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.

July 23, 2000 - 5:00pm
Love Is the Every Only God
The Rev. Paul Sawyer, Guest Speaker

(One Service at 1030 a.m.) Using the poetry of Unitarian Universalists e.e. cummings and William Carlos Williams, we will speak of the centrality of love to the working of the human cosmos and the role of forgiveness. The Rev. Paul Sawyer is Minister at Throop Memorial Church, Pasadena. Music Betsy Bogart, Singer

July 9, 2000 - 5:00pm
Peace Begins at Home
The Rev. Sandie Richards, Guest Speaker

(One Service at 1030 a.m.) These days there is so much to do work, family and social justice pursuits all demand our attention. Thomas Merton says that overcommitting causes as much violence as other sources. Are we doing more harm by not attending to ourselves in the midst of all these demands? The Rev. Sandie Richards is Minister at the Church in Ocean Park, and works alongside Judith in the Westside Interfaith Council and on social justice issues in Santa Monica. Music David Ellis, Guitar

June 18, 2000 - 5:00pm
A Universalist's View of the World
The Rev. Judith Meyer

In his recent book, The Triumph of Meanness, Nicolaus Mills writes that American society has become so selfish and fragmented, we are no longer capable of achieving "social justice on the basis of a broad universalism." Unitarian Universalists may be among the few who still believe it is possible. Are we moving hopelessly out of step or carrying much needed hope? Music for 930 a.m. service Michael Lamb, Tenor

June 11, 2000 - 5:00pm
Religious Education Sunday
Judy Tomlinson, Director of Religious Education, leader

If you wonder what the children and youth do when they leave the sanctuary every Sunday, come this Sunday and find out. This year we became familiar with our Unitarian and Universalist forebears and examined UU values. On RE Sunday, each class makes a presentation about important aspects from their year of learning. It is sure to be full of surprises and insight. We will honor the volunteers who make it all possible. Music for 930 a.m. service Melissa Reiner, Violin

June 4, 2000 - 5:00pm
Recoiling Rubber Rounds
The Rev. Jim Conn, guest speaker

We welcome back to our pulpit the Rev. Jim Conn, whose sermon is about "how listening to Rilke changed my ride home..." Jim is currently urban strategist for the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Music for 9:30 a.m. service Dreya Weber, Voice and Guitar

May 28, 2000 - 5:00pm
Memorial Day Service
The Rev. Judith Meyer

How will memory serve us as the events and people this day commemorates recede into the past? What must we take care never to forget? How will it matter?

May 21, 2000 - 5:00pm
The Transforming Spirit
The Rev. Judith Meyer

Everyone says we are experiencing a resurgence of spirituality these days, but if that is so, then why is the world becoming a harsher and less forgiving place? Spirituality does not amount to much if we pursue it without concern for others. The service includes a Welcoming Ceremony for new members of the congregation.

May 14, 2000 - 5:00pm
A Radical Woman
The Rev. Judith Meyer

The nineteenth century produced some remarkable women, especially Margaret Fuller, who spent the last three years of her life in Rome covering (and abetting) the republican revolution as a journalist and partisan. Given the radical roots of Mother's Day in Julia Ward Howe's historic anti-war proclamation of the same era, this Sunday is a good day to look into their activities.

May 7, 2000 - 5:00pm
Unitarian Universalism in 25 Words or Less
The Rev. Ricky Hoyt, guest speaker

There's nothing more frightening than the casual questions of friends and strangers who ask "What's Unitarian Universalism?" We know who we are, but how can we explain the depth of this complex and wonderful faith in a clear and attractive way? Our difficulty in answering the simple questions of religion is an identity problem we must tackle if we want our churches and our movement to grow. Ricky Hoyt is minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills, La Crescenta.

April 30, 2000 - 5:00pm
Sweet Dreams in America A New Spirit for Social Witness
The Rev. Silvio Nardoni, guest speaker

The effective channeling of our religious values into social programs is a perennial problem for Unitarian Universalist congregations. Each of us has our favorite cause, and action on any particular issue can produce unintended effects, both within and outside our community. This sermon takes the position that these obstacles are more apparent than real. The Rev. Silvio Nardoni, a member of our congregation, is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where he and Judith Meyer were classmates. Best known to our congregation for his popular August sermon series on spirituality and film, Silvio is an attorney at law in Glendale.