Rev. Bill Sinkford

The “He” and “She” of it All

To say that we all, each of us, have inherent worth and dignity…to say that…is necessary but it is somehow not quite sufficient. To say that we are all children of God…it is not enough. Because we are a part, an embodiment, an expression of a creation which we know to be holy, sacred somehow. … Continued

Blessing

  Reading: You Do It When You Do It by Meg Barnhouse Rev. Meg Barnhouse writes: I’ve been in a serious writing slump. I haven’t been doing enough nothing—just sitting around reading or puttering in the yard. Those things free my mind to remember, to enjoy, to create. I don’t think that’s the real reason … Continued

To Love Mercy

  What are you going to be? Halloween will soon be here. In my neighborhood, and perhaps in yours, a few houses have been decorated with ghosts and spider webs for some time now. Carved pumpkins adorn more and more doorsteps. Our Immigrant Justice group just raised over $1000 selling pumpkins…for a good cause… to … Continued

I Can. We Must.

  “Stand by this faith…which has comforted us in sorrow, strengthened us for noble purpose and made the world beautiful. … There is nothing in all the world so important as to be loyal to this faith.” With appropriate apologies for her ableist language [stand by this faith], Olympia Brown, the author of our Responsive … Continued

Sadly in Need of Mending

  Mercy, Mercy me. This may well be the first time that a Motown hit has been sung as an anthem in this sanctuary. Mercy, mercy me Things ain’t what they used to be Poison in the wind Oil wasted on the seas How much more abuse … Can mother earth stand? Motown artist, Marvin … Continued

Barriers to Love

  Have you picked blackberries? Those sweet late summer fruits “hidden beneath leaves barbed like critics.” Sweetness that is guarded and protected. “Peril and abundance” whispered like a prayer through purple lips… If you want the ripest fruit, you must reach in, despite those barbs. You must relinquish safety. Don’t let your fear get in … Continued

Whoever You Are (Homecoming)

  Come, come whoever you are. There is no more Universalist message. And no more Unitarian Universalist statement of aspiration. Whoever you are, whatever identities you claim…come. Bring your imperfections and your failures. Bring your strengths and your dreams for a better world. Ours is no caravan of despair. Come. Whoever you are. We liberal … Continued

Questions and Answers

  Do you have a question you have been wanting to ask? About Unitarian Universalism? About First Unitarian? About theology or our faith? Rev. Sinkford will respond to questions submitted by the congregation. Look for information about how to submit a question in advance or bring your question with you that morning.

The Good News

  “Good News! Chariot’s a comin’ … and I don’t want it to leave me behind.” That Gospel hymn calls up memories from my childhood. Chariot’s a Comin, Swinging Low so we can all get on board. We sang of Good News, that final hope. In the Baptist Church in small town North Carolina where … Continued

Searching and Finding

  I love our reading this morning… Wanting “everyone to feel included in her prayer, she said several names for the Holy.” You’ve heard me do it: “Spirit of Life and of Love. Great Mystery at the Heart of Things. Dear God.” It is emblematic of our faith…we often talk about this as our religious … Continued