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 Ward’s sermons are 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 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.]

March 31, 2019
From There to Here
Monthly Theme: Journey
Robin Stillwater
Unitarian Universalists tend to avoid talking about money, but we have spent the last few weeks doing just that. This sermon looks at other congregations and how they worked through conflict and money, providing both hope and a warning. This journey we are on is important to continue being committed to. Our work is not yet over.
 
Note: An audio recording is available for this service. Please click the audio player icon below to listen. If you do not see the audio speaker icon below, please 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 player. Sorry for any inconvenience - we are working to fix this issue.
 
 
 

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March 24, 2019
YRUU Service: "All Life is a Journey"
Monthly Theme: Journey
Kathleen Hogue and RE Youth

Come and hear about our Young Religious UUs’ stories of our lives and our faith journeys in our Religious Exploration program. We will explore the roads we have taken and where our journeys may be leading us.

Note:  No audio recording is available for this service.

March 17, 2019
The Spiritual Child
Monthly Theme: Journey
Rev. Judy Tomlinson

Scientific research has shown that we are hardwired for spirituality. Our children are at the beginning of their spiritual journeys. How do we nurture and support them? A service based on "The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving" by Lisa Miller, PhD

We are happy to welcome back the Rev. Judy Tomlinson, who served as our DRE from 1991-2000. While working here she completed her Bachelor’s degree at CSULB in Human Development and Women’s Studies and then her M.Div. at Claremont School of Theology. She was ordained in May 2001 by the UU Congregation of Montclair, NJ, where she served from 2000 to 2017, first as Minister of Religious Education and then as Associate Minister. In 2017 she returned to Southern California and currently serves as DRE at Orange Coast UU Church in Costa Mesa.
 
Note: No audio recording is available for this service.
March 10, 2019
Beatles (Music) Service
Monthly Theme: Journey
Saunder Choi
NOTE:  Daylight Savings Time begins - SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD!
 
Music is a tool that aids in community-building. In this service, our Music Department explores the community and connections that have been built by the music of the Beatles. The Choir is singing at both 9:00 and 11:00! It’s Bring a Friend Sunday. 
 
Note: An audio recording is available for this service. Please click the audio player icon below to listen. If you do not see the audio speaker icon below, please 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 player. Sorry for any inconvenience - we are working to fix this issue.
 

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March 3, 2019
Five Dollars is Five Dollars
Monthly Theme: Journey
Rev. Greg Ward
As a young boy, I grew up in a family with a complicated and confusing relationship to money. We didn't have any. My siblings and I watched as our parents worked multiple jobs to help us get by. But that just cost us in different ways. Money – and conversations about it – brought up feelings of tension, anxiety, despair, and even anger. But there was one moment that cut through everything and spoke volumes about what we felt was missing:  our value, our worth, and our future. On our Stewardship Kickoff we will talk about the antidote to shame and guilt regarding money. And we’ll have a New Member Ceremony.

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February 24, 2019
Curiosity as a Spiritual Practice
Monthly Theme: Trust
Rev. Dana Worsnop

In our culture we are quick to leap to conclusions and make assumptions about other people and their beliefs. We all might be better served by adopting a practice of starting with curiosity. A pithy dictum: Be curious, not furious. How might such a practice change how you move through the world?

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February 17, 2019
A Padded Room
Monthly Theme: Trust
Robin Stillwater
A sermon on racism by a white person for white people.  **Trigger Warning/Content Warning**

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February 10, 2019 - 5:00pm
Heart and Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service @ 5 p.m. - "What Does it Mean to Be a Community of Trust?"
Monthly Theme: Trust
James Witker
Heart and Soul is a contemplative worship service series that usually occurs on the second Sunday of each month. It is a shorter, more intimate service, with singing, 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.
 
Please note audio is currently unavailable for Heart & Soul services.
February 10, 2019
Myths and Realities of True Love
Monthly Theme: Trust
Rev. Greg Ward
Falling in love is the euphoric moment when we discover someone with the unique combination of what you've always wanted and needed: attention, acceptance, appeciation, affection, allowance - what David Richo calls 'the 5 A's of Love'.  And, somehow, you muster the courage to go all in.  You find - or borrow - enough to lower the powerful shield of our ego, and rejoice and make promises that bind you in that reunion with connection.  But there are downsides as well.  As he has just announced his engagement, this is Rev. Greg's chance to talk about the promises and pitfalls of True Love.

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February 3, 2019
Picking the Worst Hymn (and Other Firing Squad Offenses)
Monthly Theme: Trust
Rev. Greg Ward
Trust - and Faith - are commodities that religion is known to supply.  But when your denomination tends reject faith healing, miracles and messianic references, it might not seem so surprising if, when you find yourself at a moment where a little extra trust and faith are needed, the shelves in your church where you'd expect them to be kept simply show a small sign saying, 'out of stock - check back with the store manager next week.'  But, we all know, no one can supply trust.  It's something we have to manufacture ourselves.

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