching a time of significant decisions about the future of our congregation, beginning with the conceptual presentation by our architects on Nov. 22, and continuing through our congregational meeting on Jan. 3 to approve plans for our renovation. Decisions will still continue after that point, but this will be an important segment […]

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“Obligation and Choice,” October 11, 2015, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

  Most of us are probably familiar with the story of the fish who went looking for water.  Traditions vary as to whether he ever found it; the issue is not whether water was available, but whether or not the fish had the reflective capacity to understand what was all around him, the environment in […]

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Kendyl’s Column: We who believe in Freedom Cannot rest…

“We who believe in freedom cannot rest…” Ella’s Song, written by Bernice Johnson Raegan and sung originally by the black women of Sweet Honey in the Rock, reminds us that changing the world is a process, not an event. It is a song that both black folks and white folks can sing with integrity, but […]

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Abdication of a village

“The Gift of Hospitality,” October 4, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Every now and then in a minister’s work, it happens that the bright and charming sermon you were going to write says, “Later!” and flies away on gossamer wings, while a different sermon dumps itself like a sack of mud oozing in front of your keyboard, and refuses to leave until it has been given […]

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“And Know the Place for the First Time,” September 20, 2015, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

    I have always had an odd appetite for spiritual absurdities.  Little cultural quirks that no one else worries about engage my radar, and appear to me full of unsuspected meaning.  For instance, did you know that this coming February, in San Francisco, will occur the 50th Superbowl game?  Maybe you did.  But did […]

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Kendyl’s Corner: Adult Religious Education Opportunities

One of the church’s most basic tasks is to stand as a counterweight to social pressure, received wisdom, and the excesses of popular culture. As presidential campaigning goes full swing, we are subjected more than ever to candidates, and pundits, and advertisers, talking and talking — telling us what is wrong, what should be done, […]

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