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December 8, 2019

Here we are two weeks into the Christmas season, trying to get some holiday cheer.  Almost two centuries ago, Ebenezer Scrooge’s nephew in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has this upbeat assessment of the Christmas spirit:

"I have always thought of Christmas time, when it ha...

November 24, 2019

As I wrap up my almost dozen years at the Meeting House, I am subject to bouts of longing and sadness.  And all that I think I know of human psychology says that there is no magical cure for longing and sadness.  Sometimes these hard feelings are quite appropriate to t...

November 17, 2019

            The title of this sermon might be a common oath, the kind of thing a speaker might have said in olden days to underline the depth of his or her sincerity.  Now oaths are used in cursing, but they are also a way of trying to make what one says more credible....

November 10, 2019

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day. Historically, Veteran’s Day was called Armistice Day for in the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month one hundred one years ago, the guns of the Great War fell silent as an Armistice went into effect.  Some have said it was...

October 21, 2019


preached last week on expecting the unexpected, how we can hold expectations about the future but need to be willing to reassess those expectations in light of the march of events.  We can’t make the world conform to our expectations, but we can avoid investing so muc...

October 13, 2019

One of my favorite definitions: a minister is a person who tells you what you need to hear.  What I’m going to say this morning is in some ways an act of self-ministry; it is what I need to hear.  But I can do that in my bathroom mirror; I wouldn’t be preaching it if I...

July 18, 2018

Who Are We To Judge?

                                            the Rev. Edmund Robinson...

April 30, 2018

Sunday Sermon May 6, 2018 - We will celebrate the life of the great activist and folk singer with a service dedicated to the wisdom and heart in his songs and actions, supplemented by photographs from Orleans photographers Maxine Smith and John Economos, who documented...

April 20, 2018

April 22, 2018 - Earth Day Present 
Forty-eight years after the first Earth Day, what is the score? Are we making progress towards an accommodation between the harm done by human habitation and the needs of nature?

March 19, 2018

The title of this sermon comes from a meme, a statement that a friend posts on social media every time there is a mass killing, and it goes something like this: “There’s no way to prevent these kinds of things, say the only country in which it happens regularly.”  I’m...

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