Archive for the 'Sermons' Category

July 15, 2018 - No Going Back

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Our world is changing quickly, so often in ways that are in deep conflict with our values. From immigration, to climate change, to foreign affairs, we wonder what to do with our despair, fear, and disorientation. Historically, religious liberals have seen ourselves as charged to keep catastrophe at bay by fixing the world’s brokenness and re-building the world in its proper shape. Instead, what if we imagined the Apocalypse not as a future event, but as one that is already behind us? How would we understand the task at hand? How might this worldview help us understand our role in the emergence of our shared future?

Call to Worship and Sermon by Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink


July 8, 2018 - Awakenings

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, it becomes essential to have open and honest discussions about consent, sexuality, and relationships. Every culture has specific (usually implicit) codes for dating, sex, and intimacy, and these codes are changing and adapting. Our lives also are an ever-evolving journey of awakenings, and we regularly emerge into new ways of being as do our partners, family, and friends. How do we realize and express these emerging desires in mature and healthy ways?

Call to Worship by Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink, Sermon by Jack Gaede


June 24, 2018 - There Is No Spoon: Moving Beyond White Fear and Getting to Work On Racial Justice

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Our Unitarian Universalist faith calls upon us to seek equity and racial justice in our individual lives and work. But it is not always clear what that looks like or how we break through personal barriers that may be holding us back. First Universalist Church Board of Trustees President,  Eric Cooperstein shares part of his journey into racial justice work outside of our Church and what is emerging for him from that process.

Call to Worship by Rev. Ruth MacKenzie, Sermon by Eric Cooperstein


July 1, 2018 - The 18″ Pilgrimage

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

The work of social transformation and racial justice can be personally taxing, toxic, and tyrannical. Jumping into the fight for racial justice ill-equipped to hold space and follow leadership has led to many lasting wounds in the movement toward collective liberation. The 18″ Pilgrimage is an exploratory sermon on navigating the inner-workings of the personal and intimate self-work before engaging in social/racial justice work. It is a sermon comprised of story and observation of intersectional justice work with impacted communities and frontline UUs.

Call to Worship by Rev. Justin Schroeder, sermon by Pastor Danny Givens, MUUSJA Statewide Organizer and Senior Pastor of Above Every Name Ministries. 


June 17, 2018 Behind the Wall

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Why should we remember criminals? What role can liberals play inside the prison? Is there space in your heart for the unlovable? Rev. Karen Hutt will take you to prison with her and help you unlock the challenges of the heart for those inside and outside the wall.

Call to Worship by Rev. Ruth MacKenzie and Sermon by Rev. Karen Hutt


June 10, 2018 Sermon by Lena K. Gardner - Endless Emergence

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

June 3, 2018 Homily by Rev. Justin Schroeder and Rev. Jen Crow - What Is Lighting Us Up?

Monday, June 4th, 2018

May 27, 2018 Sermon by Rev. Justin Schroeder - What Are We Remembering?

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

May 13, 2018 Homily by Rev. Jen Crow - Laboring for Love

Monday, May 14th, 2018

May 6, 2018 Sermon by Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink - Open to New Life

Thursday, May 10th, 2018