Sermon

Spare the Rod

 “Violence is the intentional use of physical force or power (threatened or actual) against another person, that either results in—or has a high likelihood of resulting in—injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation.” —World Health Organization   “What do you do,” another mother asked me at a playground about twenty years ago, “when your children … Continued

Pride and Prejudice: Confessions of an Implicit Racist

Good morning. I love being home. This congregation raised me. I came to it in 1995, deeply wounded from my Catholic excommunication years before. Early on, I fought with a member during a movie when I thought I heard dogma and he emphatically denied it. I refused to sign the book for years, just waiting … Continued

The Myth of Redeeming Violence

I. Introduction The Myth of Redeeming Violence (MRV) is one of the key premises of a social, cultural, and religious system by now at least five thousand years old. With a little practice it is easy to spot in events of world history, in speeches by present-day politicians, new laws that increase the prison population, … Continued

Separating Church and State

Opening Reading Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people … Continued

A Halloween History

, the word Samhain being Old Irish for “summer’s end”.  Incidentally Samhain was the beginning of the Keltic year, the Keltic new year. Although our information about the Keltic Samhain celebration is limited, we do know that the celebration was what modern anthropologists call a “liminal” event.  It was a boundary, threshold, a “period in … Continued

Immortality for Real

“All men are mortal – Socrates is a man – therefore Socrates is mortal.” Students hear these words as they embark on a journey of mental gymnastics. Yes, this talk is cerebral. I am going to tickle the gray stuff. Are we all mortal? Actually, in Plato’s Phaedo, Socrates argued that humans have an immortal … Continued

Minding Our Manners

When my four siblings and I were in elementary school, my mother instituted Wednesday dinners in the dining room as an opportunity for us to learn and practice good manners. On those Wednesday evenings, Mom introduced us to table manners and polite conversation. Our dad took advantage of the opportunity to teach us to conclude … Continued

Science as Religion

We’ve probably all been asked the question: “What religion are you?” The answer “Unitarian Universalist” usually leads to more questions. You may have heard: Do you believe in God? What about sin? If you don’t use the Bible, how do you know what’s right and what’s wrong? What do you teach children in Sunday school … Continued

Where We Are From

If you don’t know where you’re from, you’ll have a hard time saying where you’re going. ~Wendell Berry “Where are you from?” is certainly a common question when we meet people for the first time. Whether our curiosity is triggered by someone’s accent or appearance, we are always interested in the origins of people we … Continued

Fiftieth-Anniversary Sermon

Presented by Gini Courter (Chief Governance Officer of the Unitarian Universalist Association) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bowling Green November 4, 2012 I do not know when it began, but you do. It began with a discontent, a gnawing in the soul, an out-of-placeness. It began with heresy. Or perhaps it began with an … Continued

The Chosen Faith

The Chosen Faith Presented by Jim Martin at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bowling Green September 26, 2010 Joan and I have just returned from a two week trip to Central Europe, visiting the major cities of Prague in the Czech Republic, Bratislava in Slovakia, and Budapest, Hungary. It was an amazing, eye-opening, life-changing experience. … Continued

The Chalice and the Blade

A Discussion of the Ideas of Riane Eisler by Dr. Jan Garrett Presented March 28, 2010 at the Unitarian Univeralist Church of Bowling Green KY Since March is Women’s History Month, it is fitting to devote a program to the ideas of Riane Eisler, one of the most important writers on women’s oppression and human … Continued

The Natural Act of Dying

THE NATURAL ACT OF DYING Presented by Katrina Phelps Unitarian Universalist Church of Bowling Green March 7, 2010 The Natural Act of Dying: it almost sounds like an oxymoron. Every fiber of our living, breathing mind and body seems programmed to fight death. We have both intensely primitive and highly refined survival instincts. We want … Continued

Balancing Church Life

Balancing Church Life These remarks were delivered by the persons indicated at a special Sunday Service given at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bowling Green, September 27, 2009. They provide a snapshot of specific activities and departments of church life. They represent only a part of the program. I will add additional remarks as I … Continued

Sustainability: Negotiating a Crisis of Faith

“Sustainability: Negotiating a Crisis of Faith” by Daniel Reader *Personal crisis of faith Good morning.  I have a bit of a problem I would like to share with you.  Let me tell you about it.. In 1974, I was 15 years old and taking a biology class in high school.  It was then that I … Continued

To Be Determined

To Be Determined Esther Hurlburt MDiv Unitarian Universalist Church of Bowling Green, Kentucky July 26, 2009          When I was a little kid I was just terrified of the Biblical prophets. I have a picture in my mind of the prophet Isaiah looking down … as if he was looking down directly on me. He … Continued

Elements, Archetypes and Universal Patterns

Elements, Archetypes and Universal Patterns: Ancient Wisdom for Today’s Challenges Rev. Dr. Cari Bourette, 6/21/09      Have you ever noticed that every year about this time the days get longer and the nights get shorter?  And it always seems to follow that the days get shorter and the nights get longer?  Have you noticed that … Continued

Wrestling with God

Presented by Dr. Jan Garrett on May 31, 2009, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bowling Green Kentucky. The idea of religious experience as wrestling with God goes back to the Book of Genesis (32:24-31). Jacob, the grandson of the patriarch Abraham, encounters an angel, presumably sent by God, and wrestles with him. In this … Continued