Rev. Paul Oakley

Immigration and What We Hold Sacred

Independence Day is a celebration of American values and an opportunity to enjoy grilling out, a day on the lake, or a fireworks display. In this time of ICE crackdowns and plans for border walls, it also challenges us to consider how much of what … read more.

Torah Portion – Naso

Rev. Paul will preach on this Friday at Temple House of Israel in Staunton as part of a pulpit exchange with Rabbi Joe Blair. Both will preach this weekend on a topic from the Torah portion Naso (Numbers 4:21–7:89). What can this confusing and archaic … read more.

Justice, Equity, Compassion

Certainly since Martin Luther King, Jr. called Unitarian Universalists to Selma and two of our people were martyred there, these guideposts have been central to the UU spirit. In this seventh of eight sermons on UU principles, we will consider what we’ve signed on to … read more.

Flower Service | Easter

Our annual flower service falls on Easter Sunday. In a religion that centers on covenant among members rather than on belief, this 20th-century Unitarian ritual allows us to celebrate the flowering of grace and consider what meaning we may find in Easter without required beliefs … read more.

The Meaning of Membership

On this day of the Annual Meeting of our Fellowship, we count the quorum. How many members are present? Do we have enough to vote on the issues before us this year? Other than voting, though, what is being a member all about?

Inherent Worth and Dignity

This is the eighth and final sermon in our series on Unitarian Universalist principles. First in the list, it seems to challenge the seventh in the list and set up the individualism as the prime value of Unitarian Universalism. What is it really about? And … read more.