Upcoming Sermons


June 26 & July 2016

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

June's Theme:
"What does it mean to be a people of simplicity?"

June 26
"To Exist is to Resist"
with Maria Filippone, D.O., member ; Celebrant: Carissa Fields

Member Maria Filippone will share her experiences from a medical delegation trip to Gaza this past January. Come and hear the stories she was lucky to bear witness to and get a glimpse into the lives of the beautiful forgotten people of Gaza. Your heart will burst wide open. Help her explore what it means to resist in the most horrific and terrifying circumstances. Come prepared to leave this sacred space changed.

July 3

 with Fred Van Liew; Celebrant: Barb Martin
More information to come.

July 10
"Reflections on Learning"
with Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Chancy Bittner

Rev. Erin will reflect on some of the ideas and books she is engaging during her study leave.

July 17
"Learning to Listen"
with Rev, Steven Protzman, UU Society of Iowa City; Celebrant: Barb Martin

It is said that we often listen to reply rather than understand.  What does it mean to truly listen and how can we cultivate the spiritual practice of listening? As we reflect on our mission to be a place that invites people into a respectful, authentic and joyful religious community that nurtures meaningful connections, let us renew our commitment to the deeper relationships that happen when we listen to one another and to the yearnings of our hearts.  Speaking today during Rev. Stringer's sabbatical will be the Rev. Steven Protzman, who has served the Iowa City congregation since 2011.

July 24
"Rocking Chairs and Hot Air Balloons"
with Rev. Kent McKusick, UU Fellowship of Ames; Celebrant: Garrett McGuire

Whenever I return to my home state of Maine, I remember tall tales and folk stories my grandfather told, some of them even true!  His stories made me laugh, and many were passed from generation to generation.  Stories are frequently a reminder to not take ourselves too seriously, to find humor during the hard times, and that living in a caring community is more easily accomplished with a sense of humor. Story telling is a spiritual practice! 

July 31
with Rev. Jay Wolin, UU Congregation of the Quad Cities in Davenport, IA; Celebrant: Chris Paxson

In Douglas Adams book the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy the “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe and Everything” is 42. In multiple interviews, Adams has said it was a joke, and he just made up the number. My mind immediately jumped to this “Question” when I saw the Movie 42 a couple of years ago about the baseball player Jackie Robinson. I will explore the connections and its implication for our religion.