"When Falling Leaves Become Butterflies"
Impermanence and loss are part of life. We grieve these losses because we love. Do we know how to mourn? When we allow ourselves to feel our grief, we open up to the possibility of being transformed by it.
Reading: "Wanting Memories," written by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell and performed by Sweet Honey and the Rock
Preached at the UU Church of Long Beach
November 19, 2017
"What Saves Us?"
As Unitarian Universalists, what do we believe saves us? Together we'll explore the theology of Meg's Barnhouse's song "All Will Be Well," the original text by Julian of Norwich it's based on, and our early Universalist theology of salvation. How is our theology shaped by our current political climate? What is our role in our individual and collective salvation?
Reading: "All Will Be Well," written and performed by Rev. Meg Barnhouse
Homily preached to the Ministerial Fellowship Committee
September 16, 2017
"Imagining the Beloved Community"
What nourishes us to work for justice as people of faith? How do we imagine the beloved community, growing out of but not limited by our current reality? Together we will explore creativity, imagination and spiritual practice as sources of resilience and inspiration for the work of justice-making in our communities.
Reading: “Walking Alongside” by Cinder Hypki
Preached at Summitt UU Fellowship and the South Bay Campus of First UU Church of San Diego
February & March 2015
A joint sermon with Rev. Jim Grant, Affiliate Minister of the First UU Church of San Diego. In this message, I share the story of SOLACE: Souls Offering Loving and Compassionate Ears, an Interfaith Detention Center Visitation Program. It highlights the campaign we led against Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and what we learned about effective spiritually-grounded justice work.
My section of the sermon is from 8:50-22:38.
Preached at the Hillcrest and South Bay Campuses of the First UU Church of San Diego
June & July 2014