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.

Rev. Greg’s sermons are now available for purchase in the Front office and on Sundays, in Forbes Hall. The cost to produce this publication is $5. In order to continue publication, we ask for a donation that will cover - or go beyond - production costs. Any revenue raised beyond cost will go to the Ministerial discretionary fund which is used to assist members and friends in their time of need (such as shelter, food, utilities, medical, etc.)

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

March 4, 2018
What Women Really Want
Monthly Theme: Balance
Rev. Greg Ward
What do Women really want?  A minister - who is a man - takes a hard look at the denomination he serves and notices that it is very quickly becoming less and less by men, with men, for men; and looks at the trajectory of vision that is coming out of our general culture - also coming to terms with how the white / male dominate perspective has some serious humble pie to swallow if it really wants to understand freedom and justice for all people.  This is a sermon about coming to terms with 'What Women Really Want.' 

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February 25, 2018
You Gotta Know When to Walk Away
Monthly Theme: Perseverence
Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins

When is enough ... enough?  Quitting requires courage and faith that if you do it differently next time, you might meet your goal.  How can you strategically end one endeavor and  mindfully move to another when people are screaming, "Don't Quit!"

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February 18, 2018
The King's Bride
Monthly Theme: Perseverence
Rev. Greg Ward

We are all looking for love.  But in the world today, there is a struggle between reaching out and asking for what we need and avoiding what we most fear.  But this story is as old as time.  This service is an Intergenerational Soap Opera about love, fear, drama, intrigue, paranoia, ambition and finding out what really matters.

 

Audio for this sermon is unavailable.

February 11, 2018 - 5:00pm
Heart and Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service - "What Does It Mean to be a Community of Perseverance?"
Monthly Theme: Perseverence
Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Karen Hsu Patterson and Joyce Holmen
Heart & Soul is a monthly contemplative worship service series that occurs on the second Sunday of each month. It is designed to be a shorter, more intimate service, with singing and instrumental music, statements and questions, silence and sharing. Each service is developed around a monthly ministry theme. Readings, poems, quotes, and music are drawn from a variety of sources, including the UU Soul Matters Sharing Circle, our hymnals, and popular/folk music.
 
 
 
Audio is unavailable for this service. 
 
February 11, 2018
What to Know about Good and Evil While Being Trumped
Monthly Theme: Perseverence
Rev. Greg Ward

Anyone who has seen the new Star Wars movie, the Last Jedi, knows that the difference between good and evil is not simple.  One can not look for Good in only the left or right of politics.  Cannot find right in only the top or bottom of class.  Evil is not just seen in the black or white of race.  Choosing Love and Courage over Hate and Fear is the religion of our times.  And such times it requires us to be able to see the multi-dimensionality of Love and Justice.  

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February 4, 2018
Here if You Need Me
Monthly Theme: Perseverence
Rev. Greg Ward

The Rev. Kate Braestrup's path to ministry came to her by calling her toward and through pain.  When faced with one of the most painful moments of her life, she had to decide if she was going to turn around at the sight of her worst fears, or call forth what she needed to face them.  Calling forth our courage requires both something within us and something around us.  This is a service on how we call for and share courage between us.

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January 28, 2018
Soul Keeping
Monthly Theme: Intention
Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins

If we are spiritual beings having a human experience, how do we take care of the part of ourselves that connects us to one another and serves as a vessel for the spark of Life? Consider a few practices for the care and nurture of your soul. Do you have any? Do you need any? What might you do to take you closer to the core of who you are and who you want to become? A few spiritual practices for a busy life.

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January 21, 2018
Bird by Bird, Stone by Stone, Hand in Hand
Monthly Theme: Intention
Rev. Greg Ward

This country was built within a cultural paradigm of grit and determination and a will to survive. It is a very useful motif in a frontier wilderness environment. But what happens when the plains you settled no longer have wild animals but present challenges of skyscrapers, traffic jams, housing and food distribution issues? How do we change our motif from “dog eat dog” to communal cooperation? We encourage you to bring a friend to worship as we observe Membership Sunday.

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January 14, 2018
Testing Our Tolerance for Diversity
Monthly Theme: Intention
Rev. Greg Ward

Diversity is coming.  Indeed, it's already here.  But are we ready?  Because of technology we can now be instantly aware of new cultures, exposed to them and be immersed in them in ways that were impossible only 30 years ago.  How do we know we're ready?  Are we prepared to consider diversity as a burden instead of a threat?  This sermon will test our readiness.

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January 7, 2018
Torda 451 – A Heretical Account
Monthly Theme: Intention
Rev. Greg Ward

This year is historical on several religious accounts. We are celebrating the birth of Protestantism, which is the official story of our stepping into religious history. But only slightly behind Martin Luther’s momentous declaration at Wittenburg was an even more defining point for our character and values – and a revealing moment for religion and culture. We will also recognize our inaugural group of Worship Associates during each of the services.

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