Recent Sermons & Services

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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?

Sunday 2022 06 12 “Funeral for Shame” Matt Pargeter-Villarreal, Intern Minister.
One of the biggest obstacles for us to find inner peace is the shame that we carry. Join us on a journey and a discussion of shame…and how we can finally work to say goodbye to it in our lives once and for all, to become the beautiful and creative beings that we are destined to be.

Sunday 2022 06 05 “Grace and Perception”. Intern Minister Matt Pargeter-Villarreal.
Many families get together to “say grace” before meals in order to ask for blessings for the future. But is grace only present when things are going well? Is there grace present in struggle? Join Matt as he explores our relationship with grace and just what it means when we talk about it.

9:00 am May 29, 2022 Virtual Worship: Men at War The Rev. Bob LaVallee
Combat is held up as the ultimate expression of masculinity. But the real war exists within men’s hearts and it begins the first time that they are told that boys don’t cry. Former Marine Corps artilleryman and VA chaplain Rev. Bob reflects on the internal and external battles that men fight.

9:00 am – 10:00 am May 22, 2022 Matt Pargeter-Villarreal, Intern Minister
Join Matt for a sermon about…yes, unicorns! This Sunday, come along on a journey on the history and mythology of these mythical creatures and how they not only are popular for parties and cake toppers, but they have much to show us about appreciating and recognizing the existence of the Divine in our everyday world.
Music: Elya Arrasmith, soprano, Susan Peck, piano

May 15, 2022 What is Beautiful? The Rev. Angela Herrera
Our theological theme this month is “beauty.” But what is that exactly? A look at the spirituality and politics of beauty.
Music: Chalice Choir
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May 8, 2022 “Trans Kids Are the Image of God” The Rev. Angela Herrera
Legislation harming transgender kids and adults has proliferated, spurred by the religious right. We’ll examine the beliefs underpinning these laws, and their impact, from factual, ethical, and theological angles.
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May 1, 2022 “Learning From Beltane” Matt Pargeter-Villarreal, Intern Minister
Our six Sources of the Living Tradition as UUs speak to “Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.” What does Beltane, a Pagan celebration traditionally celebrated at the beginning of May have to teach us about that?
Music: Chalice Choir

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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