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2008 Sermons

Starting Over… and Over… and Over…
2008! The beginning of a new year! A new year brings us an opportunity for reflection. It is a time when can stop to take stock, to think about where we have been, and where we want to be heading. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, January 2, 2008)

Strength to Love: Remembering Dr. King
As I was thinking about what to say to honor Dr. King’s birthday, I came across a collection of his sermons, entitled “Strength to Love.” …
(Rev. Craig Scott, January 20, 2008)

Are we Truly a Welcoming Congregation?
This morning, we welcome new members into our Fellowship, joyfully! And as we do so, it is good to consider the ways we welcome newcomers who come to check us out. Do we offer visitors a truly welcoming presence? …
(Rev. Craig Scott, March 3, 2008)

A Visit from Francis Dávid
Francis Dávid comes to life, 450 years and 6,000 miles from his home in Transylvania.
(Rev. Craig Scott, March 3, 2008)

Easter and Transformation
It was very early in the morning, just as the sun was rising. Three women set out to visit a tomb. They were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and a woman named Salome. They were frightened. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, March 16, 2008)

Gettin’ Old Ain’t for Sissies!
Studies tell us that by the age of 60, people are beginning to experience the first of the physical diminishments that come with old age. And believe me, I can attest to the accuracy of that finding! …
(Rev. Craig Scott, April 6, 2008)

Faith of our Founding Fathers
Recently, there has been a spate of books about religion and America’s founders, including two by Unitarian Universalist ministers. At least some of these books seem to have been written in response to claims by some on the religious right that this is a “Christian nation”, from its very inception. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, May 4, 2008)

Bird’s-eye View of our Spiritual Selves
What is it that draws millions of people around the world to become birders? Well, for at least some of us, I believe that it takes us out of our everyday concerns and provides us with a connection to the spiritual part of our lives. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, May 18, 2008)

Honoring Our Fathers
Abraham, the father of the Hebrew people, was born and raised in the city of Ur, in Sumeria, what is now Iraq. The book of Genesis tells us little about Abraham’s childhood. But a later Midrash fills in the story of his abusive, traumatic childhood. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, June 15, 2008)

Standing on the Side of Love
All over California this summer celebrations are taking place – celebrations of love! Gay and lesbian couples – many of them in partnerships going back decades – are finally getting to do what heterosexual couples have always been able to do. They are marrying partners they love!
(Rev. Craig Scott, August 3, 2008)

What I did on my Summer Vacation!
Karen and I took a long road trip in June and July, up to the Olympic Peninsula in Northwestern Washington State, camping, hiking, and backpacking along the way. One day in particular made a deep impression on me. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, September 7, 2008)

Reclaiming America’s Soul
I want to have a conversation this morning about an unpleasant subject – the war on terror and how it has compromised the ideals on which this country was founded. Specifically, I want to talk about how we might reclaim our national soul from the damage done to it by an official policy adopting the use of torture and denying due process of law to suspected terrorists. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, September 21, 2008)

How Did We Get Here?
Our story this morning begins in the Third Century of the Common Era, with a man named “Origen.” Origen was an early church father, but he was also a scholar and thinker, who would later be condemned by the Church of Rome as a heretic. Our kind of guy, in other words. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, October 3, 2008)

UU: What Lies Ahead?
Rev. Scott talks about being ordained, and how the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee evaluates ministerial candidates and monitors the progress of ordained ministers.
(Rev. Craig Scott, October 19, 2008)

Nicaea
At the Council of Nicaea in 325 it was decided that God consisted of three persons. The proponents of this formula hence were called Trinitarians. Their opponents, led by Arias, came to be known as Unitarians. That’s where we got our start. …
(Lloyd Kramer, November 9, 2008)

Paradise in This Life
An African-American had been elected president of the United States. This was something I had certainly not expected to see in my lifetime. Whomever you favored in the election, this was a momentous event in our history – an event that carries the potential to be transformative; to change our course; to move us in a new direction. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, November 16, 2008)

UU Principles in the 21st Century
What we Unitarian Universalists should do to make the 21st century a better place for our children.
(Rev. Craig Scott, November 23, 2008)

We Are What We Eat!
After the great flood in the Book of Genesis, and the story of Noah and the ark, the Hebrew people began to live under a set of rules about what they could and couldn’t eat. …
(Rev. Craig Scott, December 7, 2008)