Pastor Kimberley Debus

Postcards

In this multigenerational service, we’ll hear some of the notes from the field where you have had, in different forms, conversations with the world’s religions. Please see Pastor Kimberley’s column, Grace Notes, for more information.  

Simply Pray – Sermon Text

Let us pray. Now… some of you instantly bowed your head a bit, maybe you closed your eyes. Perhaps you took in a deep breath as you waited to hear how I started the prayer and to whom I addressed it. Others of you did that, but you also groaned a little inside, because you … Continued

A Circle of Trust – Readings, Texts, and Resources

Readings and Text Opening Words                                           Laura Esquivel’s novel Like Water For Chocolate: Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us, but we can’t strike them all by ourselves; we need oxygen and a candle to help. In this case, the oxygen for example, would come from the breath of the person … Continued

Earth Teach Us Resurrection: Multigenerational Celebration – Sermon Text

(Section about Mount Saint Helens was written by Rev. Linda Hoddy, abridged by Pastor Kimberley) Easter may one of the most difficult holy days in all of the world’s religions for Unitarian Universalists. It begs us to set aside our propensity for reason and fact, our disbelief in the supernatural, our suspicion of anything called … Continued

With These Hands of Mine – Sermon Text

This sermon was delivered at a Maundy Thursday service, held at Clinton Memorial AME Zion Church in Greenport, NY, on Thursday, April 13, 2017.   Sometimes the gentle moments are the most striking. There’s a lot to grab our attention this week: the crowds at the gates of Jerusalem… the anger of the Pharisees… the … Continued

See the Whole Board – Sermon Text

Reading: Matthew 21:1-11 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says … Continued

Crazy Wisdom

A Time for All Ages “The Most Peaceful Day of the Week” by Amy Petrie Shaw Today in the service, we’ll be talking about wisdom that comes from things that are funny, absurd, satirical, and witty. Sometimes those things creep in at the worst times, like when a minister just wants a peaceful, meditative start … Continued

The Joy of Protest – Text

Introduction                                                                                                             What the heck is going on here? Why are we sitting at tables? Why are there pencils and markers and sheets of poster board? And what’s with all the color? Today is a day of pulling some threads together – threads that seem unrelated. Yes, I’m about to connect a spring festival, some historical … Continued

Singing About God: The Creator – Sermon Text

In my first semester of seminary, I took a course in systematic theology from Dr. James Cone, known as the father of black liberation theology. Dr. Cone is a force of nature – a slight black man from the backwoods of Arkansas, with incredible passion and intellect, and who, in his 70s, can literally run … Continued

Singing About God: The Immanent – Sermon Text

Last week, we started cobbling together our own universal translators. Unlike the Star Trek universe that Gene Roddenberry created, we aren’t equipped to automatically understand the many different languages of many cultures, and even if we were, we wouldn’t always know what people really meant. What we know is that real communication relies not just … Continued