Although not yet a full-fledged minister, I’ve had the opportunity to preach now and then due to fortunate circumstance and the generosity and patience of my home congregations. My sermons have always been well received, but I have to wonder who is the real beneficiary — I’ve been amazed at how much I learn each time I sit down to compile thoughts others might not have already thought themselves. The word “sermon,” by the way, has its origins in the Latin roots for “conversation” (sermo) and “to link together” (serere). Good to keep in mind.

Find a Stillness

Find a Stillness First Parish Church in Taunton, Mass. February 25, 2018   I begin today with a riddle: What did the Zen master say to the hot dog vendor? “Make me one with everything.” Wait. It gets better. The hot dog vendor hands the Zen master his hot dog… Read More

Beyond Intention

Beyond Intention First Parish Church in Taunton January 28, 2018   Last Saturday, I was at the gym. It was time for my bimonthly visit. I mean, since New Year’s I have fully intended to go to the gym three times a week, but without too much effort I’ve been… Read More

Fun with a Purpose

Fun with a Purpose First Parish Church of Taunton Sunday, September 24, 2017   Last week I spoke about falling in love with magic when I was seven years old. Another love I had at the time, and for some years after, was this magazine, Highlights for Children. This is… Read More

Finding the Center

Finding the Center July 2017     “What’s under a play? What holds it up? You might as well ask, what’s under me? On what am I built?” —John Patrick Shanley, preface to “Doubt”   So. What’s under you? On what are you built? In today’s reading, the playwright John… Read More

Shock and Awe

Shock and Awe First Parish of Sudbury Sunday, November 6, 2016   Do you remember “shock and awe?” I see some nodding heads. You may be thinking, yeah, Gulf War. And you’d be half right. There have been two Gulf Wars, and they were 12 years apart. So, a little… Read More

Who Invented Love?

Who Invented Love? Unitarian Universalist Church of Wakefield October 2, 2016     I have probably spent far too much time in my life trying to figure out the universe. I sometimes try to picture myself out in airless space, experiencing the complete absence of sound waves, a sound quieter… Read More

My Father’s Hat

My Father’s Hat A Father’s Day Service The First Church in Belmont June 19, 2016   After my dad died about seven years ago from heart failure, my mother gave me a few of his clothing items—some flannel shirts, a spring jacket that was way too big, and this hat. My… Read More

Love, Life, and All That Jazz

Love, Life, and All That Jazz Unitarian Universalist Church of Wakefield February 14, 2016   Opening Words … are from the poet, Langston Hughes. In 1926, when he was 24 years old, Hughes published his first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, which included an essay, “The Negro Artist and… Read More

Can We All Get Along?

Can We All Get Along? Unitarian Universalist Church of Wakefield January 24, 2015   Opening words: I’ve been in the storm so long, children Been in the storm so long I’ve been in the storm so long, children Gimme a little time to pray. (from an African American spiritual)   Sermon:… Read More

A Testament for Our Times

A Testament for Our Times Sunday, September 27, 2015 Unitarian Universalist Church of Wakefield, Mass.   Opening Words: Battle Hymn of the Self Republic   Mine eyes have seen the glory of the universe in a single flower For that would be the Buddhist in me. I have seen all… Read More