Yearly Archives: 2016

Buddha Belly-A Theology of Joy (audio only)

Rev. Rebekah Montgomery Guest Minister
In this sermon, we welcome the infectious joy that comes from deep within. In the
midst of challenges and despair, we find hope. In the midst of strife, we find ways to harness and radiate joy. Come and get your Buddha Belly on!
Rev. Rebekah Montgomery is Assistant Minister of the UU Congregation of Rockville, Md. As well as a commissioned chaplain of the U.S. Army. She grew up a Unitarian Universalist, at the Rockville congregation focuses her work on Adult Faith Formation, Small Group Ministry and Membership and has done a tour of duty with the Army in Afghanistan. Click on title to hear more.

Sermon: Wading In Mystery (audio and text)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
Certainty is a good thing, but it can also bedevil us, since in the end there is so much in the world and in our lives that we can’t be certain about. We explore what it might mean – at least now and then – to allow ourselves to wade in the mystery.Click on title to continue,

Sermon: To Be Thankful (audio only)

Mark Ward, Lead Minister
We think we know the Thanksgiving story, but there are actually many stories woven into this popular holiday that emerge out of the history and heritage that we each bring to it. We’ll explore how these stories interlink and invite us all into a new understanding. Click on the title to continue.

Sermon: The Mightiest Word

Rev. Mark Ward
As we look ahead to the coming Election Day, our topic today builds on a line from the poem that Elizabeth Stevens wrote for Barak Obama’s inaugural seven years ago. Speaking to our General Assembly in June, interviewer Krista Tippet seized on that line as pointing to a central question that our nation faces. What could that word be and what story does it call us to? Click on the sermon title to listen or read more.

Sermon: Ghost Wings-Day of the Dead (audio only)

Joy Berry, Director of Lifespan Religious Education and Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
A beautiful story of a girl and her grandmother forms the center of our annual intergenerational Day of the Dead service. Please plan to bring pictures or memorabilia to place on our altar to celebrate our honored dead.Click on sermon title to continue.

Sermon: Who’s White Trash (text only)

Who’s White Trash
Rev. Mark Ward
Another side of our work on racism this year is coming to terms with an ugly heritage in this part of the world that judges some white people as disposable. We’ll reflect on some of the forces driving that history and what role we might have in healing it. Click on the sermon title to read more. ,/i>

Sermon: The Hubris of Discovery (audio & text)

Rev. Mark Ward
There are scripts that run unquestioned through our cultural memory, and one of those is discovery: the idea that Europeans had dispensation to murder, oppress and uproot peoples in North America and elsewhere for their own benefit. What might be the consequences today of naming and relinquishing that mindset? Click on the title to continue.