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Three Words You Can’t Say in Church

By Jon Sievert

The Reverend Timothy Tutt examines the meanings and limitations of language in a sermon sprinkled with doses of good humor, titled “Three Words You Can’t Say in Church,” at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Service
By Rev. Timothy Tutt
Sun, Aug 9, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Language matters. At the same time, language only matters in so far as we agree upon what the symbols and sounds of language stand for. The Confederate flag, the “n” word, gay marriage, and “religious liberty.” Who decides what is moral and “right?” Whose words carry more weight? Who speaks for God on matters of ethics and religion? And, what do we mean when we say “God?”  Latin guitar virtuoso Alfredo Muro will provide special music for the service.

Reverend Tutt is the senior minister of Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda, Maryland. A native Texan and former Capitol Hill staffer, Tim has been active in interreligious work, serving on the board of Austin (TX) Area Interreligious Ministries and on the clergy group of Action in Montgomery (MD). Tim is involved with Re-Brand Washington Football—an effort to change the racially demeaning name of Washington, DC’s professional football team—and with Do Not Stand Idly By, a national effort of the Industrial Areas Foundation to curb gun violence in the United States. Westmoreland Congregational UCC has long been a center for faithful social justice—Eleanor Roosevelt, Richard Nixon (!), Andrew Young, and William Sloane Coffin have all been guest preachers in the pulpit. Tim has preached at UU churches in Austin and Bethesda. Tim and his wife Amy, a college English teacher, have a daughter (aged 12) and son (aged 15). The entire family will be enjoying San Miguel de Allende during August.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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