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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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“Many Thousand Gone,” Sept. 18, 2016, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

“So can I just start by saying that I miss Larry Wilmore? A lot. Larry Wilmore, the black comedian whose Nightly Show used to follow Trevor Noah’s Daily Show on Comedy Central, offered me a half hour peek each evening into an American culture that is in some ways the mirror image of my inherited […]

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“Lifelines,” January 17, 2015, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

We cannot do the work of understanding the fault lines of racial divisions in our society and seeking greater justice without getting in touch with some deep and difficult feelings.  This is heart work, dealing with our fears, our shame, our grief, our suspicions and judgments, our frustrations, even our longings for redemption and hope, […]

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“Reflections on Dreams in Stone, Bread and Community,” November 22, 2015, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

In 1976, the year I became a student at the Divinity School there, the University of Chicago issued a book of more than 300 photographs of all the buildings on its campus, entitled Dreams in Stone.  The academy – that idealized community of intellectual endeavor and discourse – they said was primarily a dream of […]

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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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“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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