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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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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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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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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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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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Living HeART


A sermon on art  by Rev. Brian J. Kiely  Unitarian Church of Edmonton, November 16, 2014 Alain de Botton, whose ideas last made their appearance in this pulpit regarding his earlier book Religion for Atheists is a British philosopher intent on remaking a western cultural institutions in away that is psychologically healthier.  In his previous works he has turned religion, education and other aspects on culture on their heads.  How?  Typically he asks us to rethink deeply held convictions and […]

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The HEART of War


This month we are exploring the theme of “What would it mean to live as a person of heart.  This Remembrance Day I chose to explore the place of heart and humanity in war. I have never been to war, never worn anything more threatening than a sports team uniform.  No ancestor of which I am aware has ever been to war in six generations.  I don’t say that as a point of pride, for our family’s machine shop constructed […]

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Why Unitarianism Matters


Why Unitarianism Matters  a sermon by Rev. Brian J. Kiely Unitarian Church of Edmonton September 28, 2014 Rev. Linda Thomson who works for the Canadian Unitarian Council in the eastern part of our country has a sermon she uses when visiting congregations.  And in that sermon she makes the bold statement “Unitarianism … saves … lives.”  She’s not the first person to say that, and she won’t be the last. But I sometimes stumble on that word ‘saves’.  My mind […]

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We Gather Together


“We Gather Together” a sermon by Rev. Brian J. Kiely Unitarian Church of Edmonton, September 7, 2014 I bet many of you have your own version of this story.  I have this friend…Norberts is his name.  He lives in Montreal – always has.  We have known each other since High School, but in college, doing theatre, we became the closest of friends for about 10 years.  But then marriages happened, and I moved away on the first of many peregrinations. […]

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