Video Sermon Archive

Watch any of our archived Sermons over the years on Youtube!

MAR. 7TH, 2021

“Matisse’s Creative Resilience”

Exchange with Rev. Jim Coakley (Greenbay, WI)

Virtual Pulpit Exchange with the Rev. Jim Coakley of Northeastern Wisconsin

Rev. Coakley writes: Creativity and imagination have helped many of us get through the isolation and hardship of the pandemic. As an example of creative resilience, I would like to lift up the early 20th century artist Henri Matisse. Near the end of his incredibly creative life, Matisse lost the physical ability to paint, yet he resiliently developed a new creative outlet. Reverend Jim Coakley serves four UU Fellowships in Northeast Wisconsin located in Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Ephriam, and Stevens Point. He is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School with a Masters of Divinity and was ordained in 2016. His ministry is grounded in a strong belief that Unitarian Universalists have something wonderful to offer the world — an extraordinary way to be together and a vision for a better world. 

MAR. 14TH, 2021

“Lighting Millions of Candles”

A UUFVB Chancel Dialogue with Rev. Scott W. Alexander, Senior Minister

Mr. Robert Terry and Judith H. Whitney-Terry, UUFVB Members

Lori Michaelson, U.S. State Department

Rev. Alexander writes:

Unitarian Universalism has always been animated and informed by a global and inclusive spirituality. We – perhaps more than another single faith tradition – have understood the interconnectedness of all life on this planet, and our moral and spiritual obligation to defend and serve that global adhesiveness. We are blessed to have as members of our congregation Bob and Judith Terry, a couple who have separately devoted much of their lives to a global vision of service.

Bob: During the 1960’s Robert – along with Sargent Shriver in the Kennedy Administration – played a key role in the development of the Peace Corps…and later in his long career helped to found the Global hunger charity Oxfam America , as well as the International Association for National Youth Service and the National Peace Corps Association. 

Judith: During the 1980’s, Judith was a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras. After returning home, she served the Boston Area (and Cape and Islands) Returning Peace Corps Volunteers, and the National Peace Corps Association Board for many years.  In addition, Judith had a long and successful  business career in real estate investment and management. Judith and Bob are “retired” and live between Orleans, MA and Vero Beach.

Adding to the depth of our conversation will be Lori Michaelson, a Unitarian Universalist diplomat (and enthusiastic cyclist) whom I have known for 20 years. Lori is a career diplomat and Senior Economic Officer with experience in international negotiations, public diplomacy, program management, and reporting and analysis.   She most recently served at the Economic Unit Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo, and is currently here in Vero Beach spending time with her Mother before she assumes her next State Department assignment as the Energy and Environment desk officer for Mexico in the Spring. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Michaelson was a manager for BearingPoint, a multi-national consulting firm…and also worked for more than 15 years with nonprofits including World Wildlife Fund and International Youth Foundation. Ms. Michaelson holds a Master’s in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s in International Relations both from American University in Washington, DC.

I guarantee that you will not want to miss our Four-way “Chancel Dialogue” about how we can all participate as global citizens in the “Lighting of Millions of Candles”

MAR. 21ST, 2021

“Is Truth Relative of Absolute?”

Rev. Scott W. Alexander

Continuing with my focus on the all-important topic of truth (and how we determine it) in this sermon I will explore the philosophical question of whether or not truth is absolute or relative, or something in-between.  For generations liberals and conservatives have fiercely debated this issue. Where we come down on this fundamental epistemological question will greatly affect not only our day to day lives but also the quality our moral and ethical decision making. 

MAR. 28TH, 2021

“Ministers are a Lot Like hospital Food!”

Rev. Scott W. Alexander

As the July 31st date of my retirement from my duties here at this congregation approach, the fact that you will soon have new ministerial leadership (first with a 2-year interim minister beginning in August, followed by a new “settled” minister in 2023) becomes clear and unavoidable. All of this has gotten me thinking about what it means to be a minister, and how congregations cope with the inevitable departures and arrivals of clergy who exist to serve them.   Do be with me as I reflect on this complicated process.

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