Expanding the Circle: UUs Working Towards a Humane Society

Perhaps more than anything else, we Unitarian Universalists take pride in our history of working for social justice. While we’ve made our share of stumbles, UU’s have been, and continue to be, on the front lines of some of the most important social justice issues in our nation’s history. From the struggle against slavery and for marriage equality, to current campaigns for…

This Refulgent Summer

I. Introduction: The Challenge “The heart knoweth”, says Emerson. “The whole human family is bathed with the element of love like a fine ether.” Joys and sorrows, injustices and reconciliations, all together form this world, “in which our senses converse.” It surprises me that I am inclined to agree, given that I was almost destined to be a cynic. I was born…

Friendship Day (8-18-2019)

Service at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church It is good to be together. Gazing out at people from different Unitarian Universalist congregations, maybe two congregations, maybe some UU’s from other congregations who snuck in here to see what this Friendship Day thing was all about … embracing this atmosphere of meeting and collaboration, one might wonder, “How did this happen?”  Back in…

Grace (8-11-2019)

It is a privilege and a blessing to be among you after a short time away. Since the last time I preached here, I’ve been to our annual Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, taken a week or so of vacation, and had a few weeks out of the pulpit while I focused on some other aspects of ministry here. Life keeps happening…

The Endless Search for Truth (7-21-2019)

Forty years ago, I was working in a textiles department and estranged from the church of my birth. My journeys from textiles to American Studies and from lapsed Lutheran to UU are surprisingly connected. In retrospect, I can see that my professional life, especially my work in the history and meaning of gendered clothing, has…

Coming of (Old) Age (7-7-2019)

As a leader of the Coming of Age program for many years, I (Catherine Buckler) asked teenagers to write a “credo statement” about their beliefs. It’s a daunting task which, hypocritically, I’ve never made myself do. Until now! As I approached this challenge, the universe (or was it the COA curriculum?) sent me questions to guide my writing: What makes me a…

Both Sides (6-30-2019)

Following the white supremacist march and fatal attack on anti-racist protester Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, VA, President Trump stated that there were “very fine people on both sides” of the protests. This service will explore how we, as a faith, can balance the need to view evil with clear eyes and simultaneously to resist the demonization and dehumanization of others.

Loving, Caring, and Fatherhood (6-16-2019)

Good Morning! And, thank you Isaac for the Cat Stevens song, “Father and Son.” I like the song for having both the words of affection and the son, in the end, being his own person. There is the caring and the appreciation and the response of the son importantly saying that it was time for…