Author Archives: Rev. Paul

Love Calls Us On

Here it is, the second week of April, and it’s snowing! Not much. Just enough to remind us that, no matter how much we think we are prepared for what comes next, we probably aren’t quite.

 

Passover finished just a few days ago, and Jews are … read more.

Easter Flower Service Reflections

WHAT IS RESURRECTION? | RISING FROM DIRT AND MUD
reflections by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, April 1, 2018

 

EASTER REFLECTION – RESURRECTION

 

What is resurrection?

 

For Christians observing the Western calendar, today is a day celebrating one very specific resurrection. People who believe … read more.

Beating the Earth – Hosannah!

BEATING THE EARTH – HOSANNAH!
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, March 25, 2018

 

For many branches of Christianity, today is a day that, perhaps more than any other, is about the idea of messiah.

 

The idea of a messiah has … read more.

Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue!

The words of this title are biblical, direct from what is ultimate to a people whose identity emerges through a struggle to put the broken pieces of the world together in an emerging wholeness. While not all Unitarian Universalists feel any connection to the Torah, … read more.

Grateful for Religious Pluralism…

GRATEFUL FOR RELIGIOUS PLURALISM… (Section 2.1, final paragraph)
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, March 18, 2018

 

 

“Jesus didn’t die because of God’s plan. He died as a result of how we responded to God’s presence.”[1] Okay. How … read more.

The Third Principle – Acceptance and Encouragement

THE THIRD PRINCIPLE – ACCEPTANCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, March 11, 2018

 

 

This church year, I’ve been preaching a series of eight sermons on the principles that comprise the beginning part of the covenant of the member … read more.

Widows’ Mites and Buried Treasure?

WIDOWS’ MITES AND BURIED TREASURE?
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, February 11, 2018

 

 

First-century Israel was a place and time of ferment and unrest. And in that place there was teacher and resister of the power of the foreign … read more.

Unity Prayer

UNITY PRAYER
given by the Rev. Paul Oakley
at the Unity Prayer Breakfast of the Staunton Branch NAACP
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Staunton, Virginia
9:00 AM, Saturday, February 10, 2018

 

 

God who made us one and calls us to be one,
God who … read more.

Living into the Promise

This Sunday, February 4, we will be taking a special collection for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism in a service that the president and board of the Unitarian Universalist Association have asked all our congregations to participate in. They call the service “The Promise and … read more.