Rev. Scott Alexander

Scott is the UUFVB Minister

Immigration and Cultural Hospitality

Sermon IV in the Year-Long Series
“Unitarian Universalism and Culture”
Scott writes, “We are in an unsettling time when the current President of these United States, many in Congress, and something close to half the American people are openly expressing their fear of and hostility … read more.

Nature’s Holy Medicine

Scott writes: There is a whole host of new scientific research which indicates that regular exposure to nature dramatically improves the health and happiness of human beings. On this Sunday I want to explore how we might expand and deepen our relationship with the … read more.

Carry Water,Chop Wood

Rev. Scott W. Alexander preaching. Scott writes: “Taking off from an ancient Zen proverb: “Before enlightenment: chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment: chop wood, carry water.” I want to explore the topic of everyday mindfulness. As far as I am concerned, mindfulness is the first … read more.

Economic Justice

Sermon 3 in the Year-Long Series, Unitarian Universalists and Culture, Rev. Scott W. Alexander preaching. Economic justice is one of the most elusive social ideals that any culture faces. What exactly does “economic justice” look like in any particular society? Who determines what level of … read more.

Civility

This Sunday I will continue my sermon series on Unitarian Universalists and Culture reflecting how well American culture is in terms of its civility. Almost everyone believes that civility is a good thing that smooths the “commerce and interactions” of any culture…but how do we–as … read more.

What is at Stake a Week from Tuesday

Each time a national election rolls around, the American people face clear and important decisions and policy choices that will directly affect the quality of our shared life. On November 6th, how we vote (and who we vote for) will determine much about what kind … read more.

Diversity and Inclusion

Sermon I in the Year-Long Series
“Unitarian Universalist and Culture’
In his famous 1951 book Christ and Culture, Protestant theologian H.Richard Niebuhr categorized all the ways he believed Christians must relate and respond to the culture they live in. Over the course of this sermon … read more.

Navigating Life’s Obstacles and Irritations

Scott writes: Recently, a member of our congregation-who was facing a significant obstacle in her life-taught me the value of keeping spiritual perspective, when she said to me, “Scott, don’t feel sorry for me, for this is (after all) a first-world problem.” We Americans-living in … read more.

When Religion Gets Dangerous

I believe these are very dangerous times for our nation. There is so much political, social, and moral upheaval across our land…and so many of our most deeply cherished American principles seem endangered…as do the foundational principles of our Unitarian Universalist faith. In times like … read more.

Do You Keep Sabbath?

Nestled within the 10 Commandments in ancient Jewish scripture is the injunction to “Remember the Sabbath day…and keep it holy” and faithful Jews-and many others-strive to observe a full day of rest and reflection each-and-every week. But for most of us modern-day Unitarian Universalists “keeping … read more.

Beware of the Hungry Hippos!

On this Sunday when Rev. Alexander is back with us from his summer travels, we will hear a sermon about the “true meaning of life,” by way of a fascinating and ancient Egyptian myth. Following the service, we will share in a catered summer brunch … read more.

Positive Aging

In his wonderful book “Seven Strategies for Positive Aging,” educational psychologist Dr. Robert Hill (who is a colleague of my psychologist brother, Dr. James Alexander, at the University of Utah), coins the phrase “Positive Aging.” This is my first sermon since I entered my 70th … read more.

Temperance

Sermon 6 in the Year-long Series, “Living by the Fruits of the Spirit” Rev. Scott W. Alexander preaching. When St. Paul (in his Second Century letter to the Christians in Galatia–Galatians 5:16-27) compiled his list of the “Fruits of the Spirit”,  the last human virtue … read more.

What a Wonderful World

On this, our annual Music Sunday Celebration, Rev. Alexander, Paula Herger and the UUFVB Adult Choir will celebrate the beauty and grace of our world in poetry and song. The choir will sing a number of selections that celebrate our natural world, and Rev. Alexander … read more.