Rev. Paul Oakley

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.

Indigenous Peoples Day

What does it matter that white settlers of our country took the land from the indigenous peoples who were already here? Wasn’t that a long time ago? Is there anything the nation and the white beneficiaries of this history can do to right the scales … read more.

The Challenge of Food Insecurity

The last Sunday of September this year, at 2:00 PM, is Waynesboro’s CROP Walk, which we have participated in as a congregation for several years. In preparation for that action, we will explore what food insecurity is and how it can be overcome today. In … read more.

What happened at General Assembly?

And why should we care? Each year, the delegates of the member congregations of our association gather for a five-day annual meeting and conference in a large convention center, usually far away from most of us. This year in Kansas City, Missouri, our Fellowship was … read more.

The Sources of Unitarian Universalism

The bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Association name six sources of our living tradition. What are those sources, and how can we make sense of them in the life of our congregation and our movement? How do they relate to our history and our inclusive … read more.

Atheism(s) – What do people mean…

…when they talk about the big stuff? (Part 2) Western societies have often vilified “nonbelievers.” What are people who do not find truth and meaning in such belief in God or gods talking about? How is the absence of a belief different from a belief? How … read more.

What is Faith?

…And what does faith have to do with religious liberals? As we light the chalice each Sunday, we say words about the chalice being a symbol of our movement and our faith. But for many, “faith” is a complicated word. If we do not follow a … read more.