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.

November 14, 1999 - 4:00pm
Spiritual Politics The Archetypes in Dreams and Waking Life
The Rev. Jeremy Taylor, guest speaker

Unitarian Universalist minister Jeremy Taylor offers these words about the service Like a lotus or a rose growing up from the dark into the light, our spiritual|experience develops into consciousness out of unconscious depths. Our dreams give|us glimpses of these developments and allow us to experience the archetypal patterns|of myths and sacred narrative in a direct and personal way. The 'magic mirror|does not lie' and the reflections it offers connect us to our deeper selves and|to the world simultaneously.

November 7, 1999 - 4:00pm
What is Sacred?
The Rev. Judith Meyer, speaker

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Unitarian and Transcendentalist, wrote, "Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind." His bracing words have given us a noble but lonely path to walk. Is that all there is?

October 31, 1999 - 4:00pm
Revisiting the Secular City
The Rev. Judith Meyer

Theologian Harvey Cox, who wrote The Secular City in 1965, once predicted that modernity would bring an end to religion as we know it. He has since changed his mind. What has happened since 1965? The service today will include an observance of D

October 24, 1999 - 5:00pm
Growing Old Goes Global
The Rev. Judith Meyer

UNITED NATIONS SUNDAY We live in a world in which grandparents will soon outnumber grandchildren. That reality, combined with the unavoidable fact that we are all growing older all the time, reveals aging as a global phenomenon, with social and spiritual implications We will celebrate our new members with a Welcome Ceremony at both services.

October 17, 1999 - 5:00pm
Two Truths About Travel
The Rev. Judith Meyer

We travel to see something different, but a really good trip also reacquaints us with ourselves.

October 10, 1999 - 5:00pm
Witnessing Respect
The Rev. Judith Meyer

Today we join the diverse religious organizations that recognize Solidarity Sunday, to call an end to hate speech and hate crimes against all people, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Together we witness to the universal human need for respect.

October 3, 1999 - 5:00pm
In the Smithy of the Soul Spirituality and Social Justice
The Rev. Nicholas Cardell, Jr.

USC Men's Chorus, with Ethan Sperry, Director, guest musicians The Rev. Nick Cardell, minister emeritus of the May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society in Syracuse, NY, and a veteran of World War II, served six months at the Allenwood, PA, federal prison camp last year after having been convicted of criminal trespass at the School of the Americas. His sermon is "a reflection on the relationship between two experiences that are too often thought of as separate and distinct from each other."

September 26, 1999 - 5:00pm
Every Small Step, Celebration Sunday
The Rev. Judith Meyer

This is the Sunday we have set aside to celebrate who we are and what we may become as a church community. We urge all friends and members to join us as we renew our vision and our commitment to the future. We need each of you to fulfill the promise and to enjoy brunch together following each service. The choir will sing at both services.

September 19, 1999 - 5:00pm
Beginning to Forgive, Yom Kippur Service
The Rev. Judith Meyer

The Jewish solemn observance of Yom Kippur has implications for people of all faiths. The act of giving and receiving forgiveness is fundamental to our lives. Yet it doesn't come naturally to most of us. Simply having the intention, even if we're not certain we can follow through, can help us to begin. Religious Education classes for children begin at both services today. Cellist Karen Patch will perform the Kol Nidre at both services.

September 12, 1999 - 5:00pm
Ingathering
The Rev. Judith Meyer

Note we resume our normal schedule today, with services at both 930 and 1100. Reunions are occasional rites of passage, filled with curiosity and fraught with anxiety. They confront us with change and comfort us with what never changes. Join us for our Fall Ingathering to contemplate this experience together. We will welcome and dedicate our Teachers of Religious Education. Children may leave for supervised activities after the Teacher Dedication, or remain with their families for the entire service. The choir will sing at both services.