Sermon Podcasts 2012

January 8, 2012 – “Greeting the New Year Dragons” – Rev. Julie Kain

For many of us the annual ritual of making New Year’s resolutions is a time met with both high aspirations and perennial guilt. Our best intentions get to meet our worst self-judgments. Borrowing from Chinese New Year traditions, we will invite the presence of a colorful dragon to help us take stock of where we are and where we hope to go in the coming year.

January 15, 2012 – “Is God White?” – Rev. Julie Kain

In honor of the Martin Luther King holiday, this service for all ages will celebrate the building of Beloved Community in story and song.

January 22, 2012 – “Divine Feminine” – UUCP Friend Joyce Smandra

The Divine Feminine from the Middle East is called by many names. In this service, Joyce will draw from Proverbs 8-9 to expand our understanding of Wisdom as the divine feminine principle who danced the world into existence. Time flows from season to season rather than in a linear way in this comparison of early Goddess archetypes.

January 29, 2012 – “Standing Up to Evil” – Rev. Julie Kain

In this sermon series on suffering and evil, Rev. Julie will present a variety of views on modern evils and the ways in which Unitarian Universalists are mobilized to stand and act in resistance to them.

February 5, 2012 – “Strength to Endure” – Rev. Julie Kain

Continuing in a sermon series on suffering and evil, Rev. Julie will lift up personal sources of strength to draw upon as we endure the hardships of life. In the midst of our sorrows and struggling, where can we find the comfort and support not only to keep going but to overcome and find peace with the obstacles in our lives?

February 12, 2012 – “All You Need Is Love” – Rev. Julie Kain

In celebration of the Valentine’s Day holiday, this service for all ages will feature stories and songs about the healing power of love and the core value of our Universalist heritage.

February 19, 2012 – “The Price of Civilization” – UUCP Member Thom Botsford

Macroeconomist Jeffrey Sachs has written an authoritative book to challenge those who think the government is the source of our na- tion’s economic and cultural malaise. Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Sachs believes “the economic crisis of re- cent years reflects a deep, threatening, and ongoing deterioration of our national politics and culture.” He bemoans “an overstimulated and consumption-driven populace” whose ferocious quest for wealth has resulted in shortfalls of social trust, honesty, and compassion. The discussion of “The Price of Civilization” will continue during one of the Religious Education sessions after the service.

February 26, 2012 – “Wilderness Journey” – Rev. Julie Kain

Many of us have known a time in our lives when we were wandering out on our own in a solitary journey. We’ll explore the challenges and gifts of this kind of journey as part of the season of Lent.

March 4, 2012 – “Are We a Cult?” – Rev. Bob Eddy

Soon after I moved to Pensacola a woman left a message on the answering machine, “Who are you Unitarian Universalists.” I called the number she left prepared to explain as best I could, but she said, “I talked to my pastor and he said you’re a cult” and hung up. I suspect there are many in our area who have the same misinformation. How would you answer the question in 25 words or less? Write it down and bring it to church with you Sunday. Grading will be on a pass or fail basis. (Just kidding!)

March 11, 2012 – “New Look at Prosperity” – Rev. Julie Kain

Since the financial meltdown of 2008, many of us are thinking in new ways about the meaning and practice of prosperity. Choices in our lifestyle make a big difference and are the best way to support our deepest values.

March 18, 2012 – “Reach for the Skies” – Rev. Julie Kain

Do you set aside time to nurture your biggest dreams in life? What would it look like for you to soar to new heights?

March 25, 2012 – “Celebrating Family” – Guest Musician Ken Sizemore

Ken returns to Pensacola to offer an uplifting service for all ages with songs celebrating family members from childhood to grandparents. Known as the “Old Folkie,” Ken has been playing classic folk and pop music for over 40 years.

April 1, 2012 – “War Is a Racket” – Rev. Bob Eddy

Why, in 1935, did Major General Smedley D. Butler write a book titled, “War is a Racket?” Smedley at the time of his death was the most decorated soldier in the U.S. military. He was at one time commander of Quantico and nearly became Commandant of the Corps. His service history reads like a history of America’s “Gunboat Diplomacy” during his lifetime. So why did he become a major opponent of the then, as now, policies of American Military Intervention overseas? I’ll answer that question but also
defend the proposition: Yes, War IS a Racket. Was then. Is now.

April 8, 2012 – “Easter Flower Communion” – Rev. Julie Kain

A Unitarian Universalist celebration of the powerful teachings of Jesus as the enduring legacy of his life and death.

April 15, 2012 – “How Could This Happen?” – Rev. Julie Kain

The presence of suffering and evil in the world leads to serious questions about God and human responsibility. In this last sermon in a series, we will look at how fundamental beliefs based on our answers to these questions form our entire world view.

April 22, 2012 – “Save the Earth” – Rev. Julie Kain

Earth Day celebrations have been gaining popularity for many years now. As Unitarian Universalists, why do we believe that human care for the earth is a moral and religious imperative?

April 29, 2012 – “Going Home Again” – Rev. Julie Kain

Many of the personal struggles we encounter with our families are part of a larger pattern that has been passed down through the generations. With insights from family systems theory, we can discover new ways of responding to these patterns so that going home again becomes an opportunity for healing.

May 6, 2012 – “Spring Fever” – Rev. Julie Kain

With an exceptionally beautiful spring and a fantastic culmination of another church program year, we will take time to celebrate the blessings of community and the promise of personal renewal that summer brings.

May 13, 2012 – “Mothers Are Everywhere” – Rev. Julie Kain

The gift of compassionate nurturance isn’t reserved for women and mothers alone. While recognizing the appreciation that mothers and teachers don’t receive nearly often enough, we will also lift up the power we all have to affirm life and care for those around us in this service for all ages.

May 20, 2012 – “Tales of India” – UUCP Member Lal Goel

India has a rich history of folk tales, both sacred and secular. Folk tales are not only entertaining, but are narrated to derive a particular moral teaching. Buddhist doctrine is often taught through the medium of 550 Jataka stories, or Buddha’s birth stories. Lal Goel will share a few of the tales from his native land.

May 27, 2012 – “The Soundtrack of My Life” – UUCP Member Bob Ortiz

Or as his stepdaughter, Wendy, coined it, A Lyrical Timeline. Bob will talk and/or sing about how music or more specifically songs or lyrics have filled his life; how music has been his refuge, his solace.

June 3, 2012 – “The Beatitude Way” – UUCP Friend Joyce Smandra

When we looks at the Beatitudes with Aramaic eyes, we find that Jesus gives us a breathing practice that can be used for healing. I invite you to flow through the beatitudes with me. On this journey, we learn how to use the breath in order to touch our centers, open our hearts, and transform our old selves, so that we can live in a joyful way with both our inner and outer communities.

June 10, 2012 – “What Is Our Eternal Truth?” – UUCP Member Lauren Anzaldo

As members and friends of UUCP, we covenant to “seek the truth in love.” This phrase begs the question: What sort of truth are we seeking? Lauren Anzaldo will explore conceptions of truth from a variety of perspectives, including humanism, Christianity and atheism.

June 17, 2012 – “How to Change the World” – Guest Minister Rev. Rod Debs

In the 60’s I left my religion of origin and studied philosophy to get the monkey of religious fear and guilt off my back. But is it our UU spirit to treat fundamentalists as the enemy? Today I am listening hard so as to honor “the right of conscience” and to become truly “grateful for religious pluralism.” How else can we bring wholeness to a broken world!

June 24, 2012 – “Health Care Despair” – UUCP Members Pat and Carla Quinn-Gleich

As part of an examination of social stratification and inequality we are going to look at access to health care and how this emerges as part of the system of stratification in US culture and society.

July 1, 2012 – “My Sense of the Eternal Ultimos Natural” – UUCP Member Buz Ryland

Buz will start a dialogue regarding the freedom and right of non-theists to have a recognizable vocabulary of entirety and oneness.

July 8, 2012 – “A Remarkable Little Book on Compassion” – UUCP Member Thom Botsford

It doesn’t stand out in the bookstore, this modest little book entitled Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, but religion scholar Karen Armstrong has written a small masterpiece. With compelling references to a number of wisdom traditions, she reminds us that compassion is at the root of all the major religions. When will we take heed?

July 15, 2012 – “The Power of a Poem” – UUCP Memeber Scott Satterwhite

At the end of the eighteenth century, the British abolitionist movement tried a novel medium to win support for its battle to end slavery: the medium was poetry. Poets were recruited to write songs and verse in a largely successful effort to sway public opinion against the Atlantic Slave Trade. Among the poets inspired to use their craft to end slavery was a young poet named Robert Southey. Inspired by the French and Haitian revolutions, Southey contributed a series of poems on slavery including one of the most radical abolitionist’s poems of the Romantic period. Several years after it was originally penned (and unbeknownst to the author), the poem “To the Genius of Africa” went on to inspire a Unitarian abolitionist and member of the Royal Colonial Marines in the War of 1812 to form an army of fugitive slaves–mostly from Pensacola –to fight against slavery and eventually create the largest maroon colony in North American history.

July 22, 2012 – “To See Life Steadily, to See Life Whole” – Guest Minister Rev. Diana Allende

Inspired by a phrase from a poem by Matthew Arnold, Rev. Allende reflects upon whether it is possible to hold a steady gaze and yet find wholeness in life, in living. If so, how so? If not, at what cost? What comes from opting for one over the other?

July 29, 2012 – “Opening to the Great Love” – Guest Speaker Julie Patton

This program will contrast the “paranoid trance” in which we spend so much of our lives with Rumi’s notion of the “Great Love.” Modern brain imaging gives us many tools for understanding the neurochemistry of peace and happiness. The presenter will share several methods for bringing this transcendent love into our lives.

August 5, 2012 – “Why Bother” – UUCP Member Bob Gerrold

Why bother to care? Why bother to act? Why bother to anything? There is so much suffering, poverty, greed, hunger and abuse in the world that I can’t do anything to impact; the question that comes up for me is “Why Bother.” Bob takes a look at not only the problem, but also gives you his response to the question “Why Bother?”

August 12, 2012 – “The Journey Is the Destination” – UUCP Friend Elaine Buker

“The Journey is the Destination,” to quote (unashamedly) a current TV commercial. And so it was true, at least in part, about Elaine Buker’s recent 4077 mile trip to former haunts up “nawth.” An on the road adventure you can hardly wait to hear about- and then will want to forget!

August 19, 2012 – “Water of Life” – Rev. Julie Kain

Come celebrate our interdependence with the earth and with each other as we join with Unitarian Universalist communities across the continent in this annual tradition of ingathering to mark the beginning of a new program year in schools and in our church.

August 26, 2012 – “Milestones” – Rev. Julie Kain

Some milestones come after years of commitment and effort, others come simply from the passage of time. Remembering our personal milestones and honoring them reveals the unique journey of our lives. This year Rev. Julie is celebrating her tenth year in ministry and her 50th birthday. She will share her reflections on recognizing our milestones and intentionally honoring them as a way to enhance our life journeys.

September 2, 2012 – “When Worldviews Collide” – Guest Speaker Henry Neufeld

Despite increasing scientific evidence and consensus and major efforts at public education, less than half of the American public accepts the theory of evolution. Is this unique to this one theory or is there something larger, or perhaps more basic, going on? Henry Neufeld is the owner of Christian publishing company Energion Publications. He is the author of a number of books including Not Ashamed of the Gospel: Confessions of a Liberal Charismatic. His background growing up in fundamentalism but eventually finding a home in a more progressive form of Christianity has shaped his desire to see people of widely varied views communicate seriously, examine their beliefs, and grow in their understanding.

September 9, 2012 – “Be Ready” – Rev. Julie Kain

We will participate in a city-wide observance to commemorate 9-11 and Katrina by promoting community emergency preparedness. We’ll reflect on how life-changing events such as these can shape the course of our future decisions and action.

September 16, 2012 – “Begin Again” – Rev. Julie Kain

Life is full of endings and beginnings. We will look at the courage needed to embrace new possibilities as we are inspired by Rosh Hashanah as the beginning of the Jewish High Holy days.

September 23, 2012 – “Making Amends” – Rev. Julie Kain

We don’t have to carry a burden of regrets and remorse. Actively making amends is a way to right the wrongs of the past and honor the wisdom we have gained through our stumblings along the way. We are supported in this process by the example of Yom Kippur, the culmination of the Jewish High Holy days.

September 30, 2012 – “Religious Freedom in America” – Rev. Julie Kain

As we anticipate a national election and mourn recent hate crimes against our religious neighbors, we will look again at one of the founding ideals of our nation and the many challenges it presents today.

October 7, 2012 – “Honoring First Peoples” – Rev. Julie Kain,

Taking a new look at our American legacy of colonialism, the Columbus Day holiday is being reimagined with the celebration of Indigenous People’s Day. As Unitarian Universalists, we are challenging outdated notions such as the international Doctrine of Discovery and now embrace a global focus of justice work to promote human rights everywhere.

October 14, 2012 – “Storytelling and Flutes: Two Ancient Arts” – Guest Musician Paul McAuliffe

Along with his passion for flutes from around the world and autism advocacy, Paul performs regularly as a storyteller. He will share a variety of original tales interspersed with soothing, peaceful flute music. In our Time for Ages which includes our children, Paul will perform “Grandfather Bear.” Paul has been interviewed multiple
times on CNN and NPR, and has released three compact discs of original flute music.

October 21, 2012 – “What’s Going On?” – Rev. Julie Kain

The difficult times we are living in present us with a stark contrast of responses. With a national election approaching, Rev. Julie will offer perspectives for looking at a bigger picture of America’s recent decades and the major dynamics that we see influencing our lives.

October 28, 2012 – “All Souls Celebration” – Rev. Julie Kain

In this annual Service for All Ages, we remember and honor those of our loved ones who have passed and yet maintain a special place in our hearts and lives.

November 4, 2012 – “The Tipping Point” – Rev. Julie Kain

At times we are poised on the threshold of a new possibility in our lives. How can we expand our awareness and courage to make the most of these precious windows of opportunity?

November 11, 2012 – “Midwinter’s Night Dream” – Rev. Julie Kain

With longer winter nights, we naturally turn our attention inwards. This service will honor the sources of wisdom we may find by attuning to our dream life. Dreaming is universal to people around the world. What can we learn from our dreams?

November 18, 2012 – “Grateful Hearts” – Rev. Julie Kain

Thanksgiving is a good time to ask ourselves, what am I taking for granted in my life? As we are so busy, it is easy to overlook the many blessings that surround us. In this Service for All Ages, we will celebrate the abundance of grateful hearts.


November 25, 2012 – “Indian Givers” – UUCP Member Eleanor Cutts

Thanksgiving is a good time to remember the roots of the holiday with the colonists’ relationship to American Indians. As Unitarian Universalists, we are challenging the outdated notions that deprive indigenous peoples of their human rights. From Jack Weatherford’s book, “Indian Givers,” and other sources, Eleanor Cutts will present Part One in a series on our American colonial legacy.

December 2, 2012 – “Anticipation” – Rev. Julie Kain

In celebration of Advent, we will explore the many ways we are in anticipation of what may lie ahead of us, just around the corner of our vision.

December 9, 2012 – “Wholly Family Service” – Rev. Julie Kain

Our annual tradition of hearing several families share how Unitarian Universalism and our home congregation is important to them.

December 16, 2012 – “Sparkle of the Season” – Rev. Julie Kain

In this holiday Service for All Ages, we will celebrate the winter holidays with story and song.

December 23, 2012 – “A Morning Star Rises” – Rev. Julie Kain

Finding the perennial hope in the story of Jesus’ birth and its blessing for each child born into our world.

December 30, 2012 – “Blues for the New Year” – UUCP Member Thom Botsford

Music Service with Thom Botsford, David Suhor and Steve Gunter