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: Video recordings are available for sermons with a small TV icon showing at the bottom of the sermon listing. Just click the icon to watch the service.**

May 29, 2022 - 10:30am
Volunteer and Staff Celebration Sunday
Monthly Theme: Nurturing Beauty
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae
 
Our is a shared ministry that is only possible with the generous gifts of time, talent, and resources from our many congregational leaders, members, friends, and staff. Join us as we celebrate our many volunteers and staff and explore what opportunities for volunteer service and leadership are emerging in this time of renewal and rebirth.
May 22, 2022 - 10:30am
The Flaming Chalice
Monthly Theme: Nurturing Beauty
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae
 
We open our worship services like most Unitarian Universalist congregations with the lighting of our flaming chalice. This beloved tradition has deep liberal religious roots with multireligious significance. Join us as we reflect upon this tradition and sacred stories of light in religious history.
May 15, 2022 - 10:30am
Aging Beauty
Monthly Theme: Nurturing Beauty
Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins
 
 
As we age, we have more opportunity to let our inner beauty radiate outward. Surface beauty mellows or fades, and we are invited to refine or redefine our perceptions of beauty – and aging. What does “old” mean to you? What is the relationship of aging and beauty to your understanding of our UU principles of acceptance and spiritual growth?
May 8, 2022 - 10:30am
Our Living Tradition
Monthly Theme: Nurturing Beauty
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae
Our Unitarian Universalist tradition is alive in that it may evolve with the times through democratic processes. We follow a congregational polity which means we are a self-governing church. Our Bylaws Refresh Task Force has recently drafted proposed Bylaws to be considered for adoption. Come learn more about this work and the importance of democratic process to our movement.
May 1, 2022 - 10:30am
Self-Compassion
Monthly Theme: Nurturing Beauty
Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins

If you loved yourself well, what would your life look like?  What language would you use to describe yourself, to ask for what you want, to protect your boundaries?  Who in your life mothered you the way you most wanted to be mothered?  What would be different about your walk in the world if you treated yourself with that same love and compassion?  This morning we will talk about compassionate love and why it is sometimes so hard to give to oneself.  

April 24, 2022 - 10:30am
Our Paradise
Monthly Theme: Awakening
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae
 
Earth Day arrives and we are reminded the seas are rising and fires are burning in the only paradise we know. This special Earth Day service will celebrate Mother Earth, consider the threats facing our planet home, and remember our place in the interdependent web of all existence.
April 17, 2022 - 10:30am
Easter, Passover and Ramadan
Monthly Theme: Awakening
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae
 
Easter and Passover are honored in the midst of the holy month of Ramadan this year. Join us as we consider the religious meaning and syncretism of these important Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Pagan holy days.
April 10, 2022 - 10:30am
Come, Come, Whoever You Are! - Stewardship Sunday
Monthly Theme: Awakening
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae
 
Beloved Community, faith, and generosity are among the traditional themes of the holy month of Ramazan in the Islamic tradition. Join us for this special Stewardship Sunday as we reflect upon this sacred time and our commitments to the vitality and good works of our liberal religious community.
April 3, 2022 - 10:00am
The Poetry of Awakening
Monthly Theme: Awakening
Rima Snyder
With the arrival of spring and April, National Poetry Month, we celebrate poems that bring us to a sense of new awakening and resilience, and remind us of the importance of living in the moment. #poetry # spring #awakening #springpoetry #nationalpoetrymonth #livinginthemoment
 #womenwhowrite
March 27, 2022 - 10:30am
Conversations about the Mystery
Monthly Theme: Renewing Faith
Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins
 
How do you describe your Faith? Is it enough to say, “I’m a UU?” Or do you need to specify the kind of Unitarian Universalist you are, citing perhaps, the religion or faith or belief system that informs your appreciation of Unitarian Universalism. During this season of polemic speech in our country, it becomes harder to share what you believe without becoming defensive or feeling you need to justify your position. This morning we will talk about how one can talk about the Mystery that some call God, and the energy that shapes other beliefs, in ways that are inclusive — calling people in to share their ideas, rather than calling them out or pushing them away.