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.

July 18, 1999 - 5:00pm
Patterns of Power Who Owns the U.S.?
Dr. Lex Crane, guest speaker

Dr. Lex Crane, who has served our congregation as interim minister, returns to our pulpit with this topic "A free economy, such as our own, generates enormous energy, creativity and wealth. But, as tends to be true in many other areas of human life, a free economy has an up-side and also a down-side," he writes. "The service will consider both, and the current balance between them."

July 11, 1999 - 5:00pm
Does God Hate Fags?'
The Rev. Gail Geisenhainer, guest speaker

God hates fags is the message that The Rev. Fred Phelps, a prominent anti-gay activist, displays on his picket sign. How can Unitarian Universalists respond to those who insist the Hebrew and Christian scriptures condemn homosexuality? The Rev. Gail Geisenhainer, Extension Minister at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, Canoga Park, will address this question. Judith Meyer will be speaking at Emerson Church this Sunday on a pulpit exchange with Gail Geisenhainer.

July 4, 1999 - 5:00pm
Keeping the Faith in Ourselves
The Rev. Judith Meyer, speaker

In a recent essay, The Rev. Khoren Arisian noted that the framers of the American Constitution operated on the assumption that "our human nature is in the end fundamentally sound, more healthy than not." We Unitarian Universalists agree, he adds.

June 27, 1999 - 5:00pm
Rabbi Neil-Comess Daniels, guest speaker
Dan Nannini, pulpit host

Neil Comess-Daniels is Rabbi of Beth Shir Sholom, a Jewish synagogue in Santa Monica. He is also President of the Westside Interfaith Council, a musician and a prominent social activist.

June 20, 1999 - 5:00pm
Religious Education Sunday
Judy Tomlinson, Director of Religious Education

The theme for Religious Education this year was social action. Participants in the Religious Education Program have studied peace, racial justice and ecological justice. Each class has put its faith in action! On this Sunday we will have a glimpse of their experience. We will also thank the many volunteers who have guided our children and youth this year. On Religious Education Sunday we celebrate with a Flower Communion. Please bring a flower to church. Teacher Appreciation luncheon follows on the courtyard immediately after the 1100 service.

June 13, 1999 - 5:00pm
Music All Around Us
The Rev. Judith Meyer, speaker

British composer Edward Elgar wrote, "My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us, the world is full of it and you simply take as much as you require." The service will offer reflection on the contemplative, uplifting and spiritual world of music. The choir will sing at both the 930 and 1100 services.

June 6, 1999 - 5:00pm
Coming of Age Celebration

Three young people, Megan Early, Rebecca Marmorstein and Diana Wright, have completed our Coming of Age program. Participants study our tradition and governance, offer service to the church and to the wider community, and reflect on how being part of our congregation has shaped their beliefs. They will each speak during the service this morning.

May 30, 1999 - 5:00pm
What the Living Do
The Rev. Judith Meyer, speaker

A Service for Memorial Day What the Living Do are the words of poet Marie Howe, who describes her experiences following the death of her brother. Despite our grief, we are uplifted and strengthened by commemorating those who have gone before us. The service will include a New Member Recognition ceremony at 930 and 1100.

May 23, 1999 - 5:00pm
Imagining the Millenium|Apocalyptic and Utopian Fantasies
Dr. Elizabeth A. Castelli, guest speaker

Elizabeth Castelli writes, "As the year 2000 approaches, new religious movements proliferate offering visions of the cataclysmic end of history and promising the inauguration of a new era of peace and justice. These movements have a long history in the intellectual currents of the west, and their competing narratives of violence and redemption invite a closer look." Elizabeth Castelli is Assistant Professor of Religion at Barnard College/Columbia University, a specialist in biblical studies and the religions of late antiquity.

May 16, 1999 - 5:00pm
Catch the Spirit -- or Give it to a Friend?
The Rev. Judith Meyer, speaker

A church in Hollywood wrapped a banner around its steeple, proclaiming "Catch the Spirit." Is religion something we can "catch" from each other? How do we talk about our faith with our friends and family? And do they really want us to? The Annual Meeting of our congregation will take place in the sanctuary after the 1100 service.