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2017

05-07-2017 "What Do You Mean, White Supremacy?"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
04-30-2017 "Radical Welcome"
by special Guest Rev. Liz Lerner Maclay
 
04-23-2017 "We Would be One"
by special Guest Rev. Liz Lerner Maclay
 
04-16-2017 Easter Sunday: "What Did You See?"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
04-09-2017 Passover: "Elijah's Cup"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
04-02-2017 Senior High Youth Sunday: a Multigenerational Service
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman, DRE Cathy Seggel and friends
 
03-26-2017 "Blessed Are Those Who Come ..."
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
03-19-2017 "Why I am a Unitarian Universalist Pagan"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
03-12-2017 "Discovering the Tools of Advocacy"
by Rev. Eugene Dyszlewski
 
03-05-2017 "Let it Be a Dance we Do!" New Member Sunday
homily by guest Rev. Harlan Limpert
 
02-26-2017 Wholly Family: Multigenerational Celebration
by DRE Cathy Seggel, Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman, and friends
 
02-19-2017 "Cultivating Spirit: Art as Spiritual Practice"
by guest Marcia Taylor
 
02-12-2017 "Who Decides the Narrative?"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
02-05-2017 "Once Upon a Time..." or, "Long Ago and Far Away..."
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
01-29-2017 "Faith of the Larger Liberty: The Message of Torda"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
01-22-2017 "Why I am a Unitarian Universalist Buddhist"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
01-15-2017 Martin Luther King Sunday: "Where Do We Go from Here"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
01-08-2017 no service this Sunday
inclement weather
 
01-01-2017 "Bob Dylan: Nobel Laureate"
by Rev. Douglas Wilson
 
 


2016

12-24-2016 Christmas Eve service
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman and friends
 
12-18-2016 "Everybody Needs a little ... Something"
a Multigenerational Winter Holiday Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman and DRE Cathy Seggel
 
12-11-2016 "Why I am a Unitarian Universalist Jew"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
12-04-2016 "Poems, Prayers, and Jazz Piano for the Cusp of Advent"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman, and special music by Alex Hahn
 
11-27-2016 "Reflecting on Service, Change and Spirituality"
by guest Steven G. McCloy
 
11-20-2016 "That Thorns Have Roses"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman, and special music by Joyful Noise & Community Band
 
11-13-2016 "One Nation, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
11-09-2016 Healing Service: in the Wake of '16 Elections
homily by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
11-06-2016 All Soul's Day Service
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
10-30-2016 200 Years' Celebration of our Meeting House
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman, Brown University President Kathryn Paxson, and Music Director Fred Jodry
 
10-23-2016 "What Must they Have Been Thinking?"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
10-16-2016 "Why I am A Unitarian Universalist Christian"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
10-09-2016 "I Doubt It: The Power of Doubt, Cousin of Faith"
by Rev. Kathleen A. Green
 
10-02-2016 "The High Holy Days: A Time to Break Down and a Time to Build Up"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
09-25-2016 "Why I Am a Unitarian Universalist Spiritual Humanist"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
09-18-2016 To Be an Instrument of Peace
by Rev. Tom Shade
 
09-11-2016 A Multigenerational Water Communion Gathering
by DRE Cathy Seggel, Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman, and Fred Jodry, Music Director
 
Jun - Aug, '16 Summer Services @ 1st U Prov
by Various Guest Presenters
 
06-05-2016 "Reaching for the Stars . . . on a Summer’s Night or Any Other Time"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
05-29-2016 “Remember and Recommit“: A Joint Service at Bell Street Chapel
by Rev. Margaret Weis & TSgt Katie MacVeigh, USAF Ret.
 
05-22-2016 "A View from the Cornerstone"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
05-15-2016 Coming of Age: A Multigenerational Service
by 8th-Graders, Mentors, Cathy Seggel, DRE & Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
05-08-2016 Mother’s Day/Teacher Recognition: A Multigenerational Service - "When the Sunrise or Sunset Just Isn&rsquo'st Enough"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
05-01-2016 "Picking Up the Pieces and Moving On"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
04-24-2016 "Passover: Passing Over or Passing Through?"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
04-17-2016 "Stories My Cat told Me"
by Rev. Gwen Howard, Community Minister
 
04-10-2016 Com-UU-nication: Senior High Youth Service
Multigenerational Service
 
04-03-2016 Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep . . . and Other Prayers for Dark (or Light) Places
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
03-27-2016 Easter Sunday: You Can't Keep a Good Person Down
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
03-20-2016 Palm Sunday: Turning Over a New Leaf, or Just Waving a Palm?
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
03-13-2016 Guns: the Erosion of Civility
by Rev. Gene Dyszlewski, Community Minister
 
03-06-2016 Canvas Kickoff: A Charge to the Congregation!
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
02-28-2016 Forward Through the Ages
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
02-21-2016 Wholly Family: a Multigenerational Worship
by Cathy Seggal, Director of Religious Education
 
02-14-2016 "Behind Door Number One or Door Number Two?"
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
02-07-2016 A Steward of the Church
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
01-31-2016 Partners in Faith: Where is Our Holy Church
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
01-24-2016 Sorry, No Service This Week
 
01-17-2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Why We Can't Wait
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
01-10-2016 "The Structural Evil of Prison"
a sermon by guest Tim DeChristopher
 
01-03-2016 "This is the Year: A Sermon-in-Song"
presented by guest David Roth
 


2015

12-27-2015 Like Sands Through the Hourglass
a Fire Communion homily by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
12-20-2015 Multigenerational Holiday Pageant
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman and friends
 
12-13-2015 Advent: Unafraid of the Darkness
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
12-06-2015 Hannukah: to Dream the Impossible Dream
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
11-29-2015 To Be a Decent Human Being
a sermon by guest Rev. Michelle Walsh
 
11-22-2015 Every Moment a Gift
a homily by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
with "Lives of the Cowboys: Looking Out for Others" an all-ages skit
 
11-15-2015 I Pledge Allegiance to the Earth,
with Remarks and Prayers Following the Paris Attacks
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
11-8-2015 To the Larger Good
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
11-1-2015 Be Ours a Religion...
a homily by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
10-25-2015 We Don't Need Another Hero
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
10-18-2015 It Takes Two Hands
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
10-11-2015 Standing for Something
by Guest Minister Beth Armstrong
 
10-4-2015 Interim Ministry: Our Shared Experience
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
9-27-2015 The Van Gogh Café
by Rev. Keith Kron
 
9-20-2015 The High Holy Days at a Time When Black Lives Matter
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
 
6-14-2015 THE THIRD SERMON: A Meditation on a Preaching Ministry
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
5-3-2015 IN PRAISE OF A DIVINE THAT MATTERS: A Meditation on Faith and Hope
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
4-19-2015 LEARNING TO FALL: A Meditation on the Stoic Way
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
4-5-2015 THE MIND OF EASTER, THE HEART OF EASTER: A Zen Buddhist Midrash
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-22-2015 THE MIDDLE WAY OF LIBERAL RELIGION: A Meditation on Unitarian Universalism's Fourth Principle
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-15-2015 THE PATH OF MERCY: A Meditation on the Beatitudes
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-1-2015 HEAVEN AND HELL: A Love Story
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-25-2015 THE GREAT WAY OF LIBERAL RELIGION: A Meditation on Francis David, George Biandrata, & King John Sigismund
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-18-2015 SHELTER FOR THE BIRDS OF HEAVEN: A Meditation on Race, Class, and the Way of Liberal Religion
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-11-2015 THE JESUS SUTRAS: Some Early Morning Thoughts on What Might Have Been and Perhaps What Could Yet Be
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-4-2015 WHEN IN DOUBT, TELL THE TRUTH: A Meditation on Mark Twain and Living an Authentic Life in Times that Call us to Be Anything But
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 


2014

12-24-2014 Christmas Eve Meditation (9:00p)
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
12-24-2014 Christmas Eve Meditation (5:00p)
by Cathy Seggel, Director of Religious Education
 
12-14-2014 LIGHTING ONE CANDLE: A Meditation on a Path of Hope in A Despairing World
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
12-7-2014 BLESSINGS IN THE DARK — Reflections on Hope
by Cathy Seggel, Director of Religious Education with Emily Bruce & Lisa Sampson
 
11-30-2014 INDICTMENT: A Meditation on the Empire and a Promised Land
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-16-2014 JUST FRIENDS: A Meditation on Friendship as Spiritual Practice
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-2-2014 ONCE I WAS A SKELETON: A Homily for Halloween, All Saints, and All Souls
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-26-2014 A SPIRITUALITY FOR THE BARELY RELIGIOUS: A Meditation on the Currents of a New Humanism
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-19-2014 JULIA & SAMUEL: A Meditation on Liberal Religion in an Age of Crisis
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-12-2014 IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD, AND ONE OF ANOTHER: A Meditation on Covenant as Spiritual Practice Among Unitarian Universalist Congregations
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-28-2014 TELLING STORIES: A Yom Kippur Meditation
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-21-2014 THIS DEWDROP WORLD: A Meditation on the Coming Ecological Catastrophe & the Only Way Through
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-14-2014 TO A YOUNG RELATIVE WHO SHARED A RACIST FACEBOOK POST
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
6-8-2014 BEHOLD THE SPIRIT: A Meditation on Alan Watts & His Brief Experiment in a Mystical Christianity
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
4-27-2014 THE SCHOOL OF LOVE: A Meditation
by Gwendolyn Howard and Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
4-13-2014 SHAKING OFF OUR CHAINS: A Passover Sermon
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-30-2014 FALLEN AMONG THIEVES: A Meditation on the Parable of the Good Samaritan
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-23-2014 LOVE YOUR MOTHER: A Meditation on Life & Death, Intoxication, Sobering Up, and Saving the World
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-2-2014 IT'S ABOUT SO MUCH MORE THAN MONEY. AND IT'S ABOUT MONEY: The Story of First Unitarian's Annual Budget Drive
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-26-2014 SPIRITS IN REBELLION: A Brief Meditation on Laelius & Faustus Socinus & the Origins of A Unitarian Reformation
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-19-2014 LOVE REACHES OUT: A Sermon for Dr Martin Luther King, Jr and the Rest of Us
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 


2013

12-8-2013 The Warm and Flickering Light of Hope
by DRE Cathy Seggel and Halcyon Westall
 
12-1-2013 TO LIGHT ONE CANDLE: A Meditation on Thanksgivukkah
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-17-2013 WAS JEFFERSON A UNITARIAN? And Other Questions Concerning the Influence of an Emergent Unitarianism on the Founding of the American Republic
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-10-2013 ON THE CURE OF SOULS: A Meditation on the Liberal Ministry
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-3-2013 GREAT CLOUDS OF WITNESSES: A Hymn of the New Universalism
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-27-2013 ARGUING WITH THE ANCESTORS: Or, A Little Walk With the Desert Fathers (and Mothers)
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-20-2013 FILTHY LUCRE: A Meditation on the Divided Heart and Its Healing
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-13-2013 KISSING THE LOVER IN THE MOUTH OF BREAD: A Meditation on Service and Spirituality
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-06-2013 THE PASSION OF FANNIE LOU HAMER
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-29-2013 LIFE'S PILGRIMAGE: A Meditation on a Once and Future Spiritual Discipline
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-22-2013 PLUNGING INTO THE UNKNOWN: How to be a Peacemaker in a World Torn by Strife
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-15-2013 BEGNINNING AGAIN, AGAIN: A Meditation on the Why & How of Liberal Religion
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-1-2013 ONE CONTINUOUS MISTAKE: A Meditation in the Shadow of an Assault on Syria
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
6-9-2013 FOLLOWING THE SCENTED GRASSES
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
5-19-2013 A DISCOURSE ON THE TRANSIENT & PERMANENT IN CHRISTIANITY: A Meditation on Theodore Parker and the Call of Liberal Religion
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
4-21-2013 DIE GEDANKEN SIND FREI: A Meditation on the Free Mind and Free Religion in Hard Times
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-24-2013 DREAMING ZION: A Canvass Sermon
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-17-2013 THE LUCK OF THE IRISH: A Sermon of Human Possibility Preached on a St Patrick's Day
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-3-2013 THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING: Reflections on the Nature of Stewardship
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
2-24-2013 OLYMPIA'S SONG & OURS: Olympia Brown and the Radical Announcement that We all are Worthy
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-27-2013 GOD IS ONE: Francis David, Reformation Unitarianism & Some of It's Significance for Contemporary Unitarian Universalists
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-20-2013 LIVING THE DREAM INTO THE WORLD: A Call into the Great Healing
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-06-2013 EPIPHANIES: An Exploration of the Three Gifts and a Revolution of the Heart
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 


2012

12-16-2012 OUR RESPONSE TO EVERYTHING, TERRIBLE & LOVELY: A Meditation on the Horror at Newtown, Connecticut
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
12-9-2012 Ripples of Hope, Glimmers of Light
by DRE Cathy Seggel
 
12-2-2012 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM AT THE DAWN OF A NEW MILLENNIUM: A Brief Response to Its Cultured Despisers, and a Call to the Healing of Our Hearts and of the World
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-25-2012 PENETRATING THE WHOLE MYSTERY OF LIFE; GIVING THANKS FOR EVERYTHING
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-11-2012 THUS THE TEACHING OF THIS CHURCH BORE FRUIT IN THE SERVICE OF THE NATION
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-4-2012 THE DORR REBELLION: An Election Day Sermon
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-21-2012 IN PRAISE OF POTLUCKS: A Meditation on Spiritual Community
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-14-2012 FINDING ONE�S PLACE: The Existential Crisis, Margaret Fuller�s Path, & Our Own
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-30-2012 SPIRITUALITY, SPIRITUAL PRACTICE & SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-23-2012 A FEW WORDS IN FAVOR OF IDLENESS
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-16-2012 YOU ARE WHAT YOU DO: AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
A Rosh Hashanah Meditation

by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-9-2012 The Two Truths of Unitarian Universalism and the Middle Way of Liberal Religion: A Homily
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-2-2012 Bread and Roses: A Meditation on the Way of the Wise Heart
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
6-3-2012 A SONG OF ABELARD: A Meditation on Knowing and Not Knowing
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
5-6-2012 PREACHER CASEY, TOM & MA JOAD & THE WAY OF UNIVERSAL SALVATION
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
4-29-2012 BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON: Longing, Denial, Murder & Dreams of Home
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
4-15-2012 A TRUE FAITH & VIRTUE: A Reflection on Theophilus Lindsey & the Origins of Rational Religion
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
4-08-2012 SECOND CHANCES: An Easter Song in Two Voices
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford and DRE Cathy Seggel
 
3-23-2012 EXODUS FOR NONBELEIVERS
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-18-2012 STOPPING THE WAR: A Meditation on the Way of Peace
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-04-2012 THE HEART OF THE MATTER: John Murray and the Gospel of Love
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
2-26-2012 DREAMING EMILY
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
2-19-2012 ONE WORLD AT A TIME: A Meditation on Unitarian Universalism, Rational Religion & the Great Humanist Way
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-29-2012 IN SEARCH OF THE WILD FOX: A Meditation on the Ways of the Wise Heart
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-22-2012 Non Credo?
by Joan Richards
 
1-15-2012 THE DISOBEDIENCE SUTRA: Following the Thread of the Wise Heart
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-08-2012 THE WAY OF THE WISE HEART: A Meditation on the Festival of the Epiphany
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 


2011

12-04-2011 SALVATION BY CHARACTER: A Reflection on William Ellery Channing, Ethics, and Social Activism Within Liberal Religion
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-27-2011 SAYS WHO? AND SO WHAT? Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Transcendentalism, the Question of Authority Within Unitarian Universalism, and Where it All Takes Us
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-13-2011 THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES: A Meditation On Liberal Religion and a Call to an Ecological Consciousness
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-06-2011 HOW TO GROW A SOUL: A Meditation for Unbelievers
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-09-2011 AN AMERICAN AUTUMN? A Yom Kippur Meditation
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-02-2011 A LOVER�S QUARREL: A Meditation on the Nature of the Unitarian Universalist Association
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
09-25-2011 TELLING STORIES: A Consideration of Human Liberation
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
09-18-2011 SHOWING UP: The Practice of Presence Within Liberal Religion
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
09-11-2011 Message for All Ages
by DRE Cathy Seggel
 
09-11-2011 Ten Years After: A Meditation on 9/11
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
07-31-2011 Coming Home
by Joan Richards
 
06-26-2011 Music and Community
A meditation by Joseph Grady
 
06-12-2011 Changsha Goes on a Picnic
A meditation by James Ishmael Ford & Cathy Seggel
 
06-05-2011 THE WAY OF THE LARGER HEART: A Report from the Front Lines of the Struggle for Marriage Equality in Rhode Island
by Eugene Dyszlewski & James Ishmael Ford
 
05-15-2011 ENGAGING FAITH: A Muslim & Unitarian Universalist Conversation
by R. David Coolidge & James Ishmael Ford
 
05-01-2011 A HYMN TO THE MOTHER: A Case for A Spiritual Environmentalism
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
04-24-2011 IT�S ALL ABOUT HOPE: Easter Meditations
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford, DRE Cathy Seggel
 
04-17-2011 DREAMS & DENIAL: A Meditation on the Armenian Genocide
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford, Janice Okoomian
 
04-03-2011 THE WAY OF LIBERAL RELIGION: A Meditation on Unitarian Universalism�s Principles & Purposes
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
03-27-2011 A RELIGION FOR OUR TIMES: The Case for a Buddhist Unitarian Universalism
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
03-06-2011 RENDER UNTO CEASAR AND THE WIDOW�S MITE: A Meditation on Money and Spirituality
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
02-27-2011 THE ROYAL ROAD TO ROMANCE: A Meditation on the Pilgrim Path and an Invitation
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
02-20-2011 KNIT ONE, PURL TWO: A Meditation On Knitting a Life
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
01-30-2011 DAMON & PHYTHIAS & THE BELWILDERMENTS OF FRIENDSHIP
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
01-23-2011 STANDING AT THE TIME OF FULFILLMENT: And Why Marriage Equality Is So Blessedly Important
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
01-16-2011 MARTIN LUTHER KING�S LIBERAL GOD: A Meditation on the Soul�s Longing
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
01-09-2011 TREMBLING BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD: A Meditation on the Attempted Assassination of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the Necessity of Speaking Truth in Violent Times
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 


2010

12-12-2010 A House of Dance & Feathers and A House for Hope
by Cathy Seggel, Director of Religious Education
 
12-05-2010 ON WRITING A LETTER TO A DICTATOR: A Meditation on a Letter Writing Campaign as a Spiritual Practice
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-28-2010 THOUGHTS WHILE HOLDING A CANDLE IN THE DARK: A Sermon on Hanukkah Anticipated
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-14-2010 AND THE FIRE AND THE ROSE ARE ONE: A Reflection on T. S. Eliot & the Spiritual Journey
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-07-2010 RACE MATTERS: A Meditation on the Arc of History
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-24-2010 OPEN SECRETS: A Reflection on the Nature of Friendship
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-17-2010 BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON: A Meditation on Our Heart�s Longing
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-03-2010 INTIMATIONS OF A NEW UNIVERSALISM: A Reflection on the Whence and Whither of Unitarian Universalism
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-26-2010 GET ME TO THE CHURCH ON TIME: A Religious Call for Marriage Equality
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-19-2010 THE DOORS OF PEACE: A Yom Kippur Meditation
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-5-2010 JESUS WAS A CARPENTER: A Sermon on Religion and Politics
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
7-18-2010 Synchronicity and Serendipity
by Melissa Guillet
 
6-27-2010 Unsolved Cases from the Files of a Soul Detective
by Rick Richards
 
6-6-2010 THEFT: A LOVE STORY
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
5-30-2010 WHAT PART OF ILLEGAL DON�T YOU UNDERSTAND? A Meditation on America�s Immigration Debate and the Ocean of Longing
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
5-16-2010 RAISING UP DEVASTATIONS FROM OLD: A Meditation on the Work of Justice
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
5-2-2010 Sabbatical Reflections
by Cathy Seggel, Director of Religious Education
 
4-18-2010 GOD IS NOT YOUR UNCLE
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
4-11-2010 THE ART OF THE DEAL: The Work of Articulating a Congregational Covenant
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
4-4-2010 OVERFLOWING GRACE: Three Easter Stories
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-28-2010 NEXT YEAR IN JERSUALEM: The Immigrant Dream and the Quest for a Promised Land
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-21-2010 DEMETER�S JOURNEY, AND OURS: A Hymn to the Goddess
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-7-2010 THIS SECOND DAY OF JULY ANNO DOMINI 1722, IN THE EIGHTH YEAR OF THE REIGN OF OUR SOVERIGN LORD GEORGE... Reflections on the First Unitarian Church of Providence
by Cyrus O�Neil and James Ishmael Ford
 
2-28-2010 LEGENDS OF THE DRUNKEN MASTERS: Intoxication and the Spiritual Life
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
2-14-2010 A MINISTRY OF LOVE
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-31-2010 GREAT TRANSFORMATIONS: Of Axial Ages and the Transformative Possibility of the Human Imagination
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-24-2010 WHAT DOES SEX HAVE TO DO WITH IT?: A Consideration of Human Sexuality and the Spiritual Life
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-17-2010 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR MAY BE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR: A Sermon for Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Claudia J. Ford and James Ishmael Ford
 
1-10-2010 CROSSING THE RUBICON: The Covenants of the First Unitarian Church of Providence
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-3-2010 WHO IS THE TRUE CHIEN?: And Other Ghost Stories About Our Lives
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 


2009

12-13-2009 Waiting for the Ninth Wave
by DRE Cathy Seggel
 
12-6-2009 THE DAY BEFORE PEARL HARBOR: A Meditation on the Spirituality of Social Justice
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-29-2009 ARJUNA�S DILEMMA: A Reflection on Killing, the Spiritual Life and the Quest for Meaning
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-8-2009 A MEDITATION ON ROSIE THE RIVETER: The Divine Feminine and Liberal Religion and a Vision for a New World
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-1-2009 THE STORY OF THE ELDEST PRINCESS: A Life in Stories
A story loosely adapted from A.S. Byattââ�¬â�¢s story, together with a Homily by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-25-2009 TO BE OF USE: Finding the Heart of Work
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-18-2009 LET THE SOFT ANIMAL OF YOUR BODY LOVE WHAT IT LOVES: Reflecting on Spirituality Within the Liberal Tradition
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-11-2009 THE ART OF CONVERSATION: A Reflection on Spiritual Practices in Liberal Churches
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-4-2009 FILTHY LUCRE: A Meditation on the Divided Heart and Its Healing
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-27-2009 STANDING ON THE SIDE OF LOVE: A Sermon for Yom Kippur
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-20-2009 FAITH IN A CHAIR: A Consideration of Covenant as a Spiritual Endeavor
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-6-2009 THE BALLAD OF TOM JOAD: A Reflection on That One Big Soul
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
8-30-2009 Surrender
by Erik Resly
 
8-23-2009 Voyage of Discovery
by Claudia J. Ford
 
8-9-2009 Born Again Atheist
by Ted Martin
 
8-2-2009 Rapt in Awe
by Pete Peterson
 
7-26-2009 Finding God in Neuroscience
by Lach Franquemont
 
6-28-2009 On Seeking Common Ground
by Rick Richards
 
6-21-2009 I Spoke to God This Morning, and She Said "Hi!"
by Ryk McIntyred
 
6-14-2009 Forbidden Books: A Reflection on the Summer, and the Reading of Summer Books
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
6-7-2009 To Be Perfectly Honest: Another Reflection on Truth
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
5-31-2009 Wrestling with God: A Sermon on Ministry
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford, for the Ordination of Catherine Senghas to the Unitarian Universalist Ministry, First Parish, Framingham
 
5-3-2009 From Providence to Katmandu and Back Again: Reflections on a Spiral Path
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
4-26-2009 On Purchasing a Tie: The Gifts of Spiritual Community
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
4-19-2009 Born in Blood: The American Revolution, Thomas Paine and the Beginnings of Unitarian Universalism
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
4-12-2009 The Faith and The Love and The Hope Are All in the Waiting: Passover, Easter & the Rites of Eternal Return
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-29-2009 The Quick and the Dead: A Reflection on Death and the Spiritual Path
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-15-2009 Doing Justice, Loving Mercy, & Endeavoring To Make Our Fellow Creatures Happy: A Reflection on Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
3-8-2009 For Faith Is the Gift of God: Reflection on Meeting Transylvanian Unitarians
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
2-22-2009 Churning The Ocean: Hindu and Unitarian Universalist Encounter and Transformation on the Way Toward a New Universalism
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
2-15-2009 Valentine's Arrows: A Sermon on the True Nature of Friendship
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
2-8-2009 I and Thou: A Buddhist Perspective
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-25-2009 Like Someone in the Middle of the Night Reaching Behind Her Head for the Pillow: What Buddhism Teaches Me About Being a Unitarian Universalist Minister
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
1-18-2009 Conditional Beings
by John Green
 
1-11-2009 It is Hard To Believe a Man Is Telling the Truth When You Know that You Would Lie if You Were in His Place: A Reflection on Truth, Lies and Meaning
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 


2008

12-28-2008 That Last Night: A Hanukkah Sermon
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
12-7-2008 To Light One Candle: Amnesty International as a Guide to a Complete Spiritual Life
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-30-2008 Not Knowing Is Most Intimate: Thomas Huxley, Deep Agnosticism & an Emergent Liberal Spirituality
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-16-2008 Love Your Mother: Reflecting on the Nature of the Divine
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
11-9-2008 Spirituality and Social Justice
by Rev. Dr. William R. Murry
 
11-2-2008 Days of The Dead: An All Hallows Reflection
by Cathy Seggel & James Ishmael Ford
 
10-26-2008 Written On Our Hearts: A Religious Liberal in Quest of a Natural Moral Law
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-14-2008 Come, Come Whoever You Are: Reflections on the Spiritual Life Within a Liberal Faith
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
10-5-2008 The Art of Conversation: Reflecting on Spiritual Practices Within Liberal Congregations
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-28-2008 Beginning Again: Reflecting on Second Chances
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
9-21-2008 We are What We Do: And other Conundrums of the Spiritual Life
by Rev. James Ishmael Ford
 
8-24-2008 Building the Kingdom
by Kevin Carson
 
8-10-2008 Charity Is a Good Thing... Isn't It?
by Ann L. Boyd
 
8-3-2008 Searching for Truth, Starting from Stillness
by Neil Bartholomew
 
7-20-2008 Choosing Our Food; Choosing the Future
by Polly Walker, MD
 
6-29-2008 Praying for the Success of Atheism: The Role of Secular Humanists in the UU Church
by Bruce W. Boucek
 
6-22-2008 Passion, Patience and Principles
by Joan L. Richards
 
6-15-2008 Fathers of Unitarian Universalism
by Kevin Carson
 
6-8-2008 From Generation to Generation
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
6-1-2008 Priming the Pump
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
4-13-2008 The Ten Commandments
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
3-30-2008 My Report to You
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
3-23-2008 The Easter Question
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
3-16-2008 What About Jesus?
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
2-24-2008 Parables for Liberals
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
2-10-2008 Creating Perfect People
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
1-20-2008 Tracked Down by the Zeitgeist
by John Green
 
1-13-2008 How To Be Mature
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
1-6-2008 Taking Time Seriously
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 


2007

12-23-2007 Filling In the Manger
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
12-9-2007 Mr. Dickens Holiday
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
11-25-2007 Your Wilderness Experience
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
11-4-2007 The Elevator Question
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
10-21-2007 Your Next Minister: Some Things You Need to Know
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
10-14-2007 That "Love Passage"
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
10-7-2007 Your Application To Become God Has Been Rejected
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
9-30-2007 How to Raise Sturdy Enough Children and Grandchildren
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
9-23-2007 Why Religion Is Funny
by Rev. John H. Nichols
 
9-16-2007 Remembering Jonah
by Rev. John H. Nichols