Favorite Sermons

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 the appearance and manner of someone who had little experience … Continued

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 of Miriam (1996), women’s concerns are addressed by putting the discussion of … Continued

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 Christmas Eve. In such traditions, it is a canonical … Continued

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 songs. And if you are a child or a child … Continued

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 Reform Congregation, my synagogue in St. Louis, from Kol … Continued

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 in time – memories of hearing the awkward child’s … Continued