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 in the Front office and on Sundays, in Forbes Hall. The cost to produce this publication is $5. In order to continue publication, we ask for a donation that will cover - or go beyond - production costs. 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.

May 6, 2018
Lost in Translation
Monthly Theme: Creativity
Rev. Greg Ward
Have you ever been 'called' to something important but missed the 'call' because you didn't understand what was being asked? What was at stake? Being able to hear, understand and interpret what the world is asking of us is of critical importance if we are to figure out how to become integral and necessary to the future. 

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April 29, 2018
Earth Day
Monthly Theme: Emergence
Alison Kendall and James Witker
 

Alison Kendall, Green Living Committee Chair and James Witker, Faith in Action Co-chair present an Earth Day awareness-generating service which explores what you can do personally and organizationally to address the threat of climate change to future generations and all living systems. 

During this awareness-generating service on what has been happening with climate justice, we explore our response to those who say, "it's beyond the point of hope," and understand how the choices that we make matter a great deal. The trick is to summon the great spiritual awakening: that our choices have great impact on people who live in the future and in other places, but we are still accountable to them.

 

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April 22, 2018
Coming of Age/Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) Service
Monthly Theme: Emergence
Kathleen Hogue
 
Please Note: YRUU is at 9am and Coming of Age is at 11am
 
At the 9am service: The YRUU High School group will present a service about their recent four day trip to the UU United Nations Office (UU-UNO) Spring Seminar in New York City. This year's theme is When Crisis Calls: Advancing Just Migration For All, focusing on the plight of the refugee and migrant populations. UU-UNO is excited to be partnering with the UU College of Social Justice on this event! With a deep passion for and commitment to international human rights, youth and adults from all over North America gather annually for this seminar to dig deeply into issues with global impact.
 
 
At the 11am service: Our youth are growing up so fast! At the 11am Coming of Age services, our youth will be sharing their statements of personal belief – or credos -  and reflections of their time spent together over the last year. As they transition from their time of childhood and venture more out into the adult world, we hope you can join us to witness this special occasion.
 
 

 

      Please note: Audio is unavailable for this service.

 

 

April 15, 2018
Toward Becoming Angels of Our Better Nature (Ending War)
Monthly Theme: Emergence
Rev. Greg Ward
Sometimes something around us (or within us) enters into some conflict.  It's in these moments that our soul can feel torn - so attached to all it's been... yet, unable to deny that it is being called toward something new.  There is an understandable loyalty to what has been - including that which we enlisted to protect us; and a humbling new possibility that helps us to know that we don't yet know everything we need to know.  Some lessons have much to teach us about the price we pay for entertaining our woundedness instead of the angels of our better nature.
 
 
Once something great becomes divided and enters a period of struggle, yearning to reclaim some of what it lost in the struggle, it is important to look to both the distant and recent past. Some lessons have much to teach us about the price we pay for entertaining our discontentment instead of the angels of our better nature.

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April 8, 2018 - 5:00pm
Heart and Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service - "What Does It Mean to be a Community of Emergence?"
Monthly Theme: Emergence
Homily by Catie Grasso
 
Heart & Soul is a monthly contemplative worship service series that occurs on the second Sunday of each month. It is a shorter, more intimate service, with singing and instrumental music, statements, and questions, silence, and sharing. Readings, poems, quotes, and music are drawn from a variety of sources, including the UU Soul Matters Sharing Circle, our hymnals, and popular/folk music. 
 
At this point, audio of Heart & Soul services are unavailable
 
 
 
April 8, 2018
Can You Hear Me Now? Learning to Listen on the Road to Repair
Monthly Theme: Emergence
Margot Page
When our body and brain perceives danger we are unable to take in information. Are we communicating in a way that others can hear and take in our information? How we communicate makes the difference. When we blow it and make mistakes, how can we repair it? Learning and owning your feelings are the first step in repairing any relationship. The steps to repair relationships and how our church community can utilize these steps in our ongoing repair process.

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April 1, 2018
Faithful Fools
Monthly Theme: Emergence
Rev. Greg Ward

Holy Fools Day:

It is rare that we celebrate the faithful fools in our lives. They are the people who seem to - almost absent mindedly - dance on the precipice of danger and in the margins of life. They force us to cringe, shut our eyes and hold our breath. But these are the very people who, often, change everything in powerful and unpredictable ways. On this rare occasion when Easter falls on April Fool's Day, we celebrate the too often untold story of one of the world's faithful fools.

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March 25, 2018
The iPhone and the Pine
Monthly Theme: Balance
Jacki Weber

"Come Over the Hills and Far With Me" - Our transcendentalist forebearers rooted the holiness of nature into our Unitarian Universalist beliefs. The family of UU congregations in the southwest has a place where we can practice our faith as a community: Camp de Benneville Pines. This service will explore the transcendental experiences that happen to campers of all ages.

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March 18, 2018
A Stroke of Insight
Monthly Theme: Balance
Rev. Greg Ward
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuro-anatomist. She knew the brain. She studied the specific functioning of different parts of the brain and the way they work together to create our understanding of reality. She learned - the hard way - how to feel more connected, more centered and more at one with all things: just step to the right of your left brain.
 
Audio is unavailable for this sermon
March 11, 2018 - 5:00pm
Heart and Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service - "What Does It Mean to be a People of Balance?"
Monthly Theme: Balance
Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Karen Hsu Patterson and Joyce Holmen

Heart & Soul is a monthly contemplative worship service series that occurs on the second Sunday of each month. It is designed to be a shorter, more intimate service, with singing and instrumental music, statements, and questions, silence and sharing. Each service is developed around a monthly ministry theme. Readings, poems, quotes, and music are drawn from a variety of sources, including the UU Soul Matters Sharing Circle, our hymnals, and popular/folk music. 

 

Audio is unavailable for this service.