Category Archives: Sermons

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: 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.

Sermon: Leaves From the American Family Tree (audio only)

Rev. Clark Olsen, Coordinator
Triggered by a UUCA Auction offering, some UUCA members got together and shared stories of their grandparents and other ancestors. From our sharing, we have created a Sunday service of stories and music designed to remind everyone that we are a part of a diverse human family with many memories and emotions that bring a richness to our lives. We will share some of those stories in the hope that all who attend will remember something, share some of their own stories and feel a deep sense of belonging to each other and to our larger family. click on title to continue.

Sermon: None Shall Be Compelled-A Celebration of Torda (audio only)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
We begin the New Year with a celebration one of the oldest documents of our tradition: the Diet of Torda, a declaration of religious freedom and freedom of conscience in Transylvania by the Unitarian King John Sigismund. This January marks the 450th anniversary of that document, the first such declaration by any king in Europe and a powerful inspiration in the evolution of our religious movement. Click on title to continue.