Sermons by Rev. Jim McKinley

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Dad’s Tackle Box II (with Guest)

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Five years ago this Sunday, we packed up to move the Sunday service to Agudas Israel while we renovated the sanctuary. It was a big commitment and change. The reflection for the day was “Dad’s Tackle Box.” When my dad was a young man, he made a wooden tackle box. He helped my brothers and […]

Beloved Community Gets Real

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Our religious orientation starts with a sense of something more. We belong to much more than ourselves. We inter-are. UUFH is part of the living faith tradition of Unitarian Universalism; “streams that meet and merge.” General Assembly begins in ten days in New Orleans. Our Association is embracing big issues and opportunities. Beloved community gets […]

Thanks Be To Good

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On this Sunday, we will practice appreciation. Graduation recognizes successful completion of requirements. Appreciation recognizes the good that is in us and around us, and then says thank you. We will celebrate members of the congregation and recognize the Faith Development Program as their year concludes. Join us for fun and festivities as we appreciate […]

Real Climate Change, Real Hope

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Each of us wants and needs to live with hope that touches and inspires our hearts. Rev. John Dorhauer, president of the United Church of Christ, said in his presentation to UU ministers that liberal religion’s current articulation of hope fails to take into account climate change, and if we can’t articulate that, we should […]

A Single Glorious Thing!

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Let’s celebrate Easter Sunday! The title comes from a quote by Barbara Kingsolver: “In my own worst seasons, I’ve come back from the colorless world of despair by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single glorious thing: a flame of red geranium outside my bedroom window. And then another: my […]

Risk and Resilience

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Three messengers from our history and traditions speak to us today and help form our religious orientation: William Ellery Channing, who held up “an exalted view of human love and possibility”; Theodore Parker who said there is “a moral arc of the universe” that we can bend toward justice; and Susan B. Anthony, who modeled […]

The Joy of Commitment

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I would add “and Freedom and Hope and Grace Beyond that Commitment,” but the sign can’t hold such a long title. Take action, lift despair, empower grace. In this commitment Sunday, you become part of the difference you hope to make and your hope becomes much more than you alone. It becomes this congregation, the […]

Better Together

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Together in one human family. The message and mission comes straight out of our Universalist tradition and heritage. It is what we stand on and for. One human family – no exceptions. One family of being. We are called to expand our circle of compassion, not contract it. We step up to make the larger […]

Each of Us

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Our theme this month asks: “What does it mean to be a community of identity?” – a group of us, where each belongs. “Whoever you are, we bid you welcome;” much easier said than done. How do we reach across divisions of difference to be the community and world we hope for? Parker Palmer writes […]

Keep on Moving Forward

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On November 13th, we sang Pat Humphries’ song “Never Turning Back.” I called it “a simple anthem of encouragement, possibility and persistence.” It’s also known as “Keep on Moving Forward.” In this time of dark winter days and two days after Inauguration Day, it’s a song and a message that will feel good to hear […]