MinistER’S Musings – March 2017: Generosity

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MinstER’S Musings – January 2017: Resistance

Chances are, by now you’ve noticed that we’re trying out monthly themes this year at TJ.  Maybe you’ve noticed the theme in connection with a Sunday service, or you’ve looked at the theme questions we’ve been including in the Tapestry?  For this year, at least, we’ve been using materials shared by dozens of UU congregations […]

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MinstER’S Musings – December 2016: Acting In Spite of Uncertainty

About 25 years ago, a minister colleague, the Rev. Burton Carley, wrote about having been asked by a local publication to make a prediction about the future of religion. This is part of what Burton wrote (from the Jan. 1990 First Days Record) –

The only thing I will predict is the utter unpredictability […]

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MinistER’S Musings – November 2016: Ancestry

The “theme” for November is Ancestry: “There is a difference between relatives and ancestors. Relatives give us our brown eyes and bowed legs; ancestors bless and burden us with a legacy. Relatives are those we tell stories about; ancestors call us to carry the story forward. Our relatives allowed us to be here; our ancestors […]

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Remarks at the Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light (KIPL) “Hope in Action Awards” Dinner

by Rev. Elwood Sturtevant – edited for written version

Thank you for inviting me to speak. I’m here because Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church (“TJ”) received its “Kippie” / Hope in Action Award from you in 2010 for the work  it had done to become a Unitarian Universalist Association-recognized Green Sanctuary, the first one in Kentucky.  The […]

By |October 3rd, 2016|ministER'S musings, Social Action|0 Comments

MinistER’S Musings – September 2016: Invitation

At the end of July, the Rev. Dawn Cooley, the settled minister at the First Unitarian Church of Louisville, sent out a letter telling her congregation “It is with a whole spectrum of emotions that I write to let you know that my time as your minister will end on October 23, 2016.  I have […]

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ministER’S musings: The Threat to Separation of Church and State- August 2016

Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.  Darkness cannot drive our darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. [from the sermon […]

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ministER’S musings- After Orlando July 2016

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ministER’S musings May 2016

TJ’s covenant concludes with the lines “Together, we have chosen to make a church so that we can make a difference in the world.” I’ve been thinking about having a page on TJ’s website called “Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church – Making a Difference in the World,” to let people who might be interested in the […]

By |May 14th, 2016|ministER'S musings|0 Comments