Deadline or Due Date? – Video and References

Worship Leader: Mavis Cauffman
Story: Sandy Welch

The great American writer Mark Twain once said, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Choosing “right words” can also be a spiritual practice to help create a more just and inclusive world. This Sunday we explore the origins and meanings of some common words and phrases, attempt to raise our awareness, and consider the difference between “deadline” and “due date.”

There will be an additional Dedicated Offering collected at our service on Oct 9 to benefit the UUA’s Fund to assist Florida UU Congregations damaged by hurricane Ian.

Source docs for sermon “Deadline or Due Date,” delivered at UUCWI on October 9, 2022:

“Suggested Language List,” developed by students at the Prevention, Advocacy & Resource Center at Brandeis University

“Use these culturally offensive phrases, questions at your own risk,” Indigenous Corporate Training, blog post September 22, 2015

“12 racist and offensive phrases that people still use all the time,” by Christina Sterbenz and Dominic-Madori Davis, Business Insider, June 16, 2020

“Brandeis University expands list of ‘oppressive’ words and phrases to avoid using,” by Alexi Cohan, Boston Herald, August 27, 2021

“David Sedaris Knows What You’ll Laugh at When No One Is Judging,” by David Marchese, The New York Times Magazine, January 6, 2022.

Linguistic Society of America, “How Many Languages Are There in the World?,” by Stephen R. Anderson,

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus-Logico Philosophicus (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1961). Translated by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness.

Joe Pinsker, “The Problem With ‘Hey Guys,’” The Atlantic, August 23, 2018,