Speaker: Rev. Scott Alexander
Scott is the UUFVB Minister
A hundred years ago, American satirist, H.L. Mencken observed, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” Nonetheless, many thoughtful social commentators have noticed a significant (and alarming) decline of reason, reading and thinking in American life over recent decades. One does … read more.
A Sermon on the Occasion of my 70th Birthday
Scott writes: This coming week–on May 24th to be precise–I turn “the Big 7-0.” On one level, this is a bit hard for me to personally believe that I have reached this particular life milestone. I am … read more.
Rev. Scott W. Alexander preaching. Scott writes: “As the 2020 election cycle begins–fully 18 months before our next national election–some politicians are trying to persuade American voters that the defining choice at the ballot box next year will be between free-market capitalism (“good”) and state-imposed … read more.
Scott writes:” Writing recently in the New York Times, Dr. Mark Epstein, a psychiatrist with decades of experience helping people cope with their life traumas, wrote a fascinating piece which said, among other things, “An undercurrent of injury and disaster runs through ordinary life.” My … read more.
Rev. Scott writes: For many in our culture, Easter is a particular Sunday in the Spring which we mark with brightly colored eggs, chocolate bunny rabbits, and cheerful Spring clothing and hats. But the spiritual signs of a genuine and lasting Easter are … read more.
Unitarian Universalists have a problem with evil. Our faith tradition has always been optimistic about human nature, we affirm “the inherent worth and dignity of every person,” and we have always theologically focused on the human potential for good. But we also are painfully aware … read more.
Humanity as a whole–and the developed world in particular–is not doing a very good job right now protecting the future for the other animal species with which it shares this shrinking planet. Indeed, the decisions our species makes over the coming decades may well determine … read more.
Rev. Scott W. Alexander preaching. Scott writes:” This Sunday I want to reflect on the spirituality (and the meaning and power) of luck–both “good” and “bad.” There are many in our culture who think that everything that happens to them over their lifetimes is a … read more.
On this Sunday, the Rev. John Corrado (Rev. Alexander’s long-time friend and colleague who has visited our pulpit every winter for the past several years) will join Rev. Alexander for a unique interactive “sermon.” Worship Committee member Wally Friesen (who was once Board Chair at … read more.
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.
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.
Stewardship and Brunch Sunday
Rev. Scott W. Alexander preaching. Scott writes: “On this Sunday–when we officially begin our Stewardship Campaign to sustain our congregation for the next year…and share in a catered congregational lunch at 11a.m.–I will attempt to summarize the substance and spirit of … read more.
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.
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.
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.
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 positive … 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 toward immigrants … 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.