Past Sermons from UUCNH

Peace, Liberty, and Justice for All – creating community


Today’s topic is the sixth principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association. I’ve been preaching a sermon a month on these principles, and doing this has helped me to understand them better. I hope it has helped you too. The sixth principle is: The goal of a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for [...]

Peace, Liberty, and Justice for All – creating community2022-04-04T14:22:48-04:00



“Children don’t get weary till your work is done.” That line from the traditional gospel blues song we just heard was likely directed at enslaved people way back when, but I could imagine it being sung to our always-busy, overworked, overworking people in America today. Work-Life Balance The phrase “Work-Life balance” is everywhere lately. [...]


Conscience and Democratic Process


Today we’re talking about our fifth principle from the covenant we make with Unitarian Universalist congregations across the Association. This is part of the sermon series I’m doing this year on the principles. In the 5th principle, we covenant to affirm and promote: “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process [...]

Conscience and Democratic Process2022-03-21T13:42:50-04:00

Love will guide Us


Our Stewardship team has chosen this hymn as the theme of our pledge drive this year. I find it an inspiring message. Love will guide us, peace has tried us, hope inside us will lead the way on the road from greed to giving. Love will guide us through the hard night. Love will [...]

Love will guide Us2022-03-19T12:54:11-04:00

Search for Truth and Meaning


Today’s topic is “a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”  It’s the fourth principle in the seven principles we covenant to affirm and promote as congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association. This principle is what primarily sets us apart from other religions, certainly Christian churches that are largely defined by what they [...]

Search for Truth and Meaning2022-03-19T13:03:44-04:00

Our Mr. Emerson


Ralph Waldo Emerson is probably the most famous thinker of our Unitarian Universalist tradition, with the possible exception of his friend, Henry Thoreau. “In this refulgent summer, it has been a luxury to draw the breath of life.” So begins Emerson’s Address to the Harvard Divinity School on July 15, 1838, when Emerson was [...]

Our Mr. Emerson2022-03-19T13:40:09-04:00

Active Hope


I have long thought that climate change is the most important, and most urgent issue facing us. As it has become less of a future threat and more of a present reality, I have worked on finding hope in this grim scenario. When Rev. Michael Dowd spoke to us in the fall, he presented [...]

Active Hope2022-03-19T13:42:41-04:00

Whose Land


As I’ve mentioned in other sermons, I’m glad that indigenous issues are finally being given some attention. It’s a long way from justice, but it’s a start. We’ll never see justice for Native Americans if more people don’t at least become aware of the injustices they’ve suffered, and continue to suffer. Our systems of [...]

Whose Land2022-02-27T15:31:53-05:00

Acceptance and Encouragement


In the sermon series, I’m offering on our current seven principles of Unitarian Universalism, we’re up to the third. In this one, “we covenant to affirm and promote Acceptance of One Another and Encouragement to Spiritual Growth in Our Congregations.” The beautiful choir anthem we just heard expresses this principle well: Seek your own [...]

Acceptance and Encouragement2022-02-27T15:45:59-05:00

Justice, Equity and Compassion in Human Relations


This sermon continues a series on the principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Last month we talked about our first principle— the inherent worth and dignity of every person; today we’ll talk about the second principle e of Justice, Equity and Compassion in Human Relations. UUA -  second principle  Justice, Equity and Compassion in [...]

Justice, Equity and Compassion in Human Relations2022-02-27T14:52:45-05:00
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