Category Archives: Sermon Archive

Actively Engaged- CUC Vision Statement


“Actively Engaged: a sermon on the CUC Vision Statement”  Rev. Brian J. Kiely The service began with a video clip from a presentation by Henry Rollins.  Punk musician, writer and raconteur, Rollins is a dedicated liberal and calls ‘em as he sees ‘em.  He walks out on stage in his black pants and tee shirt and simply starts talking and goes for two hours without a break for even a sip of water.  And he is riveting.  He is funny, […]

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Deeply Connected, Radically Inclusive – CUC Vision Statement


“Deeply Connected, Radically Inclusive” A sermon on the CUC Vision Statement Rev. Brian J. Kiely, January 15, 2017 I had a pretty busy week.  Lots of meetings, lots of phone calls, a couple of presentations, plus the work of maintaining a home and family.  It was manageable, but full. I am not saying that to garner sympathy.  I expect most of you had busier and more stressful weeks than I.  I am just struck by how in those busy weeks it’s […]

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Worth Keeping a sermon on searching


Rev. Brian J. Kiely So what exactly do we do here on a Sunday morning?  The name on the sign say we’re a church and this is a service, so does that mean it’s a worship service?  And if so, what do we worship anyway? It’s one of those frequently asked questions Unitarian ministers get.  It goes along with another one that came up in our newcomer orientation session last week:  Is Unitarianism a ‘religion’?  If so, how so? The […]

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The Hero Within- a Hallowe’en Sermon


October 29, 2016 We sit in the midst of the spirit world today. Day of the Dead, All Saints/All Souls, Samhain, Hallowe’en.  It is said that this is the time when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest, when reaching into the realm of spirits is easiest. Conversely, of course, it’s the easiest time for them to reach us!  We dress up.  In some traditions the purpose of Hallowe’en costumes is to disguise ourselves so as to foil Death […]

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How Do You Affirm a Hitler?


“How Do You Affirm a Hitler?”, a sermon on worth and dignity by Rev. Brian J. Kiely Unitarian Church of Edmonton, Oct 23, 2016 Reading Why You Should Love the People You Hate June Silny – LIfehack.org “If you and I are having a single thought of violence or hatred against anyone in the world at this moment, we are contributing to the wounding of the world…” —Deepak Chopra Okay, so you might have a hard time believing that your hatred is […]

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Worth and Dignity: Our Good News


“Worth and Dignity: Our Good News”  A Homily on Campus Chaplaincy Rev. Brian J. Kiely  October 2, 2016 I want to begin by offering thanks and congratulations as well, first to Audrey Brooks for her 10 years of service to Campus Chaplaincy – in addition to all she does around here at UCE, and also to Anne Barker who has stepped up to enthusiastically take on this challenging task.  To that I would add my congratulations to the Westwood Congregation […]

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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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The Diversity Curse


A sermon by Rev. Brian J. Kiely  Unitarian Church of Edmonton, September 4, 2016 On Wednesday evening at a Rotary Club BBQ I had the pleasure of conversing with a physician visiting from Uganda.  I asked Moses a favourite question I pose to visitors:  “What is the one thing here in Edmonton or Canada that strikes you as the most different from your land?” I get a fascinating mix of answers.  A European friend once said ‘pick-up trucks- they’re everywhere!’  A […]

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To Be a Dad – a Father’s Day Sermon


“To Be a Dad” a sermon for Father’s Day  Rev. Brian J. Kiely   June 19, 2016 Unitarian Church of Edmonton. If you were anxious that this would be a Hallmark Card service telling you all to have warm mushy feelings of appreciation for your fathers, or fathers of your children, let me offer you relief right now. I want to spend my time talking about what it means to be a Dad, rather than singing their praises.  Although there […]

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Everyday Spiritual Practices


“Everyday Spiritual Practices” a homily Rev. Brian J. Kiely  May 29, 2016 Unitarian Church of Edmonton Last Friday night just after the opening of the CUC Annual Conference in Vancouver I had the privilege of introducing my colleague Rev. Melora Lyngood of Victoria.  She had been named Confluence Lecturerer, an event sponsored by the minister’s association.  It is intended to a thoughtful and stimulating reflection for all of the Canadian Unitarianism.  Melora did not disappoint.  Her theme was compassion;  more […]