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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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I’m Sorry


“I’m Sorry!”  a sermon on forgiveness and reconciliation Rev. Brian J. Kiely,  Unitarian Church of Edmonton  February 7, 2016 Some years ago my colleague Dana Worsnop served as Interim Minister in Calgary for a year.  Whenever a settled ministry ends, most congregations bring in an Interim for a year or even two to help the community take a good look at itself while it prepares to call another permanent minister. So Dana came up from California and spent a year in […]

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The Inconvenient Indian


    A sermon on Thomas King’s Book by Rev. Brian J. Kiely , March 29, 2015 READING – from The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King When we imagine history, we imagine a grand structure, a national chronicle, a closely organized and guarded record of agreed upon event and interpretations, a bundle of “authenticities” and “Truths” welded into a flexible, yet conservative narrative that explains how we got from there to here.  It is a relationship we have with ourselves, a […]

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For Others


Rev. Brian J. Kiely,  Sunday, September 29, 2013 On Thursday, my daughters and most school children in the country participated in activities surrounding the Terry Fox National School Day Run.  There was a values learning program associated with the event, so they learned about altruism and courage and other good things like that. And while I am not sure how explicit it was in the lesson plan, they were also exposed to the idea of doing something for others. I […]

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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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Morality Without God


“Morality Without God” a sermon by Rev. Brian J. Kiely Unitarian Church of Edmonton, November 25, 2012 Reading One Abraham Pleads for Sodom  Genesis, Chapter 18 Yahweh has decided to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of their violent abuse of traditional rules of hospitality. 17 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.[c] 19 For I […]

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