reverend kacela

Here, you will find the Reverend Xolani Kacela’s thoughts on his journey to ministry, the Unitarian Universalist faith, and his sermons. We hope you enjoy his positive and hopeful messages.

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July 7, 2019
Losing Our Home

James Caufield with SA Katya Gonzalez
Respect for the Independent Web of all Existence of Which We Are a Part. Our seventh principle tells us we should take care of our planet. That has not been going so well– climate change is a huge problem. It’s hard to summarize, but James attempts to explain the basics, and put our current situation in perspective. Listen to the sermon.

June 30, 2019
What Does Humanism Mean Today?

Rev. Xolani Kacela
Revisiting an award-winning sermon by Rev. Dr. Barry M. Andrews that explores the meaning of humanism and its various forms and how we might use it as a means of good and positive change. Listen to the sermon.

June 23, 2019
The Beauty of Nature

Cassandra Calway with SA Brooks Lewis
There is beauty all around us all we need to do is stop and take it all in. Listen to their reflections.

June 19, 2019
Beauty and Soul

Service Associates Maggie Locatelli and Karen Hall
Thomas Moore wrote: “For the soul, then, beauty is not defined by pleasantness of form but rather as the quality of things that invites absorption and contemplation.”  This service will explore what beauty means spiritually. Listen to the sermon.

February 24, 2019
Black Women and the Sacred

“Since the beginning of chattel slavery in this country, black women have been magically making something from nothing, conjuring up lives for themselves and their families with nothing but crumbs, dust and ashes…” I will look at some ideas with our special guest Ms. Patricia Gray, a clinical ortho-bionomist. Video summary of sermon. Full sermon audio.

January 20, 2019
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday – What’s Possible?

The struggle is not over. Though many elements of Dr. King’s dream have been realized – the Civil Rights legislation, integrated schools, an MLK holiday, and a black president – there is still work to do. What do you care about and what are you willing to do? Video summary of sermon. Full sermon audio.

January 13, 2019
The Possibilities are as Open as Our Imagination

The poet says, “Listen carefully…” When you listen, what do you hear? What do you see in the new year? Where does your imagination take you? Let’s continue to dream big! Video summary of sermon. Full sermon audio.

December 23, 2018
The Best Christmas Gift

We’ll sing a lot of Christmas carols and have a joyous service that explores the Unitarian Universalist meaning of Christmas. Full sermon audio.

December 16, 2018
Home for the Holidays

We all have memories of coming home for the holidays. It can be an especially joyful time, but not always. Let’s look at a few ideas. Video summary of sermon. Full sermon audio.

December 9, 2018
Blue Christmas

We will reflect upon the loss and grief that we carry with us in our daily lives. We’ll remember loved ones who are no longer with us while keeping an eye on a hopeful future.

November 25, 2018
Gratitude in Poetry

Mary Oliver’s poetry is familiar and inspiring for many, especially Unitarian Universalists. Let’s take a look at Wild Geese as window for understanding why and how she helps us navigate the human condition. Video summary of sermon. Full sermon audio.

November 18, 2018
Thanksgiving Service

We’ll explore the meaning of Thanksgiving through the lenses of gratitude, generosity, and covenant. The sermon will arise from the history of Massasoit Sachem or Ousamequin (c. 1581 – 1661), who was the sachem or leader of the Wampanoag tribe. This Sunday’s message is delivered by the Reverend Xolani Kacela and Susan Freudenthal, Director of Religious Education. Video summary of sermon. Full sermon audio.

November 4, 2018
This is No Time for a Casual Faith

Unitarian Universalists have a history of standing on the side of justice. What are we doing now when our principles are under attack? Rev. Xolani is away fulfilling his military service so lay leaders Elisa Sanchez (first speaker) and Jane Asche (second speaker) deliver this Sunday’s message. Full sermon audio.

October 14, 2018
Dreaming Fast and Big

As we kick off our annual stewardship campaign and canvass, let us explore a few ideas about giving and benevolence. Video summary of sermon. Full sermon audio.

October 7, 2018
May We Convey Love In All We Do

What does it mean when we Unitarian Universalists say we “side with love”? How do we make love a transformative force in the world? How do we make it real? We’ll explore a few ideas. This sermon also begins a series on “How to Love.” Video summary of sermon. Full sermon audio.

September 30, 2018
Where There is No Vision, The People Will

Rev. Xolani was away attending a Unitarian Universalist Association meeting in Dallas, Tx. Please listen to our dynamic guest minister, the Rev. Warren Robinson, Pastor of Owen Chapel A.M.E. Church of Alamogordo, who also happens to be a great singer!  Rev. Robinson’s sermon will take a close look at the importance of having a vision and the consequences of not having a vision. Full sermon audio.

September 23, 2018
Yom Kippur, Day of Attonement

Why is atonement important? What does it mean for our spiritual lives and human development?  Video summary of sermon. Full sermon audio.

September 16, 2018
Truth or Consequences

The sermon will offer a glimpse of our newly settled minister. He will tell some stories from his life and explain how he found the freedom to make some unexpected choices. Video summary of this sermon. Video summary of sermon. Full sermon audio.

September 9, 2018
Why is Hispanic Heritage Month Important?

Elisa Sanchez explains who are Hispanics and what they bring to the table. Our 2nd principle calls us to “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.”  How are we as Unitarian Universalists stepping up to achieve our 2nd principle. Full sermon audio.

September 2, 2018
From Me to We

This sermon explores how our individual pursuits form our collective identity. It also lays out Rev. Xolani’s vision for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces and how we all can participate in shared ministry.  Video summary of inaugural sermon. Full sermon audio.