Upcoming Sermons

February22 & March 2015

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

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

February 22
"Found in Translation"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Mike Shaw

In a January sermon, Mark mentioned how his journey of faith has evolved from a tendency to too quickly dismiss the faithful perspectives of others towards a desire to respectfully translate these perspectives for himself into more accessible understandings. He will tell us more about this kind of translating and will share with us the importance of it for what he thinks is faithful Unitarian Universalism.

March's Theme:
"What does it mean to be a people of resilience?"

March 1
"Alive in This Moment"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Jon Royal

Where do we find the resilience to live with and through the challenges of our time, especially when things can seem so bleak? How can we be present in ways that matter to whatever may come next? Inspired by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Mark will consider some possibilities.

March 8
"I am First Unitarian, Too"
with the High School Youth Group (YRUU); Celebrant: Andrea Quinn

As a reminder that they too have a distinct voice, members of the high school youth group will share their everyday experiences as Unitarian Universalists and also address how they explain their faith community to others, even in challenging situations.

March 15
"Resilient by Nature"
with Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Elaine Imlau

What can nature teach us about resilience? What might an ecosystem's ability to rebound after disaster teach us about life and ourselves?

March 22
"Failing to Succeed?"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Lizzie Mora

One form of resilience is the willingness to adapt, to learn from mistakes and to follow new directions. Therefore, a people of resilience would be willing to fail, knowing that failure is a means to success, or at least to a better understanding of what may still be possible and how we might get there. Right?

March 29
"The Long and Winding Road"
with Rev. Brian Eslinger; Celebrant: Carla Hicklin

Our efforts to try and create a just and compassionate world too often seem to be for naught, as the pendulum of history mercilessly swings. Yet if we recall the resilience of our forebears in their difficult quest for justice, we will realize the reality of hope and possibility too great to refute.