This page serves as an index for every sermon I have ever preached: the prize winning, the terrible, the merely mundane, the intellectually embarrassing and the slightly above average. I am making the text of all my sermons available because I learned a great deal about preaching from reading through all of A. Powell Davies, Forest Church and William Sloane Coffin's published sermons (I also read the majority of Marilyn Sewell's). I learned as much from their bad sermons as I did from the good ones. In fact, learning that someone like Coffin occasionally preached a lousy sermon has been a great inspiration to me when I didn't want to face my own ill-crafted text. I hope that my own instances of shoddy craftsmanship will be similarly inspiring. All sermons from 2007 to 2012 were preached at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland, where I served as minister. In addition to my time in Cleveland, I served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach as an intern minister (2005-2006) and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown as a contract minister (2006-2007). I also served the First Religious Society in Carlisle (2014), First Parish in Lexington (2014), and the First Parish in Milton (2013) as a sabbatical or summer minister.

2017

April 30: Finding Each Other on the Road to Emmaus (Memorial Church of Harvard University) (Audio)
April 23: Finding Each Other on the Road to Emmaus (First Parish in Wayland)
March 26: The Image of God (Unitarian Universalist Church in Andover)
March 19: Democracy as a Religious Practice (First Parish Church in Plymouth)
January 29: Democracy as a Religious Practice (Bell St. Chapel)
January 22: Democracy as a Religious Practice (Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford)

2016

December 4: Let Us Dream Freedom Dreams (First Church Salem)
November 27: Let Us Dream Freedom Dreams (First Unitarian Church in Worcester)
November 6: A New Heart and a New Spirit (Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson)
October 23:  A New Heart and a New Spirit (Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton)
October 9: While There is a Soul in Prison (Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport)
September 25: While There is a Soul in Prison (First Unitarian Church of New Bedford)
August 28: While There is a Soul in Prison (First Parish in Needham) (Audio)
May 29: Reimagine (Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford)
May 15: Two Bodies, One Heart (Hopedale Unitarian Parish)
April 24: Democracy as a Religious Practice (Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton)
April 17: Reimagine (Hopedale Unitarian Parish)
April 3: Reimagine (First Parish in Wayland)
March 20: Deeper Shadows to Come (Hopedale Unitarian Parish)
March 6: Deeper Shadows to Come (Fall River Unitarian Church)
February 7: Unknown Visions of Love (Hopedale Unitarian Parish)
January 31: Democracy as a Religious Practice (Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading)

2015

December 6: How Heavy the Heart (Foxborough Universalist Church)
November 29: Through Eyes That Have Cried (Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson)
November 15: Through Eyes That Have Cried (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Lynn)
November 8: Democracy as a Religious Practice (First Church in Salem)
October 25: Two Bodies, One Heart (Bell St. Chapel)
October 18: Democracy as a Religious Practice (Fall River Unitarian Church)
October 16: Democracy as a Religious Practice (Harvard Divinity School)
October 11: Charge to the Minister at the Installation of the Rev. Aaron McEmrys, with Rev. Alan Taylor (Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Virginia)
June 28: ...Or Perish Together as Fools (First Parish in Cambridge)
May 24: Breaking White Silence (Follen Community Church)
May 17: Breaking White Silence (Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover)
May 10: Two Bodies, One Heart (First Church in Salem)
May 3: On The Silence of the Pulpit (First Unitarian Church in Worcester)
March 29: Basho's Road (Theodore Parker Unitarian Church)
March 15: The River May Not Be Turned Aside (United First Parish in Quincy (Unitarian)) 
March 1: Two Bodies, One Heart (Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara) 
February 22: Through Eyes That Have Cried (Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford) 
February 8: Two Bodies, One Heart (First Parish in Milton)
January 18: The Omens Are All Against Us (Winchester Unitarian Society) 
January 4: Through Eyes That Have Cried (First Religious Society in Carlisle)

2014

October 19: Unknown Visions of Love (Community Church in Boston) 
October 12: This Land is Your Land? (First Parish in Wayland) 
September 28: Through Eyes That Have Cried (Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson)
August 31: Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in the Labor Movement (First Parish in Lexington)
August 24: A Black Christ (First Parish in Lexington)
August 17: Through Eyes That Have Cried (First Parish in Lexington)
August 3: The River May Not Be Turned Aside (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wilmington)
July 27: Unknown Visions of Love (First Parish in Lexington)
July 20: Two Bodies, One Heart (First Parish in Lexington)
July 13: Over My Head (First Parish in Lexington)
July 6: The River May Not Be Turned Aside (First Parish in Lexington)
June 22: Unknown Visions of Love (First Universalist Society, Salem, MA)
March 23: Over My Head (Starr King Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Plymouth, NH)
March 16: Over My Head (Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing)
February 16: Over My Head (The First Religious Society in Carlisle)
February 9: Basho’s Road (The First Religious Society in Carlisle)
February 2: A Black Christ (The First Religious Society in Carlisle)
January 19: Been Waitin’ So Long (The First Religious Society in Carlisle)
January 12: The Gifts of Grace (The First Religious Society in Carlisle)
January 5: Let’s Have a Jubilee! (The First Religious Society in Carlisle)

2013

December 1: Over My Head (Theodore Parker Unitarian Church)
November 3: Unknown Visions of Love (First Parish Dorchester)
October 20: Over My Head (First Universalist Church of Essex)
October 13: Encountering the Kingdom (Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn)
September 29: (Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson)
August 18: Over My Head (First Church in Salem)
July 28: Over My Head (First Parish Milton)
July 21: Encountering the Kingdom (First Parish Milton)
July 14: Present to Each Other (First Parish Milton)
July 7: The Present Now (First Parish Milton)
June 30: This Land is Your Land? (First Parish in Concord)
April 10: Unknown Visions of Love (First Parish Milton)
March 10: Unknown Visions of Love (First Parish Church United, Westford, MA)
February 11: Stuff Our Congregants Do! (Harvard Divinity School)
February 3: Unknown Visions of Love (Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, NH)
January 6: Let's Make It a Jubilee Year! (First Church in Salem)

2012

November 25: Unknown Visions of Love (The Universalist Church of West Hartford, CT)
November 18: The Finite and the Infinite (Tufts University)
November 4: This Land is Your Land? (First Parish Sudbury, Unitarian Universalist)
October 28: Radical Love (Tufts University)
September 23: The Practice of Pilgrimage (Tufts University)
August 12: The Road Ahead, the Road Behind (Audio)
August 5: L'esprit de l'escalier (Audio)
June 10: Embracing the Ecstatic (Audio)
June 3: Are Woven Fine (Audio)
May 20: Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose (Audio)
April 29: Basho's Road (Audio)
April 15: Pilgrimage as Practice (Audio)
April 8: Beyond the Tomb (Audio)
March 11: Our Foremothers' Blessing (Audio)
March 4: For What We Have; For What We Give (Audio)
February 12: Towards A New Abolition (Audio)
February 5: Changing the Story (Audio)
January 29: Next America, Next Religion? (Audio)
January 22: Occupy Your Wallet (no text) (Audio)
January 15: America's Unfinished Business (Audio)
January 8: Loss and Gain (Audio)


2011

December 24: Christmas Eve Service (Audio)
December 21: Blue Christmas (Audio)
December 4: A Feminine Divine (Audio)
November 20: The Promised Land (Audio)
November 13: The Moral Imagination (Audio)
November 6: Without Vision the People Shall Perish (Audio)
October 16: Walking Together (Audio)
October 9: By Their Groups You Shall Know Them (Audio)
September 25: The Root of It All (Audio)
August 28: The Gospel of Inclusion (Audio)
August 14: Likeness to God (Audio)
June 12: To Love A Parade (Audio)
June 5: Cast the Circle Wide (Audio)
May 22: Zhuangzi's Dream (Audio)
May 15: The Medium is the Message... But What Is the Message, Really? (Audio)
April 24: Easter Sunday: Prophet, Not Messiah! (Audio)
April 17: Islam and Terror (Audio)
March 20: Women in Islam
March 13: Islam
March 6: Who Do We Serve?
February 27: What Does It Mean to be a Unitarian Universalist?
February 20: Unknown Visions of Love
January 30: What Does It Mean to be a Religious Community?
January 16: A House for Hope?
January 9: Tragedy in Tucson

2010

December 24: Christmas Eve (Audio)
December 21: Blue Christmas
December 19: A Very Dickens Christmas A Very Dickens Christmas (Audio)
December 12: What the Scholar Taught
December 5: The Infinite and the Finite (Audio)
November 21: Thanksgiving: Gratitude
November 14: The Lotus Flower (Audio)
November 7: Ending the Drug War
October 24: The Many and the One
October 10: Privilege and Oppression
October 3: Association Sunday: The Religion for Our Time
September 26: In the Beginning
September 19: Reflections Of
August 29: One Light, Many Windows
August 22: The Root of It All
August 8: Love in Action
July 25: Question Box
June 13: The Bible and the End of Times
June 6: By the Time I Get to Arizona
May 16: The Buddha Should be as Useful as a Can (Audio)
April 18: The Pause That Refreshes
April 11: To Be Human
April 4: Other Voices, Other Views, Other Easters
March 14: Listening to Phoebe
March 7: What I Shouldn't Say
February 7: Black Humanism (re-published in the UU World)
January 30: Love, Sex and the Bible
January 17: A Time for Change
January 10: How Fundamentalists Read the Bible
    
2009

December 24: Christmas Eve
December 21: Blue Christmas
December 20: Births, Rebirths and Creations
December 6: Trouble the Waters
November 8: The Pagan Origins of the Bible
October 25: Beyond the Burning River
October 11: What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality
October 4: Standing on the Side of Love
September 27: The God of Abraham
September 20: A Joyful Welcoming Religious Community
August 30: How Religious Liberals Read the Bible
August 23: Magical Thinking
August 16: Question Box
June 7: Tomorrow's Unitarian Universalism
May 31: A Shame Free Zone
May 17: Pursuing the Moral Mind
April 19: In Every Generation
April 12: Trauma and Recovery
April 5: An American Religion
March 29: A Tribute to Utah Phillips (no text available)
March 22: The Bounty of the Earth
March 8: In Search of Redemption
March 1: Generation to Generation
February 22: Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin! (no text available)
February 8: A Black Christ
January 25: Learning to Fall
January 18: Letter to the President-Elect
January 4: Considering the Sabbath

2008

December 24: Christmas Eve
December 21: Blue Christmas
December 21: Who Are My Neighbors? (no text available)
December 7: Wrestling with Materialism
November 30: What Is To Be Done?
November 23: Gone to Croatan
November 9: Drum Major for Justice or Drum Major for Empire?
October 19: A Shared Ministry with Rachel Webb
October 12: Association Sunday: Radical Hospitality
October 5: God Loves Everyone
September 14: Society Sunday: Remembering the Black Humanist Fellowship of Liberation
August 24: Original Blessing
August 17: Bring Many Names
August 10: Rejecting a Culture of Violence
June 15: Reimaging the City
June 8: Towards Beloved Community
May 18: Approaching Prayer
May 11: Julia Ward Howe and the Story of Mothers' Day
May 4: Reality is What You Make of It; Or the Strange Case of Emperor Norton I
April 27: God of the Oppressed
April 20: Haggadah
March 23: Considering Resurrection
March 19: Remembering the Dead
March 16: From You I Receive, To You I Give
March 2: Comforting the Afflicted, Afflicting the Comfortable
February 24: Freedom and Form
February 10: Fear Itself
February 3: Imago Dei

2007

December 24: Christmas Eve
December 21: Blue Christmas
December 9: The Gifts of Grace
December 2: Radical Hope
November 11: A Community of Strangers
November 4: There is No Hell
October 14: Nurture Your Spirit, Help Heal Our World with Rev. Joan Van Becelaere
October 7: No One Is Illegal
September 30: The Transient and the Permanent in Liberal Religion
September 23: From Cleveland to Chiapas and Back Again
September 16: The Trouble with Beginnings
July 15: On Traveling On (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown)
July 1: Radical Love (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown)
June 3: Celebrating Membership (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown)
May 13: Julia Ward Howe and the Story of Mother's Day (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown)
February 18: This We Do Covenant (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown)
January 21: The Case for Reparations (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown)

2006

December 10: Towards Utopia (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown)
November 5: The Leaven and the Light (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown)
October 29: Cycle of Life (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown)
October 1: Of Pacayal and Pluralism (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown)
September 24: Hello Goodbye (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown)
May 14: Mother's Day (Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach)
April 23: No One Is Illegal (Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach)
April 2: Humanism? Theism? (Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim)
March 19: Remembering the Dead (Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach)
January 22: The Need for Reparations (Unitarian Universalist Church of Orange County)
January 15: The Need for Reparations (Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach)

2005

December 11: Remembering Rexroth (Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach)
December 4: Humanism? Theism? (Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church)
November 27: Love Does Not Punish (Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach)
October 2: Humanism? Theism? (Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach)

2004

June 27: God In The Numbers (Unitarian Universalist Church of Great Lansing)