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.]

December 12, 1999 - 4:00pm
The Last New Jerusalem
The Rev. Judith Meyer

The 1893 World's Parliament of Religions, the first global interfaith gathering in history, drew representatives of all the major faiths to a seventeen-day meeting in Chicago. The breakthroughs and the problems of that gathering illuminate the issues our modern interfaith world must resolve - especially during the holiday season.

December 5, 1999 - 4:00pm
The Long Run
The Rev. Judith Meyer

Long term relationships of all kinds hold a spiritual promise. They invite us to go deeper into the knowledge of each other, a process that is both rewarding and intimidating. The more we know and are known, the more powerful - and vulnerable we become.

November 28, 1999 - 4:00pm
The Spirit of Joy

We give thanks for the teachers, volunteers, children, and staff who have given our Religious Education program another great year. Today we recognize and celebrate their contributions. Each class will make a presentation based on the curriculum it used. Music Scott Roewe, instrumentalist

November 21, 1999 - 4:00pm
Thanksgiving Service
The Rev. Judith Meyer, speaker

Among the many questions life poses to us is the question of whether the glass is half empty or half full. Many of us struggle with the answer. Celebrating Thanksgiving helps us to appreciate what we have, and that is a good beginning. The Youth Choir will sing at the 11 a.m. service. Please bring bread to break together during our coffee hour.

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.