Rev. Bill Sinkford

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, … read more.

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 … read more.

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. … read more.

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 … read more.

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 … read more.

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 … read more.

The America That Is Being Born


“Well, it’s a pretty good country,” said the child in our Together Time story. “Its a pretty good country.” And so she decided to wear turquoise, pink and beige as her patriotic colors, instead of red, white and blue.

It was a thoughtful and a tentative … read more.

In the Need of Prayer


“Its me, its me, its me, Oh, Lord, standin’ in the need of prayer.”

Prayer is one of “those” words. Powerful for many. Problematic for just as many more.

Who are we praying to? What do we expect to happen? Can’t we just call it meditation?

What do … read more.