Free Cyber-Sermons are short written discourses on any subject
which are suitable for use in Unitarian Universalist congregations
—and other very liberal religious organizations.
Many themes would also be appropriate for non-religious organizations.
These short articles are also available for use by
such as adult education programs in congregations
or discussion groups on campus.
Of course, they may also be read by individuals.
They are free in the sense that they are
available for anyone to use
without paying any royalties to the author.
They are cyber-sermons in the sense
that they are presented on the Internet,
where they can be read and/or downloaded
by anyone in the world who has Internet access.
WHO USES FREE CYBER-SERMONS?
For people who have never heard of Unitarian
these Cyber-Sermons might give them a good introduction
to this very liberal, creed-free religious movement.
Cyber-Sermons are also designed to be used
on Sunday mornings by small
that do not have professional religious leadership
and by small study-groups of
gathered in homes or near college campuses
who want to read a short text
during their meetings as a discussion-starter.
Groups that communicate by e-mail
could also distribute a cyber-sermon (or its URL) by e-mail,
so that it could be discussed later in a face-to-face group
or even discussed electronically by means of e-mail.
When these discussions take place in cyber-space,
the author might also like to be included,
since gathering at a specific time and place will not be required.
Because discussion is such an important part of such
Cyber-Sermons are intentionally kept very short.
It should take no more than 15 minutes
to read a Cyber-Sermon aloud to a group of listeners.
In most small UU congregations and study-groups,
this will not be a continuous 15 minutes.
Probably there will be two or three obvious places to pause
for discussion among all the people present.
HOW ARE FREE CYBER-SERMONS ORGANIZED?
Cyber-Sermons are organized according to
which enables people looking for
a Sunday morning presentation on spirituality, for example,
to see several possible sermons on closely related themes.
TEN SUBJECT AREAS FOR CYBER-SERMONS BY JAMES PARK
Here is the complete list of Free Cyber-Sermons by
This list of more than 100 Cyber-Sermons
is organized into 10 subject areas.
EIGHTY SUBJECT-HEADINGS USED BY THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
An alphabetical listing by Library of Congress
This index links to sermons created by several other UU authors.
More than 80 Library of Congress subject-headings are used.
WHAT IS THE FORMAT FOR CYBER-SERMONS?
Each Cyber-Sermon contains 4
a meaningful title that describes
the content of the sermon.
a synopsis of the content of
or two paragraphs to catch the interest of readers.
an outline of the various points
to be included.
the body of the Cyber-Sermon,
no longer than 3 pages, about 100 sentences, or 10KB.
Cyber-Sermons should not take longer than 15 minutes
to read aloud at a moderate pace.
synopsis and outline
are included at the beginning
of each Cyber-Sermon.
The body of each Cyber-Sermon also contains section
which are the same as the items in the outline.
When Cyber-Sermons are presented
to small congregations or small study groups,
these sections divisions might be good places
to pause for discussion.
an aid to easy reading
aloud to a small congregation
or study group or on a computer screen—
the lines of James Park's Cyber-Sermons
are divided according to meaning,
as illustrated by the lines you are now reading.
HOW SHOULD THE AUTHOR
OF FREE CYBER-SERMONS BE ACKNOWLEDGED?
a Cyber-Sermon is announced in a newsletter
and before it is read to the congregation,
the name of the author and other facts about him
mentioned at the end of the Cyber-Sermon should be included.
Preachers and lay leaders are also welcome to use
And when they do, they also should acknowledge the source.
If they have adapted
the ideas, that should also be explained.
The author should be acknowledged
beginning of the
presentation, rather than at the end.
And if the cyber-sermon is being adapted for Internet presentation,
a link to the original formulation should also be provided.
If the brief description of the James Park
at the end of each cyber-sermon does not give enough information,
here is a more
complete description for Unitarian Universalists.
WHAT AUTHORITY DO CYBER-SERMONS 'SPEAK'?
is often a surprise to people discovering UUism for the first time
to find out that this religious movement has no given doctrine or
Unitarian Universalism has no bible, no pope, no dogma.
This permits Unitarian Universalism to be very open to the future.
Cyber-Sermons have not been approved or
by any individual leader or group of leaders.
This is also true of any regular sermon heard in any UU congregation:
The speaker cannot claim to be presenting UU doctrine.
Listeners and readers are free to disagree
with anything they hear or read.
authors alone are responsible for their opinions.
Listeners and readers are responsible to think for themselves.
FORWARD FREE CYBER-SERMONS CAREFULLY
Cyber-Sermons are intentionally kept very short
so that they can easily be read on a computer screen
and so they can be forwarded to others who would be interested.
you have found something to appreciate in a Cyber-Sermon,
you are invited and encouraged to share it with others.
You could either copy the cyber-sermon and forward it
or you could provide its URL to others who might be interested.
(The link to the URL has the additional advantage
of referring to the most recent version of the Cyber-Sermon.
James Park reviews and revises each Cyber-Sermon about once per year.)
When you do share these cyber-sermons with others,
it might be helpful to tell them
why you think they might be interested.
2003; major revision 2007; 7-16-2009; 12-12-2010; 3-3-2011