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.

Hard copies of sermons by Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae are available in the church office. Contact office assistant Sibylla Nash at office@uusm.org if you have a request.

"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.]

May 31, 2020 - 10:00am
What Do We Need to Live? (Online Service)
Monthly Theme: Thresholds
Rev. Judith Meyer
 
 
 
While it may be too soon to draw durable lessons from the pandemic, it still prompts us to ask ourselves what we need to live. Our awareness of suffering and uncertainty, combined with the challenge and sameness of our days, may offer some new answers.
 
The Rev. Judith Meyer served as the Minister of UUSM for 15 years, from 1993 to 2008. Upon her retirement, the congregation voted her Minister Emerita. She now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with her husband, David Denton.  We’re excited that she can join us for this service.
May 24, 2020 - 10:00am
Our Sabbath (Online Service)
Monthly Theme: Thresholds
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae
Sundays are a sacred time for worship, rest, and play in our tradition. That is perhaps especially true in this time of quarantine. How did it come to be that we gather like this for a time of Sabbath? This week we will explore the Jewish and Christian origins of our sacred day and its relevance to our lives.
 
 
May 17, 2020 - 10:00am
Liminal Space (Online Service)
Monthly Theme: Thresholds
Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins

When you are finished with where you are, and not yet where you are going, and not entirely clear about why you are where you are, you are in Liminal Space. Resting in the arms of ambiguity might become a spiritual practice for you. Join us as we consider how we might take greater advantage of the grey areas in our lives.

The Rev. Dr. Kikanza Nuri-Robins is a consultant to people and organizations in transition. She works with non-profits and faith-based organizations around the country helping them address issues of leadership, communication and cultural competence. Her most recent book is Fish Out of Water and she is currently collaborating on a book about gender identities. She is a member of our UUSM community.  http://www.KikanzaNuriRobins.com

May 10, 2020 - 10:00am
Motherhood's Revolution (Online Service)
Monthly Theme: Thresholds
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae
Wisdom from the world’s religions encourages us to honor the revolutionary power of motherhood. This Mother’s Day, we will reflect upon the mothers of all forms in our lives and explore the divine feminine in the world’s great wisdom traditions.
May 3, 2020 - 10:00am
The Beloved (Online Service)
Monthly Theme: Thresholds
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae
The Queen of Months — Ramazan — has arrived! Muslims around the globe are observing this lunar month as a time of intensified fasting, prayer, and charity. These spiritual exercises help the followers of this path to draw near to their Beloved. Join us for this special service celebrating and exploring this sacred month.
April 26, 2020 - 10:00am
You Have to Ride the Wave (Online Service)
Monthly Theme: Liberation
Rev. KC Slack
“… you had to constantly try to understand what was going on and how to survive in this space…and how not to…go under. You’re on your own, and then, politics is in your life. You have to ride the wave.”
~ Arundhati Roy
 
Born and raised in small-town North East Ohio, our guest preacher, the Rev. KC Slack, comes from a large extended family and what they will tell you are “very rust belt” roots. The grandchild of factory workers and the child of factory managers, KC received a B.A. in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University. After graduation in 2016 from Starr King School for the Ministry, KC completed a year-long Clinical Pastoral Education residency at a mid-sized hospital in Burbank. KC was highly regarded by their peers and supervisors, as well as by medical and administrative staff throughout the hospital. They brought their broad education in world religions and their knowledge of liberatory theologies to their patients and classmates, and worked within the peer group to help future chaplains better understand how to care for LGBT+ patients.
 
Rev. KC serves as the minister of our neighboring UU Church of the Verdugo Hills, and continues their work as a hospital chaplain, their work as a sex educator, and as an individual spiritual director. In addition, KC is a UU scholartivist (scholar, artist, activist, and spiritual leader). They’re about all multiple everything: bi/pansexual, polyamorous, and pantheistic. Their work blends their mystic UU Pagan faith (don’t worry, they’ll happily tell you too much about it if you ask), ministry, radical politics, heavy theory, joy, art, and living a queerly fabulous life in LA. Let’s welcome them by participating in today’s service.
 
April 19, 2020 - 10:00am
Honoring Earth: Solidarity and Resilience (Online Service)
Monthly Theme: Liberation
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae

 

Our Seventh Unitarian Universalist Principle affirms: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” This Earth Day we are especially mindful of our interdependence in the midst of a global pandemic. Join us this Sunday as we meditate on this liberal religious principle and our responsibility to our beautiful planet home.

April 12, 2020 - 10:00am
Easter Celebration (Online Service)
Monthly Theme: Liberation
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae

The radical Jesus of the liberal spirit preached a message of spiritual freedom, non-violence, economic justice, healthcare, and women’s rights as he challenged the dominant powers of his time. Beneath the revolutionary social activism that led to his death was a path of spiritual renewal beyond the simplistic "death and resurrection" stories. Join us this Sunday as we explore that spiritual path and reimagine an Easter worthy of the great spiritual teacher.

April 5, 2020 - 10:00am
Spiritual Liberation (Online Service)
Monthly Theme: Liberation
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae

The Israelites are freed from oppression in ancient Egypt, Jesus seemingly defies death, and Muslims fast from the comforts of the world--these are among the many traditions of spiritual freedom we will explore this month. Our theme for community reflection this month is liberation. Join us this Sunday as we explore what spiritual liberation means to our liberal faith.

March 29, 2020 - 10:00am
Holy Silence (Special Online Only Service)
Monthly Theme: Wisdom
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae
"Find a stillness, hold a stillness, let the stillness carry me…” Join us this Sunday for a meditation on silence.
 
Please note that this will be an ONLINE ONLY service. To watch the live video, please go to our UUSM Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/uusantamonica/ at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.  If the video link doesn't appear immediately, please be patient (we're still new at this and it took a few extra minutes to get it up and running last week).  If you don't see the live video right at 10 a.m., please note that you do NOT have to look elsewhere.  It will appear on this page as soon as it's available.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you online on Sunday!