Yearly Archives: 2017

Sermon: You Who Loves Lovers, This is Your Home, Welcome! (audio & text)

Sunday, September 10,
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
As they so often are, the words of the Sufi master Rumi are over the top, almost nonsensical: “you that love lovers,” what’s that supposed to mean? It is his way of pointing us to truths that, due to fear, shame, shyness and more, lie unanswered in our hearts. So, we begin our fall worship season in a spirit of welcome, opening the door to some of those truths.Click on title to continue.

Shall We Be Sanctuary

It was last March that we at UUCA hosted a gathering of hundreds of people who took part in a peaceful march in Asheville in support of undocumented immigrants and in protest of accelerating arrests and deportations that were tearing apart people’s lives. Ever since then many of our members have been in conversation about
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Sermon: A Few of My Favorite Things (audio only)

Sunday, September 3, 2017
Rev. Jeff Jones, Guest Minister
Downsizing is often seen as a rite-of-passage as we get older. But what if living with fewer material possessions was a way of life? And as I will suggest in my sermon, material clutter is not the only baggage we might carry with us in life. Click on the title to continue.

Sermon: Back to the Source (audio only)

August 27, 2017, 10am
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
As we in Asheville enjoy one of our wettest years in some time, remember to bring special water that you have collected from around the work or in your backyard to our annual multigenerational Water Service. This year as a special surprise, we have heard that the Water Spirits will be joining us. The who? The Water Spirits! Come and see…and bring your water. click on title to continue.

Service: An Awakening: What Oliver Sacks Teaches About Life, Love, and Gratitude (audio only)

Sharon VanDyke, Worship Leader
Oliver Sacks was a brilliant British neurologist, whose writings about the brain and human consciousness touched the lives of his readers in ways deep and profound. His case studies were published in books with titles like ‘The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat,’ and his work served as in inspiration for opera, theatre, even Hollywood. There is an element of the sacred in Science, and Oliver Sacks nailed it every time. In this service, we will explore his life and focus on his last book, simply entitled Gratitude, which allows a glimpse into the mind of a brilliant mind at the end of life. Bring tissues. Click on title to continue.

Sermon: Breaking, Broken, Healing, Whole (audio only)

Rev. Erika Hewitt, Guest Speaker
What does Unitarian Universalism say about brokenness (pain, suffering, injustice) and wholeness (reconciliation, peace, health)? If you examine different religious traditions, you’ll be surprised by what you find… and you’ll discover reasons to be proud, comforted, and enlivened by our UU theology — especially as it relates to justice.
Rev. Erika Hewitt divides her ministry between a small parish on the coast of Maine, a large number of weddings, and the UUA’s WorshipWeb, which Erika oversees. click on title to continue.

Sermon: The Vulnerable Community (audio only)

Rev. Jake Morrill
The Vulnerable Community
For over a century, the transcending vision of the liberal faith has often been put in terms of ‘The Beloved Community,’ a condition of justice and inclusion popularized by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is described in bright, aspirational terms, as the alleviation of suffering. Can we imagine a vision that doesn’t erase what has formed us, but transforms it? Can we imagine a day of acceptance, just as we are? On this Sunday, using the text from when Jesus encounters a woman at the well, let’s reflect on the vision of the vulnerable community, forged in radical trust.
Rev. Jake Morrill has served as Minister of the Oak Ridge UU Church, in East Tennessee, since 2003. He is also the Executive Director of the UU Christian Fellowship. Jake was formerly a Chaplain in the US Army Reserve and served on the UUA Board. He looks forward to preaching again at UUCA! Click on the title to continue.