Favorite Sermons

“The Lord Bless You and Keep You”

PARASHAT NASO: BIRKAT KOHANIM
“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.

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.

Inclusion – Drawing the Circle Wider

INCLUSION: DRAWING THE CIRCLE WIDER
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
10:00 AM, Sunday, July 16, 2017

 

In my time as a chaplain at Christian Hospital in St. Louis, I worked alongside a young seminary graduate. He was in his mid-20s and had … read more.

The Hole That Ate Korach

THE HOLE THAT ATE KORACH
a teaching by the Rev. Paul Oakley
on the Torah portion Korach
Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness
UUA General Assembly 2017
5:00 PM, Friday, June 23, 2017

 

 

In Ellen Frankel’s Torah commentary titled The Five Books … read more.

Advent – What Are We Waiting For?

ADVENT – WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, December 4, 2016

 

 

Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent, which for Western liturgical Christians generally occupies the period from the fourth Sunday before Christmas through … read more.

Atonement – Making Things Right

ATONEMENT – MAKING THINGS RIGHT
a sermon by the Rev. Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, October 9, 2016

 

Chanukah is easy. You light candles for eight nights. And eat latkes and sufganiyot. You spin the dreydl. You eat chocolate Chanukah gelt. You sing Chanukah … read more.

Black Lives Matter

BLACK LIVES MATTER
a sermon by the Rev. Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, October 11, 2015

 

 

October 4th last year was Yom Kippur, a holy day that is never for the faint of heart. That day I’d been in services and study groups of Central … read more.

Sexuality Education and Faith

SEXUALITY EDUCATION AND FAITH
a sermon by the Rev. Paul Oakley
10:00 AM, August 30, 2015

 

 

Do you remember when your quickly expanding young mind first received messages about sex, gender, sexuality, or sexual orientation? I have vague memories that I can’t quite place … read more.