Okay Then, What Is Religion?

(Second service begins at 11:15am) Forty years as a minister, ten more in preparation: what I have learned (and unlearned), where has it brought me?  Rev. Lore assists in the service.

Music: QUUF choir directed by Marj Iuro, accompanied by Helen Lauritzen

Are We Trapped in a World Going Backwards?

(Second service begins at 11:15am) What on earth is going on in our country? It appears that we’re bearing witness to the heartless and hapless slow-motion deconstruction of the sacred bonds in our societal web. Fear, hatred, and suspicion seem to be the currency of some “new normal”. This sermon tamps down our inner “oh we can’t talk candidly at church” voice and strives to radically acknowledge the situation we are living today…all in service to a course correction.

Music will play an integral role in this service, provided by pianist Evan Millman and singer Aimee Ringle.

The Infinite Expansion of the Heart

(Second service begins at 11:15am) Taken seriously, no theology is more challenging–morally, spiritually, or intellectually–than Universalism. Loving your enemy as yourself and respecting “otherness” seems impossible these days, perhaps even morally irresponsible. How can we ever address the problems we face with our hearts wide open?

Music: QUUF Choir directed by Marj Iuro, accompanied by Ikue Goldstein

A Non-Creedal Way in Religion

(Second service begins at 11:15am) For most of my ministerial career I served an independent religiously liberal congregation. In more recent years I have served three Unitarian Universalist congregations. In this sermon I will try to pull together my thoughts on the liberal approach in religion in general and, in particular, the Unitarian Universalist approach to religion.

Music: Evan Millman, pianist; Flossie Bode, vocalist

A Religious Case Against Belief

(Second service begins at 11:15am) We come to QUUF to experience the freedom of belief. In this way, we set ourselves apart from fundamentalists. Yet, as different as we might think we are from fundamentalists, we share one basic assumption with them. It is an idea that we also share, ironically, with hard-core atheists opposed to all religion. What is it? That religion is about what we believe.

Music: Women’s Choir directed by Marj Iuro, accompanied by Ikue Goldstein

The Music of the Night Revisited

(Second service begins at 11:15am) Five years ago I, along with our QUUF choir and other musicians, shared in one of my all-time favorite Halloween services, a service that explored the presence of “the other side” through Andrew Lloyd Webber’s entrancing musical, The Phantom of the Opera. Ever since that service, I’ve wanted to revisit that opera … and this is the year to do it!

Music: QUUF Choir directed by Marj Iuro, accompanied by Ikue Goldstein