Rev. Margret A. O'Neall

Connection, Joy, Compassion, Justice

These three transitional years between settled ministers have provided a remarkable experience of living into the mission of this congregation, exploring, discovering and deepening your true identity in the context of national turmoil and growing local commitment.  In gratitude, I bid farewell, knowing you face a future bright with promise. Read pdf of sermon here

The Bouquet We Create

  The Unitarian Flower Communion, first celebrated in Prague in 1923, celebrates our unity amid all our beauty and diversity.  Today we also celebrate all the volunteers who create and sustain this vibrant faith community.   Please bring a flower to share in our annual flower exchange. Read sermon as pdf here.

Remembering

  Memorial Day is about memory, in gratitude to those who have served in our nation’s military, and all who have given of themselves to create the present.  As we remember, we carry the lessons forward into the future.  Our memory tells us who we are, so we may create ourselves as we might become. … Continued

Celebrate Spring!

  We honor the seasons of new life with a joyful spirit, welcoming our newest members into the congregation and looking with hope to the future.  The children will join us for the last part of the service with a festive dancing of the Maypole! Read sermon pdf here

Ministry

A congregation is a gem with many facets – education, administration, social justice, and of course, the Sunday morning worship service.  As we celebrate the ministry of education, we also explore the role and meaning of ministerial leadership in all its variety of message and meaning. Read sermon pdf here.

Our Blue Boat Home

The Christian holiday of Easter celebrates rebirth and regeneration for all life on this precious planet.  We deepen our sense of connection through story and song, reaffirming our Earth Day commitment to respect and nurture the interdependent web of all existence.  Traditional Easter Egg hunt happens after the service! Read sermon pdf here.

Awakening to the Promise

Passover and Palm Sunday provide a powerful reminder of loss and hope, and the power of human action to right deep wrongs and bring healing to the world.  With guest musician David Roth, we celebrate with words and music, encouraging our own awakening to fulfill the promise of the future.   Read sermon pdf here.

Breaking the Silence

On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., provided a deep critique of the nation and its public policies.  In this anniversary year, we look at King’s words from today’s perspective, and prepare for the community commemoration on Thursday, April 6. Read pdf of sermon here.

Creating the Future

The future is not something that happens to us; it is something we create in our lives each day, and in the dreaming we do for what may yet unfold.  As we dedicate our children and youth, we look to the promise that is in their hands. Read sermon pdf here.

Saving Daylight

This Sunday we “spring forward” and change the clocks, one more signal of the seasons’ turning and our movement through time.   If we were not mortal, time would not so much matter.  How do we live in a world where permanence and evanescence are always linked in our experience?   Read pdf here.