Sample Sermons



The “Real” Truth about Hanukkah:

Lessons Learned on How to Live in Our Divisive World

Presented by Lew Stern at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth

December 25th, 2016- The first day of Hanukkah

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"When the Ox is In the Ditch" Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman.

My dear, beloved Aunt would say from time to time, “The Ox is in the Ditch.” I knew even at a young age, that it was significant. Something about the order of things was shifting, even if temporarily. It’s taken me a long time to figure it out. I will share what I’ve learned on Sunday.

Sermon | 10/23/16 | “When the Ox is In the Ditch”

by Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman

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"The Future of the Laissez-Faire Church" Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman.

For 30 years in the late 20thcentury, the UU model for church organization was laissez-faire. (That would be “Live and let Live.”) The result was little definition of who should make decisions, when and how, as well as unclear leadership training or clarity about what purposes we were serving and for whom. I will preach about a different way to think about how we can organize ourselves and to what ends.

Sermon | 10/9/16 | “The Future of the Laissez-Faire Church”

by Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman

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"Let Awake People be Awake" Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman.

The poet William Stafford says: "the signals we give--yes or no, or maybe--should be clear; the darkness around us is deep." I will preach about "yes or no, or maybe."  The choir will sing today.

Sermon | 9/25/16 | “Let Awake People be Awake”

by Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman

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Guest Speakers

“When It’s Hard to be UU” - Rev. Dr. Lyssa Jenkens

It is not easy to be a Unitarian Universalist, certainly not in Texas. And, truly, it should not ever be easy to be UU. But, when civil discourse has become an oxymoron, our faith requires even more of us. Let’s talk about the legacy we carry, the promises we have made and how we can help each other when it is hard to be UU.

Sermon | 10/2/16 | When It's Hard to be UU

by Rev. Dr. Lyssa Jenkens

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"This I Believe." - Jack Mulkeen, Carol McKeon, and Lew Stern

What do you believe?  Why are we here?  What is our purpose?  To whom do you address your most deeply felt wishes and needs?  Is there a label for what you believe? What did you tell your children you believe? Four members will conduct this service and share their beliefs in word and song: Carol McKeon, Jack Mulkeen, Lew Stern and Nancy Wendlandt. Not all their beliefs will fit into a single service, so they have been pondering and winnowing, as you might like to do in preparation for this special Memorial Day service.

Sermon | 5/29/16 | This I Believe

by Jack Mulkeen, Carol McKeon, and Lew Stern

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"Injustice Syndrome" - Rev. Pancheta Peterson

Rev. Peterson spoke to us about the national impact of injustice. 

Sermon | 5/1/16 | “Injustice Syndrome”

by Rev Pancheta Peterson

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"A Holy Conversation" - Tom Kirkman

Recently, a task force was formed to examine how our congregation chooses to carry out its mission in answering the question of whose lives do we wish to transform and in what way? Determining our identity and purpose are important parts of the process. Tom Kirkman is the chair of the task force and will help us try to answer the questions of who we are, what are we called to do, and where are we in time and space as a congregation.

Sermon | 3/6/16 | “A Holy Conversation”

by Tom Kirkman

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"Refugee Crisis" - Bruce Knotts

“UUs and the Refugee Crisis,” Guest Speaker Bruce Knotts. We are honored to have Mr. Knotts at UUFF to address this very urgent humanitarian issue. He is coming from New York City where he has been the Executive Director of the UUA’s United Nations Office since 2008. Prior to that, he worked in refugee relief in the Foreign Service. Mr. Knotts had diplomatic assignments in Greece, Zambia, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire and The Gambia. While in Cote d’Ivoire, he served as the Regional Refugee Coordinator for West Africa covering 16 nations. In 2004, he was elected to the Board of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies. John McWilliam will lead the service. The choir will also participate.

Sermon | 11/29/15 | “Refugee Crisis”

by Bruce Knotts

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