Monthly Archives: December 2014


There is no doubt that C.S. Lewis was right when he wrote, “Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” Morality, honesty, knowing right from wrong – who of us would argue that these are qualities of a person with integrity? And yet our faith tradition has always been a little uneasy with leaving it simply at that. Click on the title (INTEGRITY) to continue reading…

Sermon: One Shining Moment–Remembering the Christmas Eve Truce (text & audio)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
Testimony from the trenches: “It was a beautiful, moonlit night, frost on the ground, white almost everywhere. And 7 or 8 in the evening there was a lot of commotion in the German trenches, and there were these lights – I don’t know what they were. And they started signing…” Click on the title to continue reading and/or to listen.

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Sermon: Yo, Bear! Facing Fear (text & audio)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
I have a quirky, old VCR tape that’s still a favorite, something I plug into the player – yes, we still have one – about once a year. The film’s called “Defending Your Life.” Anyone else know it?
It appeared back in 1991, written, directed and starred in by a young Albert Brooks, together with Meryl Streep and Rip Torn. It’s one of those existential comedies – full of clever lines while at the same time brooding on the quandaries of existence. OK, yes, just the thing for a minister.Click on the title to continue reading and/or to listen.

Sermon: Hope in the Darkness (text & audio)

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper
How can I possibly begin this sermon? What is there that I could say to you this morning that wouldn’t sound and feel tinny and hollow?

If you didn’t happen to see the enews this week, you may not know that today’s topic has changed. The sermon title is the same, “Hope in the Darkness,” but instead of focusing on the season of Advent, I will be focusing on racism and recent events across the country. Click on the sermon title to continue reading and/or to listen…


Thomas Moore says that we take imagination too lightly, even forget about it. Our forgetfulness seems verified all the time when I talk to people. I hear comments like: “I’m not creative” or “I’m not one of those imaginative types.” But here’s the thing; I don’t buy it. Indeed, our Unitarian Universalist faith doesn’t buy it either. Click on the title to continue reading…