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What I Think About When I Think About Peace


The UU goal of “World community with peace, liberty and justice for all” is a wonderful principle – especially now. However, like ending racism, homelessness, and child abuse it is pragmatically unrealistic. This sermon will explore the evolution and genetics of peace and violence and it will make more balanced and realistic observations about how […]

Resurrecting Democracy


“Of the people, by the people and for the people” is an expression coined by a Unitarian (Theodore Parker). Use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large is an article of our faith; it’s our Fifth UU Principle. Yet, our political processes seem to be controlled by billionaires rather than […]

Patriotism Today


Today’s sermon will explore what patriotism means since 9-11, what is the difference between patriotism and nationalism, and how do we as UU’s express patriotism?

Letters From and To Our Fathers

An exploration of the complexity of what it means to be a father and what it means to be in relationship with a father. Rev. Lois also speaks to the tragic shootings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Turtle Island and Her Co-Creators

Climate Change is destroying our planet (known as “turtle island” in some native cultures). Yet there are stories of individuals and organizations that are working to protect and restore our planet. And these stories are truly stories of joy…

Speaking Truth from Powerlessness to Power


David slew the giant Goliath, a seeming impossible outcome. But the powerful do not always overcome the perceived powerless. How do we the people, seemingly powerless in the face of corporate power speak truth? Note: This sermon was written by Rev. Lois, but read by a member of the congregation, as Rev. Lois was called […]