Recent Sermons

Save the Cheerleader, Save the World!

SAVE THE CHEERLEADER, SAVE THE WORLD!
a sermon for Purim by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, March 17, 2019

In the 2006-2007 school year, Walter and I hosted a couple
of high school foreign exchange students in our home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
Friedrich was … 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 on the … read more.

Investing in Our Beloved Community

INVESTING IN OUR BELOVED COMMUNITY
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, February 17, 2019

As we expect of a
work by Oscar Wilde, his play Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892) is chock full
of witty lines, such as “In this world there are only … read more.

Black History Month

THOUGHTS ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND THE NAACP
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, February 3, 2019

It’s February – Black History Month. So some white person is bound to ask the disingenuous question, “Well, when’s white history month?” Hopefully less … read more.