Sermons – Listen Online

23We 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

Forgive For Good and Forgiving Your Friend – two complimentary sermons which explore forgiveness, and what forgiveness looks like in a Unitarian Universalist context

Recent Sermons

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.

March 2017 – Humanism


Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd: A Humanist Message of Hope (March 12, 2017)

We dive in depth into our exploration of this month’s theme of Humanism with a look at how Humanist thought has impacted Unitarian Universalism today, and where it might lead us into the future. We’ll ask: what is a humanist message of hope?

 

 


February 2017 – Power


Nic Cable: Imagine the Dawn (February 19, 2017)

Guest preacher Nic Cable explores the wonderful gift of prophetic imagination, as we continue to strive to make the world a more compassionate and just place for all.

 

 


Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd: Rocking the World (February 12, 2017)

We explore the power our church has to rock the world, as it rocks our own lives, in ways both meaningful and profound.

 

 


Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd: Power is Not a Dirty Word (February 5, 2017)

There is a tendency to think sometimes of power as something bad, but power, like a hammer, is a tool that can be used for good or for ill. If we fail to claim our own power, we miss opportunities to change the world for the better.

 

 

 


January 2017 – Peace


Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd: The Sound of Your Voice – The Sound of Our Voice (January 29, 2017)

There’s not many places in our culture where we learn about power and how to use it – we thus often underestimate the amount of power we have, and what we can accomplish. Claiming our power starts with claiming our own truth and self – only then can we join our voices with others to create change in the world.


Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd: Unitarian Universalist Belonging (January 22, 2017)

Belonging means to be accepted just for who we are – it also means to be in a place or a community which resonates with our beliefs and values. What then, does it mean to “belong” in as a Unitarian Universalist in church communities where we embrace and celebrate so much diversity? How do we belong amidst difference?

 

 


Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd: To Whom We Belong? (January 15, 2017)

Feeling a sense of belonging is a vitally important part of the human experience, and, to whom and what we belong is an interesting and important part of the belonging equation.

 

 


Rev. Dennis McCarty: The Beauty of Change (January 8, 2017)

Rev. Dennis McCarty, will share his thoughts on “The Beauty of Change.” Growing up, Rev. McCarty wanted to be a novelist, not a minister. Yet in pursuing his dream career, he later learned, he was preparing for ministry without even knowing it. Life is full of changes, which hardly ever turn out the way we expect. Rev. McCarty will explain how this can be a good thing. Rev. Dennis McCarty was born in western Colorado, but came to Indiana to serve the UU Congregation of Columbus, Indiana. He is now their Minister Emeritus. Over the years he has written novels, nonfiction books, plays, and magazine articles as well as songs. (He occasionally presents a one-person version of his play, Servetus: the Radical Reformed Musical.) Right now he is putting the finishing touches on his latest book, Monuments: One Atheist’s Tour of Time, Culture, and Meaning. He blogs at the Thoughts from a Gentle Atheist website: revdennismccarty.com.


 

 

 

 

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.