Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof

Noah’s Backward Coverup: The Problem of Pointing Out the Obvious

Sunday Services are at 9:15 & 11 am
Exile and ostracization, or worse, have long been means by which societies punish those who say the wrong things, present novel ideas, and offer dissenting opinions. This instinct to disdain those we disagree with, and its twin instinct to “keep a lid on it,” even if we do have different ideas, is rooted in a fear of freedom, for others and ourselves, and can only lead to totalitarian societies and groupthink if we can’t collectively find the courage to overcome it.

The Solipsistic Society: The False Notion that Nothing and Nobody Else Matters

Sunday Services are at 9:15 & 11 am
Solipsism it the belief only oneself is real, or, at least, the only person one can be sure is real. It’s such an outlandish idea, its falsity seems obvious. Yet it also seems there are many people who behave as if it’s true, even if they don’t believe it. In this sermon we’ll consider how to maintain a healthy sense of self and individual freedom while respecting the rights of others and accepting our responsibilities toward them.

Was Jesus a Humanist?

Sunday Services are at 9:15 & 11:00 am
Attempting to define the historical Jesus is almost like describing the shape of playdough, and usually ends up sounding more autobiographical than biographical. Nevertheless, there’s a strong case to be made that Jesus embraced humanistic principles. In this sermon I’ll discuss why I claim this is so.

Leaving Earth: Trajectory and Projections

Sunday Services are at 9:15 & 11:00 am
Like the first sea creatures to crawl out of the primordial oceans onto land, life on Earth is now crawling into outer space. In this sermon I’ll consider what this means for our species and for life itself in the near and distant future.

Human Nature: The Animal that Thinks it’s Not

Sunday Services are at 9:15 & 11:00 am
Humanism is the opposite of the Doctrine of Original Sin because it doesn’t believe in human depravity, the notion that human nature is inherently evil. Yet this doctrine has been with us so long that many who may no longer believe in it still accept there’s something innately wrong with human nature. In this sermon I’ll argue that human nature, like that of all animals, is an expression of nature and we are no less a part of our Earth than any of our fellow creatures.

A Unitarian UU: Freedom of Conscience, Reason, and Our Common Humanity

Sunday Services are at 9:15 am & 11 am

Sunday Services are at 9:15 & 11 am
Sometimes we hear individual’s preface what kind of Unitarian Universalist they are by adding yet another religion or philosophy into the mix – a Christian UU, a Pagan UU, a Buddhist UU, a Humanist UU, and so on. This often makes me wonder why Unitarian Universalism alone isn’t enough for them, why there remains a spiritual or theological void to be filled.

Return to Big Eden: What if the World Were as it Should Be

As we celebrate Pride Weekend and continue our commitment to creating a world that values and protects the rights of all people, especially those of us who are LGBTQ, we do so with a bigger, brighter vision of what human society can be.

The Creation of I: Identity Liberalism and the Common Good

Today we take the fact of our own identity as “self” evident, if you’ll pardon the pun. But sociology and psychology consider identity as a relatively modern development, suggesting there was a time when individuals saw themselves only as part of a larger collective