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Sermons by Rev. Jane Smith

The Danger of a Single Story

To take these narratives of fear or distain and instead re-shape these single stories into complex stories of faith, culture, abuse, and love. To connect with our own faith of Unitarian Universalism and see the inherent worth in each and every person. To connect with our Universalist roots, a people of faith who understood each person to be loved by God and saved to heaven. Let us connect to the Unitarians whose faith called them to see the intrinsic goodness in each person. To see the complexity of a life-giving narrative, instead of the simple, easily digestible, single-stories we are each surrounded with.

Healing a Source of the Sacred

Both of these religious beliefs and our own understandings of Unitarian Universalist values imply an inherent interconnectedness of nature and all life. Ursula Goodenough writes that this connectedness is in a sense a religion in itself – the sacredness of this web. That we are not connected merely by the food chain or by the balance of our ecosystems but also of a common ancestor

Hope Rises and Easter Story

In the Christian story, this man who embodied faith and love had such an enormous capacity for hope that not even through torture, not even through death, could this be deterred. Even after death hope was resurrected – transcending life, transcending this mortal world. As he rose from the dead and ascended to heaven so too was hope reborn, so too did promise rise.

A Tale of Commitment Reflecting on Passover

They were a suffering people, and they were a determined people. They were a people in bondage, and they were a people of faith. The Israelites lived a life of enslavement to the Egyptians, and yet what we celebrate today is their journey towards freedom. We celebrate their commitment to that which was much bigger than their individual selves – their God and their community and their faith. Their commitment to a better life. We celebrate their exodus – the flight of the Hebrew slaves, a people who freed themselves from bondage and created a nation.

For All That is Our Life

I wonder about those pieces of identity that can’t be a part of a physical mosaic but that nonetheless work to create who we are as a faith – a wealth of religious backgrounds or no religious background, a tapestry of theologies, a patchwork of needs, desires, and expectations, a vibrant bouquet of races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, physical abilities, state of mental well-being, addicted or sober – here and held firmly together by covenant – by that hardy, dependable, stable grout. In this way, when we commit to our faith, when we commit to this church, we commit to the interconnectedness of it all.