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Sermon Archives

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2016

May 22, 2016
Where's The Fire?

Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay

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May 15, 2016
Circle of Life

Sarah Gonzalez, CRE, Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay, Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley

Unitarian Universalists all over the world begin worship each Sunday by lighting a chalice, connecting us across geographic, theological, and a variety of other differences. But how did the flaming chalice become such a core part of our faith? Join us to explore the history of this precious symbol and to participate in two of our most sacred rituals; our child dedication ceremony and our bridging ceremony.

 

May 8, 2016
Flowers of Thy Heart: A Mother's Day Service

Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley

Be among the flowers that are busy being born, especially on this lovely Mother's Day! A poet writes,

He looked beneath his shirt today at a wound in his breast so deep and wideFrom that wound, a lovely flower grew from somewhere deep inside

Out of the struggles in life arise the most lovely of possibilities. What is being born within you on this day? What flowers are gently growing out of the rainfall?

 

May 1, 2016
Fire

Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay

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April 24, 2016
The Journey

Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay

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April 17, 2016
Annual Young Religious UU (YRUU) Service

UUCSS YRUU

Thoughtful, unpredictable, provocative annual service produced and presented by UUCSS youth.

 

April 10, 2016
Truths About Freedom and Women in Religion

Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay and Tazeen Ahmad, Ahmadiya International Women\'s Auxiliary

This Sunday we’ll have a sermonic dialogue to explore some myths and truths about women in religion using our experiences in Islam and Unitarian Universalism. How are women free and how are women constrained in these religions - constrained even at times by that same freedom we applaud? How much are the experiences of a Muslim woman actually those we see portrayed in the media - or in our own assumptions? And how much are the experiences of a UU woman, and minister, those we expect them to be given our long history of ordaining women and the female majority in our ministry these days? Some answers are likely to surprise you. Rev Liz and her good friend Tazeen, a leader in the Ahmadiya International Women’s Auxiliary, look forward to this dialogue with each other and to sharing it in worship next Sunday. Hope to see you there! Friends and neighbors, as always, are very welcome. There will be a story for all ages delivered by DRE Sarah Gonzalez.

 

April 3, 2016
Freedom, Reason and Tolerance

Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley

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March 27, 2016
Easter Service

Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay, Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley and Michael Holmes, Music Director

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March 20, 2016
Bringing Forth What is Within You – A Gnostic View of Redemption

Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay

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March 13, 2016
Annual Blessing of the Animals Service

Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay

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March 6, 2016
Poems, Prayers and Presidents

Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley

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February 28, 2016
Coming of Age Service

Coming of Age Youth

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February 21, 2016
The Story of Beauty

Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley

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February 14, 2016
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Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay

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February 7, 2016
The Right Way

UUCSS Racial Justice Task Force, Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay and Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley

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January 31, 2016
The Theology of Privilege

Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley

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January 24, 2016
In Search of...

Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay

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January 17, 2016
Waking Up and Staying Awake

Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay and Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley

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January 10, 2016
Kirtan Multigenerational Worship Servive

Gita Krista Zember, Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay, Sarah Gonzalez, DRE

Join us this Sunday for a Kirtan Multigenerational Worship Service for all ages exploring kirtan. Kirtan is a call and response style chanting prayer that is practiced in several religious traditions. We will be experiencing kirtan chants exploring the Hindu tradition on Sunday led by Gita Krista Zember, Rev. Liz, and DRE Sarah Gonzalez. Let's explore our monthly ministry of Creation through the wide variety of Hindu creation stories and chants!

 

January 3, 2016
A Theology of Healing- Part One

Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley

Tender words are spoken at children’s bedsides in the home. Urgent prayers are uttered in the hospital. Grace is offered as we gather, before the breaking of the bread. All to the ends of good, continued health. But what is our theology of healing? On what set of conditions does our spiritual health depend? How do we foster health within ourselves and with one another? As 2016 begins, how will we grow?

 

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