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2006 Sermons

I Know this Rose will Open
This Fellowship is a rosebud, bursting with vitality and life, ready to open into a beautiful blossom. The seed was planted some 15 years ago by a few pioneers who had a vision of a Unitarian Universalist presence here in Gold Rush country. Dan and Marguerite Johnson started things going by hosting a meeting at their home. A few intrepid souls showed up, and a Fellowship was formed …
(Rev. Craig Scott, February 5, 2006)

Job’s Side of the Story
Thank you for inviting me here to speak with you today. There has been so much misunderstanding and disagreement about my story that I’m glad to have a chance to set the record straight. I was surprised that my story made it into the Bible, because it’s a very subversive story, as I think you will see! …
(Rev. Craig Scott, March 6, 2006)

Being Tolerant in an Intolerant Age: Fundamentalism in the Three Abrahamic Faiths
As many of you know, I graduated from seminary and became a minister only in the last couple of years. Many of my relatives and friends – who’ve known me for a long time – have been befuddled by this step. Most of these folks have no religious or spiritual connection, and they often send me articles and books that they think will be provocative. The book they most commonly bring up is The End of Faith, by Sam Harris …
(Rev. Craig Scott, March 12, 2006)

The Left Hand of God
The real voice of God – the Left Hand of God – is the voice of compassion and justice, the voice that does not demand the sacrifice of the innocent …
(Rev. Craig Scott, April 2, 2006)

Unitarian Universalists and The Inconvenient Truth About Global Warming
I believe that global warming is one of the most serious crises facing humanity, if not the most serious. And I believe that Unitarian Universalists have a great deal to contribute to the effort to turn things around. One of the real difficulties we face […] is that we risk becoming overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem. It’s easy to think, “well it’s already too late; there’s nothing I can do” […] So what I want to talk about today is where in all this we can find hope and the determination to join the struggle. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, October 6, 2006)

What’s so Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding?
This is not the Jesus of the Christian “incarnation,” the Jesus who is the only instance in history of God coming to Earth in human form; the Jesus who is part of a three-in-one Godhead; the Jesus who rose from the dead. No – this is the flesh and blood Jesus who embodies our UU principles. This is the Jesus who lives on in his teachings and in the example of the life he led. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, October 15, 2006)

So Just What do we Unitarian Universalists Stand For?
“Come Build a Land.” This has always been my favorite UU hymn. “We’ll build a land where we bind up the broken. We’ll build a land where the captives go free.” We’ll build a land together “where justice shall roll down like waters, and peace like an ever-flowing stream.” Are we building that land? We have begun a discussion about what Unitarian Universalists believe. Who we are in the world? What we can do to make our voices more effective? …
(Rev. Craig Scott, October 29, 2006)

Growing Together as a Community of the Spirit
It was the winter of 1979, a time of major discontent for me. […] It was rainy and cold, and I was soaking wet and feeling very sorry for myself. Suddenly, I was seized with a moment of revelation. Out of the blue, I experienced an image of the Hindu God Shiva, multiple arms upraised, dancing, and balanced on one foot. […] but why, I had always wondered, would you worship a God known as the destroyer? …
(Rev. Craig Scott, November 5, 2006)

A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning
In 1516, Erasmus, the Dutch scholar and humanist, published a new translation of the Christian New Testament. […] movements to make the Bible available to the common people had begun. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, November 19, 2006)

Unitarian Universalists and Christmas
There is no mention of Jesus’ birth in the gospels of Mark or John, in the letters of Paul, in the rest of the New Testament, or in any historical accounts. Out of these two gospel stories has been constructed a narrative that we all know – or think we know. Yet if we look into these narratives, we find some interesting differences – differences that suggest some underlying meanings that might speak to us as Unitarian Universalists. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, December 3, 2006)

Winter Holidays
Rev. Scott tells our children the stories behind the well-known and best-loved Christmas carols.
(Rev. Craig Scott, December 17, 2006)