Monthly Archives: September 2017

Sermon: The Power of Proximity (audio only)

September 24, 2017
Rev. Lisa Bovee Kemper, Associate Minister
In order to make the change we hope for, to create the just world we imagine, we must be in relationship. Relationships within this congregation and outside of it mater to the work we do. Brian Stevenson calls it “getting proximate” in his book, “Just Mercy.” Let’s talk about what it means to build a culture of sanctuary within and beyond this congregation. Click on title to continue.

Sermon: Practice, Practice (audio and text)

September 17, 2017
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
The old saw about how you get to Carnegie Hall has much the same answer as the question, what is the path to spiritual maturity: Practice, Practice. Today we’ll explore what kinds of practices we should consider adopting to life a spiritually satisfying life. Click on title to continue.

Sermon: You Who Loves Lovers, This is Your Home, Welcome! (audio & text)

Sunday, September 10,
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
As they so often are, the words of the Sufi master Rumi are over the top, almost nonsensical: “you that love lovers,” what’s that supposed to mean? It is his way of pointing us to truths that, due to fear, shame, shyness and more, lie unanswered in our hearts. So, we begin our fall worship season in a spirit of welcome, opening the door to some of those truths.Click on title to continue.

Shall We Be Sanctuary

It was last March that we at UUCA hosted a gathering of hundreds of people who took part in a peaceful march in Asheville in support of undocumented immigrants and in protest of accelerating arrests and deportations that were tearing apart people’s lives. Ever since then many of our members have been in conversation about
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Sermon: A Few of My Favorite Things (audio only)

Sunday, September 3, 2017
Rev. Jeff Jones, Guest Minister
Downsizing is often seen as a rite-of-passage as we get older. But what if living with fewer material possessions was a way of life? And as I will suggest in my sermon, material clutter is not the only baggage we might carry with us in life. Click on the title to continue.