colin bossen: preacher, writer, organizer



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Supporting Black Agricultural in the Wake of the arctic storm


As many of you know, last week First Houston partnered with the Unitarian Universalist Association to distribute 14,000 liters of water. Working with volunteers from our congregation and Project Row Houses, we provided water to more than five hundred households in need. These include people located in the Cuney Homes and Project Row Houses and those connected with the S.H.A.P.E. Community Center...

These Things Figuratively


The second source of Unitarian Universalism is the “words and deeds of prophetic women and men.” Throughout Black History month the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston is exploring this source with a series of services on the teachings of prophetic people from Africa or of African descent. In this sermon, I discuss the North African theologian Origen, who taught about universal...

Truth and Lies


We are arguably living through the great age of propaganda. The rise of social media and its resulting social fractures and competing claims of truths led to a dynamic that played out in the recent presidential election and its aftermath.

How can we find the truth at such a time? And how can direct experience of awe and wonder help us to discover it?

Books Read in 2020


This past year was not a good year for reading. While a lot of people experienced as the pandemic as a time that allowed them to do more reading than usual it had the opposite impact for me. Being a single parent meant that whenever I finished with my own work I had to turn my attention to getting my son focused on completing his school work. Between my job, my scholarly writing, housework, and...

Sermon: The Resurrection of the Living


as preached for the January 24, 2021 online service of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston Something rather momentous occurred since I was last with you. The United States has a new President and a new Vice President. A man with almost five decades of experience in government is now the country’s chief executive. A woman is now in the nation’s second highest office. The new cabinet...

Most Popular Blog Posts of 2020


At the start of many years, as a kind of house keeping, I make two blog posts. I compile a list of the most read blog posts of the last year and I share the list of books that I read in the previous year. The chaos of recent events and the demands of my schedule during this time of pandemic have put me a little behind with both of these posts. So, today, I am sharing the most read blog posts and...

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