as preached February 26, 2023 at Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston, Texas There is much in the ordinary life of a religious professional that more secular people find extraordinary. A friend recently reminded of this over dinner. A word about my friend, he is a well-known writer and war correspondent. Most of us would probably describe his life as extraordinary. He has reported from...
The Sacred and the secular
A sermon about the nature of the sacred and the secular offered during the Jewish High Holidays.
The Photographer as Dissident
A sermon reflecting on the exhibition "Libuše Jarcovjáková: The Photographer as Dissident."
A sermon reflecting on the nature of religious dissent in the 21st century United States.
An Accidental Day in Tarragona
Today was a day that it was a good to have a back-up plan. We went to Barcelona with the intention of taking the train to Zaragoza. Once we got there I found out that we needed to have our passports with us in order to buy non-regional train tickets. Of course, we didn’t have our passports on us so we had to change plans. We ended up taking a regional train to Tarragona, which is where we were...
May Day: A Tribute to the Workers Holiday
as preached at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, May 1, 2022 I want to begin by thanking everyone who contributed to last night’s fundraiser. It was a wonderful celebration of First Houston and our musical program. Thanks to Dr. Rocke and Chelsea, the choir, the string band, Paige Powell, Jim McGehee, Karoline Mueller, Traveler, the Clear Creek Girls, Rev. Scott, Alma, Tawanna...
Troubling the Truth (Easter 2022)
In my Easter sermon for 2022 I challenge us to go beyond the idea that there is such a singular thing as the truth.
Struggling with Revolutionary Love
In this sermon in honor of MLK's birthday, I consider where we might find revolutionary love today.
The Transient and the Permanent
as preached at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, September 26, 2021 It is good to be back in the pulpit. I have missed you. I have not been gone from First Houston these past weeks. But I have been absent from Sunday morning worship. And worship, this thing the congregation does together–whether online or in-person–sits at the core of the life we share. The title of...
Welcome and Explanation of the Service of Lamentation for the 20th Anniversary of 9-11
as presented at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, September 11, 2021 Welcome to this service marking the twentieth anniversary of the attacks on September 11th. I am the Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen, and along with the Rev. D. Scott Cooper, and on behalf of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, I thank you for your presence and participation on this solemn occasion. Today...