Author Archives: Rev. Paul

Save the Cheerleader, Save the World!

SAVE THE CHEERLEADER, SAVE THE WORLD!
a sermon for Purim by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, March 17, 2019

In the 2006-2007 school year, Walter and I hosted a couple
of high school foreign exchange students in our home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
Friedrich was … read more.

Transgender Concerns

Society gives us mixed messages all the time. Sometimes
opposite messages hit us more-or-less simultaneously. This is especially true
of the partial wisdom distilled as proverbs. For example, It’s the thought that
counts vs. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Someone gets you a gift that … read more.

Heeding Science and Avoiding Idolatries

HEEDING SCIENCE AND AVOIDING IDOLATRIES
– The Fifth Source of Our Living Tradition –
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, March 10, 2019

This is the sixth in
a series of eight sermons I am preaching this year on the … read more.

Investing in Our Beloved Community

INVESTING IN OUR BELOVED COMMUNITY
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, February 17, 2019

As we expect of a
work by Oscar Wilde, his play Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892) is chock full
of witty lines, such as “In this world there are only … read more.

A Ministerial Milestone

It has sometimes felt like an interminable process, but in
today’s mail I received notice that the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC)
of the Unitarian Universalist Association has granted me Final Ministerial Fellowship.
For any of you to whom that might as well be in hieroglyphics, it means that
the … read more.

Black History Month

THOUGHTS ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND THE NAACP
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, February 3, 2019

It’s February – Black History Month. So some white person is bound to ask the disingenuous question, “Well, when’s white history month?” Hopefully less … read more.

Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself

Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself
– The Fourth Source of Our Living Tradition –
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, January 27, 2019

In the 1990s there was a television show that ran for five years, titled Babylon … read more.

Snow Days

SAs I am writing this, it is the day after we cancelled services because of winter weather that could have been a lot worse than it was. I hope you were all warm and didn’t have to get out before your streets were plowed and … read more.

Loving the Darkness, Spreading the Light

I am sitting down to write this column on the last night of Chanukah, all eight candles with their helper candle are glowing from a lovely antique chanukiah on our kitchen island. They shine out into our neighborhood. Their glow reflected across the foot-deep snow, … read more.

Ethical and Spiritual – The Third Source

ETHICAL AND SPIRITUAL
– THE THIRD SOURCE –
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, December 9, 2018

 

 

When I first became a Unitarian Universalist and learned about the sources of our living tradition that are named in the bylaws of … read more.