Sermons

This is a full list of sermons presented at UUCCSM since mid-1999. Links to sermon texts are included when made available by their authors. Audio recordings are also available for most sermons presented after September, 2007 by our staff ministers and others directly affiliated with our church (just click the speaker icon next to each sermon where it's available). Audio from guest speakers is posted only when we have their permission to share it.

In addition, "Leaving Room for Hope: Sermons for Uncertain Times," a book of Judith Meyer's sermons, is available here.

October 1, 2017
Draw the Circle Wide
Rev. Greg Ward
Acceptance and inclusion are very powerful religious principles. UUs take these very seriously.
So how do we treat those who have made mistakes? In these, the high holy days of the Jewish
Calendar, what can we turn to that will speak of forgiveness and inclusion?
September 24, 2017
Noah's Dilemma (Two services at 9 and 11 a.m.)
Rev. Greg Ward
Noah understood about the need to bring people together. In the midst of a great flood of change,
he prepared for people to discover the best of one another. Come to UUSM's multigenerational
Ingathering story where we will pour our lives into this community and notice what a blessing
each person brings.
September 17, 2017
No Justice, No Peace (one service at 10 a.m.)
Michael Eselun, UCLA Oncology Chaplain
We are used to hearing this chant of protest-- as a demand for justice. Pursuit of justice is a core
UU Principle, and yet we’ve also heard since childhood that “no one said life is fair.” When
such injustice hits closer to home—like say, a diagnosis of cancer, how do we find peace when
there seems to be no justice? UCLA oncology chaplain, Michael Eselun, will explore this
territory.

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September 10, 2017 - 5:00pm
Heart and Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service - 5 p.m.
Monthly Theme: Welcome
Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robbins, Joyce Holmen and Karen Hsu Patterson
Heart and Soul services are led by Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Joyce Holmen, and Karen Hsu
Patterson. With singing and instrumental music, poetry, statements and questions, silence and
sharing, we’ll explore monthly worship themes.
 
Sunday, September 10 – What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Welcome?
September 10, 2017
Perfect Strangers (one service at 10 a.m.)
Rev. Greg Ward
What is your relationship with perfection? Do you have a history of trying to be perfect... to be
noticed... to be appreciated... to be loved? Trying to be perfect may sometimes get us attention,
but it comes with a price: people only know us for what we do and not who we are. And in the
process, we become perfect strangers.

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September 3, 2017
Making Room at the Table (one service at 10 a.m.)
Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robbins
Questions to ponder: Think of a time when you tried to make room at a table for yourself. If
you were silenced or felt isolated, what were the circumstances? If you had a seat but no voice,
what were the circumstances? Did things change? How?
 
Think of a time when you invited others to sit at a table where you had a place. What was
done to make the newcomers welcome and comfortable? How did things change? What did you
learn about yourself? …from those who had been invited?
 
It’s one thing to talk about diversity—almost every organization has a diversity goal—but
diversity is where the work starts; it is not the end-product. The end goal is diversity and
inclusion, where everyone has a seat at the table, they have equal access to all that is served,
and they are being served something they want.
 
[Note:  No audio recording is available for this service.]
August 27, 2017 - 10:00am
Why We Need a New Sanctuary Movement
Kent Wong, UCLA Labor Center

These times of need call for people of conscience to stand with immigrant families as their security is threatened by government action.  Joined by immigrant youth leader Hugo Romero, Kent Wong will offer thoughts on what faith communities can do to support families that are being torn apart by unjust immigration enforcement.

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August 20, 2017 - 10:00am
Don't Be Afraid to Stand Out
Gabriella Rosco, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice

 Exploring ways to use individual gifts and talents to take a needed stand against all forms of hate, oppression, fear and injustice. In difficult times, people say, "somebody should do something!" Let's be those "somebodies". 

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August 13, 2017 - 5:00pm
Heart and Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service - 5 p.m.
Monthly Theme: Yearning
Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robbins, Joyce Holmen and Karen Hsu Patterson
Heart and Soul - A Contemplative Worship Service
Second Sundays
5 to 5:45 pm in the Sanctuary
 
Heart and Soul services are led by the Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Joyce Holmen, and Karen Hsu Patterson. With singing and instrumental music, poetry, statements and questions, silence and sharing, we’ll explore monthly worship themes.
 
Sunday, July 9 – What Does It Mean to Be a People of Resistance?
Sunday, August 13 – What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Yearning?
August 13, 2017 - 10:00am
The Intersection of Faith and Social Justice
Janis Spire

Janis Spire, President and CEO, Alliance for Children's Rights, shares on how her spiritual practice enabled her to realize her mission and have the confidence to lead the Alliance for Children’s Rights which protects thousands of abused and neglected children in Los Angeles every year. It is crucial to first develop a true appreciation of ourselves, which in turn gives us the courage and compassion to embrace others who are suffering and take humanistic actions that actually change our own lives and those of our neighbors and ripple out to our communities and world.  

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