Gadfly Discussion September 29- October 13

Many of the members of this congregation heard Rev. Rick’s stirring sermon on September 22, with comments by Committee on Ministry member Eric Schuman following. Following his sermon, Rev. Rick received his only standing ovation from the congregation in 27 years as our minister. Follow these links to the UUCS website for a downloadable version of Rev. Rick’s sermon and the comments by a member of the Committee on Ministry.    

A video of the sermon is available on YouTube. The podcast (audio only) is available on our podbean channel.

The topic of his sermon was the Gadfly Papers and their negative reception at the UUA General Assembly in Spokane Washington in June of 2019. We will hold a discussion of The Gadfly Papers: Three Inconvenient Essays by One Pesky Minister, following the Sunday service  for 3 weeks, September 29, October 6 and October 13. 

The discussion topics are: 

  • September 29: The first half of the first essay, “The Coddling of the Unitarian Universalist Mind.”
  • October 6: The second half of “Coddling.”

  • ”October 13: Two (briefer) essays: “I Want a Divorce” and “Let’s Be Reasonable.”

All discussions will be led by members of the UUCS Committee on Ministry.

Some copies of The Gadfly Papers will be available on Sunday, September 29 from Committee on Ministry member Eric Schuman. First come, first served. They are $8 each. Alternatively, go to and search for “The Gadfly Papers.” Then select whether you want to have a printed copy sent to you ($7.99) or download an electronic copy ($2.99).

For more online discussion of the Gadfly Papers, you can visit the Gadfly Facebook page.