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January 21, 2024

Can We Really Re-invent Ourselves?

January 14, 2024

Are we color blind?

December 24, 2023

Christmas Eve “The Snobbish Ox”

December 24, 2023

Christmas Eve “The Hostage”

May 21, 2023

Herding Cats, and other UU Humor

Clergy through the centuries have often been called pastors ("pastor," after all, being the Latin word for "shepherd"). And a congregation has often been called a flock. (In fact, at the...
January 15, 2023

Prejudice and Privilege

“Prejudice and Privilege” Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen 1/15/23 During the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s, many of us thought that if we could just get rid of overt prejudice, […]
November 20, 2022

Tender Mercies

There once was a farmer who called a real-estate company to help her sell her farm. And so a real-estate broker came over and wrote an ad for...
September 18, 2022

Losers One and All

There is an author and speaker I like named Doug Adams. (Not the Doug Adams who wrote The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but a former Episcopalian...
August 14, 2022

Are you religious or are you spiritual?

I'd like to try a little experiment. If I were to ask you, "Do you consider yourself more religious or more spiritual?" how many of you would say...
November 15, 2020

Can’t Hide Beautiful

The Hindu festival we're celebrating today is called Diwali, which is short for Deepa-wali. Deepa, meaning lamp or light (like this one); and Wali, meaning row. So, a row of lights, or festival of...
November 1, 2020

A Feather to Place

The Day of the Dead is a time to remember loved ones who have died--not just because we may miss them, but because we may be grateful for things they...
October 4, 2020

The Wisdom of Marx

The ancient Aztecs prayed this prayer: "Grant me, Lord, a little light--but no more than a glow-worm gives, which goes about by night, to guide me through this life...this dream which...
August 23, 2020

An Altar From The Fragments

The opening words are from Anne Scott, in her book Serving Fire: "I have always been fascinated by the compost pile just outside our garden...
August 9, 2020

Our 4th UU Source: Jewish and Christian Teachings Which Call Us to Respond To God’s Love by Loving Our Neighbors As Ourselves

July 26, 2020

Wisdom from the World’s Religions (Source 3)

f you look carefully, I think you'll find the wording here rather interesting. Take the word "inspires." If it had been written without the "s," the...
July 19, 2020

Words and Deeds of Prophetic People

Today's sermon is the second in my series on the six sources of our UU tradition: Words and deeds of prophetic people, which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love...
July 12, 2020

Black Lives, White Lies

Consider a few statistics with me. Black folks make up about 13% of the U.S. population. But they account for about 25% of COVID-19 cases and 25% of COVID-19 deaths. For a number of reasons: One being that many service jobs that entail a lot of interaction...
May 24, 2020

Flower Service

December 24, 2019

A Stable Boy’s Perspective

My name is Benjamin bar Jonah, and I was there at the birth of Yeshua bar Joseph, the one you call Jesus. It happened in my mother's stable at Bethlehem...
August 18, 2019

Does Everything Happen For A Reason?

Do events happen haphazardly in our lives, or are there things that "meant to be"? Do we each have some kind of destiny -- some thing or things we are expected...