Category Archives: Sermons

Beginning the End (audio only)

May 27, 2018
Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister
Leavetaking isn’t something that happens all at once. It happens in moments and breaths as much as it happens in big endings and dramatic breakups. We can learn a great deal from the small and large endings in our lives, the exits that mark turning points, both planned and unplanned. Click on title to continue.

Getting Unstuck (audio & text)

May 20, 2018
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
Some of the hardest work that awaits us on the path to spiritual maturity is getting past all that stuff that makes us fearful, obstinate and reactive. This Sunday we’ll reflect on some strategies for getting unstuck. Also, we will hold our annual bridging ceremony, where we honor our graduating high school seniors. Click on title to continue.

What Love Looks Like in Public (no text or audio available)

What Love Looks Like in Public
Rev. John Saxon, Guest Minister
Cornel West (African American public intellectual, social critic, and author) says that “Justice is what love looks like in public.” But what does it mean for Unitarian Universalists to “side with love” when we work for social justice and how can love ground and sustain our social justice work in a time of increased division and partisanship?”

Rev. John L. Saxon, formerly Assistant Minister and Lead Minister of the UU Fellowship of Raleigh, is now the Executive Director of the UU Justice Ministry of North Carolina.

Delight in Difference (audio & text)

Delight in Difference
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
So much that we struggle with today seems to ride on how we deal with difference. One of the great Biblical stories that speak to this is of how people sought to build a great tower but God defeated them by “confounding their speech” and forcing them to scatter. Might we read this story not as an instance of punishment, but of blessing? Click on title to continue.

Hope For the Earth (audio only)

Hope For the Earth
Amelia Shore
This Sunday’s program was lead by UUCA’s YRUU class of high school students. Through games, stories, and sharing, we learned about green cities and progressive technology for environmental conservation. Click on title to continue.

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.