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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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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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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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Rolling Away Our Stones


“Rolling Away Our Stones”  an Easter Sermon Rev. Brian J. Kiely Unitarian Church of Edmonton, March  27, 2016 As a Catholic child in the 1960’s, Easter was always a big deal in our home.  Sure there were the giant Laura Secord filled chocolate Easter Eggs and the family gathering with relatives, but there was also church.  I was quite a devout kid when in elementary school.  Unlike many of you, I wasn’t the questioning type.  I believed deeply in the […]

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Leap Day: Starting Fresh


A  sermon on the theme of reconciliation.  Rev. Brian J. Kiely  Unitarian Church of Edmonton February 28, 2016 Each new morning two choices are open to us: The choice to live that day in the joyfulness of Love, Or in the darkness of Fear. Each new day, as the sun rises,  We have another opportunity to make that choice. The symbolism of the sunrise is the removal of shadow And the return of Light. Each new morning we have another […]

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Images of Darkness


  This is the second sermon addressing the theme “What would it mean to live as people of LIGHT” As part of the service I shared a reading by Vernette Suoerville, a Trinidadian blogger.  You can read it here. Sermon Just before the winter solstice I preached on darkness.  I offered a reading by Jacqui James.  It is part of our worship theme guide e-mailed to most of you just before the start of the year. She noted that our […]

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The Flaming Chalice


  Rev. Brian J. Kiely January 4, 2015 January’s theme is “What would it mean to live as people of LIGHT If you are new to Unitarianism, there are a couple of things you need to know about us. First, we reject traditional religious doctrinal teachings that don’t make sense to us.  We don’t enjoy being told what we ought to believe.  We prefer to make our own decisions, thank you very much. Second, we reject the idea that since […]

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