Princeton University Religious Life

Sermon Archive

2009-10 Sermons

We invite you to reflect upon these sermons, offered at the Sunday morning service at the Princeton University Chapel. We hope that you find them to be a resource to you in your own spiritual journey.

Sermon
November 1, 2009

On Thursday night I went to a haunted house in New York City. Loser that I am, I couldn’t convince anyone to go with me, so I went on my own, determined to have an experience of the Halloween spirit. Well, it was exactly as you imagine – silly, not particularly scary, but with a lot of actors dressed as vampires and crazy people popping out from around corners to startle the patrons - but still, I was happy to have gone.

To keep the Halloween spirit going I walked in the Halloween...

Sermon
October 25, 2009

During the summer of 2004, I had the privilege, as I think did some others in this sanctuary, of attending the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona. After that conference ended, I took a little day trip; I took the train about an hour or so to the city of Tarragona. I had read in a guide book that it had a beautiful, ancient, original section. I had a wonderful day there – walking, exploring, eating. The old section of town had narrow, cobbled streets...

Sermon
October 25, 2009

A number of years ago I was living in New York City, going through the motions of finding work as an actress by day and proofreading documents at a major corporate law firm by night. I was involved in a church. I had a lot of friends. Manhattan was a great place to enjoy food and theater, adventure and life. As time went on, I felt an urgeto get a little more involved in my church. I felt a pull to be of service, particularly to foreign...

Sermon
October 4, 2009

On Friday morning, as I was procrastinating about writing this sermon, a funny coincidence happened (or maybe a nudge from God to just start writing!) The Arts section of the New York Times was on the top of the newspaper pile on the kitchen table and its lead article was a review of a new movie based on… the Book of Job! The main character’s name isn’t Job; it’s Larry, Larry Gopnik, and he’s living in Minnesota in 1967, teaching physics, when his life falls completely apart, even though...

Sermon
September 20, 2009

Our appointed text for the day from the Book of Proverbs is something of a lightning rod! There are folks who think it’s wonderful, others who find it harmful, some who think they should be discomfited by it and others who are determined not to be. The passage was, of course, written in a certain context. As one (appreciative) biblical scholar has noted, the Book of Proverbs was written as a primer for elite young men in ancient...

Sermon
September 13, 2009

It’s an exciting time at Princeton University. The future great class of 2013 is arriving and the campus is alive with new students eagerly finding their way around campus, trailed by parents, some of whom are slightly less than eager to leave their children behind. I wish I could say that it reminded me of when I first headed off to college, but when the time came for me to leave for school, my parents, who had already shepherded three older siblings to schools...