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.

The Third Principle – Acceptance and Encouragement

a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, March 11, 2018



This church year, I’ve been preaching a series of eight sermons on the principles that comprise the beginning part of the covenant of the member … read more.

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.

Unity Prayer

given by the Rev. Paul Oakley
at the Unity Prayer Breakfast of the Staunton Branch NAACP
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Staunton, Virginia
9:00 AM, Saturday, February 10, 2018



God who made us one and calls us to be one,
God who … read more.

Living into the Promise

This Sunday, February 4, we will be taking a special collection for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism in a service that the president and board of the Unitarian Universalist Association have asked all our congregations to participate in. They call the service “The Promise and … read more.

This Is Your Life

From 7:00-8:30 PM on the first and third Mondays of February and March and the first Monday of April, the Rev. Ed Piper, our emeritus minister, will lead this class, which will provide a framework for recollecting and reflecting on your life experiences. More information will … read more.

Racial Equity

We will use a variety of materials, from reportage and history to materials aimed at forming action for racial justice to a memoir and other materials that will ground us in racial justice and encourage us to action. This class will … read more.

Free and Responsible

a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, January 21, 2108



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