Category Archives: Sermons

Sweet Stillness (audio only)

Sunday, December 23, 2018
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
The delicious pause that we experience at solstice when the sun seems to rest in its seasonal journey across the sky can be a welcome moment to glory in stillness, in possibility, in hope. Click on title to continue.

The Scoop: Fibre Friends Donate!

Fibre Friends gather at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of the month at 23 Edwin Place. There are about a dozen “regulars,” but there are a total of 24 of us on the email list. We are mostly knitters, but we do welcome all fiber arts, including several crocheters. Sometimes we work on personal projects,
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Finding Meaning in the Season (audio only)

Sunday, December 2, 2018
Rev. Claudia Jimenez, Minister of Faith Development
This is the time of year when many of our non-creedal congregations’ Christmas services and pageants invite us to reflect on our Unitarian Universalist Christian heritage and the meaning of the holiday season. What needs of the human spirit are met during this and other winter holiday observances? Join us in an exploration of how we can find meaning in the season and embrace theological generosity.Click on title to continue.

Staying Focused Amidst Chaos (no text or audio)

Sunday, November 25, 2018
Rev. Joe Hoffman, Guest Minister
How do we stay focused on love and justice in the midst of such chaos as we live in these days? How do we not become distracted and live in despair? How do we hold onto gratitude – and especially to notice the small gratitudes every day? How do we love those that seem to be our enemies? And yet, how do we remain committed to justice and equality..to not give up that passion?

Bio: Joe has served in 3 churches over the past 33 years in Charlotte, Atlanta, and from 1996-2015 as senior pastor at First Congregational UCC here in Asheville. He has focused on exploring the depths of meaning in our sacred stories and in developing public theologies that help us live more faithfully and courageously in the public arenas of our lives. He is now Imagining how to create mediating structures that help people who are moving from one faith tradition to another. Joe is a native of Asheville.

Remembering the Earth (Audio and Text)

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
I thought the Earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly,” writes Mary Oliver in her poem “sleeping in the Forest.” Our connection to Earth is primal, visceral, yet so often it slips our conscious awareness.Click on title to continue.

Together We Weave the World (audio only)

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Rev. Claudia Jimenez, Minister of Faith Development and Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
We are all called. The call comes from everywhere; from the past, the present, and the future. We are called by our ancestors, our children, and those who are yet to come to weave our lives together to continue the work of love and justice. We are called to weave a world of justice, peace, and beauty. Please plan to bring a photo of an ancestor of yours for us to honor on our Altar of Memory in the service.

Todos somos llamados. El llamado viene de todos lados; del pasado, del presente y del futuro. Nos llaman nuestros antepasados, nuestros niños, y los que aún no son a tejer nuestras vidas jun-tos para continuar el trabajo del amor y la justicia. Somos llamados a tejer un mundo de justicia, paz y belleza. Les invitamosa que traigan una foto de un antepasado suyo para honrar su memoria. Click on the title to continue.

And Now What? (audio & text)

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
We come to the end of another election season divided, frazzled and frustrated. What gift can we bring as a religious community to the healing and renewal of our nation? Click on title to continue.