Author Archives: Rev. Paul


THEISM(S), or,
What do people mean when they talk about the big stuff? (Part I)
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
10:00 AM, Sunday, July 15, 2018



After Anne’s reading of “That Which Holds All” and Wendy’s playing of “Summertime,” we could end … read more.

What is Faith?

…And what does it have to do with religious liberals?
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
10:00 AM, Sunday, July 8, 2018



Most Sunday mornings, at the opening of our service, as we prepare to light the chalice, the lay … read more.

Inherent Worth and Dignity

a sermon by the Rev. Paul Oakley
10:00 AM, Sunday, June 3, 2018



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

“The Lord Bless You and Keep You”

“The Lord Bless You and Keep You” (Numbers 6:22–27)
a D’var Torah by the Rev. Paul Oakley
in pulpit exchange at Temple House of Israel
Staunton, Virginia
7:30 PM, Friday, May 25, 2018


Shabbat Shalom!


How many of you watched the … read more.

What’s on Your Summer Reading List?

School years are ending. Students will soon be working summer jobs. Families will take vacations, as parents’ work schedules allow. Hot weather and long days are now again shaping how we all use our time. And one widespread summer tradition is making a summer reading … read more.

Justice, Equity, Compassion

a sermon by the Rev. Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, May 6, 2018



“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.” That is the … read more.

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.

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.