Once Only

January 1, 2023
This service will, Janus-like, look both ways. Following a sermon message engaging Denise Levertov’s poem “Once Only” as its text, it will include a “Composting Communion,” then, in community, both…
In his song “Holy Now,” Peter Mayer, reflecting his Catholic upbringing, writes: “Wine from water is not so small/ But an even better magic trick/ Is that anything is here…
One of the functions of mythology and religion is what mythologist Joseph Campbell calls the “pedagogical function” – teaching and guiding the individual through the normal stages of life in…

Easter for Everyone!

April 17, 2022
For many religious liberals the joy and triumph of Easter is diminished – or even blocked completely – by past literalistic understandings. This sermon will – oh, so quickly –…
In Nature, death is not a factor of special importance; it’s simply part of the turning wheel of Being as it rolls onward through time. But to us in our…

Everything is Holy Now!

December 19, 2021
Scholar of mythology Joseph Campbell writes, “The first function of a mythology is to waken and maintain in the individual a sense of wonder and participation in the mystery of…

Everything We Have We Borrow

November 21, 2021
The sermon on this Sunday prior to our nation's Thanksgiving Day celebration will address the origin and occasions of gratitude, the nature and necessity of gratitude, and the key to…

The Music of the Night

October 31, 2021
Halloween is a seasonal festival that recognizes that physically and materially we are entering the darker part of the calendar year. But since we humans have not only material and…

The Question of “God”

April 18, 2021
Historically, the little word "God" has been the primary word in the English language directing us toward the largest that the human mind can conceive and the deepest that the…