Rev. Paul Oakley

#UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn Part Two

In the spring we responded to the call of UU leaders of color to learn about ways in which, against our best intentions, white supremacy is embedded in beloved structures. Now we answer their call to examine other ways we carry forward an inequitable system and what it looks like.

General Assembly Roundup

This year the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association took place in New Orleans, Louisiana. At this service, our GA attendees will share from what they experienced/ learned at GA.

The Seventh Principle

This is the first sermon in a series of eight this year on the principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations covenant with each other to affirm and promote. Our much-loved seventh principle is: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” What does affirming and promoting this principle call on … Continued

Water Service

Hurricane Harvey has left huge areas under flood waters. At the same time, some parts of the world do not have enough clean, potable water. We will recognize both of these realities as we engage in our annual ingathering ritual in which we bring water to pour into a common bowl, symbolizing the inextricable joining … Continued

What’s With the Hyphens?

In our foyer there are brochures titled “The Faith of a Unitarian Universalist ____________.” And each brochure fills the blank with another perspective: Buddhists, Christians, Humanists, Pagans, Jews, Theists… Many Americans, though, believe you should choose one religious perspective and eschew the others. So what’s with the hyphens?

The Challenge of the “Alt-Right”

A week ago groups on the far-right fringe gathered in Charlottesville, ostensibly to protest the city’s decision to remove a Confederate memorial. Most Americans were not prepared for the challenges that unfolded. How can we respond?

Five Smooth Stones

Among the most influential descriptions of what was core and key to Unitarian Universalism was James Luther Adams’ “Five Smooth Stones of Liberal Religion.” Adams was the preeminent UU theologian of the mid-20th century. His five points are still a good description of our approach to religion:   We are always learning new truths. We … Continued

Forgiveness and the Unitarian Universalist

For some, forgiveness is what one asks when one has broken holy rules. For others, it is what is needed to wipe clean the slate of inherited ills. Sometime we forgive others just to let go of the weight of harm done to us. What does forgiveness mean to a covenantal faith like Unitarian Universalism?

Drawing the Circle Wider

Many of us have felt the pain of being excluded in some way and have hoped for a time when we didn’t feel that pain again. But what does it mean to say that inclusion is the very heart of our faith?

Vulnerability

When we say we are feeling vulnerable, we often feel like we are talking about a weakness. But vulnerabilities are were we make our most meaningful connections. How can you harness the strength of vulnerability?