Sermons, Talks, & Writings

A Hard-Won Hopefulness: The Journey to Liberation

A sermon delivered via the Church of the Larger Fellowship on January 31, 2023.

Creation in Crisis

A sermon delivered on the eve of the Winter Solstice 2022 as part of a four-part advent meditation series on Creation Care and climate justice, hosted by the Washington National Cathedral.

The Missing Remnant

A sermon delivered at the 2018 Service of the Living Tradition, the annual worship service held at General Assembly to honor religious professionals—those newly fellowshipped or credentialed, those completing active service, and those lost in the last year.

May This Dark Night Find Us Whole

A sermon delivered at the 2022 Service of Remembrance, an annual worship service at the annual meeting of the Association of UU Music Ministries (AUUMM) that honors members who have died.

Earthly Inheritance: Ancestral Wisdom & Today’s Climate Justice

The 2022 Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecture, an annual lecture at General Assembly sponsored by the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) named for a leader who transformed religious education.

Ecowomanism at the Panamá Canal: Black Women, Labor, and Environmental Ethics

A book based on Rev. Dr. Betancourt’s doctoral studies on ecowomanism, a theological framework that explores the parallels and interplay of racism, classism, sexism, and environmental devastation (use coupon code LXFANDF30 for 30% off).

Tongues Wrapped in Fire

A sermon delivered at the occasion of the ordination of Rev. Ali KC Bell in May 2021.

Centering Theology: Conversation About Faith, Race and Liberation

Contribution to a panel discussion hosted by the Commission on Institutional Change at the 2018 General Assembly (see full coverage).

From Liberal to Liberation: A Theological Response to Climate Disruption

Keynote address at the 2019 Seminary for a Day, an event held at First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon. You can also watch the Q&A that followed the keynote.

Faithful to Our Aspirations

Published reflections from Rev. Dr. Betancourt, Dr. Leon Spencer, and Rev. Bill Sinkford on challenges and possibilities for Unitarian Universalism.

Intersections of Spirituality, Social Justice, and Climate Change

Panel discussion (with Dan McKanan, Elizabeth Eaton, and Rosalyn LaPier) hosted by Harvard Divinity School in 2021.