Author Archives: Paul Oakley

The Eighth Principle Project

THE EIGHTH PRINCIPLE PROJECT
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, February 18, 2018

 

 

On the back of your order of service are the lyrics of the Seven Principles song written by my first mentor in ministry, the Rev. Bill Sasso’s, … 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 empire … 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.

Free and Responsible

FREE AND RESPONSIBLE – THE FOURTH PRINCIPLE
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, January 21, 2108

 

 

This church year I am preaching an eight-sermon series on the Principles of Unitarian Universalism. In September, I preached on the Seventh Principle, concluding … read more.

Race in America 2018

RACE IN AMERICA 2018
a sermon by the Rev. Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, January 14, 2018

What a year! what a week behind us on this eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Each year on this day, my aim in my sermon … read more.

The Angels’ Charge to Humanity

So here we are. As I write, this year’s final lighting of the chanukiah, the Chanukah menorah, is tomorrow at sunset. The Winter Solstice falls at 11:28 AM, three days away on Thursday. And one week away, next Monday, Christmas comes. My hope for you … read more.

Peace, Liberty, and Justice for All

PEACE, LIBERTY, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL – THE SIXTH PRINCIPLE
sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, December 3, 2017

 

 

Do you remember the “Seven Principles” song written by my mentor “grandfather,” if you will, the Rev. Tony Larsen? I’ve sung it … read more.

Regarding the KKK Recruitment Flyers in Waynesboro

A RESPONSIBILITY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST HATE
a statement by the Rev. Paul Oakley
Waynesboro, Virginia, City Council Meeting
Council Chambers in the Charles T. Yancey Municipal Building
7:00 PM, Monday, November 27, 2017

 

 

Mr. Mayor and City Council members,

 

I am the Reverend Paul … read more.