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.

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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August 6, 2017 - 10:00am
A Fine Juggling Act
Rev. Silvio Nardoni

Juggling is an ancient art, still practiced by many, and at its highest level a source of wonder and amazement. This sermon explores the social dimension of juggling, and how improvisation allows for individual creativity while working within defined constraints. In other words, it’s about community.

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July 30, 2017 - 10:00am
Comfort in Difficult Times
Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels, Temple Beth Shir Shalom

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July 23, 2017
The Secret of Life
Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Minister Emeritus, UU Church of San Diego
You will have to come to the service to hear the secret. But the secret is at the core of all the great Wisdom Traditions.
 
[Note: no audio recording is available for this service.]
July 16, 2017
Can We Make Room Enough for Love?
Ian Dodd
Unitarians are proud to say they “stand on the side of love”. But what side is that? When we granted others the right to love who they choose, was it conditional upon making that love follow existing societal norms? Did acceptance come at the price of conformation? Or can we broaden our definition of love and loving relationships to include those that challenge the traditional norms? Can we make room enough for love?
 
[Note: No audio recording is available for this service.]
July 9, 2017 - 5:00pm
Heart and Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service - 5 p.m.
Monthly Theme: Resistance
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?
July 9, 2017 - 10:00am
Lifted Voices: Singing as Direct Action for Unification and Change
Dr. Zanaida Robles, Director of Music
Join us on Sunday, July 9th when our Director of Music Dr. Zanaida Robles will preach a sermon on "Lifted Voices: Singing as Direct Action for Unification and Change."  We use our voices as channels for connecting to the spiritual power within and around us. Our singing voices have worth not because they are "beautiful" or "skillful," but because each voice is unique and has the power to touch hearts and minds.

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July 2, 2017 - 10:00am
Poetry of Protest and Praise
Rima Snyder
Join Rima Snyder, Emmy Cresciman, and others as they explore poems by William Wordsworth, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Wendell Berry on the topics of nature, patriotism and environmentalism.

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June 25, 2017 - 10:00am
Forgiveness - A Practical Approach
Monthly Theme: Joy
Bart Campolo
Popular guest speaker Bart Campolo, Humanist chaplain and former prominent Evangelical leader/organizer, returns to UU Santa Monica for this Sunday's 10:00 am service: 
 
"Most religions have plenty of injunctions about forgiveness, and many threaten dire consequences for those of us who fail to heed them, but very few offer a clear definition of what forgiveness actually involves, let alone step by step instructions about how to do it.  For secularists, the problem runs at least one step deeper, to the question of whether forgiveness is always the best way to handle a grievance, and if so, why.  Join Bart Campolo, the humanist chaplain at USC and a certified expert in mistake-making, as he takes on the business end of forgiving each other and ourselves."

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June 18, 2017
Change Matters
Monthly Theme: Joy
Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robbins
The one thing in life we can count on is change, and yet the one thing that is hardest to deal with is change that is imposed on us — without our consent or input. Movement is not necessarily change, and change is not necessarily progress. Find strength and support in your community as you adjust to the dynamics of change.
 
 

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