Category Archives: Sermons

Body Work (Audio & text)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
Body Work
Too often our religious life seems stuck in the clouds – great thoughts about deep, spiritual things. Today we’ll make the case that spiritual awareness has another center in the body that informs our sense of well-being and hope.Click on title to continue.

The Tiniest Nail: Mary Oliver’s Retelling of the World (no audio or text available)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
The Tiniest Nail: Mary Oliver’s Retelling of the World
“May I be the tiniest nail in the house of the universe, tiny but useful.” The poet Mary Oliver used those words in an essay to describe how she saw her calling. Today we’ll use Oliver’s poetry as a guide to how we are each called to be present in the world.

Practicing Resurrection (audio only)

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper Associate Minister
Practicing Resurrection
As Unitarian Universalists, we enter ancient religious stories not to find fact or dogma, but to seek wisdom about the nature of the holy and of our human experiences. Join us as explore the sacred story of Easter. Click on title to continue.

The Point of Balance (audio only)

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister
The Point of Balance
Light and Dark, Yin and Yang, Hot and Cold… When opposites are completely balanced, the result is stasis, yet we seem to constantly seek balance. The days approaching the Vernal Equinox are a good time to consider the concept of balance, both philosophically and literally.Click on title to continue.

Rising of the Sap (audio & text)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
Rising of the Sap
With the coming of spring, the world around us awakens. This week we’ll explore this process through what scientists are learning about trees and the lessons they offer us for the connection of all life on Earth. Click on title to continue.

Sermon: Teach Them Well (audio only)

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister
Teach Them Well
How, exactly, are we supposed to respond to yet another school shooting? This will not be a call to action about sending letters to your representatives or marching for gun control. I trust you already know that you should do that, and how. Now, this Sunday, we’re going biblical, to the story of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac. We’ll explore the things we teach the children, and what we can learn from them.( Click on title to continue.

Sermon: Stories of Us-Plus One (audio only)

Rev. Mary Katherine Morn
Stories of Us-Plus One
This Sunday was Celebration Sunday.
Rev. Mary Katherine Morn has served for four years as the Director of Stewardship and Development and Special Advisor to the President at the UUA. Before her work at the UUA, Mary Katherine served for 27 years in congregational ministry, in Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. Mary Katherine considers fundraising just another way to do ministry—inviting and inspiring the best we each have to give back to the world. Mary Katherine is married to John Rakestraw and they have a young adult son. click on title to continue.

Sermon: Persevering With a Practice of Equipoise (audio only)

Rev. Nan White, Guest Minister
Persevering With a Practice of Equipoise
The world in which we live is asking us to persevere in a practice that demands the ability to move gracefully through our diverse identities, rather than just raging against a chosen singular identity. Let’s discover together how such a practice becomes a spiritual practice for UU’s and how it might influence our giving.

Sermon: Weighing Worth: The Spirituality of Money (audio & text )

Weighing Worth: The Spirituality of Money
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
No matter who we are, no matter how much of it we have, money shapes our lives. Is it the root of all evil or a tool for good? That can depend on how we see it and the role it plays in our lives. Today we’ll wrestle with how our relationship to money shapes our spiritual lives.Click on title to continue.