Upcoming Sermons

August 2016

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

August 7
"Beyond Belief"

with Rev. Steven Protzman, UU Society of Iowa City; Celebrant: Elaine Imlau
Unitarian Universalism is often described as a religion where you can believe anything you want to, but what if UUA President Peter Morales is right when he says that belief is the enemy of religion? What would a religion beyond belief look like? Speaking today and offering a new vision of Unitarian Universalism as a religion based on love rather than belief will be the Rev. Steven Protzman, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City.

August 14
"Temperamentally Unfit?"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Terry Meek

Mark returns to the pulpit following his sabbatical with a meditation on what it means to be human as the world seems to be going awry.

August 21
"Living as We are Meant to Live"
with Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink, Minister of Membership and Adult Ministries at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis; Celebrant: Garrett McGuire

The poet Wendell Berry reminds us that the spiritual journey is not a journey of miles, but the journey of one inch "by which we arrive at the ground at our feet, and learn to be at home." What would it look like to resist the cultural scripts and guidelines that are fed to us and learn to be at home in our lives and in our most authentic calling? Join us as we consider vocation, tenacity, and authenticity in the spiritual journey.
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink serves First Universalist Church of Minneapolis as Minister of Membership and Adult Ministries. A graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, she has also served as a hospital chaplain in Charleston, South Carolina and the UU campus minister at the University of California at Davis.

August 28
"Faith for the 21st Century"
with Rev. Brian Eslinger, Community Minister

Religion is playing a major role in many of the conflicts around the world and close to home. But are these nationalistic, divisive forms of religion all that faith has to offer in this new century? We will explore emerging attitudes about religion and what our Unitarian Universalist tradition might have to contribute to this discussion.