Speaker: Rev. Scott Alexander

Scott is the UUFVB Minister

A Unitarian Universalist Soteriology

Scott writes: Perhaps the most difficult and vexing of all the traditional theological words for Unitarian Universalists is “Salvation.” To theologians, Soteriology is simply the study of the question of salvation, the question of what is our ultimate destiny as human beings. I think … read more.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FEEL HELPLESS

Rev. Scott W. Alexander preaching. Scott writes: “All of us–from time to time in our lives–feel helpless (powerless) when we are confronted by complicated, terrible and difficult circumstances. Whether we are talking about difficulties in our own personal lives; tragedies among our families, neighbors and … read more.

Are We Color Blind?

Martin Luther King Sunday Rev. Scott W. Alexander and Jack Stiefel preaching
Scott writes: On this Sunday when we honor the legacy and challenge of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life, Jack Stiefel (social justice activist and long term member of our congregation) and I want … read more.

Religion’s Holy Impossible Business

NEW YEAR’S BRUNCH SUNDAY Rev. Scott writes:”On this first Sunday of the New Year–when we will celebrate with a congregation-wide brunch in the Fellowship Hall following the service–I want to spiritually “step back” and take a look at the purpose and work of religion…most specially … read more.

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 toward immigrants … 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.

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.