Category Archives: Sermons

Finding Meaning in the Season (audio only)

Sunday, December 2, 2018
Rev. Claudia Jimenez, Minister of Faith Development
This is the time of year when many of our non-creedal congregations’ Christmas services and pageants invite us to reflect on our Unitarian Universalist Christian heritage and the meaning of the holiday season. What needs of the human spirit are met during this and other winter holiday observances? Join us in an exploration of how we can find meaning in the season and embrace theological generosity.Click on title to continue.

Staying Focused Amidst Chaos (no text or audio)

Sunday, November 25, 2018
Rev. Joe Hoffman, Guest Minister
How do we stay focused on love and justice in the midst of such chaos as we live in these days? How do we not become distracted and live in despair? How do we hold onto gratitude – and especially to notice the small gratitudes every day? How do we love those that seem to be our enemies? And yet, how do we remain committed to justice and equality..to not give up that passion?

Bio: Joe has served in 3 churches over the past 33 years in Charlotte, Atlanta, and from 1996-2015 as senior pastor at First Congregational UCC here in Asheville. He has focused on exploring the depths of meaning in our sacred stories and in developing public theologies that help us live more faithfully and courageously in the public arenas of our lives. He is now Imagining how to create mediating structures that help people who are moving from one faith tradition to another. Joe is a native of Asheville.

Remembering the Earth (Audio and Text)

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
I thought the Earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly,” writes Mary Oliver in her poem “sleeping in the Forest.” Our connection to Earth is primal, visceral, yet so often it slips our conscious awareness.Click on title to continue.

Together We Weave the World (audio only)

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Rev. Claudia Jimenez, Minister of Faith Development and Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
We are all called. The call comes from everywhere; from the past, the present, and the future. We are called by our ancestors, our children, and those who are yet to come to weave our lives together to continue the work of love and justice. We are called to weave a world of justice, peace, and beauty. Please plan to bring a photo of an ancestor of yours for us to honor on our Altar of Memory in the service.

Todos somos llamados. El llamado viene de todos lados; del pasado, del presente y del futuro. Nos llaman nuestros antepasados, nuestros niños, y los que aún no son a tejer nuestras vidas jun-tos para continuar el trabajo del amor y la justicia. Somos llamados a tejer un mundo de justicia, paz y belleza. Les invitamosa que traigan una foto de un antepasado suyo para honrar su memoria. Click on the title to continue.

And Now What? (audio & text)

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
We come to the end of another election season divided, frazzled and frustrated. What gift can we bring as a religious community to the healing and renewal of our nation? Click on title to continue.

Deeper Than the Skin (no audio or text)

Sunday, October 28
Greg Greenway, Guest Artist
Deeper Than The Skin is the phrase that Greg Greenway and his friend of 30 years, Reggie Harris, came up with to describe their relationship. Born three days apart and from two different cultures – one white, one African-American – they met on separate paths through the same geographic portal, Richmond, VA. This service tells the story of their lives through the lens of Greg’s southern upbringing and his journey to Unitarian Universalism. How do we come together? Where do we start? How do we reach beyond our comfort zone? The unadorned truth is our most powerful guide.

Bio: Greg Greenway, a folk musician who has toured solo internationally and released eight solo CDs, is one-third of the musical group Brother Sun, which has performed at the UU General Assembly and many years at the Southeast UU Summer Institute.

The Heart of Sanctuary (text only)

Sunday, October 21, 2018
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
The work of being sanctuary invites us to open our hearts in sometimes challenging ways. This week we’ll explore some of the strategies that guide us into this space. Click on the title to continue.

The Sanctuary of Certainty (audio only)

Sunday, October 14, 2018
Rev. Claudia Jiménez, Minister of Faith Development
Throughout our lives, we often dislodge some of the certainties we embraced. This Sunday, during our whole church service, we explore how certainty in our beliefs can provide refuge during difficult times as well keep us from being open to new ideas or experiences. As you prepare for Sunday worship you are invited to consider some of the “used-to-thinks” from your childhood and adulthood. Click on the title to continue.

Expanding Circles of Compassion (video)

Sunday, October 7, 2018
Rev. Michael Dowd, Guest Speaker
In these challenging times, this service will explore some of the ways we can widen our circles and so create greater compassion in the world.
Rev. Michael Dowd is a former pastor and author of the book “Thank God for Evolution.”Click on title to continue.