Cathedral of the World

How familiar are you with Forrest Church?  He was an Idaho boy, the son of Senator Frank Church, for whom the wilderness area and a river were named.  And yes, I believe there is a wildfire currently burning in the Frank Church Wilderness. So…Frank’s son, Forrest, was a prolific writer who wrote or edited more…

The ‘G’ Words

This is the first of two “Greatest Hits” sermons, sermons that I have preached here before, but that generated enough interest to be worth preaching again.  This particular sermon starts with a metaphor that comes from a book called The Cathedral of the World, by UU author and minister Forrest Church. Imagine you are standing…

Modern Masculinity

I don’t know about all of you, but I stand before you today, shaken. The shooting in Charleston has kicked up all kinds of stuff in me. It’s horrible in and of itself- the idea of a man killing people he’d just prayed with because he is so steeped in racist propaganda that he believes…

Atheist Spirituality

My colleague, the Rev. Tom Owen-Towle, has written a book entitled Wrestling with God. He’s a fan of alliteration, so he puts people into three primary theological camps: Affirmatism, Agnosticism, and Atheism. He then says that: It’s the manifest strength of Unitarian Universalism that, within our theological embrace, adherents can honestly assume all three positions…sometimes…

Conversations that Matter with People who Care

Opening Words  My friend and colleague, Jaco Ten Hove serves Cedars, the UU congregation on Bainbridge Island, along with his wife, Barbara Wells.  They have both been in ministry for over 25 years.  Jaco is a very smart guy, an amazing musician, and passionate about not just church work, but work that helps create resilient…

Never Doubt (Sept. 6, 2015)

It’s been another rough week.  First it was the news about the humanitarian crisis in Syria- which has been going on for years, but burst into public consciousness when pictures of dead babies on a beach broke our heart.  And then the fire at Planned Parenthood.   Really?  This is not what our beautiful Palouse should…