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.

October 2017 – Stories


Rev. Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd: The Gun Story (October 8, 2017)

Yet again, we grieve as a nation for a terrible mass shooting. Join us to honor the lives lost together and to discuss how we might move forward as a people. How might we re-frame our stories so that we might end the escalation of gun violence all around us? How might we move forward towards more freedom and peace?

 

 

 


Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd: The Stories We Tell Ourselves (October 1, 2017)

Stories are powerful. When the stories we tell ourselves are uplifting, they feed our souls. When the stories we tell are harmful though, they are worth examining more deeply. And then there are the larger stories we tell in our culture that are meant to be uplifting, but have significant shadow sides. What do we do with stories that cause harm?

 


September 2017 – Welcome


Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd: Welcoming… Everything? (September 24, 2017)

Liberal religion, and Unitarian Universalism in particular, has had a tendency to say we welcome everyone, and all beliefs. Are there limits though to our welcoming, and to being welcoming in general? We’ll explore these questions and more!

 


Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd: Welcoming What’s Difficult (September 17, 2017)

There are times where the hard things in life are just plain bad, and, there are other times where there might be fruits to be found by welcoming what’s difficult. We’ll explore the possibilities in finding deeper meaning in some of the hard parts of life.

 


Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd: Trying Something New (September 10, 2017)

There are some of us who thrive on the new and different, but for many of us, trying new things can be uncomfortable. It can also be easy to get stuck in a rut in our lives. What might a spiritual practice of welcoming the new look like?


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?

 

 


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.