We record our sermons every Sunday, so that anyone who missed can listen, and anyone who wants to listen again has the option to do so. The audio of every Sunday sermon is thus posted below, usually by Wednesday the following week. The entire archive of our sermon history is available as well, so you can go back and browse for other topics if you’re interested in listening to different sermons. Special software is not required to listen to sermons on our website – to listen, just click on the play button.
Visitors – Introductory Sermons
If you’re a visitor interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and who we are as a congregation, listening to some of these sermons from Rev. Seth that highlight key aspects of our faith tradition is one way to learn more relatively quickly.
Faith Unfolding – explores what faith means in Unitarian Universalism
Black Lives Matter – explores racial justice and why #BlackLivesMatter
Making Room for Everyone – explores our theological diversity and the importance of practicing inclusivity
God? – explores the idea of God, and the place exploring the idea of the divine has in a congregation that welcomes athiests, agnostics, theists, and everything between and beyond
During the active part of the church calendar year (September through June), we organize our Sunday morning worship services around a particular theme each month. To read more about themes and why they are important to our the worship life of our church, please click here. The summer months of July and August typically follow one overarching theme. Please note that while most sermons in a given month follow the theme, there is typically one, and occasionally two, that focus on a different topic.
July 2017 – Care of the Soul
Jason Donati with Tania Said: Reconciliation and White Fragility: Where Do We Go From Here (July 9, 2017)
R.A.C.E. (Reconciliation Achieved through Community Engagement) started in 2015. Its mission and focus is to promote healing and inclusivity through community dialogue and engagement while celebrating our diversity in Muncie. Today’s message will ask you to leave your comfort zone to explore the historical implications of racism and white fragility, and suggest ways we can all contribute to a better Muncie.
Michael Doyle: American Documents (July 9, 2017)
This Sunday we acknowledge the birth of our nation and the experience of being “American” with a presentation of a sample of historically significant writings, essays and documents. The service will offer a variety of narrative both celebratory and humbling, reflecting upon our experience with immigration as a nation. Recounting this helps give perspective to us regarding the long-held themes and attitudes we have shared and allows us pause to believe that we can learn and grow to celebrate inclusivity together.
June 2017 – Care of the Soul
Rev. Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd: Building a New Way (June 11, 2017)
In response to the national call for UU congregations to look deeply at the ways in which they might deepen their work eradicating white supremacy, this service will look at how we can together build a new way of being together. We will look at how we can create a more beloved community where all souls are truly welcome for their whole selves.
May 2017 – Ambiguity/Paradox
Rev. Julia Corbett-Hemeyer: After the Vote (May 28, 2017)
The vote has been counted, the results are in. Now what? We will need to come together around the decision the congregation’s democratic process produced. We will need to find ways that all of us can affirm our beloved community, our vibrancy, our continuing commitment to be a clear, steady voice for liberal religion and social justice in Delaware County and beyond. We’ll need to dig deep into what brings us here to our church in the woods and remind ourselves why we want to be a part of this community. We will also recognize Memorial Day and the sacrifices it represents.
Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd: Why Are We Here (May 21, 2017)
Why do we gather together as Unitarian Universalists? We take a look at what possesses….err… inspires us to put all this time and effort into creating this wonderful community, as well as the foundations of an ethical and spiritual life.
Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd: Adjusting to Ambiguity (May 14, 2017)
We human beings enjoy certainty – we like to think we know what’s going on. Life is full of ambiguity, however, and so how we adjust to that reality is one of life’s central questions.
April 2017 – Identity
Rev. John Gibson: The Transformative Power Of A New Affection (April 30, 2017)
Earth, our planet home, is being plundered and polluted like never before in human history. A liveable future for our children’s children is no longer certain. What can individuals and congregations do to preserve a healthy-functioning planet for generations to come? Earth Day 2017 is a good time to face reality and examine our options.
Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd: Who am I? And Other Questions of Identity (April 2, 2017)
Who am I? is one of the most basic questions, one we don’t pause to answer very often – and those answers can be fruitful and meaningful if we take the time to find them. What makes up our identity?
Sermon Podcast Archive
Please visit the Podcast Archive if you are interested in listening to older sermons.
Please note: we are in the process of migrating all of the old sermon podcasts from our old website to this new one, and so the selection of sermons available in the archive will gradually expand as we continue the migration.