Category Archives: Sermons

In Our Own Tongues (no audio or text available)

Sunday, November 17, 2019
Rev. Tamara Lebac, Guest Speaker
In the Hebrew scriptures, the story of the Tower of Babel, Yahweh separates the people into different languages to prevent them from becoming too powerful. What is the role of our similarities and differences related to our power? What are the differences that make a difference and keep us separated? Join me as we explore what these sources teach us about how to engage in our increasingly diverse church and world.
BIO: Tamara is a Unitarian Universalist minister who has served All Souls in Tulsa, West Shore UU in Rocky River, OH and First Unitarian Shaker Heights, OH. She is also a diversity trainer, certified executive coach, consultant and author. Tamara’s work is grounded in racial and restorative justice and the idea that our values should guide our priorities.

Worthy Now (no audio or text available)

Sunday, November 10, 2019
Rev. Meg Riley, Guest Minister
Almost 1100 incarcerated folks are proud members of the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), and they say regularly that Unitarian Universalism has saved their souls and their very lives. Why? What does UU faith look like when practiced by people who have very little control over their days, and why does it change lives? Come and be inspired by the faith journeys of incarcerated Unitarian Universalists. Their bodies are confined, but their faith is not.
Bio: Rev. Meg Riley is Senior Minister at the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), a global UU congregation without walls and behind walls. CLF reaches a diverse community of incarcerated and free world members who seek more contact with Unitarian Universalism in their lives. Prior to her current role, Riley served the UUA in a number of positions including directing the UUA’s Washington Office, GLBT Office, and Advocacy and Witness staff group. She is the founding director of the Standing on the Side of Love Campaign, and has represented UUs in dozens of coalitions and boards. Riley lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her human and animal family.

Kneading and Rising Together (audio only)

Sunday, November 3, 2019 9:15 & 11:15am
Rev. Claudia Jimenez, Minister of Faith Development
People around the world eat bread in all different shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Join us to explore stories some of you have shared about the mystery and beauty of breadmaking. What lessons can we learn by reflecting on this simple food which is part of many of our diets? Click on title to continue.

A Service of Remembrance (audio only)

Sunday, October 27, 2019 9:15 & 11:15am
Rev. Claudia Jimenez, Minister of Faith Development
Join us for our annual service to recall loved ones (human and otherwise) who are no longer with us. Please bring a picture or memento for our “All Souls Table” so we may all honor their memory.Click on title to continue.

Transformed by Forgiveness (audio and text)

Sunday, October 6, 9:15 & 11:15am
Rev. Claudia Jimenez, Minister of Faith Development
Forgiveness isn’t easy. It takes courage and vulnerability to forgive those who have hurt us. And yet the ability to do so can be transformative. Can we choose to cultivate love instead of hate in our hearts? Can we always forgive? Should we always forgive? Join us for an exploration of the complexities and possibilities of forgiveness. Click on title to continue.

Out and Proud-A Celebration (audio only)

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 9:15 & 11:15am
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
As part of honoring this weekend’s Pride Day festivities, our worship on Sunday will focus on the stories that tell how we came to be the congregation we are today, celebrating GLTBQ people as out and proud. Click on title to continue.

Common Courage (no audio or text available.)

Sunday, September 22 2019,  9:15 & 11:15am 
Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, Guest Minister
For nearly 80 years, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee has been advancing UU values by working with justice makers the world over confronting unjust power structures and challenging oppressive policies. Join us to hear UUSC President and CEO Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, describe how deeds of common courage are transforming the world; one brave, ordinary act at a time.

There Are Covenants Amount Us! (audio only)

Sunday, September 15, 9:15 & 11:15am
Rev. Claudia Jiménez, Minister of Faith Development
Have you heard that Unitarian Universalism is “covenantal not creedal?” What does that mean? Interestingly (and probably surprisingly to you), there are several covenants that inform our relationships here at UUCA. Let’s explore the ways that covenants underpin our behaviors, our mission, and even the theological grounding of our faith. click on title to continue.