Prohibition, Propaganda and Political Power

Sunday, 07.29.2018
Speaker: 
Dr. James S. Campbell, M.D.
Mind-altering substances have been used by humankind since the dawn of time, with both good and bad effects. Only since the early 1800's, however, have they been used as a tool for racist oppression. This sermon explores how this took place, and briefly discusses what can be done to reduce the racist component of drug prohibition. Guest speaker, Dr. James Campbell, has practiced on the front lines of medicine for over 45 years, and just retired last year. Besides his general medical practice, he is also a biomedical engineer who has had his medical device designs approved for human use by the FDA. He has studied the deleterious effects of drug prohibition on the practice of medicine for over 50 years, and presents some highlights of his findings.

Reclaiming My Time

Sunday, 07.15.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Kimberley Debus
Over the past year, we have seen women and more than a few men say "enough" to misogyny, sexual violence, and a culture that devalues half the population. What does it mean to not only have, but promote a new vision of a world that no longer needs #metoo? Our guest speaker the Rev. Kimberley Debus works as a community minister in the Capital Region of New York State, inspiring congregations to more artful and art-filled worship, congregational life, and public witness. In addition to her community ministry, she is an adjunct consultant with the Central East Region. She has previously served the First Universalist Church of Southold on Long Island and One Island Family UU Congregation in Key West.

Gather the Spirit, Harvest the Power

Sunday, 07.8.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
What do Unitarian Universalists do when several thousand of them gather? Study, worship, protest, and of course vote. Rev. Lisa, freshly back from the UU General Assembly, reports back on the latest thought and action from our larger body of faith. Listen to a sermon response below from Mariela Perez-Simons, "Owning Our Home."

Unselfie: Treat Your Children Well

Sunday, 05.13.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
We are living in an age when narcissism is the new normal, when children are seen but seldom heard. Growing up free-range can be good for kids, but some kids grow up almost feral — and that can’t be good for any of us. How do we nurture empathy and compassion in children? Or, for that matter, in each other? On this Mother’s Day we dedicate several of our Fellowship’s children.

Salt of the Earth

Sunday, 04.22.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
American author Michael Pollan says, “The way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world.” How do our choices at the dinner table affect the rest of the world, and even the planet itself? What does it mean to be able to make choices about food in the first place? What if building a more just and equitable society AND a sustainable planet was as close as our dinner plate? Rev. Lisa R. Schwartz explores this complicated issue.

The Color of Money

Sunday, 04.15.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
Income inequality is a fact of life — the consistent presence of the poor is mentioned in Leviticus, which dates to the 7th Century BCE. Yet in every age there have arisen prophets who call societies to build a more equitable economic system. In the 20th Century the Unitarian Universalist Whitney Young was the “money guy” in the Civil Rights leadership pantheon, advising presidents Kennedy through Nixon. Rev. Lisa lifts up the story of this great leader as a possible frame for addressing inequality today.

A Season of Awakening That Creates a Path to Change

Sunday, 04.8.2018
Speaker: 
Max Goelling
What does renewal look like in a human life, and how can we remain open to it? We can find hints in a surprising and ancient source: The Gospel of Thomas, the most complete of the Gnostic gospels, unearthed at Nag Hammadi Egypt in 1945 but written in the second Century. Max Goelling, a Fellowship member with extensive academic and military experience in religious education and pastoral work, explores the images in today’s sermon.

Who Will Roll the Stone Away?

Sunday, 04.1.2018
Speaker: 
The Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
It’s an experience so universal as to partly define the human condition: Circumstances, crises, traumas and tragedies befall us, and we find ourselves locked in darkness, sealed in by a heavy stone. By what mechanism do we lift the heaviness, and step — even tentatively — into the light? This Easter morning we explore the images together.

Pages