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September 9, 2007: “Homecoming, Ollie Ollie In Free”

Since we are coming to the Jewish High Holidays of Yom Kippur and Roshhashanh, I thought I’d share this story: Sidney telephones Rabbi Levy. He says, “Rabbi, I know tonight is Yom Kippur, but tonight the Yankees are in the playoffs. Rabbi, I’m a life-long Yankees fan. I’ve got to watch the Yankees game on TV. “Rabbi Levy replies, “Sidney, that’s what…

September 2, 2007: “The Myth of Labor Day: Compassionate Capitalism”

The cartoon strip, Dilbert, by Scott Adams is popular because it examines the sometime idiocy of the business world. In a recent one that I saved particularly for this sermon, the boss by his door and says to Dilbert: ‘Prepare a proposal for this customer.’ ‘Why me?’ ‘You were walking by.’ Dilbert looks at it and says ‘We can’t win this business.…

August 26, 2007: “If Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus, Unitarians Are From Pluto (It’s a Wonder That We Communicate at All!)”

An old Texan who had managed to live 99 years was asked by a new neighbor to what he attributed both his and his wife’s longevity and how the relationship had lasted almost 75 years. “Well,” the old man drawled, “Before the wife and me were married, we made an agreement that we’ve kept faithfully. Any time I started to nag at…

August 12, 2007: “Why We Sainted Emerson, and Why We Shouldn’t Have”

Former president of our denomination, John Buehrens, once gave his own favorite version of the fundamentalists’ favorite Bible verse as “God so loved the world that S/he did not send a committee.” Someone said that John Buehrens commented that he wasn’t surprised, when he became president, to see that we UUs shoot ourselves in the foot. After all, he’d been around this…

August 5, 2007: “Why Church? Why Religion? Why Ministry?”

Why church? Why religion? Ok, add, why ministry? Here are some statements that begin to understand it with tongue in cheek: **’All religions are the same: religion is basically guilt, with different holidays’. ~Cathy Ladman ***’There’s something in every atheist, itching to believe, and something in every believer, itching to doubt.’ ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, The move here from our…

April 29, 2007: “The Art of Ministry”

Sunday, April 29, 2007Because we Unitarian Universalists don’t take kindly to commandments, I originally wrote THE TEN SUGGESTIONS as part of a wedding ceremony: THE TEN SUGGESTIONS Rev. Arthur G. Severance Find Out who you really are and what you want out of life; then find out what life wants out of you. Find your own way to be religious. Give up…