Category Archives: Sermons

What Hope Looks LIke (audio & text)

Sunday, September 23, 2018
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
In discouraging times we look for a source of hope. This week we turn to a historical figure from our Universalist history, the teacher, preacher and activist Clarence Skinner, who served in the perilous first half of the 20th century, for some thoughts about what hope looks like. Click on title to continue.

A Vision for Faith Development (audio only)

Sunday, September 16
Rev. Claudia Jiménez,
We will explore two questions and their importance to our UUCA community: What is faith development? How does a non-creedal faith engage in faith development? Rev. Jiménez will share her vision for how faith development grounds us in our ability to live out our core values of connection, inspiration, compassion, and justice. Click on title to continue.

I Can See Clearly (audio only)

Sunday, September 9, 2019
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
So much obscures our sight that we can be easily lost. Today as we begin our fall worship season we celebrate how religious community can clear our vision and awaken us to lives of compassion and hope. Click on title to continue.

Practicing UUs (no audio or text)

Sunday, September 2, 2018
Iris Hardin, Guest Speaker
What does it mean to be a practicing Unitarian Universalist? Iris Hardin shares stories from her work as a multi-faith chaplain and reflects on the impact of our faith beyond the walls of the congregation.

Bio: Iris Hardin, MDiv, facilitates Advance Care Planning for the Mission Health System. Prior to relocating to Asheville in 2017 with her spouse Clyde, she worked in the Boston area as a Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplain and Bereavement Counselor. Before joining UUCA, Iris and Clyde were longtime members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Reading, MA, where they raised their 5 children.

Joining the Story-Water Service (no audio or text)

Sunday, August 26, 2018
Rev. Claudia Jiménez, Minister of Faith Development
We humans are part of a story that goes far back beyond the memory of our species. With help once again of giant puppets from the Asheville Puppet Collective, we will explore that story and where we fit into it. For this multigenerational service, please plan to bring water from a special place in your life to share in our bowl of many waters.

We Are Each Other’s Angels (audio only)

Sunday, August 19, 2018
Lisa Forehand, Guest Speaker
Angels are often thought to be heavenly emissaries who are sent to bring messages to earth. What if angels are not winged wearing long robes, but rather are mere mortals just like us? Can we be earthly angels to each other? Lisa will share her experience hiking the Make-a-Wish Trailblaze Challenge where on the 28.3 miles she was blessed to encounter all sorts of angels. Click on title to continue.

Transitions and Possibilities (audio & text)

August 12, 2018
Rev. Claudia Jiménez, Minister of Faith Development
Join our newest staff member in a reflection on the challenges of transitions and the possibilities of new beginnings. It’s not just dramatic changes in our lives that invite us to revisit the goals and vision that propel us forward. Click on the title to continue.

What Are We Missing? (no audio or text available)

Sunday, August 5, 10am -Single Service
Chris Highland, Guest Speaker
With stories from his years of chaplaincy in jails, streets and a private school, his journey from faith to freethinking, and his deep delight in Nature, Chris will present central questions that awaken curiosity for both secular and spiritual people.

Chris Highland teaches classes on Freethought at the UNCA Reuter Center and writes the weekly “Highland Views” columns for the Asheville Citizen-Times. Now a humanist celebrant, he was an interfaith chaplain in jails and on streets in the San Francisco Bay area for decades. His new book, A Freethinker’s Gospel, will be published by Pisgah Press this fall. Chris and his wife, Carol, a Presbyterian minister, live in North Asheville.