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Re-Storying Hope


Sunday, August 14, 2022

10:30 am via You Tube Video Link

Worship Leader: Rev. Allison B. Miller


The Rev. Alison Miller, a candidate for UUA president in 2017, has served as senior minister of Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morristown, New Jersey since 2005. Previously, she served All Souls (NYC) in Ministry, Religious Education, and Administrative staff positions; All Souls (Tulsa) as Intern Minister; and on UUA’s Stewardship and Development staff. Miller is an interfaith leader for immigrant rights, antiracism, and economic justice and is on the Boards of UU Legislative Ministry and United Way of Northern-NJ. Miller invests in growth as Board Chair of Church of the Larger Fellowship and as a planter of young adult and campus ministries. She graduated from Bryn Mawr and Harvard Divinity School. Miller, her husband, David Snedden, and son, Asher, are all lifelong UUs. Her sermon this morning explores the link between story and hope.

The stories we tell matter. They have the power to shape who we are and who we are becoming. We Unitarian Universalists (UUs) are blessed to draw from many sources. How do we choose stories that inspire us to live into the promise of our faith and up to the challenges of our time?  Come hear an inspirational preacher connect us to our roots and our aspirations with a message that is as urgently needed today as it was seven years ago.

This service was originally held at the UUA General Assembly in June of 2015 in Portland, Oregon.  It has been edited to fit our time constraints but can still be seen in its entirety at

Join Rev. Alison Miller (Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, NJ) and Music Director, Bertram Gulhaugen (West Side UU Congregation, Seattle) along with thousands for the largest annual worship featuring a 180-voice GA Choir. (And watch Rev. Miller’s family do the chalice lighting.)