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 Ward’s sermons are available for purchase. Monthly publications can be purchased at $10 per hard copy. Electronic copies are currently not available. Please send your payment to the office, or purchase online using the "MAKE A DONATION" link in the upper right-hand corner of this page. E-mail Sibylla Nash at oos@uusm.org and note which sermon you would like to purchase. Publications are generated as ordered. 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.

[*Please Note: if you do not see an audio speaker icon below each of the individual sermons on this page, click the small lock-shaped icon next to the page's URL in your address bar, and in the drop-down menu that pops up, make sure "Flash" is set to "Allow." Then re-load the page, and you should be able to see the audio players. Sorry for any inconvenience - we are working to fix this issue.]

January 26, 2020
Our Humanistic Faith
Monthly Theme: Integrity
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae

Our Unitarian Universalist tradition has six sources which serve as the foundation of our liberal faith. Last month we considered our 1st Source--transcending mystery and wonder--and this month we continue this series with a meditation on our 5th Source: "Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit." 

January 19, 2020
Five Wishes
Monthly Theme: Integrity
Kikanza Nuri-Robins

Many of us start the new year making plans for our futures.  We have plans and hopes and dreams for our lives -- none of which is certain, but seldom do we spend as much time thinking about or preparing for our deaths...  Something that we know will happen to each of us.  What then, do you wish for yourself and your loved ones in your death and your dying?  Have you told them?  Sharing the wisdom gleaned from Death Doulas, let us consider your Death Wishes during the month that more people in America die than any other in the year. 

January 12, 2020
Thresholds to Spiritual Leadership
Monthly Theme: Integrity
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae

Our beloved community offers many opportunities to step into spiritual leadership. Join us as we express appreciation for the many volunteers who sustain and lead our community and explore the ways we minister to eachother and the larger world.  

 

January 5, 2020
Jesus: The Radical
Monthly Theme: Integrity
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae

We celebrated the birth of this important person in our liberal religious tradition, now let us consider some of the radical teachings that new research into early Christianity and ancient scriptures are illuminating. Join us as we consider the "secret teachings" of Jesus that the empire tried to destroy. 

 

December 29, 2019
Ecotones
Monthly Theme: Awe
Michael Eselun

Michael Eselun will explore those liminal spaces in which we sometimes find ourselves on life’s mysterious journey--- thresholds that are neither one reality or another, and yet may open a path to our deepest truths.  Possibly even the sacred.

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December 24, 2019 - 8:00pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - 8 p.m.
Monthly Theme: Awe
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae

Join us for the lessons and carols of Christmastime as we celebrate this holiday with our traditional service.

December 24, 2019 - 6:00pm
Christmas Candlelight Service - 6 p.m.
Monthly Theme: Awe
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae

Join us for the lessons and carols of Christmastime as we celebrate this holiday  with our traditional service.

December 24, 2019 - 4:00pm
Children's Pageant - 4 p.m.
Monthly Theme: Awe
Cleo Anderson
December 22, 2019
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Monthly Theme: Awe
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae

We honor the Yuletide season with this special service commemorating the Winter Solstice and Hanukkah. We are invited us to greater  introspection as we consider what it means to live through the cold and dark seasons of our lives and of the wintertime.

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December 15, 2019 - 10:00am
A Home for the Holidays
Monthly Theme: Awe
Kikanza Nuri-Robins
We are officially in the Season of Unmanaged Expectations.  Nostalgia, Hallmark Movies, and our own hopes and dreams create for us a vision of celebrations that involve, at least metaphorically, home and hearth.  Each year we hope and plan and wait, and each year, we are disappointed in some way.  The disappointments are so frequent, that it is rare and necessary to exclaim, “This is the best [fill in the blank] ever!”  Spending an ordinary day on a holiday is anathema to so many of us that we embellish the stories of what we did to celebrate.  On this Sunday, we will talk about what home is, and what it means to have a home, especially for the holidays.

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