Upcoming Sermons

May 2015

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

May's Theme:
"What does it mean to be a people of tradition?"

May 3
"What are We Doing on Sunday Anyway?"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Bill Allen

In a world beset with earthquakes, injustice, inequity, and “riots”, what exactly are we doing as we participate in the Sunday morning tradition this church has shared for more than 137 years? Are we worshiping? If so, what?

May 10
"From Whence We Came"
with Linda Barnes, Ministerial Intern; Celebrant: Lyra Halsten

While we don’t always appreciate what’s been handed down to us, at least not initially, each of us comes from somewhere and someone. This Mother’s Day, Linda will explore how we are shaped by what we inherit and why it matters.

May 17
"Reason and Experience as Our Guide"
with Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Carissa Fields

When a moral stance is sought, religions generally turn to scripture, tradition, reason, and or experience for answers. While some religions emphasize scripture and tradition, Unitarian Universalists have traditionally turned to reason and experience. Yet, how do we ensure that our reason is reasonable and our experience is interpreted in moral ways? Rev. Erin shares some of the practices our tradition has used to do just this.

May 24
"Traditions to Pass On"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Mike Shaw

On this Memorial Day weekend, Mark will invite us to consider the traditions we have received and the traditions we would most want to hand down to those who will follow.

May 31
"What's on Your Mind?"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Lyra Halsten

In our church governance structure, the congregation runs the annual meeting and your ministers are mostly just observers (albeit very interested ones!). So, for this service that immediately precedes our 11:00am annual meeting, Mark will return to a tradition of fielding your questions on his perceptions of the future of the church, our ministry together, or anything else that may be on your mind, theological or otherwise. As is our tradition, attendees will write their questions on index cards at the beginning of the service and Mark will get to as many of them as he can.