Author: Rev. Paul

Sinai, Pentecost, and Our Democratic Process

SINAI, PENTECOST, AND OUR DEMOCRATIC PROCESS
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
10:30 AM, Sunday, June 9, 2019

 

 

Today many Christians are celebrating Pentecost, the day recognized as the event that birthed Christianity as a movement that lived beyond the life of one … read more.

The Future of the Sources

THE FUTURE OF THE SOURCES
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, May 26, 2019

 

 

Back in August last year, I began a sermon series on the statement on the sources of our living tradition that exists within the Bylaws of … read more.

Courage! Courage and Faith!

COURAGE! COURAGE AND FAITH!
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, May 12, 2019

 

There is a scene in Merchant Ivory’s film adaptation of EM Forster’s novel A Room with a View, after Lucy Honeychurch and Young Mr. Emerson kiss on … read more.

Easter Flower Service

EASTER REFLECTION
by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, April 21, 2019

In 1987-1988, I lived in Frankfurt, West Germany, still separated from eastern Germany by an economic ideology and an Iron Curtain. I lived that year on the fourteenth floor of a dormitory of Goethe … read more.

Thoughts on the Notre Dame Fire

On Monday, along with many of you and much of the world, I
watched in shock and sadness as the roof of Notre Dame de Paris burned and the
spire over the crossing collapsed.

Why has this fire hit many of us so hard? Those of us … read more.

Celebration and Harmony

CELEBRATION AND HARMONY
– The Sixth Source –
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, April 14, 2019

When I was in graduate school the first time, back in the
mid-1980s, one of my professors in the English Department at Eastern Illinois
University … read more.

Transgender Concerns

Society gives us mixed messages all the time. Sometimes
opposite messages hit us more-or-less simultaneously. This is especially true
of the partial wisdom distilled as proverbs. For example, It’s the thought that
counts vs. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Someone gets you a gift that … read more.

Heeding Science and Avoiding Idolatries

HEEDING SCIENCE AND AVOIDING IDOLATRIES
– The Fifth Source of Our Living Tradition –
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, March 10, 2019

This is the sixth in a series of eight sermons I am preaching this year … read more.

A Ministerial Milestone

It has sometimes felt like an interminable process, but in
today’s mail I received notice that the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC)
of the Unitarian Universalist Association has granted me Final Ministerial Fellowship.
For any of you to whom that might as well be in hieroglyphics, it means that
the … read more.