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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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“Glass Ceilings and Locker Rooms,” October 16, 2016 with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

“It would be dishonest and disingenuous for me as a spiritual leader to go ahead with the service we had planned for this Sunday morning, and try to pretend that the women, and men, of this community are not sitting here with full and aching hearts, remembering all the things that so many of us […]

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“Since What We Choose Is What We Are,” October 2, 2016, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

“Why do churches have buildings, anyway?…Being responsible for maintaining a building takes energy and money away from what is ostensibly the actual purpose of a church, which is to do ministry in the world. Buildings generate conflict in the church community, over how they should be arranged, who should be allowed to use them, what […]

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“Heirs of Defiance,” September 25, 2016, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

“There are theologians who will tell you that the most important function of religious community is to put into practice Santayana’s dictum that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Anamnesis, they call it; the act of not-forgetting….” Click on the following to download the full text of the sermon: Heirs […]

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