Upcoming Sermons

August 2015

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

August 2
"Hope for the Long Haul"
with guest Jordinn Nelson Long; Celebrant: Bill Allen

As we confront challenges that we have no chance of solving completely, how do Unitarian Universalists maintain hope? Should we even try? Join guest and Meadville Lombard Seminarian Jordinn Nelson Long as we stake a bold claim on joy and optimism, even amid discouragement.

August 9
"Black Lives Matter"
with Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Petra Lange

Newcomers often share that the reason they came to our church was to find like-minded community and a place where they can take a stand for social justice. Even when connection and justice are our goals, some of us find ourselves reluctant to engage each other. Rev. Erin will speak to what holds us back and what helps pave the way for meaningful connection and action with others. On this one year anniversary of Michael Brown's death, let us ask ourselves what we are willing to do to end white supremacy and affirm Black Lives Matter.

August 16
"In Service To?"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Carla Hicklin

In a recent correspondence with a local legislator, Mark was thanked for his “service to the Lord,” which made him reflective about the kind of “lord” he aims to serve.

August 23
"Dignity, Grace, and the Moral Arc"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Lizzie Mora

Same-sex marriage upheld as a right, the Confederate flag being removed, and mass incarceration being more broadly questioned are among several cultural shifts we have been seeing this summer. What shifts may be yet to come and what roles will we play?

August 30
"Blending the Waters"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Carissa Fields

Our annual “blending of the waters” celebration, a ritual that reminds us of all that we bring to our congregation and how our contributions of time, talent and treasure come together to create something greater than we could ever achieve on our own. As is our custom, we will all bring a small amount of water from our summer travels, or even from our taps at home. After we each take a turn sharing from where our water comes and/or what it symbolizes, we will pour it into a common bowl as a way of acknowledging how our lives are held and blend in this place we call church. A service of meaningful connections for all ages.