Recent Sermons & Services

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November 27, 2022 “Changing How We Love: Attachment Theory” The Rev. Bob LaVallee
The new science of attachment theory gives us some surprising insights into how we form relationships. Can we love better? And what does attachment theory tell us about being members of a church?

November 13, 2022 “So…Here We Are.” Kristin Famula, Intern Minister
Intern minister Kristin Famula reflects on this week’s election with a message of moving forward with love. Artist in residence, Francisco Ruiz leads the First Unitarian choirs and the congregation in song.

November 6, 2022 “Where Are We Now?” The Rev. Angela Herrera
Rev. Angela updates a sermon from 2010 – “Where Are We?” about approaching the new with a sense of adventure. Our Sunday services are now live-streamed over Zoom from our sanctuary at 9:00 am each week!

October 30 2022 “Connections that Heal: Partnering for a Just Transition” The Rev. Mary Katherine Morn
How do we stop systems based in relentless extraction and move towards ways of being that heal and restore? Communities in the front lines of the climate crisis are leading the way towards the transformations necessary for our collective survival and flourishing. Join us as Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, president of Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, shares stories of the remarkable work they’re engaging in around the world with the support of our UUSC members.

October 23,2022 “Putting Our Bodies in the Way” The Rev. Bob LaVallee
For a faith that is sometimes fairly accused of being too intellectual, there’s a strong tradition of resistance in Unitarian Universalism. What can our history teach us about protest today?

Sunday, October 16, 2022 “Courageous Joy”  The Rev. Angela Herrera
Joy, pleasure, play– we are born for these! To embody them in the face of dehumanizing systems is an act of resistance and makes rebellion irresistible.

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Sunday, October 9, 2022  “Trauma and Courage”  The Rev. Angela Herrera
Life includes risk from the very beginning. That’s part of what makes life so precious to us. But when we’ve experienced trauma, the feeling of danger can become overwhelming. A sermon about finding our center again.

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Sunday, October 2, 2022  “The Great Leap?”  Kristin Famula, Intern Minister
What do we do with the in-between-ness of the times we’re living in? Join us as we explore together life in a new age of uncertainty.

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?

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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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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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