Owed To Joy

Owed To Joy the Rev. Edmund Robinson Unitarian Universalist Meeting House July 22, 2018 My friends, have you got the joy joy joy joy down in your hearts? What does it feel like? How can you keep it? Nathaniel Hawthorne said “Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” Some of you know the Rev. Bill Clark of our Marthas Vineyard church; I once heard Bill give a sermon on joy, and he opened with this story. In the eighties and early nineties, Bill was engaged in an AIDS ministry in Provincetown, and as you might imagine there were some low moments, since a lot of people were dying of the epidemic a

Who Are We To Judge?

Who Are We To Judge? the Rev. Edmund Robinson Unitarian Universalist Meeting House July 15, 2018 A dear friend who is not a member here asked me yesterday what I was preaching on today. I said simply I was preaching on judgment. She stopped and swallowed hard. She then said quietly, that is about the second most bothersome thing in my life. It is bothersome to me, too. I hold on to the judgments I’ve made about people in my past though I know I should let them go. It’s no coincidence that the words judge, grudge and drudge all rhyme and all represent something that can stand in the way of happiness. Jesus said, judge not that you be not judged. How do we handle judging others and being

As we Forgive Those

“Forgiveness,” said Mark Twain, “is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” In that sentence is all the paradox of forgiveness. Forgiveness is not justice; we emphasize the claims for justice, for righting the wrongs of racism, patriarchy, imperialism, but forgiveness works, when it does, by sidestepping claims for justice. Forgiveness does not undo the harm caused by the original wrongdoing. The violet is still crushed. But some of its essence remains on the heel that has crushed it. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. How do we deal with these things? UUs can duck these questions, we can say those are issues for orthodox Christians to work out, but I think we miss a lot o

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