James Ishmael Ford’s Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Sermons

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As it happens it was on this day in 2005 that a group of college students launched YouTube. For me as with so many of these advances of our computer age that have become ubiquitous, I find it hard to conceive that it was a mere eleven years ago. I was serving at the First Unitarian Society in Newton, Massachusetts, the Boundless Way Zen network was just taking shape, this blog was still not even something I was thinking about, and wouldn’t begin for another year. Today, anyone can go there and find postings where my reflections have been captured by someone or other.

Today I thought it could be helpful to bring together those video clips of my preaching from various UU pulpits. I think they are diverse enough to capture a bit of my Unitarian Universalist Buddhism and with that perhaps of interest to some.

The first four are from my years at the First Unitarian Society in Providence, in Rhode Island. Why these and not others, frankly, I cannot say. Although what I like in that is that in their randomness they are representative, rather than my “best of.”

Preacher Casey, Ma Joad, & the Great Way

In Search of the Wild Fox

Humanism as a Spiritual Way

The Mind of Easter, the Heart of Easter: A Buddhist Appreciation

Videotaping sermons has become more common and since I’ve retired and moved back home to California I’ve occupied several pulpits as a guest and so far two have been recorded.

This one I preached at Tapestry, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Mission Viejo.

Dreams of the Heart: A Meditation on Martin Luther King, Jr

And this I preached at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.

What Happens When the Prophet is a Jerk?

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