Once again this year, we will gather as the skies of Christmas Eve darken, to celebrate the music, moods and meanings of the season. Our service will end with our traditional candle lighting ceremony and the singing together of “Silent Night”…do be with us this … read more.
Rev. Scott Alexander
Scott is the UUFVB Minister
An Intergenerational Holiday Service of Story and Song for All Ages
On this Sunday before Christmas, our entire community will celebrate the holidays with a festive service of story and song. We will tell favorite holiday stories, sing familiar holiday carols, and celebrate the … read more.
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.
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.
Rev. Scott W. Alexander preaching. Scott writes: “By way of the old (and wildly historically inaccurate!) story of that first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts (no, what they told us in elementary school wasn’t quite the full story), I want to explore what this traditional holiday … read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every day we face numerous situations which require us to make either a healthy(wise) or an unhealthy (unwise)choice…and because we are imperfect human beings, we often make the unhealthy (unwise) choice. Is there a trick to making more healthy, rational, and beneficial choices in our … read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over recent months, we have had three tragic deaths in our congregation where the individuals chose to end their own lives. While I will not discuss any particular situation, I do want to reflect on the larger moral and existential question, is it ever right … read more.
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.
Join Rev. Scott Alexander and Religious Educator, Claudia Jimenez for an intergenerational service celebrating this year’s children and youth programs. Our children and youth will share highlights from the year through song and storytelling. Our religious educator will offer a reflection on religious education at … read more.