Category Archives: Brian’s Blog

Autism


“Autism” a diversity-theme sermon by Rev. Brian J. Kiely  Unitarian Church of Edmonton September 11, 2016 Introduction This month we are asking “Where Do I See Diversity?”  In addressing this theme in Sunday services I wanted to stay away from some of the more obvious areas like race and gender and orientation.  Today we consider individuals who are not ‘normal’ – who are ‘damaged’ in some way.   This could include people with physical restrictions, mental illnesses, who live with the […]

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Sexual Violence


“Sexual Violence” a sermon by Rev. Brian J. Kiely Unitarian Church of Edmonton, April 28, 2013 Sexual violence.  This should be an easy sermon.  At first blush it seems so black and white, so clear cut.  Hurting people is wrong. No means no.  We have seen what has happened in India and applauded as the women rose in the wake of a horrendous gang rape and murder and forced the government to change the law.  We have mourned with the […]

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Diversity: Creating a Shared Understanding


This column will encourage you to attend the Canadian Unitarian Council Annual Conference over the May long weekend in Calgary.  The ‘why’ will take a few minutes to explain. What do you do when you meet someone from another culture?  It’s a question that has been very much in front of me of late. In February, I was in Shillong, India, on a very busy market street with perhaps 500 other people.  I was the only one of obvious European […]