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 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!
March 22, 2020 - 10:00am
Giving Ourselves Away (Special Online Only Service)
Monthly Theme: Wisdom
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae

Generosity of heart, spirit, and resources is fundamental to the spiritual path. This is taught by all of the great religions of the world. This Sunday, we celebrate the formal launch of  our annual stewardship campaign and explore the meaning of giving to our lives, our beloved community, and the world. We will get to hear the many transformative stories of why so many support this congregation with our first congregational video.

Please note that this was an ONLINE ONLY service. See video link below to watch (or watch again).

March 15, 2020 - 10:00am
Love is the Spirit (A Special Online Worship Service)
Monthly Theme: Wisdom
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae
Join us online this Sunday as we co-create beloved community together in the midst of a global pandemic. We are temporarily suspending congregational worship gatherings to protect vulnerable members of our congregation and the larger community. We will be providing more information soon so you can watch our special live-streamed service on the church’s Facebook page on Sunday morning. We will consider how we spiritually prepare and fortify ourselves in uncertain times. Help us spread the word about these changes. We look forward to being with you virtually and in spirit on Sunday morning. If you need help getting online, please contact board member Eileen McCormack for assistance.
 
Note:  the service originally scheduled for today, with DeReau K. Farrar, unfortunately had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 closures.
March 8, 2020 - 10:00am
Let There Be Light
Monthly Theme: Wisdom
Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins

As you look forward to The Vernal Equinox, the Coming of Spring, and the presence of more light in the world, look around yourself and notice.  What is dancing in the shadows?  What is in the shadows that you might shine more light on?  Come worship with us as we consider what aspects of ourselves we turn to the light and what remains in the shadows.