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.
August 2017 – Care for the Soul
Rev. Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd: Until All Are Free (August 13, 2017)
From slavery to the prison industrial complex, how might we create real freedom in this country? For a country built on the value of freedom, certain demographics have never known true freedom. We will explore what this means for the freedom of all of us.
July 2017 – Care of the Soul
Rev. Bruce Russell-Jayne: Oil On Our Hands (July 30, 2017)
Rev. Bruce Russell-Jayne (UU Retired), Global Warming rabble rouser, will preach about changing the corrupt practices of oil companies and governments and moving to sustainable practices.
Rev. Julia Corbett-Hemeyer: In Which We Live And Move And Have Our Being (July 23, 2017)
The natural world is “In Which We Live and Move and Have Our Being.” It concerns what we care deeply about, what the ground of our being is, what we regard as worthy of our deepest care, concern and respect. This week’s sermon brings together several voices, in an informal format that invites your participation, to explore our relationship to our environment.
Jason Donati with Dr. Renae Maes: Reconciliation and White Fragility: Where Do We Go From Here (July 16, 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.
Brandon Mundell: 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.
Michael Doyle: “‘The People, Yes’: Populism As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be” (July 2, 2017)
Today’s service, led by guest speaker Michael Wm. Doyle, examines influential American grassroots reform movements from the past in order to understand why it is confounding for contemporary populism to be championed and led by our wealthiest classes. The homily concludes by identifying what a future populist movement could learn from its predecessors in rebalancing the scales of equality, justice, and liberty for the benefit of those who comprise the base of our social pyramid.
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.
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.