Rev. Dr. Maureen Killoran, MA, DMin
Unitarian Universalist Transition Minister
Professional Transitions Specialist

A Sampling of Sermons
(scroll down for links to sermons)
Unitarian Universalists rightly expect our sermons to be intellectually grounded, and many of us also hope for them to be heart-centered.
We long for -- and have the right to demand -- excellence
in the pulpit.

Such expectations place a heavy burden on the ordinary mortal who week after week strives to bring to the congregation her best understanding of a given topic, recalling always Ralph Waldo
Emerson's dictum that preaching should be "life, passed through
the fires of thought."

What touches my heart most deeply is when
a congregant says, "I felt you were speaking
to me -- I needed that today." 
The purpose of 
 the worship service -- and through this,
the se
rmon -- is in the most literal meaning
of the of the word, "awesome": to heal
hearts, inspire minds, and transform lives. 
We gather in community, to nurture human spirits, to speak truth in the service of love,
and to honor what theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer called "the beyond in the midst
of our 
Please feel welcome to contact me with questions, or if you wish more information.  ~  Maureen

 Please click here to listen to podcasts of my sermons over the current church year at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio, TX. 

Freedom Through Forgiveness (print) - River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation has many Jewish members who were understandably concerned when I announced in the newsletter I planned to preach about forgiveness on Yom Ha Shoah, the day of Holocaust remembrance.  This sermon engages the topic more deeply and from a different perspective than they had considered -- all without suggesting that radical evil such as the Holocaust can  -- or should be --  "forgiven" in the sense of saying everything is all right.  

Christmas Eve
- the beauty of a Christmas Eve candlelight service is perhaps better seen than described.

And this our life, exempt from human haunt, 
Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
~ William Shakespeare

My heart is moved by all I cannot save;
so much has been destroyed.
I have to cast my lot with those who age after age,
with no extraordinary power,
reconstitute the world.
~ Adrienne Rich