Sermon Podcasts 2016

January 3, 2016 – “Legacy of Jesus of Nazareth” – Minister Emeritus Rev. Bob Eddy

For most of our history Unitarians and Universalists were known for their heretical opinions on the nature of Jesus of Nazareth. Was he man or a god – or somehow both? Our
minister emeritus, in the second of two lectures, will share what is known about Christianity: the religion about Jesus Christ. The religion of Jesus is as revolutionary today as it was during his lifetime but the religion about Jesus Christ (like the religion about Mohamed ) endangers the survival of civilization.

January 10, 2016 – “New Attitude” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

What new attitude might you choose to cultivate for the New Year? While much in our lives remains the same since last year, an intentional shift in our personal attitude can make a big difference in what lies ahead for us.

January 17, 2016 – “Honor Code” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

As part of the King holiday remembrance festivities, we will look at how an “honor code” has helped to shape the course of history toward more racial justice in our world.

January 24, 2016 – “Jazz and Poetry Sunday” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

Join us for a special music service featuring our own Bobby Van Deusen (and friends) offering jazz selections and complemented with the reading of poems.

January 31, 2016 – “Our Place in the Landscape” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

How do Unitarian Universalists fit into the American landscape of faith communities? What in our tradition is a distinctive offering for the world today?

February 7, 2016 – “Perfect Stranger” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

All of the world’s religious traditions speak to the presence of a “stranger” in our midst and how we are to respond to them. Where is the common ground of responses among them?

February 14, 2016 – “Valentine Celebration of Love” – Guest UU Musician Ken Sizemore

In this service for all ages, we’ll have music to celebrate all the important relationships in our lives, led by our favorite local UU folk singer Ken Sizemore.

February 21, 2016 – “Where Healing Happens” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

Everyone experiences hurt, disappointment and loss in our lives. Where do we find sources that nurture our healing? What are some key ingredients involved in getting past the hurts that hold us back from living fully and enjoying our lives?

February 28, 2016 – “Why We Don’t Care” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

Why is it so easy for us to dismiss some perspectives that are present around us every day?

March 6, 2016 – “Why We Believe” – UUCP Member Bob Gerold

Most of us think that what we believe is the “truth.” How do we come to believe what we believe? Our so-called “rational” decisions are based on many factors, including parenting, geography, peer pressure, media, perspective, personality and more. Come listen to Bob Gerold discuss the causes and influences that direct our beliefs and decision-making, most of which exist outside of our awareness.

March 13, 2016 – “New Mission” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kaim

Celebrating diversity, striving for justice and inspiring love is our new UUCP mission. As we look forward, how can these core values focus our growth and contributions to our larger community? It’s a “great day” and an exciting time for Unitarian Universalists to make our world a more loving place for us all!

March 20, 2016 – “Positive Difference” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

Every day our lives are intertwined with those around us. How do we direct our energy and attention toward making a positive difference? Our Unitarian Universalist faith serves as a reliable compass.

March 27, 2016 – “Fleeting or Eternal Beauty” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

As Unitarian Universalists, we often celebrate Easter with a flower communion. We honor the undying power of love and justice in the face of cruelty. We offer our resistance to injustice everywhere with tokens of beautiful flowers that represent our unique lives in a web of life that holds us all.

April 3, 2016 – “Something About Trust” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

The presence of acceptance and trust can empower and heal us. Its absence can break our hearts and damage our lives. What is it about trust that is such an essential ingredient to enjoy a fulfilling life?

April 10, 2016 – “All My Relations” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

Native American religious traditions and indigenous people around the world affirm our role as humans to live in balance with the Earth and with each other. We will explore the meaning of a term we hear more frequently these days – “right relations” and how it might apply to our own lives.

April 17, 2016 – “Earth Day” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

In our annual celebration of Earth Day for all ages, we affirm our dependence on this beautiful planet that sustains us all, and our responsibility as caring inhabitants for future generations.

April 24, 2016 – “Overcoming Obstacles” – Guest Speaker Carson Adams

Carson Adams was born with a disorder called cerebral palsy that presented him with many obstacles in his life. He will share how he found the strength to overcome them and live productively with a disability. Despite doctors’ warning that he would have a poor quality of life, he is now married, earning a Master’s Degree (in preparation to become a life coach) and has opportunities to share his story of how determination and perseverance can serve us all.

May 1, 2016 – “Challenging Biases” – UUCP Member Brian Hansen

From foster care to drug addiction and federal prison, Brian has “beat the odds” to turn his life around. In addition to securing employment, housing and transportation, Brian is actively moving toward his personal goal to help young people and felons to avoid some of the roads he took. He hopes to encourage us all to go beyond a person’s appearance in order to truly meet them for who they are and aspire to be.

May 8, 2016 – “For Mothers Everywhere” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

A celebration of Mother’s Day for all ages in which we lift our hearts in gratitude for all those who have nurtured us in our growth and helped to create loving spaces to come together as family.

May 15, 2016 – “This I Believe, I Think” – UUCP Member Bob Ortiz

Bob Ortiz will talk about his 25 years of being a UU and reflecting on whether he really is no longer a “Reluctant UU”.

May 22, 2016 – “Doctors of Durability” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

Don’t miss the premiere of a Sunday service format where we will honor a few of our community members whose age over 80 qualify them as “doctors of durability.” We will celebrate their lives, their gifts and their wisdom.

May 29, 2016 – “Music and Memories” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

In a small congregation like ours, the musical tastes of long-time members are no secret. During this service a special ensemble— with singer David Suhor, pianist Chris Saunders, and saxophonist Thom Botsford— will mark Memorial Day by playing some of the favorite songs of beloved members no longer with us.

June 5, 2016 – “About Ramadon” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

As one of the Five Pillars of Islam, Ramadan is observed as a month of prayer, fasting, generosity and self-accountability for Muslims worldwide. Come and learn the history of Ramadan and its continued significance today.

June 12, 2016 – “Constant Change” – Rev. Dr. Julie Kain

Life is full of change and in our times with social media and instant communication tools, the whole world is literally at our fingertips. Are we equipped to take positive advantage of the changes around us? And what about keeping a balanced perspective so we are not overloaded and overwhelmed into inaction?