Speaker: Rev. Scott Alexander

Scott is the UUFVB Minister

Sermon Before the Election

Rev. Scott W. Alexander, preaching

Scott writes,

Without doubt, the national election this week is the most consequential of our lifetimes. Our country is so terribly divided politically, and so very much is at stake. This is especially so because it is not at all clear–because of … read more.

Empathy

Rev. Scott W. Alexander, Preaching

Scott writes,

Empathy (and the lack of it) has arisen as an issue in this year’s Presidential campaign. In addition, recently there was a rather startling thought piece in the New York Times entitled “The Trouble with Empathy.” All this talk … read more.

Is there Such a Thing as Evil?

Rev. Scott W. Alexander, Preaching

Scott writes, ” The theological question of human evil has long vexed Unitarian Universalists. Historically, we have been steadfastly optimistic about human nature and potential–far more so than more conservative traditions which talk about original sin and human depravity. … read more.

Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery Store

Scott writes:

Back when Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” radio show was on the air, there would be ads run for Lake Wobegone’s “Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery Store,” whose motto was “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it!” This whimsical reference has gotten … read more.

Where Is Horace Mann Now That We Need Him?

As schools attempt to reopen here in Indian River County, I want to explore the educational vision of 19th century Unitarian educator – Horace Mann, who is considered to be the father of American Public education. Even in the age of Covid-19 his vision remains to inspire us as we educate our children.

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The Re-Enchantment of the World

When we were children, we took in the world with eyes of enchantment and wonder. But with the passing of the years, many of us lose our ability to see the world in all of its amazing wonder. Rev. Alexander will explore what it will spiritually take for us to experience a re-enchantment of the world.

How Do We Explain the Unexplained Beauty of the World”

How in the world do we explain the unexplained beauty of the world? As religious human beings, it behooves us to have some way – some spiritual or theological or, at least, scientific way – to explain and understand to the heart the harmony, grace and beauty that so often marks our natural world.

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The Spirituality of Patience

It seems like an age ago now…but do you remember what was going through your mind back in early March when suddenly this Corona pandemic broke over America and radically disrupted almost every aspect of our daily lives? Well…I can tell you what I was thinking.

Who Are You Calling a Simpleton?

Scott writes,” Buddhist teachers talk constantly about the spiritual importance of keeping yourself focused in “The Present Moment,” but the inevitable distractions and complications of daily life seem to naturally mitigate against this. Still we must constantly remind ourselves that when it comes to … read more.

This Beautiful Tragedy

Scott writes,”Somewhere years ago, I heard this earthly life of ours described as “This Beautiful Tragedy.” I have long felt that this is an apt and poignant description of this complicated journey we call life. Indeed, perhaps the genesis of all religions is the … read more.