Recent Sermons

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

What’s with the Hyphens?

WHAT’S WITH THE HYPHENS? a sermon by the Rev. Paul Oakley 10:00 AM, Sunday, August 27, 2017   If you’ve spent much time here at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Waynesboro over the past two years, you’ve probably heard me refer to “my rabbi,” Rabbi Susan Talve – like when we are breathing into this … Continued

The Challenge of the “alt-right”

THE CHALLENGE OF THE “ALT-RIGHT” a sermon by the Rev. Paul Oakley 10:00 AM, Sunday, August 20, 2017   How many of you saw Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live last weekend[1]? The skit introduced her as a University of Virginia graduate, and led the audience to the leap in judgment to assume that that … Continued

Five Smooth Stones

FIVE SMOOTH STONES a sermon by the Rev. Paul Oakley 10:00 AM Sunday, August 13, 2017     “Then I heard the voice of God, saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” (Isaiah 6:8, NASB, alt.)   When I was a young child, … Continued

Forgiveness and the Unitarian Universalist

FORGIVENESS AND THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley 10:00 AM, Sunday, July 23, 2017   “This Is Just to Say” by William Carlos Williams (1883 – 1963)   I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious … Continued

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

Vulnerability and Strength

VULNERABILITY AND STRENGTH a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley 10:00 AM, Sunday, July 9, 2017   When I was in my second month of hospital chaplaincy the summer before my last year of seminary, there were a lot of things that were challenging. The overtly bigoted spouse of a dying patient. The patient who … Continued

On Becoming

ON BECOMING An Independence Day sermon by the Rev. Paul Oakley 10:00 AM, Sunday, July 2, 2017   On Thursday, November 19, 1863, in the middle of the American Civil War, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a great oration was planned. It was by Everett Hale, a politician, Unitarian … Continued