Ownership and Forgiveness


Service celebrated at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana, on 09 October, 2011; by Rev. Chip Roush

Ten and a half days ago, at sundown on September 28th, many of our Jewish friends celebrated the beginning of the year 5772. Rosh Hashanah—literally, the “head of the year”—is the first day of the year, and therefore it is the anniversary of the creation of the world. On Rosh Hashanah, some believe, God opens the Book of ~read more~

Coming-Out Day (sermon excerpt)

David Jonathan

I do not mean to imply that all people who oppose same-sex marriage—or who oppose homosexuality in general—are liars or hateful.  Many of them may be good people, trying to live according to their beliefs.

The ones who are not lying, not deliberately confusing and inflaming things, usually base their beliefs on one of four reasons.  Many people who oppose same-sex marriage cite a biblical injunction against it as the reason for their opposition.  Others say that ~read more~

more dangerous than miracles


Homily preached at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana, on 11 September 2011, by the Rev. Mr. Chip Roush

“On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up  a ~read more~

Labor Day: Our Scrap of Time

Kudirat Abiola Memorial, Nigeria

Our Scrap of Time
Service celebrated at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana, on 04 September 2011
Rev. Chip Roush

Our opening words this morning are from Marge Piercy’s poem, “To Be Of Use”
“The work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
but you know ~read more~

UUSC Justice Sunday (sermon; 110327)

UUSC logo

Justice is Aid with Dignity  (UUSC Justice Sunday)
Service celebrated at People’s Church UU, in Ludington, Michigan, on 27 March 2011
Rev. Chip Roush

Our 9th annual “new” Fast Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 6th. As one who obviously loves eating, I find fasting every year an interesting practice. Fasting really throws me out of my usual daily rhythms, and wakes me up to appreciate my life in a deeper way. I hope many of you ~read more~

Half-Hearted Covenant?

Outreach by Christine Perry

Going All The Way
Service celebrated at the UU Congregation of Petoskey, MI, on 20 March 2011
Rev. Chip Roush

from “The Open Door” by Helen Keller
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature,
nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

UNISON READING     #477 by the Rev. Mr. Vivian Pomeroy:
Forgive us that we ~read more~

Men Are Alright (sermon; 110306)


The Men Are Alright

Service celebrated at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, Ohio; on 06 March 2011

We gather here this morning to create meaning together. Among us are straight men who enjoy sports, and straight men who hate sports. There are gay men who love sports and there are gay men who consider sports a waste of time. In Unitarian Universalist congregations, across the country this morning, there are some women and some men ~read more~

integral impulse (sermon; 110130)

nested dolls Snoopy

Integral Impulse Service celebrated at People’s Church UU, in Ludington, Michigan, on 30 January 2011; by Rev. Chip Roush

 OPENING WORDS               
by Ken Wilber (who turns 62 tomorrow)
“I’ll tell you what I think. I think the sages are the growing tip of the secret impulse of evolution. I think they are the leading edge of the self-transcending drive that always goes beyond what went before. I think they embody the very drive of the Kosmos toward greater depth ~read more~

faster than feeling (sermon; 080413)

Elements of a service celebrated at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse: 


The practice of fasting—of not eating, and maybe not even drinking, for a period of a day or a week or even months—has long been a human custom.  Some traditions use it to seek purification; others to demonstrate the supremacy of the will.  Fasting has been used to draw attention to social inequalities, by such people as Mahatma Gandhi and the British feminist Emmeline ~read more~

poker, prison, prayer (sermon; 040627)

This sermon was preached on Fusion, the UU Church of Rockford’s weekly television show on WIFR-TV; on 27 June 2004
Rev. Chip Roush

How many of you have ever played poker? Did you play for pennies, or poker chips, or was there paper money in the pot? How many of you have ever played strip poker,
where you have to remove an item of clothing if you have the losing hand?

The game of poker is enjoying an ~read more~

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