February 18, Choose to Bless the World

In a recent letter, the historian Heather Cox Richardson wrote: “The Founders had used their passions to create a system of laws, but the time for passion had passed, lest it tear the nation apart.  The next generation must support democracy through “sober reason,” [he] Lincoln said.  He called for Americans to exercise ‘general intelligence, sound morality, and in particular, a reverence for the constitution and laws.'”  Today’s sermon will explore the role of moral reasoning and empathy in creating justice and equity.  Music will be provided by the Montpelier Community Gospel a Capella Choir directed by the Rev. Verdis LeVar Robinson.


The Rev. Johanna Nichols is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister and friend of the congregation.  Johanna served as Minister of the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (Middlebury, VT) from 1999-2010 and Minister of First Universalist Church of Auburn, ME from 1988-1999.  She is a member of our UCM Spiritual Exploration Committee and volunteers in many capacities in the broader Montpelier community.