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“Meeting at the Intersection,” February 19, 2017, Kendyl Gibbons

  I believe, and our religion teaches, that the path of right relation and liberation begins with the holy silence of authentic listening, and the speaking of long-silenced voices into that attention; telling their stories, and their pain, and their truth. Action that comes before that human connection of hearing at a deep level, is […]

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“Been Down That Road,” February 12, 2017, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

If you were accused of being a Unitarian Universalist, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Not long ago, this question was so absurdly hypothetical that it clearly constituted a kind of thought experiment, an examination of what difference, if any, your announced religious commitment makes in your life.   Click here to jump to […]

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‘Why Islam Is a Threat,” February 5th, 2017, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Click here to jump to the sermon.   “We must respond to Trump the way victims of trauma respond to abuse. We must carry out acts of civil disobedience and steadfast defiance to re-empower others and ourselves.  We must build communities where we can find understanding and solidarity. We must fend off the madness and […]

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“Sharing the Journey,” March 5, 2017, with Rev. Judith Cady and Coming of Age Youth

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“Resistance and Resilience,” January 22, 2017, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Our assignment – as I take it, is to dig in and survive. This is not the hour of our ascendancy, but we still have work to do; resistance, and resilience….So how do we practice resistance and resilience? How do we keep each other alive and sane and willing to keep on keeping on? I […]

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“Broken Promises,” December 11, 2016, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

…Where [did] it all [Standing Rock] start?…You could go back as far as the late 15th century, when the Catholic church in Europe promulgated the Doctrine of Discovery. This papal decision provided that any Christian ruler was entitled to take possession of any lands not already under the jurisdiction of any other Christian ruler, and […]

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“Of Destiny and Detrivores,” December 4, 2016, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

I recall a science fiction writer who observed that authors had been imagining the possibility of human beings somehow traveling to and walking on the moon for centuries, but no one had ever predicted that millions of people would watch it happen via televisions. The synergies of human invention simply don’t operate according to our […]

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“Owning and Belonging” November 20th, 2016 with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

It seems to me that we are going to need some spiritual survival strategies, and that is precisely the task of this community, and all those like it in the world; to remind us how to be human, and how to hold onto our integrity and our wholeness – which are two names for the […]

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“Mourning for Dreams,” November 13, 2016 with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Religion as I understand it – and I mean every great religious tradition of the human race – invariably, if it is authentic and not idolatrous, summons us to the latter project; to build a world that challenges our prejudices and seeks to dismantle our privilege. Click here to watch from the sermon. Dearly Beloved, […]

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“Failure to Attribute,” October 23, 2016 with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

The attribution of consciousness is the foundation of human moral understanding; without it, our guidance is theoretical, and our behavior may all too easily fall into the category that we term ‘inhuman’, which designates just exactly that failure to ascribe to others our own reaction to pain. Click here to watch the service or read the […]

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