Upcoming Sermons

January 31 & February 2016

Sunday Services at 9:15 and 11:00 a.m.

January's Theme:
"What does it mean to be a people of resistance?"

January 31
"Steadying Ourselves in a Rocky Boat"
with Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Elaine Imlau

We often face resistance when changing the status quo at work, school or in our relationships. What fortitude and spiritual centering is needed to persist in the face of resistance? Rev. Erin will share some of her experiences and questions.

February's Theme:
"What does it mean to be a people of desire?"

February 7
"What I Most Want You to Know"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Bill Allen

“What is the one thing you most want the congregation to know that you are not sure they do?” a member asked Mark a few months back. Such a good question! Mark’s answer came quickly and he’s looking forward to sharing it with us as we kick off our 2016-2017 Budget Drive—“Funding the Church We Desire.”

February 14
"High Desire/Low Desire?"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Jon Royal

In all relationships, romantic and otherwise, there tend to be differences in desire between the partners. Depending on the topic at hand, one partner may be considered “high desire” and the other partner, comparatively speaking, “low desire”. How might we best navigate these differences toward differentiation and mutual respect rather than toward alienation and victimhood?

February 21
"Light Will Someday Split You Open"
with Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Chris Paxson

We learn from life’s difficulties and also life’s joys. As we explore being a people of desire, let us recall the times when it was what we desired, or the light, as the poet Rumi writes, that split us open and expanded our hearts for the better.

February 28
"Only Connect"
with Rev. Dr. Larry Peers; Celebrant: Carla Hicklin

“Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon,” wrote E.M. Forrester in the book, Howard’s End. In a time when we can hardly avoid the interconnections of our lives or the inseparability of social issues—what could it mean for us, as Forrester adds in a later verse, to “Live in fragments no longer.” This could be at the heart of what it means to "be human religiously."

Rev. Dr. Lawrence Peers works with clergy and lay leaders across many faith traditions and serves as a Director of Learning of the Pastoral Excellence Network (PEN). Larry served as a senior consultant with the Alban Institute for 11 years, and prior to that as the Director of Congregational Development for the Unitarian Universalist Association. He holds a doctoral degree in organizational change from Pepperdine University and a D.Min. in congregational studies from Hartford Seminary, where he has also served as adjunct faculty. He earned master’s degrees at Boston University (theology) and Antioch University (developmental clinical psychology) and a B.A. at Eckerd College.