The Joy of Ministry

Rev. Morris Hudgins Retirement Celebration NWUUC Sunday, June 3, 2012 I want to thank you for asking me to speak this evening, Morris. The topic was an assignment worth wrestling with. The Joy of Ministry By Rev. Joan Armstrong Davis A month or so ago I was shopping in the bookstore here at Northwest and I picked up a biography […]

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All You Need is Love

By Rev. Terry Davis Wow, what a week this has been. I can honestly say that this is the first time I’ve ever participated in an eight-day interview. It has been truly wonderful to get the chance to meet so many of you. Gail and I have both been touched by your warmth, your hospitality and your sense of anticipation. […]

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Liberal is not a Four-Letter Word

The Rev. Dr. Morris W. Hudgins Northwest UU Congregation March 11, 2012 Introduction Some months ago, I gave a sermon in which I make the case that one can be a religious liberal and a political and economic conservative. Today I will make the case for religious liberalism. The word “liberal” is not politically correct these days. If you are […]

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Tales of Darwin

TALES OF DARWIN By Thomas B. Meyers*   PART 1:  BACKGROUND TO THE CONTROVERSY BISHOP JAMES USHER About 6,000 years ago, more precisely on Sunday, October 23, 4004 BC, God created “light.”  This was the first day of creation and the world was completed in five more days – man being created on the 6th day.  These were the calculations of […]

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The Dark Night of the Soul

Northwest UU Congregation The Rev. Dr. Morris W. Hudgins Jan. 22, 2012 Introduction While I was working on my doctorate degree in Philadelphia in the early ‘80’s, I took a course at Temple University on Religious Autobiography. We read many classic religious autobiographies from Christian and Jewish literature–Augustine’s Confessions, Bunyans Pilgrim’s Progress and Elie Wiesel’s The Night, included. The professor […]

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The Dog Days of Summer

THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER The Rev. Dr. Morris W. Hudgins Northwest UU Congregation August 21, 2011 Introduction Summer has long been my favorite time of year because of baseball and warm days, and mowing the lawn, and the leisurely pace that comes with summer. It is a time to swim and play golf, gather with family, and catch up […]

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Trust the Common Good

The Rev. Dr. Morris W. Hudgins Northwest UU Congregation June 19, 2011 Introduction Northwest is a congregation in-between settled ministers. You are also a church in-between visions. Some say you have never had a clear mission. Whatever the case, you are in need of looking at who you are and where you are going. I want to encourage you to […]

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The Values We Cherish

THE VALUES WE CHERISH Northwest UU Congregation The Rev. Dr. Morris W. Hudgins March 20, 2011 Meditation: “When Life is Messy” by Dick Gilbert Introduction I will say in the beginning, that this sermon has been through several rewrites. I thank everyone for their input, but in the end I speak only for myself. I seek to heal, not harm, […]

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The Most Influential Theologian on Liberal Religion

Northwest UU Congregation The Rev. Dr. Morris Hudgins February 27, 2011 Introduction When I became a Unitarian Universalist minister, 38 years ago, I asked my new colleagues, “What theologian most eloquently expresses our UU beliefs and values?” I was surprised to hear the complete silence in the room. I wondered, “Do we not have some leading theologians? Is there not […]

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Environmental Justice

Reflection on Environmental Justice – 2/13/11 Bob Fletcher In 1982, a large number of citizens in Warren County, North Carolina protested against burial of 60,000 tons of PCB-contaminated soil in a landfill located in a township with a 69% minority population. This community had the third-lowest per capita income in the state. Thus, the concept of Environmental Justice was firmly […]

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