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Sermon Archives

There are transcripts available to read for most sermons. To access the transcript, select the linked sermon title; to listen to a sermon, click on the audio of sermons link near the sermon title.

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March 26, 2017
Here and New

Rev. Liz Lerner Maclay

Risk and Brokenness are the themes Rev. Liz Lerner Maclay will be exploring. What matters now, in this time of turmoil and challenge? What matters here, in this congregation that has built itself as a place for real faith and real love in the real world? A congregation like UUCSS is precious, a resource to be cherished by us all. The friendships, loves, lives that have hallowed and lifted and deepened our church are still tangible among us. The imperatives to friendship, love and living our faith are more important than ever. This service will be about witness and testaments to the beauty and power of the congregation that is a sacred center for so many of us.


March 19, 2017
I Dream a World

Rev. John T. Crestwell, Jr.

Today we will directly address what is leading the nationalistic impulse and dissect why our UU dream–as well as Langston Hughes’– have very different understandings of peace, liberty and justice for all. Our guest minister, Rev. John T. Crestwell, Jr. is the called Associate Minister at the UU Church of Annapolis, Maryland and Lead Minister of AWAKE, a ministry promoting social/emotional literacy competencies as well as intercultural and racial reconciliation.


March 12, 2017

Rev. Liz Lerner Maclay


March 5, 2017
Repairing the World

Rev. Dr. Robert Harvey

Risk and Brokenness are the themes we’ll be exploring this March. Rev. Dr. Robert Harvey, Rector of Church of Our Savior, just a couple of blocks down New Hampshire Ave from UUCSS, will be preaching this Sunday. Part of the topic will be the task of Tikkun Olam ‘repairing the world.’ He will look at that ideal and what it might mean as an imperative for all people, bearing in mind that as the bumper sticker reminds us “minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.” As funny as that sounds, much of our polarized world today wouldn’t understand the deep wisdom behind that bumper sticker. Today it seems having an open mind is thought to be, at best, “wishy-washy” or at worst, some kind of heretic to be burned at the stake. Rev. Dr. Harvey’s mind will be wide open as he and UUCSS learn more about each other.


February 19, 2017
Waiting for the World to Change

Gwendolyn Rhodes

Listen to church member Gwendolyn Rhodes share about challenges from her life that have helped her growth and understanding that love is letting go of fear. Searching for our own ability to love and let go of fear can help us move past “waiting for the world to change.” In the words of Khalil Gibran, “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”


February 12, 2017
Kirtan Worship service

An exploration of our monthly ministry of Creation through a wide variety of Hindu creation stories and chants. Kirtan is a call and response style chanting prayer that is practiced in several religious traditions. This service was lead by Gita Krista Zember and our Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay.


January 29, 2017
Shipping off to Boston – insights and adventures from the 2016 YRUU trip

UUCSS Youth Group- YRUU


January 22, 2017
Bread and Roses 2017

Rev. Liz Lerner Maclay


January 15, 2017
Are We Still Dreaming?

Rev. Liz Lerner Maclay and the UUCSS Diversity Team

Edith Salazar, with the support of the Diversity Team, delivers her sermon "Are We Still Dreaming" based upon her trip to the border with the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice to bear witness to the traumas suffered by peoples struggling to escape poverty and violence and immigrate to the United States. Come be together as Edith leads us through the flesh and blood experience of immigration and helps us to find our historical and spiritual bearings in understanding and responding to the struggles of our Latin and Central American brothers and sisters.


January 8, 2017
Good Grief: Grace Happens

UUCSS Members and Friends: Sara Tarr, Gwendolyn Rhodes and Lynn Edmiston

Grace comes to us when we are revealing the heartache we carry, the sorrows we have shouldered for decades. The prophesy is that grace happens. The UUCSS Good Grief: Grace Happens sessions offered space to create a powerful shared value, a living community. Actions within that circle of welcome promoted deep listening and respectful attention as well as creating a container strong enough to receive each others’ most painful and sorrowful revelations.


January 1, 2017
Annual Jazz Sunday

various musicians


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