Recent Sermons & Services

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Sunday 2022 09 25 “Our Thing” The Rev. Bob LaVallee
What makes Unitarian Universalism so special, and how does that come alive at First U ABQ?

September 18, 2022: “Scandalous Universalism” The Rev. Angela Herrera
Universalism—the idea that all are saved—has been an outrageously controversial idea. But what does it even mean in today’s Unitarian Universalism? Is there any cosmic/divine justice?

September 11, 2022: “Within, Among, Beyond” The Rev. Bob LaVallee.
Theology should be about the things that we most cherish as a community. How do we move from focusing on individual beliefs to sharing meaning and purpose?

2022 09 04 “To Whom Does Our Work Belong?” The Rev. Angela Herrera.
In light of recent changes in the labor market, as well as the outrageous concentration of wealth in relatively few hands, a Labor Day sermon on working, agency, and liberation.
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August 28, 2022 “How and When to Apologize” The Rev. Angela Herrera and Sara Wofford.
Sara and Angela join forces today to discuss the spiritual art of apologizing. Is there a right way? How do we know when an apology is needed? Sara is the Chair of our congregation’s Healthy Community Committee, a committee of the Board tasked with helping our congregation practice healthy conflict.

“Learning from Islam” The Rev. Bob LaVallee
In light of the recent tragedies in Albuquerque’s Muslim community, Rev. Bob is changing the planned sermon topic, “Getting Lost,” to discuss Islam.

“Hungry Ghosts” August 14, 2022 The Rev. Bob LaVallee
In Tibetan Buddhism, a hungry ghost is shaped like a teardrop, with tiny mouths and enormous stomachs. A hungry ghost is also a metaphor for the condition of addiction. Rev. Bob will talk about addiction, and more importantly, recovery.

August 7, 2022 “Question Box Sunday” The Revs. Angela Herrera & Bob LaVallee
We tackle some big questions in church… and here’s your chance to ask yours! Send in your spiritual, moral, and theological questions to and on August 7, Bob and Angela will take turns responding to them.

July 31, 2022 “Humans” The Rev. Angela Herrera
What is predictable about human development and what is not? How much—and how— does a person change in their lifetime?
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July 24, 2022 “Losing My Religion” The Rev. Jane Davis, Affiliate Minister.
What has Unitarian Universalism conceded to more mainstream religions that we might want to consider taking back?

Sunday 2022 07 17 “Trans Justice” Adrien Lawyer, Transgender Resource Center of NM

Our service this Sunday will be led by the Rev. Jane Davis, First Unitarian’s Affiliated Minister. Adrien Lawyer is the founder and Executive Director of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. Music: Amanda Udis-Kessler and Phoebe Lostroh

Sunday 2022 07 10 “Redemption” The Rev. Angela Herrera
A sermon about sin and making things right. Updated for today, Angela originally preached this sermon in 2011. Due to her father’s unexpected passing, Angela is postponing the original topic of “Preparedness” until a later date.

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Sunday 2022 07 03 Healing the Heart of Democracy—Revisited” The Rev. Bob LaVallee
Quaker theologian Parker Palmer’s book Healing the Heart of Democracy came out in 2014 and a lot has happened in our government since then. On Independence Day weekend, how do we create a politics that’s worthy of the human spirit?

June 26, 2022 Blessings in Verse. The Worship Coordinators.
For many UUs, poetry is a source of wonder and renewal, a blessing to our hearts and souls that is always there for us. Join us for First Unitarian’s not-quite-annual poetry service, and bask in words of beauty, insight, and compassion.

List of Poems Read During “Blessings in Verse”

June 19, 2022 “Bless This House” The Rev. Bob LaVallee
Religious communities create unique blessings that are hard to find in other places. As we face some truly terrible times ahead, how do we at First U bless each other and our community?

3 Responses

  1. Sara Neyer says:

    Today I read “What do we believe,” Rev. Angela Herrera’s sermon from February 10, 2019, at the Prairie Wind Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Gillette, Wyoming. We truly enjoy your sermons here, and since we have no minister of our own, we are a “do it yourself” type church. Thanks for making your sermons available in text form. You give us great ideas and we appreciate your sharing so freely.

  2. I appreciated and enjoyed Rev. LaVallee’s sermon on El Salvador. It was inspiring that he traveled there for a powerful ministry effort. I need to do that, myself. Bob has an excellent ministerial presence in the pulpit, too. Very comforting. xk

  3. Kimberly Caputo-Heath says:

    Thank you for being open about why First Unitarian does not have a land acknowledgement in your sermon on ‘Settler Colonialism”, Rev. Bob Lavalee. I feel very inspired to join or start a conversation about what we can do as a congregation to start more actively engaging in decolonization to the point where we can feel comfortable creating a land acknowledgement. One start would to be to find a way to add one or even several symbols of Indigenous Spiritual beliefs to our wall of religious symbols spanning the world. We are blessed to have several nations historically and currently tied to this land on which we reside. Let us not overlook that Dine (Navajo), Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, are also a part of this land’s history. (Which brings up an interesting question… If we tie our acknowledgements to land specifically, then how do we remember nomadic nations? Does this support an idea that nomadic civilizations are “less than” which is just another layer of settler colonialism?)

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