Author Archives: Rev. Paul

Snow Days

SAs I am writing this, it is the day after we cancelled services because of winter weather that could have been a lot worse than it was. I hope you were all warm and didn’t have to get out before your streets were plowed and … read more.

Broken or Whole – Now What?

BROKEN OR WHOLE – NOW WHAT?
a holiday sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday December 23, 2018

 

 

Six years ago in Springfield, Illinois, I led the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation in a “Blue Christmas” service. We were trying it on … read more.

Loving the Darkness, Spreading the Light

I am sitting down to write this column on the last night of Chanukah, all eight candles with their helper candle are glowing from a lovely antique chanukiah on our kitchen island. They shine out into our neighborhood. Their glow reflected across the foot-deep snow, … read more.

Ethical and Spiritual – The Third Source

ETHICAL AND SPIRITUAL
– THE THIRD SOURCE –
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, December 9, 2018

 

 

When I first became a Unitarian Universalist and learned about the sources of our living tradition that are named in the bylaws of … read more.

Gratitude and Meaningful Metaphors

First, I want to thank the twenty-five Fellowship members and Fellowship-adjacent persons who attended the Shabbat service, presentation by Rabbi Peter Grumbacher on the experiences of his father and of his own growing up in the home of a survivor, potluck dinner, and oneg (post-service … read more.

Prayer on Armistice Day 2018

PRAYER ON THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE WWI ARMISTICE
by the Reverend Paul Oakley
November 11, 2018

 

 

Today is the 100th anniversary of the armistice that brought the destruction of World War I to a close. It was supposed to be the War to End All … read more.

Confronting Evil with Justice, Compassion, Love

– THE SECOND SOURCE –
CONFRONTING EVIL WITH JUSTICE COMPASSION AND LOVE
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, November 11, 2018

 

When all that you see is children starving,
poisoned forest, and cities burning —
And their eyes, haunted eyes, … read more.

You’re Enough!

YOU’RE ENOUGH!
…and what to do when you’re not enough…
a reflection by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, November 4, 2018

 

 

Unitarian Universalism is an optimistic faith. We have counterparts with a lot of theological sharing in various places around the world: … read more.

Renewal of Spirit, Openness to Life

RENEWAL OF SPIRIT, OPENNESS TO LIFE
– THE FIRST SOURCE –
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, October 14, 2018

 

 

Eight weeks ago, I preached a sermon on the six sources of the Unitarian Universalist tradition. It was the first … read more.

Don’t Be Tricked!

I am writing this on Indigenous Peoples Day. It is still known to many as Columbus Day, despite all the reasons I gave in my sermon yesterday why he is not a hero we should be celebrating.

 

And on this day, we are in the midst … read more.