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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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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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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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