Rev. Jim Magaw

The Good Samaritan and Human Kindness

In an era marked by hate-filled rhetoric and shouting matches, what does the story of the Good Samaritan tell us about the power and importance of simple human kindness, and why do we so often forget the power of kindness to heal both the giver and the receiver.

Strength in Vulnerability

Vulnerability has long been thought of as a weakness–something that we try to hide or deny. But how can embracing our vulnerability become a strength? And why is vulnerability an important part of everyone’s real life story?

The Book of Esther

The Jewish holiday of Purim is centered around the Book of Esther. How does this story of heroism in the face of vulnerability relate to our own time? What can we learn about Esther that might help us face our own personal and collective challenges?

Love Beyond Belief

As UUs, we honor any and all beliefs that respect the inherent worth of every individual while recognizing that we are in an interdependent relationship with one another and with the earth. But beneath and beyond any and all beliefs there is a more important commitment to a love that transcends belief.

Principles and Values

Unitarian Universalism is a religious tradition that emphasizes “deeds, not creeds.” Despite being non-creedal, we have depended on statements like our seven principles to describe who we are and what values are commonly shared among us. How might these articulations of principles and values be changing soon?

A Puritan Valentine

The Unitarian side of our UU heritage can be traced back to the Puritans–perhaps one of the most illiberal and intolerant religious groups in history. How do we reconcile our current commitments to liberation with this narrow-minded strain of our religious DNA?

Six Words for Love

The ancient Greeks used six different words for love, while contemporary English has only one. What are the differences among these various conceptions of love, and why is it important for us to understand and practice them today?

Groundhog Day

Groundhogs hibernate during winter and emerge in the spring. What occurs during these months of hibernation and why is it important? As human beings, how do the little choices we make–even during times when things are hardly moving–have an impact on our lives and our world?

Guardians of Being

What is it that many of us find so fascinating about animals, especially our pets? This sermon will explore the lessons that we can learn from animals who seem to live in a state of pure being, without the filters of thinking or judgment. How can recognizing this essence in others help us to be … Continued

Freedom and Liberation

MLK famously said: “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” What King was describing was the idea of collective liberation. How might we implement this idea in our own time?