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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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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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“On Creating a Soulful Universe,” August 16, Keely Schneider

Click on the following to download the text of the sermon: On Creating a Soulful Universe

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