Gun Violence, Theology, and Idolatry

Rev. Roberta Finkelstein

Rev. Roberta Finkelstein

A Sermon by Rev. Roberta Finkelstein

The Connector thought you would be interested in this sermon by Rev. Roberta Finkelstein, who will join First Unitarian Church this summer as our Developmental Minister. The sermon begins with a powerful personal story about a gun in her childhood home. It goes on to make clear that all the statistics and arguments that we have made against America’s obsession with guns will not be enough until we challenge the prevailing culture with a new theology—a much more expansive religious understanding of our relationship with each other on the planet.

The good news is that we don’t have to invent this new theology; we already have it. It’s not ours exclusively (I.e., it’s not just Unitarian Universalism), but it is alive and well in our denomination and is growing in others. Love, of course, is the basis of this theology. And UUs who can use the word “God” to enter into discourse with our fellow Americans (as Rev. Roberta does here), will find common ground with others who share our fundamental values.

Listen to the sermon

Read the sermon (pdf): Gun Violence, Theology, and Idolatry

Repeal Delaware’s Death Penalty

Make It Stop!




Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty (DCODP) has worked tirelessly for years to stop state-sponsored killing. The next two weeks will decide whether and how Delaware will abolish this punishment in 2015.

DCODP is asking us to go to Dover twice in the next two weeks—for a “lobby day” this Wednesday to influence our state legislators, and again on May 13, the day of the hearing for SB40. Here’s the appeal from their website:

  • Join our lobby day on Wednesday, May 6 at Legislative Hall, 411 Legislative Ave, Dover DE 19901. Meet in the basement cafeteria at noon. We’ll have resources you can use to speak with your legislator.
  • Come to the SB 40 Committee Hearing on Wednesday, May 13 to show your support for repeal. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. and we’re asking supporters to meet us in the basement cafeteria at 10:00 a.m. so that we can fill the seats in the hall and the balcony. There will be time for everyone who would like to testify to do so. If you would like to speak at the hearing, please email


We’re organizing a carpool for this Wednesday, May 6. We’ll leave First Unitarian Church at 10:30 a.m. and return about 3:00 p.m. If you would like to go with other Unitarian Universalists to support repeal, register below. Don’t forget to click the SUBMIT button after filling out the form.