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“Everything Possible” January 28, 2018, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

The only measure of your words and your deeds will be the love you leave behind when you’re gone.” So proclaims the liberal message of a song from our contemporary hymnbook. Yet financial inheritance is one of the most powerful shaping forces of the inequities in our culture. How might we think about our legacies […]

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“Take a Knee” January 14, 2018, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Kneeling is an ancient gesture, with a variety of implications. It can symbolize unwilling submission, authentic reverence, concentrated attention, or even silent protest. As we once again honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., how do these qualities reflect our contemporary experience, and our enduring longing for right relations among people of all […]

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“Dove and Serpents” January 7, 2018, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

In addition to our own All Souls 150th celebration, this month marks the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda, the first recognized declaration of religions freedom in Christian western Europe. Today we remember the Unitarian monarch and his remarkable mother who together brought this concept into official government practice, and transformed the relationship among […]

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“Who Would Do That” December 10, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

As women (and men) once again try to break through the silence surrounding sexual harassment and abuse in our culture, how do we learn together what constitutes appropriate, or unacceptable, behavior? Have the rules really changed, or were there ever really rules? Some vintage ideas about ethics might help us unravel this dilemma. We will […]

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“Words That Come Before All Else,” November 19th, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Click here to start at the sermon.   We gather this morning on the eve of Thanksgiving; A holiday both simple in its premise, and complex in the history of our nation and culture. Gratitude for an abundant harvest is one of the oldest motifs in religious imagery; It is found in both pagan and […]

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“The Promise and the Practice,” November 12th, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

How can we learn to stop putting white consciousness and comfort at the center of our common life, and become intentional about lifting up the voices and experience of people of color? What would it be like if our UU worship service centered entirely around the voices and the experiences of black Unitarian Universalists? What truths might […]

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“(Trans)gressing Boundaries,” November 5th, 2017, with Jack Gaede

I wonder what strength has it taken for you to be you? What fences have you busted out of? What voices did you refuse to listen to? What was keeping you small? You might not know what strength it takes to be me, but what about you? Click here to start at the sermon.   […]

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“Semper Reformanda” October 29, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Our culture celebrates the last day of October as Halloween, but that same day is also memorable as the anniversary of the defiant act that initiated the Protestant Reformation. This week it will be 500 years since the German monk Martin Luther posted his 95 claims about the corruptions of the Catholic Church on the […]

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“Immunities,” October 22, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

I want to propose that what we do, right here in this religious movement, and this very church community, is to try to build those immunities.  If we are effective in what we are attempting, both in our religious education program, and in our mission and covenant work as a whole, we would make the […]

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“Paths of Resistance,” October 14th, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

For if we can be faithful to what this one day offers, and what it asks of us, and if that day serves to bend the arc of justice and in some way redeem the suffering of the world, that is as much as anybody needs to pray for. Click here to go to the […]

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