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Sermons by Rev. Jane Bennett Smith

A Faith of Seekers

What does it mean to belong to Unitarian Universalism? Ours is a faith of hope and love and interconnectedness, encouraging us on our spiritual journeys as we work to make sense of the world around us. This Sunday, we will explore what it means to belong to a covenantal community of those who question, search, and heal.

Water and Stardust

As we join together to celebrate Water Communion, we marvel at the wild improbability that life exists at all. How can the acknowledgement of this improbability offer deep appreciation for our individual lives? Can life and consciousness be reduced to science, or is this a gift of an unknowable creator? We are made from the dust of stars, but why, and how? In grappling with the unknowable, we find ways to give our life – so very significant in its own insignificance – meaning. Through this reflection, we ground ourselves in intention as we prepare for the spiritual journey of this upcoming church year.

Celebrating Blessings

As we join together to celebrate Flower Communion, we reflect on those small, simple treasures offered us from what we hold sacred. How can we re-orient our lives to be aware of these gifts, actively engaging with the beauty that surrounds us? Flowers become a blessing as they remind us of beauty, wholeness, goodness, and simple treasures.

Beauty on the Margins

True beauty often remains hidden in the margins of society, overlooked and ignored as we are drawn to glamor. Through the lens of liberation theology, we reflect on the idea of a God with a preferential love towards the oppressed. How can we shift our ideas of beauty and in doing so create a kinship of all humanity? With this shift, we work to heal an aching world.