Speaker: Rev. Terry Sweetser


MLK Jr. urged UU’s in his 1964 Ware Lecture to wake up and stay woke. He talked about Rip Van Winkle. We remember that Rip Van Winkle slept twenty years. When he went up to bed the sign on the Inn had a picture of … read more.

The Integrity of Your Future Self

Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards wanted to go to the 1988 Winter Olympics and compete as a ski jumper. There were a couple of obvious problems with this. He was about 20-pounds heavier than the average ski jumper, he had no sponsor and his trainers spoke … read more.

Integrity and Commitment are Dangerous

Finding work with integrity and commitment is never easy, but throw eternal damnation and social rejection into the mix and the vocation becomes near impossible. Nobody knew this better than the Sin Eater, a spiritual healer who operated in England, Scotland, and Wales from the … read more.

Rumors and Rumors of Rumors

From The Boston Children’s Chorus and the Roxbury Ballet, where youngsters  are passing rumors of very big presents, to mall mangers and web masters spreading rumors of a very green holiday season, rumors abound. Tis the season of rumors, and almost everyone loves it.  What … read more.

Festivals of Fire

In winter folks seek warmth, physically and spiritually. We want to snuggle down and be lifted up by religious celebrations. These festivals of fire express the most ancient of human longings, which is for meaning. They teach us that life’s purpose though comes from struggle … read more.

Epiphanies of Possibility

The Boston Children’s Chorus joins us to celebrate the advent of Awe. Our expression “awe” is rooted in the Greek word áchos which also gives us the word ache. That vastness we experience in awe opens an ache in the heart, and by doing so, … read more.

We Gather Together

My old friend and classmate, NPR’s Robert Krulwich, once worked together with me on researching what the first Thanksgiving was really like. The terrible truth is there was no turkey at the first Thanksgiving and it wasn’t a jolly, family affair. But there was a … read more.

Made for You and Me

Walt Disney’s TV shows and especially the Mickey Mouse Club are easy to criticize for their silly, pure fun acted out by  children. And yet it is the most popular Disney TV show of all time. Why? It turns out there is a lot to … read more.

Want a “good life”?

The culture and our Unitarian Universalist faith are at odds about how to get one. The culture screams, “Accumulate!” Our faith counsels “pay attention!” The  mantras couldn’t be more different: The commercials tell us “Get what we want!” Our preachers urge “Cherish what we have.” 

Here’s … read more.