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November 22 Virtual Worship Highlights
The Promise and the Practice (BIPOC Voices)”
The Rev. Dr. Rebekah A. Savage
The Promise and the Practice is a celebration of our shared commitment to live into a new
chapter in the story of our faith. This worship centers the voices and stories of Black,
Indigenous, and other People of Color UUs, calling upon the lived experience of BIPOC
religious professionals as sacred text. It’s a turning moment; a choice to listen deeply to the
stories in our movement that have not been heard—or taken to heart—by all UUs.
Sermon Text


November 15
“Healing Powers”
The Rev. Angela Herrera
A sermon about the human capacity for healing, even when we aren’t sure how to do it.


November 8
Virtual Worship Highlights
“What Now?”
The Rev. Angela Herrera
Sermon Text
The votes are in. What now? What do we make of this moment? How shall we proceed in
light of all that has happened and is happening?


November 1, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“Healing the Planet, Healing Ourselves”
The Rev. Bob LaVallee
Sermon Text
We humans are tied to the land and the water and the air. It’s a vibrant system in which
both the planet and the human race either thrive or decline together. In this season of
drought in New Mexico, how do we bring healing to our environment and ourselves?


October 25,2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“The Secret Life of the Ego”
The Rev. Angela Herrera
Text version
Can your ego cause you to wear a “mask” that hides your true self? Have you known
someone with a “monstrous” ego? (Okay, okay, enough with the Halloween puns). This
sermon is about why egos get a bad rap even though we need them, the difference between a
big ego and a strong one, and the role of the ego in becoming spiritually wise. It’s sure to be
a real “treat.” (Sorry!)


October 18, 2020
“Will You Listen to Yourself?”
The Rev. Christine Robinson, Minister Emerita, First Unitarian
Church of Albuquerque. We are often told that the good life is one of “being in the moment,” always aware of what is going on around us in the world. Dogs are really good at that, and it is one of the things we love them for. But people are more complicated than dogs because we have an inner life … which we also need to listen to and learn from. Christine was the Senior Minister of this church for 28 years before retiring three years ago. Since then, she has done some church consulting and minister mentoring, tended her garden, and has enjoyed being an active member of this congregation.

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October 11, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“Beloved Conversations”
The Rev. Bob LaVallee
Clergy, staff, and congregants from First U started the Beloved Conversations program about anti-racism in early October. What are they doing—and more importantly—what are they learning?

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October 4, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“Transformative Listening”
The Rev. Angela Herrera
October’s theological theme is “Deep Listening.” In this first sermon on the topic, we’ll
consider listening’s transformative power and how to do it in troubling times.

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October 4,2020
The Ordination of Dan Lillie

Order of Service


September 20, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“Racial Justice Is Faith Formation”
The Rev. Bob LaVallee

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September 20, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“Friendship”
The Rev. Angela Herrera

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September 13, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“RenUUing!”
The Rev. Bob LaVallee


September 6, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“Renewal”
The Rev. Angela Herrera

Text version


August 30, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“Question Box Sunday”
The Ministers


August 23, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“The Right to Vote”
The Rev. Angela Herrera

Text version

Due to a technical error, there is no video recording of this service.


August 16, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“A Year at First U”
The Rev. Bob LaVallee

Text version


August 9, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“Ten Years at First Unitarian”
The Rev. Angela Herrera

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August 2, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“Bridging”
The Rev. Bob LaVallee and Bridging Youth


July 26, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“A Movement Not a Moment”
Cathryn McGill, Guest Preacher


July 19, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“Desert Spirituality”
Homily by the Rev. Angela Herrera

Text version


July 12, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“Los Penitentes: Belief & Passion”
Homily by the Rev. Bob LaVallee


July 5, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“This Land Is…”

Text by the Rev. Angela Herrera


June 28, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
“Angela for President”

“Angela for President” text by the Rev. Angela Herrera & Kelsey Atherton


June 21, 2020
Fathers Day Virtual Worship Highlights
“Voices of Fatherhood”


June 14, 2020
Virtual Worship Highlights
Homily with the Rev. Bob LaVallee


2 Responses

  1. Sara Neyer says:

    Today I read “What do we believe,” Rev. Angela Herrera’s sermon from February 10, 2019, at the Prairie Wind Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Gillette, Wyoming. We truly enjoy your sermons here, and since we have no minister of our own, we are a “do it yourself” type church. Thanks for making your sermons available in text form. You give us great ideas and we appreciate your sharing so freely.

  2. I appreciated and enjoyed Rev. LaVallee’s sermon on El Salvador. It was inspiring that he traveled there for a powerful ministry effort. I need to do that, myself. Bob has an excellent ministerial presence in the pulpit, too. Very comforting. xk

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