Reflections

Bill Gupton

Rev. Bill Gupton in front of stained glass windowUnitarian Universalism is a tradition that encourages each of us to engage in a lifetime of spiritual grown and exploration, using discernment, conscience, intuition and reason as a guide on our path. Being a preacher gives me the opportunity to occasionally reflect on my own spiritual journey. Here are some sermons that offer a window into my personal spirituality, my ever-evolving beliefs, and the relationship I believe religion must maintain with the real world of our daily lives.

“It’s Only Natural” (a “Green Burial” sermon)

    We are all part of the Mystery. I believe that as surely as I believe I am standing here right now – and I believe that no matter what happens to us, when we die, we remain part of that Mystery – for we are part of a natural cycle – a turning … Continue reading “It’s Only Natural” (a “Green Burial” sermon)

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“The Pope, the Polls, People and the Planet”

Come into this circle. You belong here. You are welcome here – you are loved here. We offer you this invitation, at the conclusion of a very remarkable week in American history. Sitting here, now, as we do – in the midst of the visit of Pope Francis to the United States – if we … Continue reading “The Pope, the Polls, People and the Planet”

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“Spirit in Life”

Now that you have been transported by the music, by the vibrant voices of our Choir, by the sublime silence that followed – I encourage you to reflect, for a moment, on what you have just experienced. If you’re part of the congregation today, you have heard, and seen beauty. As I say, it is … Continue reading “Spirit in Life”

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Black Lives Matter

First: Listening to Black Voices The subject of today’s service is racism – and what one activist has called the new “revolution against racism.” In recent years, it has become clear to those of us white people who have been working for racial justice and seeking to be allies with the black community, that we … Continue reading Black Lives Matter

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UU 101

Religion is the first and last – the universal language of the human heart… This is a sermon about one, specific religion – as well as a reflection, on the importance of language. The religion, of course, is Unitarian Universalism. The language, well … that’s where things get interesting. Unitarian Universalism. Quite a mouthful. It … Continue reading UU 101

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We Still Have a Dream

Sometimes, history can be divided into ‘before and after.’ Before and after the printing press. Before and after the “shot heard round the world” in Lexington, Massachusetts, that signaled the beginning of the American Revolution. Before and after the atomic bomb, or the landing on the moon. Before and after the morning of September 11, 2001. Moments in … Continue reading We Still Have a Dream

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My God: A Work in Progress

The road less travelled. Each of us, in one way or another, almost by definition, has taken the religious road less travelled, or else we wouldn’t be here, this morning. Those of us who call ourselves Unitarian Universalists, have taken a largely untraveled path – have chosen to become part of a religious minority – … Continue reading My God: A Work in Progress

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Why I am a Universalist

This morning, as we are gathered here in this sanctuary that is and always will be so special to me – a few hundred miles to the northwest, in a different and much larger auditorium, a few thousand seekers and believers have gathered to hear the message of universalism as delivered by a charismatic and controversial preacher named Carlton … Continue reading Why I am a Universalist

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Why Are We Here?

We are in need, of others. Others, are in need of us. “We shall love one another,” sang the choir this morning, “with all our heart – and we shall care for each other with all our soul.” Annie Foerster speaks of prayer as a relationship, and as a call to “go out into the … Continue reading Why Are We Here?

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Celebrate Life

Unitarian Universalist minister Sara York tells the story of a conversation she once had with a colleague: “We know that all ministers really only have one sermon,” she begins, “so I asked my friend what his was.” “Really just one word,” he replied: “Live.” “Yeah,” Sara agreed, “I suppose that’s about what mine is, too … Continue reading Celebrate Life

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A Power Beyond Ourselves

Let me begin my reflection today by acknowledging what a blessing it is for me to be part of a UU church where we can sing, on Sunday morning, a hymn, such as the one we just sang. Some Unitarian Universalist churches are what I call “God-free zones” – congregations which espouse religious freedom, but … Continue reading A Power Beyond Ourselves

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The Wonder of Creation

“And we all know about wonder, don’t we?” Ken Wilber writes rhetorically, in “The Marriage of Sense and Soul.” “From the depths of a Kosmos too miraculous to [even] believe,” he says, “From the heights of a universe too wondrous to worship – from the insides of an astonishment that has no boundaries – an … Continue reading The Wonder of Creation

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He Who Has Two Coats

There is a passage, near the beginning of one of the biblical gospels, in which a crowd of people is gathered, seeking pearls of wisdom from a local, charismatic prophet. The group is composed of the usual assortment of soldiers and seekers, tax collectors and widows – and they have the following exchange with John … Continue reading He Who Has Two Coats

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Ten Things I Like About Jesus

Today I am going to share with you ten things I like about Jesus. Let me begin my reflection by telling you, very briefly, about what theologians might call my “Christology” – not what I like about Jesus, but what I believe about Jesus… I believe Jesus was a man, not a god – and … Continue reading Ten Things I Like About Jesus

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For a more complete archive of my favorite sermons over the years, go to the Heritage Church website.