Category Archives: Sermons

Sermon: To Be Thankful (audio only)

Mark Ward, Lead Minister
We think we know the Thanksgiving story, but there are actually many stories woven into this popular holiday that emerge out of the history and heritage that we each bring to it. We’ll explore how these stories interlink and invite us all into a new understanding. Click on the title to continue.

Sermon: The Mightiest Word

Rev. Mark Ward
As we look ahead to the coming Election Day, our topic today builds on a line from the poem that Elizabeth Stevens wrote for Barak Obama’s inaugural seven years ago. Speaking to our General Assembly in June, interviewer Krista Tippet seized on that line as pointing to a central question that our nation faces. What could that word be and what story does it call us to? Click on the sermon title to listen or read more.

Sermon: Who’s White Trash (text only)

Who’s White Trash
Rev. Mark Ward
Another side of our work on racism this year is coming to terms with an ugly heritage in this part of the world that judges some white people as disposable. We’ll reflect on some of the forces driving that history and what role we might have in healing it. Click on the sermon title to read more. ,/i>

Sermon: The Hubris of Discovery (audio & text)

Rev. Mark Ward
There are scripts that run unquestioned through our cultural memory, and one of those is discovery: the idea that Europeans had dispensation to murder, oppress and uproot peoples in North America and elsewhere for their own benefit. What might be the consequences today of naming and relinquishing that mindset? Click on the title to continue.

Sermon:What is Required-Part 1 (audio & text)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
What is required of our religious movement to make it the change agent it hopes to be? Today, at the anniversary of the Universalist John Murray’s landing in the U.S. I will address how we might respond to this question in the context of our Universalist identity. Next spring I’ll focus on our Unitarian side. click here to continue.

Sermon: Learning to Live Together (audio only)

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper
In 1959, the UN passed the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which lists ten rights that every child in the world have. Unitarian Universalists are a people of covenant, but our covenant with one another is not the only promise we make. How do our relationships outside of the congregation or the denomination shape who we are and what we do. Click on the sermon title to listen.