Sermons & Radio Shows

Get Inspired

Listen to some words of inspiration from our sermons and radio shows.

Expand the list items below to see our recordings. Click on the title of a recording to listen.

Most sermons last about 30 minutes and include a musical selection and perhaps a reading. First Parish’s weekly radio program, “The Spiritual Life: Growing a Soul and Helping Repair the World,” previously aired Sunday mornings at 6:30 a.m. on WATD, 95.9 FM.

Recent Sermons

For our most recent sermons, please visit our YouTube channel.

Radio Shows

1st UU Principle - The inherent worth and dignity of every person

2nd UU Principle - Justice, equity and compassion in human relations

3rd UU Principle - Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth

4th UU Principle - Free and responsible search for truth and meaning

5th UU Principle - The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process

Maintaining the Historic First Parish Church in Duxbury

Conversation with Will Zachman

The Second Half of Life

Annual Q & A Service with Rev. Catherine Cullen

Conversation with the Rev. Paul Shiva Jones

Rev. Paul Shiva Jones Musical Worship Service

Conversation with the Rev. Paul Sprecker on UU History

Conversation with the Rev. Judy Campbell

Conversation with Jesse Juager of UU Mass Action

Plymouth Task Force for the Homeless

Discussion of Addictions Ministry

Is Religion Relevant in the 21st Century?

The Meaning of Christmas in a Post-Christian Society

Unitarian Universalist History, Principles, and Beliefs

Buddhism and Unitarian Universalism: Rev. Ed Hardy and Kenpo Karten Rinpoche, Part 2

Buddhism and Unitarian Universalism: Rev. Ed Hardy and Kenpo Karten Rinpoche, Part 1

International Convocation of Unitarian Universalist Women: Margo Adler

Paganism and Unitarian Universalism: Interview with Margo Adler

Silence and Listening: Interview with Ann LeClair

World Music and Unitarianism: Interview with Dawna Hammers

Music, Worship, and Inspiration: Interview with Nick Page

Music, Religion and Humanity: Interview with Sarah Moran

The Meaning of Easter for Unitarians with Rev. Dan King

Interview with the Elliot Family

New Orleans in 2012

Interview with Rev. Matthew Westfox of the Interfaith Outreach for Reproductive Choice

Interview with CeeCee Frame

Christmas Eve 2011 Music

Christmas for Non-Christians

Michelle Bates Deakin from UU World Magazine

Jesse Jaeger from UU Mass Action

Rev. Robbie Walsh on Kindness

Sex and Religion with Rev. Debra Haffner

Rev. Dr. Judy Campbell, UU Mystery Writer

UU and Buddhism, Part 2

UU and Buddhism with Rev. Ed Hardy, Part 1

Addiction and Recovery with Mark Dunay

Rev. Jay Libby & Rev. Dan Wilkinson, Part 2

Rev. Jay Libby & Rev. Dan Wilkinson, Part 1

UU United Nations, Part 2

UU United Nations, Part 1

UU Urban Ministry with Rev. Kate Wilkinson

Wearing Our Faith

Interview with Laura Nagel from India

Interview with the Elliot Family

Interview with Vivek Pandit from India

Wearing Our Faith - Rev. Judith Mannheim

The Evolution of Moral Values - Michael Gardner, Worship Associate

Is the Dream Becoming Real? MLK Sunday Service with Sam Williams of UU Urban Ministry

The Gospel According to Norman Mailer - Rev. Richard Fewkes

Christmas with Rev. Dan King

Reverend Eric Cherry

Sister Helen Prejean - Part Two

Sister Helen Prejean - Part One

Unitarian Universalist MassAction

Ethical Eating with John Ambler of Oxfam

Ministry, Part 1

Ministry, Part 2

Our 160th Summer Fair

"Menu for the Future," Ethical Eating, Part 2

"Menu for the Future," Ethical Eating, Part 1

"Helping Haiti" - interview with Martha Thompson of UUSC

Interview with church member Doug Friesen,
Duxbury author of "The Age of Entitlement: How Greed and Arrogance Got Us Here"
which tells the story of the recent meltdown of the U.S. financial system and economy,
is available at Westwinds Bookshop in Duxbury, Borders in Kingston, and on

Interview with UUA President Peter Morales

Interview with UU singer/songwriter Andrew McKnight

The UUSC and Human Rights Part 2, with Charlie Clements of UUSC
(For more on the UUSC, go to

Interview with Partner Church Council founder Rev. Judit (Zizi) Gellerd

Our Transylvanian Partnership with Rev. Sandor Szilard

Helping Rebuild New Orleans, Part 3

Helping Rebuild New Orleans, Part 2

Helping Rebuild New Orleans, Part 1

"HIP," First Parish Church high school youth group

Questions of Faith, Part 2

Questions of Faith, Part 1

Working for Economic Justice, with Joanna Chao Kreilick of UUSC

History and First Parish Church

Young Adults at First Parish Church (YADUUDes)

Interview with Rev. William Sinkford, President of Unitarian Universalist Association, 2005-2009

Our Pilgrim Heritage, with Rev. David Johnson of First Parish in Plymouth

Religious Education at First Parish Church

Working with Social Justice, interview Part 1 with Charlie Clements, President of UUSC

The Future of Unitarian Universalism

Three Generations of UUs

Ministry at Mid-Life

Faith and Justice

Spiritual Practice

Soup Kitchen Ministry

Small Group Ministry

Sermon Archive
Reverend John Allyn - Transition to UnitarianismMarch 1, 2015Rev. Chatherine Cullen
Questions of FaithJanuary 4, 2015Rev. Catherine Cullen and Tom Bozman, Intern Minister
Learning to Walk in the DarkDecember 7, 2014Rev. Catherine Cullen
Sources of UU Tradition: Science and ReligionNovember 16, 2014Rev. Catherine Cullen and Russel Pelham
Remembering Jamie NealNovember 2, 2014Rev. Catherine Cullen, Deborah and Robert Neal
ReinstallationNovember 2, 2014Rev. Catherine Cullen, Shawn Delhan, Ted Lillys
Music Sunday 2014May 14, 2014Rev. Catherine Cullen
Dead Sea ScrollsRev. Catherine Cullen
5th UU Principle - The use of the democratic processRev. Catherine Cullen
4th UU Principle - A free and reponsible search for truth and meaningDecember 8, 2013Rev. Catherine Cullen
3rd UU Principle - Encouragement of Spiritual GrowthRev. Catherine Cullen
2nd UU Principle - Justice, Equity and CompassionOctober 6, 2013Rev. Catherine Cullen
1st UU Principle - Inherent Worth and DignitySeptember 15, 2013Rev. Catherine Cullen
My Conversations with GodApril 21, 2013Rev. Robbie Walsh, Emeritus
Accessing the Point of Love and EmpowermentMarch 3, 2013Phil Shiva Jones
The Second Half of LifeJanuary 13, 2013Rev. Catherine Cullen
The Meaning of ChristmasDecember 9, 2012Rev. Catherine Cullen
Partner Church ServiceDecember 2, 2012Partner Church Committee
Pumpkin SundayOctober 28, 2012Rev. Catherine Cullen and special guests
Addiction SermonSeptember 23, 2012Rev. Catherine Cullen and Church Member "George"
Music SundayMay 1, 2012Music Committee
Ten Years of MinistryApril 22, 2012Rev. Catherine Cullen
Reflections on NatureApril 15, 2012Rev. Catherine Cullen and special guests
Alliance ServiceApril 1, 2012Rev. Catherine Cullen and special guests
Chanting ServiceFeb. 6, 2012Led by Marnie Bacon
Aging ConsciouslyJan. 29, 2012Rev. Catherine Cullen
Reproductive JusticeJan. 15, 2012Rev. Matthew Westfox
A Question of FaithJan. 8, 2012Rev. Catherine Cullen
Jesus and the Dalai Lama
Dec. 11, 2011Rev. Catherine Cullen
Steps to CompassionDec. 4, 2011Rev. Catherine Cullen
The Belle of AmherstNov. 27, 2011Rev. Catherine Cullen
The Face of HungerNov. 20, 2011Rev. Catherine Cullen
MemoirsNov. 13, 2011Michael Gardner and Members of Memoirs Group
Two Men Named AlbertNov. 6, 2011Rev. Catherine Cullen and Liz Polvinen
Choosing to DieOct. 30, 2011Rev. Catherine Cullen
Peace in Our Time: A Brief History of ViolenceOct. 23, 2011Michael Gardner
When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade: MS & YogaOct. 16, 2011Rev. Catherine Cullen and Sherry Gardner
Rosh Hashanah ServiceOct. 9, 2011Rev. Catherine Cullern
Addiction ServiceSept. 25, 2011Rev. Catherine Cullen and Mark Dunay
Celebrating the Peace CorpsSept. 18, 2011

Rev. Catherine Cullen and guests

IngatheringSept. 11, 2011Rev. Catherine Cullen
The Soul of TreesJune 12, 2011Rev. Catherine Cullen
The Rest of My LifeMay 22, 2011Michael Gardner
Easter Sunday ServiceApril 25, 2011Rev. Catherine Cullen
Palm SundayApril 17, 2011Bill Clark and Rev. Catherine Cullen
Alliance ServiceApril 3, 2011The Women of the First Parish Church Alliance
Music SundayMarch 6, 2011Rev. Catherine Cullen
Wearing Our FaithFeb. 6, 2011Rev. Judith Mannheim
Building Houses of HopeJan. 30, 2011Rev. Jill Cowie - available on CD from church office
Evolution of Moral ValuesJan. 23, 2011Michael Gardner
Is the Dream Becoming Real? MLK Sunday ServiceJan. 16, 2011Sam Williams of UU Urban Ministry
The Gospel According to Norman MailerJan. 9, 2011Rev. Richard Fewkes
Christmas Eve ServiceDec. 24, 2010Rev. Catherine Cullen and Ms. Becky Cutler
The Sacred Gift of TimeDec. 12, 2010Rev. Catherine Cullen
Theodore Parker, A Heretical ProphetNov. 28, 2010Rev. Catherine Cullen
Gratitude TalesNov. 21, 2010Rev. Catherine Cullen
Creating a Sexually Healthy CongregationNov. 7, 2010Rev. Catherine Cullen and Rev. Debra Haffner
Smiling at FearOct. 24, 2010Rev. Catherine Cullen
Ethical EatingOct. 17, 2010Rev. Catherine Cullen and John Ambler
Bouncing Back:
The Spirit of Human Resilience
Sept. 26, 2010Rev. Catherine Cullen
An Eye for An EyeSept. 19, 2010Rev.Catherine Cullen and Sister Helen Prejean
Ingathering ServiceSept. 12, 2010Rev.Catherine Cullen
Earth Day SermonApril 18, 2010Rev. Catherine Cullen
The Spiritual Crisis of AddictionFeb. 21, 2010Rev. Catherine Cullen
SalvationJan. 24, 2010Rev. William Clark
Helping Haiti
Jan. 17, 2010Martha Thompson of UUSC with Rev. Catherine Cullen
Building ConsensusJan. 10, 2010Rev. Catherine Cullen
Christmas Eve service, 2009Dec. 24, 2009Rev. Catherine Cullen, with special music and special worship associates
Living in a Material World Dec. 6, 2009
Doug Friesen and Rev. Catherine Cullen
Transylvania: Cradle of UnitarianismOct. 25, 2009Revs. Catherine Cullen and Judit "Zizi" Gellerd (Hungarian violin pieces played by Rev. Gellerd, accompanied by Edwin Swanborn)
Finding Peace in the Center of the StormSept. 27, 2009Sermon by Reverend Catherine Cullen
Music SundayMay 3, 2009Performances by choirs, members and young people of First Parish Church.
YA DUUDes serviceApril 19, 2009Members of First Parish Church young adults group
Easter serviceApril 12, 2009Rev. Cullen with Carie Johnsen; prelude by First Parish Church Bell Choir
Alliance SundayApril 5, 2009Remembering women of the First Parish Church Alliance
Celebrating DiversityMarch 29, 2009Rev. Catherine Cullen with Sean Delmore
Celtic SpiritualityMarch 22, 2009Rev. Catherine Cullen with fiddler Laura Ridarelli
We Would Be One (The Goal of World Community)Feb. 22, 2009Rev. Catherine Cullen
The Spiritual Wisdom of Robert FrostNov. 2, 2008Rev. Catherine Cullen

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