Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels

Death

Death is a fact of life, the final fact, you might say. Linda Banez-Kay bought a sermon from me at last year’s Service Auction and she asked me to help the congregation think about and prepare for death. There is much to consider: spiritually, emotionally, practical considerations, and the consequences of our death for the people and the world we leave behind.

Taxes

Some government programs are set up as a right, meaning everybody gets it for free, like public school. Other programs are set up as a charity, like food or housing, where, if you can’t afford it (and qualify) the government will provide assistance. Do people have a right to healthcare? Is free college a right even for people who can afford to pay?

Sex

The political debate over abortion rights has been intractable since Roe v. Wade, and rages anew today. The core issue is that one side has a vision that sexual activity belongs to a person and wants a world where the negative consequences of sexual freedom are minimized, the other side has a vision that sexual activity belongs to society and want a world where the dangers of sexual freedom are maximized.

Religion

Religious forces are behind many of the most serious conflicts and debates of our time (e.g. see next Sunday). What is it about religion that inspires people to such extremes? Would we be better off without it entirely? And what does that say about our own religion, Unitarian Universalism?

Politics

I want to talk this summer about the stuff you’re not supposed to talk about, in church, or anywhere. The sensitive stuff that gets you in trouble. In this time, near the beginning of the 2020 Presidential Campaign, let’s look at the candidates and their vision for our country.

It is Good

At the end of each day of creation, according to Genesis, God looked at what God had made and pronounced it good. It’s healthy to take pride in good work. And even if we haven’t done all, or the best, that we could, it’s still important to make an end, and a rest, before we start again.

Making Connections through Music

Making music, listening to music, dancing to music, music brings people together like nothing else. In worship, music connects us in community and connects our spirits to the divine. For this year’s Music Sunday we celebrate the
connective quality of music.

50th Anniversary of Stonewall

Our church’s enthusiastic support of Long Beach Pride each year, is an expression of our value of helping every person live fully from their true self. Well that, and it’s a lot of fun – which is also a UU value.

Asylum

Our UU value of world community puts us in partnership with people feeling violence, poverty, and persecution in their home countries. The accident of a person’s place of birth should not define the scope of their lives.