Sermons

“Rewarding the Responsible”  by Mark W. Harris –  February 17, 2019

“Rewarding the Responsible” – Mark W. Harris – Is there any reward for being responsible? For those who answer emails promptly and are on time, what is the benefit? The responsible people often end up waiting or not hearing from someone, but there is no penalty for irresponsibility. What to do?

“Dream On” by Mark W. Harris – January 20, 2019

“Dream On” by Mark W. Harris – People often remember Dr. King for his I Have a Dream speech. Do you dream? I don’t mean those odd, colorful and strange visions at night, but rather visions for your life, or the life of the church, or the life of the world.

“An Ageist Story” by Mark W. Harris  January 13, 2019

“An Ageist Story” by Mark Harris – Is American society ageist? Old people are put out to pasture, and no one pays any attention to them. To compensate we all pretend that we are forever young. Many us, even if we are old, can be ageist, too.

“Strength for the Journey” by  Mark W. Harris –  January 6, 2019

“Strength for the Journey” by Mark Harris – On Epiphany we celebrate the arrival of the three magi at the end of their journey to find the holy child. What journeys will you have in the new year? For me, I will have a journey into retirement, and a big move. Where will your journey take you?

“Silence of the Season” by Mark W. Harris – December 9, 2018

“Silence of the Season” by Mark W. Harris – Silence has always played a critical role in religious journeys. Does silence play a role in your life? Do other people silence you sometimes with their words or looks? When is silence a weapon, and when is it a source of strength?

 “Longing for God” by Mark W. Harris  December 2, 2018

“Longing for God” by Mark W. Harris – Many members of UU congregations are humanists who usually say that all religion is an expression of human longing for meaning , connection, and hope, to make life and memory meaningful or “sacred.” But what about God? Do we still have a longing or desire for the divine, and how does it play a role in our lives?

“All Our Losses”  by Mark W. Harris – October 28, 2018

“All Our Losses” by Mark W. Harris – “As Halloween (and the Day of the Dead, and All Saints Day) approaches we think of the time of year when the veil between the living and the dead is thinest. Grief for a loved one is one kind of loss, but we all wrestle each day with other losses in our lives.”

“Beautiful Souls” by Mark W. Harris  October 7, 2018 – 

“Beautiful Souls” by Mark W. Harris

 In the past few weeks we all witnessed the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford who showed such courage in coming forward to tell her story. Under what circumstances do we come forward? What impels us to defy authority and convention and speak up?