Mary Beth Writes

Did you know your group or congregation can hire me to speak or preach?

I will be including here some introductions and descriptions of sermons and topics I’ve presented in the past or would be interested in addressing in the future.

Particulars:

  • Graduated in the 1970’s from Wheaton College, IL. Later attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. I did two years of academic studies as well as a pastoral internship. I did not become a minister. As an adult I have been an active member within United Methodist, United Church of Christ, and Unitarian Universalist congregations.

  • Public Speaking: I spoke in various public service organizations in Racine County when I wrote for the Racine Journal Times. 

  • I have been active in MayaWorks, a Guatemalan/North American Fair Trade organization. I spoke often about Fair Trade and how North Americans can better understand and support our fellow humans in developing nations. 

  • I have been passionate about simple life and purposeful frugality most of my life. I am looking forward to speaking about how I think “Less is More.”

  • Please CLICK HERE to inquire about having me preach at your church (or speak at an event).

Sermon - Courage / Roses on the Columbia

While on the space shuttle Columbia, which would explode during reentry a few days later, astronaut Laurel Clark wrote some emails to family and friends.

This is from one of them: Subject: Hello from 150 NM above the Earth

Sermon - "Why do we attend church? Um, I can't remember."

“Why do we attend church? Um, I can’t remember.”

There are so many reasons to not belong to or attend church - even liberal Unitarian Universalist churches.

Sermon - The Story of Ruth & Naomi / Who We Welcome is Who We Are

I have liked the Old Testament story of Ruth ever since I was a kid. But in seminary, when I learned it is not an “Aww Shucks, Ma’am” cowboy romance, I started liking it even more. The story of Ruth is not the particular romance of Ruth and Boaz. It IS a story of dangerous poverty, racism, and sexism – and what happened when good adults welcomed each other in an unsafe place and time.

In case you were not raised drenched in Hebrew or Christian stories (I can’t riff on Star Wars…) – let me retell the tale of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz.

Sermon - Julian of Norwich / She Persisted

I first encountered Julian of Norwich in a seminary class on mysticism when I was in my 20’s –back when I could read for hours without falling asleep. I had been raised in such a religiously patriarchal culture; that reading Julian for that first time was as if someone had turned a light on in the room.

Sermon - From Auden's "For The Time Being"

This is the "Opening Words" and then later in the service, the sermon - that I preached on "For The Time Being" by WH Auden and also from the Gospel of John.  

I belong to a small congregation of Unitarian Universalists. This is directed to people who are asking questions instead of believing creeds. You will probably note the difference.

Thanks.

MB. 

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Opening Words:

"Something Happened Here"

What's your opinion on the High Holy Religious Holidays?

I don't necessarily believe the beliefs that the Christian Churches say one ought to believe. I did for decades and then in short order and long practice, many of those dogmas faded away.  I don't think that means I am right and doctines are wrong. I mostly believe one learns more about faith by trying to live a generous and kind life (anyone who thinks being kind is for sissies hasn't done enough of it yet) than argue shades of theological pronouncements that have come to us, too often, via powerful white men. 

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