Sermon Podcasts 2014

June 29, 2014 – “A Living Tradition” – Rev. Julie Kain

What do we mean when we call Unitarian Universalism a living tradition? Our service will coincide with the Service of the Living Tradition being held at the UU General Assembly in Providence, Rhode Island.

July 20, 2014 – “Summer Sabbath” – Rev. Julie Kain

Taking a break from our routines to rest and refresh is one of the gifts of summer. In what ways can your summer offer you a time for personal refletion and renewal?

August 3, 2014 – “Importance of UU Faith” – Rev. Mark Kiyimba

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Minister and founder of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Uganda, Rev. Kiyimba operates a primary school for over 650 students, many of whom have been affected by HIV/AIDS, and a children’s home for AIDS orphans near Masaka, Uganda.

Rev. Kiyimba is an outspoken critic of Uganda’s Anti-LGBTQ legislation with its harsh penalties such as life imprisonment or death, just for being homosexual in Uganda. The police have questioned him on multiple occasions. Recently, Rev. Kiyimba won a human rights award for creative leadership in Washington, D.C. to recognize his work in education toward equal opportunity for those facing discrimination due to sexual orientation.

Importance of UU Faith

August 24, 2014 – “Better Together” – Rev. Julie Kain

With the beginning of our new church program year we invite our members and friends to step forward as we raise the roof and look forward to the coming years that will be taking us to 2020.

September 21, 2014 – “The Perspective of Big History” – Thom Botsford

No longer does world history start with Mesopotamia, according to advocates of a new interdisciplinary field: “Big History.” This talk will share some insights of a world view that goes back to the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago and relies as heavily on science as on traditional studies.

October 5, 2014 – “Reconciling” – Rev. Julie Kain

How do we reconcile the gap between our ideals of peace and a world with ongoing conflicts? How do we sustain ourselves and each other to stay the course?

October 12, 2014 – “Who Am I?” – Bob Ortiz

Bob is going to share some excerpts from his mother’s memoirs which he’d never seen or read until after her death at the age of 96. It reflects the prejudice his parents faced in a “mixed marriage”. He also will share his views about how identity is viewed in our world today and how racism is still alive and well!

October 19, 2014 – “The People Before” – Rev. Julie Kain

With a contemporary look at our American legacy of colonialism, the Columbus Day holiday is beginning to be celebrated instead as Indigenous People’s Day. As Unitarian Universalists, we join with our neighbors around the world to challenge the international Doctrine of Discovery.

October 26, 2014 -“We Remember” – Rev. Julie Kain

We remember and honor those of our loved ones who have died and yet maintain a special place in our hearts and lives. We draw inspiration from the
Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.

November 2, 2014 – “Democracy in Action” – Rev Julie Kain

What are things we can do as committed citizens and people of liberal faith to strengthen American democracy? We’ll take a look at the “habits of the heart” that Parker Palmer recommends in his book Healing the Heart of Democracy.

November 9, 2014 – “Active Hope” – Rev Julie Kain

How do religious and secular values ground us in our personal activism for justice? We will explore the interweaving of these values in our tradition as Unitarian Universalists.

November 16, 2014 – “Debt of Gratitude” – Rev. Julie Kain

In a season of gratitude, we will look at the tensions we experience in the larger culture and our own lives between fears of scarcity and preoccupations with prosperity.

November 23, 2014 – “Abundance in Community” – Rev. Julie Kain

A Thanksgiving service for all ages to celebrate the abundance of gifts we enjoy as committed members in beloved community.

December 7, 2014 – Counterculture Theology” – Rev. Julie Kain

What are the core theological principles of liberal religion and how do they challenge the implicit theologies of our contemporary American culture, theologies of redemptive violence and free market justice?

December 21, 2014 – “Silent Night” – Rev. Julie Kain

In the darkest part of the year we often struggle to see the places of light in our lives. How do we continue to find hope and inspiration with so many mundane distractions? How can we weather the Christmas and winter holiday season and find ways to connect with our deepest values?