Category Archives: Sermon Archive

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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Islam: Fanatics, Reality and a Hopeful Future


Second in a two part series A sermon by Rev. Brian J. Kiely  Unitarian Church of Edmonton  February 26, 2017 Prayer In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful. Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations, that we may know each other, not that we may despise each other. If the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace, and trust in God, for the Lord […]

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Islam: The Religion of Peace


First of a two part series Rev. Brian J. Kiely, Unitarian Church of Edmonton, February 19, 2017 Last Fall I planned to do this series on Islam because some people were asking me to take a look a look at world religions now and then, to explore the meanings of some of the banners hanging around the room.  When we first planned this month on Islam I had no idea it would be so relevant to current events.  I chose […]

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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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