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.

February 5, 2017 - 5:00pm
Heart and Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service - 5 p.m.
Monthly Theme: Identity
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?"
February 5, 2017
Where is the "Good" in Goodbye?
Monthly Theme: Identity
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur
From winter into the spring, Rev. Rebecca will lead a series of worship services on the work of transition, leave-taking, and saying goodbye when a ministry comes to an end. This is first of the series.

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January 29, 2017
Longing and Belonging
Monthly Theme: Prophecy
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur

[Note: No audio recording is available for this service.]

January 22, 2017 - 3:00pm
"Religious Education is All We Do" - Ceremony of Welcome for our DRE, Kathleen Hogue - 3 p.m.
Rev. Diane Dowgiert
Please Join This Ceremony of Welcome for our Director of Religious Education, Kathleen Hogue.  We will share our hopes and dreams of our shared ministry together. A light dinner reception will follow the service. Please put this date on your calendar, and help us welcome Kathleen into our church family.
 
If our UU congregation is where we come to learn how to live our liberal religious values and principles, then everything we do together is religious education. The great Universalist educator, Angus McLean, believed that how we teach is more important than what we teach. Or as McLean would say, the method is the message. How we are together in community and how we embody our covenants – this is religious education.
 
More on Reverend Diane Dowgiert
Rev. Diane Dowgiert serves as Interim Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro, North Carolina. She also served as Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, Arizona for ten years and the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta, Ohio for five years. Diane is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry. With a background in social work, Diane has a passion for responding to the needs of the local community, bringing Unitarian Universalist principles and values to social justice issues. Outside of church, she enjoys hiking
and quilting. She has been married to her husband AJ for 42 years. Their family includes two adult sons, one wonderful daughter-in- law, one grand dog, and two adorable cats.
 
[Note: No audio recording is available for this service.]
January 22, 2017
Religious Education for Times Such as These
Monthly Theme: Prophecy
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, Rev. Diane Dowgiert and Kathleen Hogue
When times are hard and the future is uncertain, we need a sustaining faith, one that will activate moral strength, courage, and conviction. What in our liberal religious heritage can sustain us through times such as these? What will we teach our children?
 
Rev. Diane Dowgiert serves as Interim Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro, North Carolina. She also served as Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, Arizona for ten years, where she worked closely with Kathleen. We're delighted she can join us for worship this morning and to preach a sermon of welcome for Kathleen at her Ceremony of Welcome at 3pm Sunday afternoon.
 
[Note: No audio recording is available for this service.]
 
January 15, 2017
Only Love Can Do That - MLK Sunday
Monthly Theme: Prophecy
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur
"Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." - MLK, Strength to Love, 1957.

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January 8, 2017 - 5:00pm
Heart and Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service - 5 p.m.
Monthly Theme: Prophecy
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 the theme of "What does it mean to be a community of Prophecy?"
January 8, 2017
The Prophethood of All Believers
Monthly Theme: Prophecy
Maggie Pothuff

Many of us find ourselves engaged in community work one way or another - through the arts, service, advocacy or other leadership.  Sunday's sermon will explore the connection between this work and our Unitarian Universalist tradition. How does claiming our faith identity in public change the very work we're doing? What's "our faith" anyway? Mid-century Unitarian theologian James Adams (1901 - 1994) wrestled with this same question nearly 75 years ago, ultimately articulating a transformed and transforming liberalism that can guide us in our work today.

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January 1, 2017
Lessons of Kwanzaa
Monthly Theme: Prophecy
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, Rev. Kikanza J. Nuri-Robins, Dr. Zanaida Robles, Leon Henderson-MacLennan
Ring in the new year with our all-star worship leaders, including one of the original group which developed the cultural holiday, Kwanzaa. Reflect with us on the seven principles of Kwanzaa and what they might mean to us as UUs.
 
[Note: No audio recording is available for this service.]
December 25, 2016 - 11:00am
The Story of Maryam (one service only at 11 a.m.)
Monthly Theme: Presence
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur
We'll join our Muslim and Christian neighbors in celebrating Jesus' birthday with readings from the Quran and the Christian Bible.

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