Rev. Paul Oakley

The Promise and the Practice

This service centers the words, ideas, and experiences of Unitarian Universalists of color in support of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism, an organization that nurtures and centers the leadership of African Americans within our denomination.

Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself

The fourth source of our tradition enumerated in the bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Association is: “Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.” This sermon is fifth in a series of eight sermons on … read more.

Christmas Eve

Each year our Christmas Eve service follows a “lessons and carols” form, with readings from Christian Gospels, poetry, traditional carols about the “First Christmas” that many of us grew up singing, and sometimes special music and reflections. We start with low light and gradually add … read more.

Broken or Whole – Now What?

Brokenness and wholeness are both present in our experience. So what can we do when we feel the brokenness more than the wholeness? What are we charged with doing when wholeness better describes our perspective?

We will light all four candles of the Advent wreath in … read more.

Ethical and Spiritual

The third enumerated source of the Unitarian Universalist tradition is, “Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.” World religions. Wisdom. Inspiration. Ethical and Spiritual Living. How does it all fit with Unitarian Universalism? Sermon 4 of 8 in our … read more.

Confronting evil

… with justice, compassion, and love.  The second enumerated source of the Unitarian Universalist tradition is, “Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.” In this third sermon … read more.

You’re enough!

…and what to do when you’re not enough… Unitarian Universalism is an optimistic tradition that values life and humanity and each individual. We understand that we do not have to be supplemented from outside ourselves to be worthy. But we also all experience pain and loss … read more.

The First Source

The first-listed source of our tradition named in our association’s bylaws is: “Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life.” How … read more.