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2007 Sermons

Reason and Reverence
“Bring Many Names” is one of my favorites from our songbook, “Singing the Living Tradition.” But this is the first time I have chosen to sing it at this Fellowship. I know that its frequent use of the “G” word is likely to bring discomfort for some of you. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, January 21, 2007)

Building a Culture of Generosity
Today I want to talk with you about our third expectation of membership – financial participation. I want to talk about funding our vision for this Fellowship. We have a vision of what we want to be in this community. How do we go about funding it? This inevitably brings us around to the question of money – something we generally don’t like to talk about. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, February 4, 2007)

A Universalist Perspective: Hosea Ballou
Many Universalists feared that their movement would become lost when it joined together with the Unitarians. In many respects, they were right – today, far more attention is paid to Unitarian history and tradition than to Universalism. So, I want to share with you some notion of the development of Universalism, and also to suggest some ways in which Universalism remains relevant today. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, March 4, 2007)

Awakening the Heart: Buddhism And Unitarian Universalism
In his later years, when Northern India was afire with his message, people would come from all over to hear the man who had come to be known as the Buddha. And they would ask him – not “who are you?” but “what are you?”
“Are you a God?” and the Buddha would answer “No!”
“A messenger from God?” “No!”
“A saint?” “No!”
“Then what are you?” And the Buddha would answer, “I am awake!”
(Rev. Craig Scott, March 18, 2007)

Rites of Spring: Passover and Palm Sunday
This Sunday is as Palm Sunday. According to tradition, it is the day on which Jesus entered into the City of Jerusalem. As you may recall, by the time of this visit to Jerusalem, Jesus had gathered a group of followers, and he was feared by the Roman overlords, by the Hebrew kings who ruled under the Romans, and by the elite priests of the Jewish temple. Crowds gathered as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, and they waved palm branches to herald his arrival. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, April 1, 2007)

Redemption, Who Needs It
Shame sets the table for redemption. The capacity for deep shame can be learned and has been systematically taught. It is impressed upon people by tradition, mores, peer pressure and manipulators. …
(John H. Kramer, April 8, 2007)

Darwin and Religion
Over the summer, I found myself doing a lot of reading about religious responses to Charles Darwin’s work and to the evolution science that has come after it. Seeing “Inherit the Wind” last month – on this very stage – convinced me that it’s about time I put my two cents into the discussion, …
(Rev. Craig Scott, October 7, 2007)

Are UUs and Institutions Incompatible?
This Sunday has been designated as “Association Sunday,” a day for us to honor the institutions of Unitarian Universalism and to acknowledge their importance. Well, Unitarian Universalists are notorious for being distrustful of institutions – especially of governments at all levels, but also of religious bodies …
(Rev. Craig Scott, October 21, 2007)

Remembering Loved Ones: Dia de los Muertos
Dia de los Muertos combines the Roman Catholic rituals of All Saints Day and All Souls Day with 2,000-year-old Mexican Indian traditions. Its genius is that it mixes celebration with mourning. We grieve for those who have died, even as we honor their lives and the ways in which they live on through us. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, November 4, 2007)

Imagining Sisyphus Happy
Albert Camus wrote “The Myth of Sisyphus.” It’s a long discussion about whether suicide is the only reasonable response to what Camus calls the absurdity of human existence. But the essay ends with a line that has stayed with me for many years – “Il faut imaginer Sisyphe heureux.” One must imagine Sisyphus happy! …
(Rev. Craig Scott, November 11, 2007)

To Build a Church
The life of each Unitarian Universalist is like a flowing stream – sometimes tranquil, often not – and we merge into the rivers of our congregations and into the larger torrent of our UU movement …
(Rev. Craig Scott, November 18, 2007)

Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. It has no religious, nationalistic, or military overtones. And it provides an island of relative peace and sanity between the consumerist orgies of Halloween and Christmas. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, November 25, 2007)

Darkness and Light: Celebrating Christmas
Several years ago, Karen and I were lucky enough to be in Bethlehem on the night when Christmas Eve is celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church. It was cold that night, and it got dark early. But the town was lighted everywhere, as we walked through its narrow streets and into Manger Square. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, December 2, 2007)