Category Archives: Sermons

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: If You’re Not Right, You’re Wrong (audio only)

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister
In an increasingly polarized world, politically, socially, and emotionally, it’s hard to find a way through to compassionate interaction. Does dualism serve us or does it do more harm than good? You already know my answer (it’s yes to both possibilities) but come to the service anyway to reflect on how and why.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.

Sermon: Is Waiting the Hardest Part (audio only)

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper
Is Waiting the Hardest Part?
The Angel Gabriel said to Mary, “Do not be afraid.” And she wasn’t. Or so the story goes. Advent is a time of waiting and preparation, a journey of the soul. Whatever it is we seek, wherever we may travel, waiting is part of the process.Click on title to continue.

Sermon: Digging Back In (audio & text)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
Digging Back In
While Americans struggle with division and disparity, some people are finding hope with renewed interest in the case for progressive government that puts the common good first. It’s time to dig back in. Click on title to continue.

Sermon: Walden- A UU Celebration

Walden-A UU Celebration
Gordon Clark, Narrator
Henry David Thoreau was the perfect back-to-nature preservationist and anti-business protester; a crank and a hermit saint. He was avidly anti-slavery and avidly pro-nature. Often dismissed during his lifetime, today he has become the revered patron of ecology and non-violent civil disobedience. Thoreau’s writings of the 1840s remain astonishingly prescient and imaginative today. We will dive deeply into this amazing work, using a delivery created by our congregant Clark Olsen and featuring the music of Thoreau’s contemporary Franz Peter Schubert.