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.

September 2017 – Welcome


Joel Tishkin (UU Seminarian): Welcoming Openness (September 3, 2017)

Are our hands and hearts as open as they could be to the gifts of the universe? Or are they closed and shutting down opportunities and paths of relationship? Together we will explore some symbols and techniques for increasing our openness and maximizing our receptivity to what the universe has to offer us.

 

 


August 2017 – Care for the Soul


Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd: Flowing Together (August 27, 2017)

Don’t miss our end-of-summer ingathering service which includes the Water Ceremony! Rev. Seth will share reflections on overcoming differences to join together, and we’ll also have a brief dedication ceremony for our new Intern Minister, Joel Tishken. Don’t forget to bring water from our summer experiences to share if you like, and don’t worry, we’ll have water for you to use if you forget.

 

 


Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd: Welcoming Life? (August 20, 2017)

In Rev. Seth’s return to the pulpit after his summer time away, we consider: especially in these troubled times, what does our Unitarian Universalist theology tell us about the nature of life?

 

 


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.

 

 

 


Guest Speakers Caroline And Sue Ellen: Insuring Reproductive Justice By Assuring Human Rights (August 6, 2017)

“As Unitarian Universalists, we embrace the reproductive justice framework, which espouses the human right to have children, not to have children, to parent the children one has in healthy environments and to safeguard bodily autonomy and to express one’s sexuality freely. Reproductive justice bridges the gap between reproductive rights and other social justice movements.” Come hear the stories and motivation to action from two leaders of the Indiana Religious Coalition for Reproductive Justice. (quote from UUA Statement of Conscience 2015)

 

 


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.


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.