Recent Sermons

Peace, Liberty, and Justice for All

PEACE, LIBERTY, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL 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 in each of the two preceding sermons in this series on the principles … Continued

Conscience and Democracy

CONSCIENCE AND DEMOCRACY – THE FIFTH PRINCIPLE a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley 11:00 AM, Sunday, November 12, 2017     Remember? back in September when I preached on the Seventh Principle that Unitarian Universalist congregations covenant to affirm and promote and sang this little song on the Seven Principles by my first internship … Continued

Our Unitarian Heritage: William Ellery Channing

OUR UNITARIAN HERITAGE: WILLIAM ELLERY CHANNING a sermon by the Rev. Paul Oakley 11:00 AM, Sunday, November 5, 2017     When I was a ministerial intern in Springfield, Illinois, I was invited to guest preach one Sunday at Eliot Unitarian Chapel in Kirkwood, St. Louis, Missouri. As I discussed the opportunity with my mentor, … Continued

A Little Picnic Homilette

A LITTLE PICNIC HOMILETTE by the Rev. Paul Oakley a Joint Picnic Service of UUFW and HUU at Grand Caverns Regional Park, Grottoes, Virginia 11:00 AM, Sunday, October 1, 2017   “We are going, heaven knows where we are going, but we know within. And we will get there, heaven knows how we will get … Continued

First, the Seventh Principle

FIRST, THE SEVENTH PRINCIPLE a sermon by the Rev. Paul Oakley 11:00 AM, Sunday, September 17, 2017     In 1885, at 75 years old and with just 3 more years remaining in his life, the Rev. James Freeman Clarke summarized what he saw as the commonly held Unitarian beliefs of that time. These five … Continued