Category Archives: Sermon Archive

Reclaiming Liberalism


Third in a sermon series  Rev. Brian J. Kiely   November 25, 2018 READINGS “Trump’s mood takes a foul turn”  November 15, 2018 By several CNN reporters Washington (CNN) A political clobbering, bickering aides and now a public grenade launched across the White House by the first lady have placed President Donald Trump in a position he loathes: backed into a corner. A week after standing in the East Room and declaring victory in the midterm elections, the President is isolated […]

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The Threat to Liberalism


 Part two in a three part series   Rev. Brian J. Kiely, November 18, 2018 Reading:   Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative viewpoints by actively suppressing dissenting viewpoints, and by isolating themselves from outside influences. Groupthink requires individuals to […]

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Unitarians and the Liberal Tradition


Part one of a three part sermon series  Rev. Brian J. Kiely, November 11, 2018 READING (From a United KingdomA level philosophy course study guide)  The logical starting-point towards understanding any ideology concerns its view of human nature. In straight-forward terms, liberals share an optimistic attitude towards human nature. This is based upon an assumption that our behaviour is determined by rational interest rather than irrational emotions and prejudice. We are therefore governed by reason and should be entrusted with […]

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UCE Vision Statement


“UCE Vision Statement” a sermon By Rev. Brian J. Kiely September 16, 2018 Unitarian Church of Edmonton In the last two services I have spoken about the basics of our faith tradition, about the things that define us, without limiting or restricting us.  There are the seven Principles to help us as we wrestle with challenging issues, six Sources that describe the traditions and philosophies that inspire us and support us. Those are held in common in all of our […]

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How Did We Get Here?


“How did we get here?” a sermon on the Sources  Rev. Brian J. Kiely September 9, 2018, Unitarian Church of Edmonton Sometimes I am asked why we have six sources in addition to the seven Principles. In one way, they are the second part of the answer to the question, “Just what is a Unitarian anyway?” The Principles lay out our path for living well. But the Sources add another texture.  In the tradition of theological debate, it’s not enough […]

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Ingathering- Our Principles


“Ingathering – Our Principles” a sermon by Rev. Brian J. Kiely  Unitarian Church of Edmonton September 2, 2018 I begin with a quotation from liberal theologian Anthony Padovano: Being human is the most difficult and the most religious of all our undertakings, for being human means accepting the sacredness and fragility of one’s own life.  It means living every moment with tragedy at hand and grace close by.  Being human means forever trying to settle oneself into the unsettling situations […]

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Canadian UU Report By Susan Ruttan


By Susan Ruttan National board member, Canadian Unitarian Council (a longer version of this was presented at the Jan. 28, 2018 Sunday service of Westwood Unitarian Congregation) On Jan. 17, in the regional public library of Morden, Manitoba, there was an open house. It was hosted by a small group called the Pembina Valley Unitarian Universalist Community, which had decided it was time to let people know that they existed. The original group of eight adults in their 20s and […]

Promises to Community


”Promises to Community” third of a series of sermons on Promises. Rev. Brian J. Kiely    September 17, 2017 In the first two sermons in this series I looked at the promises we make to ourselves and then the promises we make to other people in our lives.  This week and next Sunday in a youth led service we will talk about the promises we make together as people in community.  Whenever people gather, it is natural to have a set […]

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Promises to Others


“Promises to Others”  Second of a Series of sermons Sermon by Rev. Brian J. Kiely     September 10, 2017 Reading A Promise is a Promise  Frank Sonnenberg Do you think before you make a promise to someone? What if you can’t deliver on your word? Does it really matter? The world isn’t going to come to an end, is it? Well, actually no, but have you considered . . . Many people are pretty casual about making promises. As […]

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Promises to Self


Promise to Self a sermon by Rev. Brian J. Kiely Unitarian Church of Edmonton, September 1, 2017 Reading “Promise is a big word.  It either makes something or breaks something. “ Lianne Martha Maiquez Laroya 1. “I promise to myself that I will accept my strengths as well as my flaws.” 2. “I will speak lovingly to myself.” 3. “I will always keep in mind that I cannot control everything.” 4. “I will choose my battles wisely.” 5. “I will […]

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