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.

April 9, 2017 - 5:00pm
Heart and Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service - 5 p.m.
Monthly Theme: Transformation
Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Joyce Holmen and Karen Hsu Patterson
In consultation with our minister, we are continuing the Heart and Soul services, now led by Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Joyce Holmen, and Karen Hsu Patterson. With singing and instrumental music, statements and questions, silence and sharing, we’ll explore these themes: 
 
March 12 — What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Risk?
April 9 — What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Transformation?
 
April 2, 2017
Still We Rise
Monthly Theme: Transformation
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur
 
 
March 26, 2017
What is Meaningful and What We Value
Monthly Theme: Risk
Right Relations Task Force and Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur
The Right Relations Task Forces has been speaking with church members about meaningful and transformative experiences they have had with others in our church community. The task force will share what they have learned from your stories and how these inform our core values.
 
March 19, 2017
Intergenerational Justice: Sacred Science, Evolving Faith
Monthly Theme: Risk
Rev. Michael Dowd
The Rev. Michael Dowd, eco-theologian, “pro-future evangelist," and bestselling author, returns with a message of hope for chaotic times. 
March 12, 2017 - 5:00pm
Heart and Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service - 5 p.m.
Monthly Theme: Risk
Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Joyce Holmen, and Karen Hsu Patterson

In consultation with our minister, we are continuing the 5 p.m. Heart and Soul services, now led by Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Joyce Holmen, and Karen Hsu Patterson. With singing and instrumental music, statements and questions, silence and sharing, we’ll explore the theme of "What does it mean to be a community of identity?"

March 12, 2017
"Arrival": Data Driven Religion (Note: Daylight Savings Time Begins Today!)
Monthly Theme: Risk
Rev. Silvio Nardoni
The recent sci-fi movie “Arrival” involves 12 alien space ships docked in various places around the globe. Deciphering what is their intention and learning to decode their language involves the use of principles that have a central role in liberal religion.
 
March 5, 2017
What Can Be Fair in Farewell?
Monthly Theme: Risk
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur
This is the second in a worship series about compassionate leave-taking.
 

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February 26, 2017
Hearing the Call of Wild Geese
Monthly Theme: Identity
Rev. Anne Hines

How do we learn to accept and forgive ourselves — to give thanks for who we are, rather than lamenting our so-called failings? The topic for this service is grounded in Mary Oliver’s poem, “Wild Geese.”

The Rev. Hines retired last summer (for the second time!) after more than 30 years of parish ministry, all within our Pacific Southwest District. In 2015, Emerson UU Church in Canoga Park bestowed on her the honor of Minister Emerita. She now serves as one of the UUA Pacific Western Region's Ministerial Transition Coaches. She enjoys playing piano and spending time with her family; and since the recent presidential election, is feeling called once again to political activism.

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February 19, 2017
All In The Family
Monthly Theme: Identity
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur

This is the second in a series of services on transition, leave-taking, and saying goodbye when a ministry comes to an end.

[Note:  audio recording for this service is only partial.]

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February 12, 2017
Blessing of the Animals
Monthly Theme: Identity
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur and Kathleen Hogue
Join Rev. Rebecca and Kathleen Hogue for this all-ages and all-creatures celebration of the animals in our lives. If your gentle pet is comfortable meeting lots of new people, please bring them along. We are also glad to display photos of pets that would not enjoy the service, and/or memorial pictures of animal companions who have died.

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