Living Our UU Values

Download this sermon in PDF.   Living Our UU Values by Rev. Diane Dowgiert, February 19, 2017 Gonna let my little light shine, shine. Gonna let my little light shine, shine. Maybe someone down in the valley, tryin’ to get home. This is a house of light – filled with the light of freedom, the […]

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Our Great Covenant

Download this sermon in PDF. Our Great Covenant by Rev. Diane Dowgiert, February 5, 2017   One instrument: many strings. One rainbow: many colors. One choir many voices. One tapestry: many threads. One people: many beliefs. The fiber that binds the many into one is the fiber of covenant. A covenant is a sacred promise, […]

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The Great Turning

Download this sermon in PDF.   1 The Great Turning – Rev. Diane Dowgiert, January 8, 2017 Reading The Shambhala Warrior (a Tibetan Legend as told by Joanna Macy) “There comes a time when all life on Earth is in danger. Barbarian powers have arisen. Although they waste their wealth in preparations to annihilate each […]

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The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead by Rev. Diane Dowgiert, November 13, 2016 Last week I stood in this pulpit and said that whatever the outcome of the election, our work would be the same. Ours is the work of liberation, the work of creating more peace and justice and freedom in our lives and in the world. […]

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Free for What?

Free for What? by Rev. Diane Dowgiert, November 6, 2016 It can be argued that freedom is at the core of a liberal religious faith such as ours. The words liberal and liberty share a common root, after all. We are about the work of liberation, freeing minds, bodies, and spirits from conditions of imprisonment […]

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Growing a Culture of Hope

Growing a Culture of Hope by Rev. Diane Dowgiert, October 16, 2016 Hope is rising. It is the nature of hope to rise. It lifts our spirits. It buoys us up when despair threatens to drag us down. It gives us a boost when we feel we can’t go on. Hope is the fuel and […]

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Leadership: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow by Rev. Diane Dowgiert, October 9, 2016 These are days of awe .We watch as an awesome force of nature, named hurricane Matthew makes its way up the coast, disrupting lives, displacing people and leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Our hearts go out to those affected, especially […]

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Defying Hatred

Defying Hatred by Rev. Diane Dowgiert, September 25, 2016 The call comes. You are being invited to take part in the first intervention against evil to be undertaken by the denomination to be started immediately overseas. How do you respond? What do you say? If you are Waitstill and Martha Sharp, you say yes. You […]

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Different Rooms

Different Rooms by Rev. Diane Dowgiert, September 18, 2016 I want to begin by expressing my gratitude to your Board of Trustees who spent yesterday together in a retreat. A good portion of the retreat was used to explore and understand the nature of interim ministry in order to get the most out of my […]

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The Wisdom of Uncertainty

The Wisdom of Uncertainty by Rev. Diane Dowgiert, August 14, 2016 For the next few weeks, I am going to preface each sermon with a few remarks about interim ministry. There are five essential tasks for us to accomplish together during my time here: Coming to terms with the past Discovering a new identity Allowing […]

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