Author Archives: Alex Polkosky


Religious Exploration Hello my name is William and I am the new Director of Religious Exploration starting this year. I have been a member if this church for a number of years and have been an active participant in many of the groups over the years including a couple of years in the RE program. We have a very exciting year coming up fill with some great topics and fun activities. One of the most exciting parts is that the Congregation […]

Poetry – A Celebration of Authenticity- July 31, 2016

– no title specified   Poetry – A Celebration of Authenticity- July 31, 2016         WELCOME       PRELUDE/SILENT CANDLES   Music – Beethoven                   OPENING WORDS/LIGHTING THE CHALICE   The element of fire represents passion, veracity, authenticity, and vitality. If the chalice is the supporting structure of Unitarian Universalism, then we are the flame. We are the flame, fanned strong by our passion for freedom, our yearning for truth-telling, our daring to be […]

Morris Simons: Piano Man

By Audrey Brooks (Audrey interviewed Morris while accompanying him on his last cruise, to Hawaii, in October 2010. He died shortly after returning, on Nov. 16.)  Sunday, Oct. 3 “I started at a very early age,” Morris begins, with a smile and a twinkle in his eyes. He’s pleased that the Unitarian Church of Edmonton is interested in including the story of his life with those of other History Project seniors who are stalwart church members of many years standing. […]

Admitting to Courage

Rev. Brian J. Kiely, Unitarian Church of Edmonton, January 3, 2016 THE STORY The story of Jacob wanders over 7 long chapters of Genesis before it comes to it’s important point. So Here’s a quick summary and then the final critical verses: Jacob was the second son of Isaac, who was in turn the son of Abraham, the Father of the Hebrew peoples.  Jacob was clever, bright and ambitious. He was slender and sleek.  He was also the younger brother […]

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Word Made Flesh

Rev. Brian J. Kiely, Unitarian Church of Edmonton, December 13, 2015 And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:14) As English speakers we might get hung up on the word Word.  For us the Word is something definite.  It is narrowly defined in our speech patterns.  It names a specific object or describes an action.  In another usage the Word is seen as law-like or certain.   When the Word comes down, well that’s the policy […]

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Grounded in Principle

A sermon on the theme of  integrity Rev. Brian J. Kiely   November 29, 2015 This month we have been asking, “How can I live with integrity?” And really this is the core question of every religion.  The various world faiths may have debates about why we should live well or teach different definitions of living well . They certainly post a variety of ideas about the quality of reward or punishment we can earn for our behaviours. And we can […]

Being Decent in Indecent Times

By Rev. Brian J. Kiely Unitarian Church of Edmonton, November 22, 2015 Chalice Lighting “When strangers meet, endless possibilities emerge: New experiences, new ways of understanding, and new ways of taking action. When strangers meet, each pays special attention to the other. Each is called to serve something larger than the self. Today, this morning, let’s light the chalice: For openness, for willingness to grow, For rich curiosity, and for common purpose.” (Rev.) Fulgence Ndagijimana READING by Michael Brown Dear […]

Political Integrity

  This month we are asking “How do I live with integrity”  This sermon reflects on the recent election.  It begins with a 2011 Postmedia article by Richard Foot. Reading What happened to political integrity and respect for Parliament?BY RICHARD FOOT, POSTMEDIA NEWSAPRIL 22, 2011 It seems almost fanciful now, but in the 1993 and 1997 federal elections, candidates for the Reform Party were required to sign a contract committing them to the politics of integrity. If elected, their actions […]

Honouring the Treaty Spirit

  “Honour the Treaty Spirit”  a sermon by Rev. Brian J. Kiely with remarks by Jeff Bisanz Unitarian Church of Edmonton, Oct. 25, 2015 An audio version can be found at Look up ‘treaty’ in the dictionary.  It’s a contract or agreement between sovereign nations.  Look up the history of treaties and you can see there have been good ones: ones that create mutual security and financial gain.  There have been bad treaties, like the Treaty of Versailles that ended […]

Cultural Sensitivity

  “Cultural Sensitivity” second sermon on a First Nations theme.  Rev. Brian J. Kiely Unitarian Church of Edmonton, Oct. 11, 2015 An audio version can be found at A few years ago I was a guest of the UU’s of North East India at their 125th anniversary celebrations.  I arrived at my hotel in Shillong, a city so remote that most of the residents aren’t even ethnically Indian.  I was left to my own devices for the better part of […]