Don’t Stop Believin’

Mar. 17, 2019. by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. I will tell you, this vessel that we are journeying in together in this moment in time, this vessel in some ways is a lifesaver for me. It keeps me afloat in the midst of these turbulent waters. I was telling my colleagues at a meeting recently, when I am traveling through a particularly difficult week, I actually can’t wait for Sunday. I have been fed so deeply lately by our shared worship experience that I really feel sad when I miss it for any reason and I am not talking about me as preacher. I am talking about me […]

Intent vs. Impact: Resolutions for a New Year

Jan. 7, 2018. by Rev. David A. Miller. When I first came to Unitarian Universalism, I heard the phrase “assume good intentions.” Assuming good intentions was something that I hadn’t thought much about through my life. I guess I went through the early part of life having grown up in the political shadow of Chicago, and having been around as a youngster in the ‘60s and ‘70s, I didn’t always assume good intentions. You know, “don’t trust anyone over 30,” they used to say. So I didn’t always assume good intentions, but I have always hoped for the best. At this stage of my life, I do try to assume […]

Why Should We?

by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. Apr. 23, 2017. I’m not sure when I came to think of reflection as a vital religious concept, but at some point in my formation as a Unitarian Universalist I did. There are lots of different ways to reflect. We can think back about our early days of things like family and school. We can spend time reflecting on our careers or decisions we have made about them. As I said, there are all different ways to reflect in the world, so it has taken me a while to understand the the importance of reflection in our spiritual lives. But I think I […]

Prophetic Voice, Who Me?

by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. Jan. 29, 2017. Unitarian Universalist Minister Rob Macpherson wrote: “The very bedrock of our Unitarian tradition is the free practice of religion, first articulated in the Edict of Torda in 1568. If people ask you when Unitarianism started, that is as close to a solid inception date as can be offered. It was a doctrine of radical tolerance of religious diversity and a bold way forward in the context of the blood-soaked Reformation. Here’s the crucial bit of that edict: ‘… in every place the preachers shall preach the Gospel according to his understanding of it and if the congregation like it, well. […]

Where Now?

A post-election sermon by Senior Minister Rev. David A Miller. Nov. 13, 2016. “The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the small clearing of each heart.” – Yann Martel This has been a distressing election season, to say the least. In preparing for the end of it, we planned a healing service last Wednesday. In planning that service, I thought of two things: No matter how it turns out, there will be a broken America, and even though we are often overtaken by waves of media-driven rhetoric, we must find ways past it because we end up having to live in communities […]

Why I Pray

by Rev. David A. Miller.  Aug. 7, 2016. Have you ever sat down at the computer and, whether you are a believer or not, you thought, “God, if you are up there, or anywhere, please give me the inspiration to write this report, or paper, or if you are a minister, for instance, this sermon.” I have, that has been me, I admit it. There have been times when I sat down, stared at the keys on the computer and I closed my eyes. I’ve said please god, if you exist, give me inspiration to write this sermon. Then, like sometimes we do when we make prayers of petition, I […]

What is Harmony

by Rev. David A. Miller. Jul. 24, 2016. When Sarah Jebian contacted me about this service and let me know there was a quartet singing, and wanted some direction about the theme of the service, I have to admit, being on vacation at the time, I wasn’t too interested in thinking that deeply about it. I thought: quartet, harmony, sure, that sounds good, I will preach about, What is Harmony? It came to me pretty quickly and in a world with so many different voices, I thought, this is something I can always talk about. One of the reasons this seemed to fit was I was just coming home from [Unitarian […]

The Spiritual Practice of Right Relationship

by Rev. David A. Miller. Apr. 24, 2016. There I was, in a room full of ministers, at a retreat were the focus of the retreat was on spiritual practice and I was feeling terrible about myself. As a minister am I not supposed to keep up a journal, or meditate, or take a weekly walk in a labyrinth, or even pray a couple of times a day on a regular basis? As we went deeper into conversation, at some point I spoke up and said, “I am not sure that I have a spiritual practice, I feel like I am supposed to meditate and I don’t.” The room was […]