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. 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 Diego Andres at oos@uusm.org and note which month 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 the audio speaker icon below any of the 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.]

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.

September 5, 1999 - 5:00pm
Working for What?
The Rev. Jim Conn

Our guest is urban strategist for the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. When we think about the work we do, how does it reflect what we value, what we hold dear? When we think about the work we do, how does it reflect our life? And when we think about the pay we do work for, what should it reflect about our value of life itself?

August 29, 1999 - 5:00pm
Seeking the Wisdom Within the Moving Image
The Rev. Silvio Nardoni

All through August, our third annual summer filmfest features five very different movies, but each one provides images for strengthening and deepening our religious faith. For those not inclined to watch movies, please know that enjoyment and benefit from each sermon and service depends only on your attendance and attitude. Gods and Monsters Transforming Horror into Grandeur Sir Ian McKellan's performance is only one of the wonders of this biographical tribute to movie director James Whale, who gave us the modern iconic image of Frankenstein. Just what goes into making a monster, and how does our community offer the hope for seeing the beauty behind the grotesque appearance?August 22, 1999 Shall We Dance The Power of Ritual Touch A Japanese businessman facing a mid-life crisis embarks on a journey which reinvigorates his connection to his soul and his body (if, indeed, there is a difference between the two). This movie sparked a revival of interest in ballroom dancing in Japan (and elsewhere), and we will examine why this phenomenon is more than an exercise in nostalgia.August 15, 1999

July 25, 1999 - 5:00pm
Science and Religion
The Rev. Ricky Hoyt, guest speaker

Too many intelligent people, Ricky writes, "have felt the findings of science have justified ignoring religion. As we move toward a post-modernist world view, many religious thinkers and scientists have begun to ask whether the modernist split between religious values and scientific fact ought to be as clean as we've made it." A former member of our congregation, the Rev. Ricky Hoyt is now minister at theUnitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills , La Crescenta.

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."