Christmas homily 2011

How many of you did at least *some* decorating for the holidays this year? How many told stories about the ornaments and decorations, recalling when or where you got them? How many, whether decorating or not, found yourself remembering certain people, and holidays past? There are indeed billions of Christmas stories, each of them reflecting, in some way, some aspect of the birth of the baby Jesus.

Already this morning, we’ve heard the story as ~read more~

Ownership and Forgiveness

Service celebrated at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana, on 09 October, 2011; by Rev. Chip Roush

OPENING WORDS Ten and a half days ago, at sundown on September 28th, many of our Jewish friends celebrated the beginning of the year 5772. Rosh Hashanah—literally, the “head of the year”—is the first day of the year, and therefore it is the anniversary of the creation of the world. On Rosh Hashanah, some believe, God opens ~read more~

Coming-Out Day (sermon excerpt)

I do not mean to imply that all people who oppose same-sex marriage—or who oppose homosexuality in general—are liars or hateful.  Many of them may be good people, trying to live according to their beliefs.

The ones who are not lying, not deliberately confusing and inflaming things, usually base their beliefs on one of four reasons.  Many people who oppose same-sex marriage cite a biblical injunction against it as the reason for their opposition.  Others ~read more~

more dangerous than miracles

Homily preached at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana, on 11 September 2011, by the Rev. Mr. Chip Roush

READING “On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, ~read more~

Labor Day: Our Scrap of Time

Our Scrap of Time Service celebrated at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana, on 04 September 2011 Rev. Chip Roush

OPENING WORDS Our opening words this morning are from Marge Piercy’s poem, “To Be Of Use” “The work of the world is common as mud. Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust. But the thing worth doing well done has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident. Greek amphoras for wine or oil, ~read more~

UUSC Justice Sunday (sermon; 110327)

Justice is Aid with Dignity  (UUSC Justice Sunday) Service celebrated at People’s Church UU, in Ludington, Michigan, on 27 March 2011 Rev. Chip Roush

OPENING WORDS Our 9th annual “new” Fast Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 6th. As one who obviously loves eating, I find fasting every year an interesting practice. Fasting really throws me out of my usual daily rhythms, and wakes me up to appreciate my life in a deeper way. ~read more~

Half-Hearted Covenant?

Going All The Way Service celebrated at the UU Congregation of Petoskey, MI, on 20 March 2011 Rev. Chip Roush

FIRST READING         from “The Open Door” by Helen Keller “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

UNISON READING     #477 ~read more~

Men Are Alright (sermon; 110306)

The Men Are Alright

Service celebrated at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, Ohio; on 06 March 2011

CALL TO WORSHIP We gather here this morning to create meaning together. Among us are straight men who enjoy sports, and straight men who hate sports. There are gay men who love sports and there are gay men who consider sports a waste of time. In Unitarian Universalist congregations, across the country this morning, there are some ~read more~

integral impulse (sermon; 110130)

Integral Impulse Service celebrated at People’s Church UU, in Ludington, Michigan, on 30 January 2011; by Rev. Chip Roush

 OPENING WORDS                by Ken Wilber (who turns 62 tomorrow) “I’ll tell you what I think. I think the sages are the growing tip of the secret impulse of evolution. I think they are the leading edge of the self-transcending drive that always goes beyond what went before. I think they embody the very drive of the ~read more~

faster than feeling (sermon; 080413)

Elements of a service celebrated at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse: 

OPENING WORDS

The practice of fasting—of not eating, and maybe not even drinking, for a period of a day or a week or even months—has long been a human custom.  Some traditions use it to seek purification; others to demonstrate the supremacy of the will.  Fasting has been used to draw attention to social inequalities, by such people as Mahatma Gandhi and the ~read more~