450 years ago, the story of our Unitarian Universalist religious freedom began. Queen Isabella’s vision was made real by her son, King John Sigismund, through his Edict of Torda. We heard that part of the story last week. This week, we look to a turning point in our history that changed us utterly and forever, […]

One of my life’s mentors, the theater/educator/activist Agusto Boal, taught me that while the theatre is a place: a building, a construction designed to house shows and presentations, the word theatre is also the setting for major events, comic or tragic which we are obliged to observe at a distance, as paralyzed spectators: the theatre […]

HOMILY –  Rev. Anthony Makar What If? A film from 2003 called Children Full of Life documents a fourth-grade class in a school in Japan, where the teacher, Toshiro Kanamori, has established a goal of children learning how to be happy and how to be compassionate and kind. We just saw one of the ways […]

Homily #1 “Changing Ages” by Erin Kistenberg Scene 1: My dad and me, shortly after my sixteenth birthday. We have just spent three hours in lines at the DMV, despite getting there before it even opened, so that I can get a driver’s license. With the piece of paper granting me newfound independence in hand, […]

Introduction – Mary Ann Oakley We as Unitarian Universalists speak proudly of, and often refer to, our Seven Principles.  Most of us probably don’t know how we got them. Both the Unitarians and the Universalists worked on developing statements, but the efforts nearly derailed the 1961 merger.  It took some strong deliberation and compromise to […]