Sermon Podcasts 2013

January 6, 2013 – “Comparing Prophecies” – Guest Speaker Joel Smith

Joel teaches comparative religions at the University of West Florida, Fort Walton campus. He will be comparing prophecies from the world’s great religions that apply to our current times.

January 13, 2013 – “Original Blessing” – Rev. Julie Kain

With a brand New Year ahead of us, what are your dreams and gifts calling you to do with, what poet Mary Oliver calls, your “one wild and precious life”? Time is of the essence and every one of us has something unique to offer in the building of a better world. What part of your original blessing is still waiting to be shared with a world that needs it?

January 20, 2013 – “The MLK Legacy” – Rev. Julie Kain

The dream and vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. is worth revisiting every year. How well are we doing in building the Beloved Community? What more needs to be done?

January 27, 2013 – “Longing, Belonging, Beloved” – Rev. Julie Kain

We all long to offer our unique gifts within a community that appreciates them. We all long for a community where we feel in our hearts we belong. We all yearn to feel deeply connected to the most important people in our lives and for them to feel deeply connected to us. How do we bring these longings and yearnings into reality?

February 3, 2013 – “Facing Depression” – Rev. Julie Kain

Most of us will experience depression in our lives or in someone close to us. It is unfortunately too common in our times. What can we do to face depression and find positive ways to cope and eventually overcome it?

February 10, 2013 – “Looking for Love” – Rev. Julie Kain

In our Valentine’s Day service for all ages, we will celebrate the many kinds of loving relationships in our lives as part of the Standing on the Side of Love 30-day campaign for loving inclusiveness.

February 17, 2013 – “For the Birds!!” – UUCP Member Bob Ortiz

As we celebrate Valentines Day and the reference to love, Bob tells us of a love affair which has lasted 73 years! A love that has provided comfort, joy, peace, entertainment and even a little guidance.

February 24, 2013 – “Garden Planning” – Rev. Julie Kain

Although winter is still here, now is the perfect time for garden planning. Not everyone grows vegetables or flowers, but we are all cultivating seeds that we anticipate will nourish us, in one way or another. We will explore how the “garden” metaphor is rich with wisdom to enhance our lives.

March 3, 2013 – “Springing” – Rev. Julie Kain

The earth is bursting forth with the beauty of springtime, and so are we! Our lives are full of possibility as Unitarian Universalists joined together in the beloved community we call “home.”

March 10, 2013 – “Spring Forward” – Rev. Julie Kain

Where do you want to be five years from now? What are the long term goals for your life and how are you building them into your day to day schedule now? We will be looking at the process of creating a vision plan that helps to guide us in making the most out of every day.

March 17, 2013 – “Spreading Our Wings” – Rev. Julie Kain

In this Service for All Ages, we will celebrate with story and song the courage and confidence we gain as we take flight in our lives. The service will include a New Member Welcome Ceremony.

March 24, 2013 – “Genesis Meditations” – UUCP Friend Joyce Smandra

The creation story in Genesis is one of movement and process. In this interpretive, poetic rendering (Hebrew midrash) based on the work of Neil Douglas Klotz, we find a Creation Story that is ongoing in the universe, the earth and our lives. This Genesis story is about a connection between real life and a sacred power behind it, allowing us to create our lives anew in every moment.

March 31, 2013 – “The Power of Love” – Rev. Julie Kain

Easter is an important time to lift up the revolutionary power of love to change the world. Unitarian Universalists look to the life and teachings of Jesus as a model for creating more justice in our struggling world.

April 7, 2013 – “Living Our Values” – Rev. Julie Kain

This Service for All Ages will celebrate the values we find in our Unitarian Universalist principles and how we put them into action to make the world a better place for all of us.

April 14, 2013 – “Opening Doors” – Rev. Julie Kain

We know that our inclusive message offers a healing place of community for those who are not welcomed in other faith communities. It’s time to open our doors and reach out to those who are looking for us.

April 21, 2013 – “Our Earthly Home” – UUCP Member Buz Ryland

Buz will lead our annual tradition of celebrating Earth Day with fun songs, amazing facts and inspiration for all of us to be good stewards of our earthly home.

April 28, 2013 – “How Much Is Enough?” – UUCP Member Bob Gerold

Many, if not most, Americans are caught in a belief system of always wanting more, more, more. The American dream as it has been sold to us, is based on consumption; buy more, use more, have more. But how much is really enough? After traveling to Nepal, in Oct. 2012 as part of a Habitat for Humanity Global Build, and traveling to China as part of a Chinese government sponsored tour, Bob has changed some of his opinions on not only what is enough, but also what is sustainable. Come listen to Bob and see images from around the world, as he makes comparisons and draws conclusions culled from his travels.

May 5, 2013 – “Interfaith Journey” – Rev. Julie Kain

As Unitarian Universalists, we are well-equipped to build bridges across cultural and religious traditions. How might we be inspired by the work of Eboo Patel, writer and founder of Interfaith Youth Core? Patel will be a featured guest at the UU General Assembly, June 19-23 in Louisville, KY.

May 12, 2013 – “Inspiring Women” – Rev. Julie Kain

This Service for All Ages will celebrate not just the many mothers among us but all the inspiration and guidance we receive from the important women in our lives.

May 19, 2013 – “Religious Athiest?” – Minister Emeritus Bob Eddy

“Religious Atheist” may seem an oxymoron but some of today’s militant atheists sound more like Fundamentalist Christian preachers than non-theistic Humanists, the pigeon hole in which I currently reside. I’ll explain why Humanism, as I understand it, can be nontheistic without being a-theistic and share a brief survey of the rise of
non-theistic Humanism within and beyond the Unitarian, Universalist, and UU communities.

May 26, 2013 – “Can You Love Your Inner Ape?” – Minister Emeritus Bob Eddy

Practically all UUs affirm that we humans are part of, not separate from, “the interdependent web of all existence.” We know that we carry in our genes not only uniquely human characteristics but also many of the characteristics of our evolutionary predecessors, especially those of our simian ancestors. What should be our relationship with this troublesome “ape within”?

June 2, 2013 – “The Reluctant UU” – UUCP Member Bob Ortiz

Bob talks of his religious or spiritual journey from growing up as a Southern Baptist to eventually accepting the fact that he was a UU at heart!

June 9, 2013 – “A New Earth” – UUCP Member Lal Goel

We are in the midst of a global transformation. A new earth is in the making. More and more, people are moving away from old-time religion to spirituality. They seek authentic experience. Humanity will come together. The vital signs are already there through jet travel, the Internet and the information revolution. Will you join in the onward march?

June 16, 2013 – “Paul Robeson” – UUCP Member Scott Satterwhite

Paul Robeson was one of the greatest artists to arise from the Harlem Renaissance, and arguably one of the greatest Americans of the 20th Century. Robeson sang, acted, and lent his talent to support social justice causes from the 1920s until his tragic fall during the McCarthy era. An early Civil Rights activist, Paul Robeson fought for freedoms cherished by Unitarian Universalists outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. A husband, father, and lifelong social activist, Robeson held UU values; his work was published by the UU publisher Beacon House and is featured in our hymnal.

June 23, 2013 – “Love as a Healing Force” – UUCP Member Lauren Anzaldo

“Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” As people of conscience, our actions are often motivated by love the world and the creatures in it. The meaning of the impactful words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Judeo-Christian teachings and other sources will be explored in this discussion of the power of love to transform lives.

June 30, 2013 – “Transgender Spirituality, Liminality, and Wholeness” – Guest Minister Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe from the UU Fellowship of Montgomery, AL

Many in our society deny religious community to transgender and genderqueer people. Yet, transgender people carry in their life experiences a spiritual wisdom about liminality, finding home in our bodies, and recognizing beauty amidst adversity. Join us for a service recognizing these lessons in our own lives and fostering them in our communities.

July 7, 2013 – “What’s the Reason for a Coalition?” – UUCP Member Buz Ryland

Why shouldn’t we UU’s coalesce with varied groups of freethinking, rational, reasoned people? We’ve been doing just this for a very long time.

July 14, 2013 – “In Praise of Imperfection” – UUCP Member Thom Botsford

Biologist E.O. Wilson’s new book, The Social Conquest of Earth, makes the point that “human beings and their social orders are intrinsically imperfectible and fortunately so. In a constantly changing world, we need the flexibility that only imperfection provides.” This service will examine Wilson’s book for the light it shines on human behavior and expectations.

July 21, 2013 – “The Cost of Privilege: The Lies My Government Told Me About Immigration Reform” – Guest Minister Fred Hammond

A reflection on Rev. Fred L Hammond’s recent School of the Americas Watch delegation to the Nogales, Arizona/Nogales, Mexico border. Rev. Hammond is the minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tuscaloosa, AL.

July 28, 2013 – “Winds of Change” – UUCP Member Maggie Lovins

It is said that the only true constant in life is change. How we deal with and integrate changes can shape the way we live our values in the various communities we belong to. Come hear Maggie speak on changes in our personal lives, our congregations, the District, the Region and the UUA at large. She will talk about how these changes affect our everyday lives along with how she is faring with the shift in her ministries calling to full time UUA Staff.

August 4, 2013 – “Thoughts on Identity and Community” – UUCP Member Eleanor Cutts

How do families cope in changing times and what do these lessons teach the rest of us? Eleanor will review the book Far From The Tree, by Andrew Solomon. This book is a major work on families and children and a variety of special needs and other situations.

August 11, 2013 – “We Shall Overcome: Songs from the Civil Rights Movement” – UU Musician Ken Sizemore

Ken will revisit the exciting and hopeful days of the 1950s and 60s, performing some of the best known songs of the times. He will sing the songs that were used to present the call for equality and to rally support and enthusiasm at concerts, marches, demonstrations, and protests all over America – the songs that helped our nation move a
little closer to equal rights for minorities.

August 18, 2013 – “The Gift of Life!” – Rev. Julie Kain

Come celebrate our interdependence with the universe, the earth and each other as we join Unitarian Universalist communities across the continent in this annual tradition of ingathering.

August 25, 2013 – “Historic March Revisited” – Rev. Julie Kain

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. We remember it most often with King’s poetic words that challenged the nation. How well though have we responded to the demands of that day, not just for racial equality, but also for economic justice?

Septemeber 1, 2013 – “Your UU Moment” – Guest Minister, Rev. Melanie Morel-Ensminger

For each of us Unitarian Universalists, whether we were born in this faith or found it later in life, there comes an occasion when we knew, deeply and truly, that we were a UU. What was your UU moment? And what do we gain by sharing these stories of epiphany? Our guest speaker is the Rev. Melanie Morel-Ensminger, who preached several times at the Pensacola congregation 20+ years ago during her seminary days. In the years since, she has served congregations in Ellisville, MS; Chattanooga, TN; Auckland, New Zealand; Cherry Hill, NJ; and her native New Orleans. She currently serves as Consulting Minister to North Shore UU in Lacombe and Hammond Unitarian in LA.

September 8, 2013 – “Journey of Life” – Rev. Julie Kain

How does our life’s journey shape our sense of identity and purpose? What kinds of practices, spiritual and otherwise, help us to find our way?

September 15, 2013 – “To Begin Again” – Rev. Julie Kain

What all is involved in turning over a new leaf in life, making a break from the past and starting anew? We will draw from the rich tradition of the Jewish high holy days with a process for practicing forgiveness and committing ourselves to a new year.

September 22, 2013 – “A Day for Peace” – Rev. Julie Kain

Is there a growing peace movement building around the world? This service for all ages will celebrate efforts around the world to work for peace in recognition of the United Nations International Day of Peace and in preparation for a downtown Pensacola peace festival on October 26.

September 29, 2013 – “Future Strategies” – Rev. Julie Kain

Planning for the future is something we often put off to another day. What can we do to make future plans that inspire us to move forward with optimism and confidence?

October 6, 2013 – “Listening to Life” – Rev. Julie Kain

Reflecting on our own lives and what they have to tell us comes more easily to some of us than others. At what times are you most in touch with who you are at a deeper level and where you are going in this life? We will look at a variety of practices which can help us to be more attuned to the direction of our lives and our own unique styles of living them.

October 13, 2013 – “I’m How Old?” – UUCP Member Bob Ortiz

Bob talks about realizing he is getting “old”! He offers a few suggestions about growing old gracefully!

October 20, 2013 – “Fall In the Air” – Rev. Julie Kain

In this service for all ages, we will celebrate the turning of the seasons from summer to fall in music and story. How are our own lives in tune with the cycle of natural changes around us?

October 27, 2013 – “Knowing Our Ancestors” – Rev. Julie Kain

How much are we shaped and influenced by those who came before us? We’ll look at the renewed interest in exploring our heritages with new technologies and how what we learn can affect our sense of identity.

November 3, 2013 – “Dance of Life & Death” – Rev. Julie Kain

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

November 10, 2013 – “UU Living Legacy Tour” – UUCP Member Paula Montgomery

In the 1960s our country underwent a seismic upheaval when thousands of citizens armed with songs and prayers won over the forces of might armed with guns and bombs. Many of the people who were part of that struggle are alive among us. Paula and Bill will share some of what they learned from the UU Living Legacy Tour, standing in some of the battle sites and meeting many of the inspiring people who were on the front lines and in the ranks of the winning side.

November 17, 2013 – “Giving and Receiving With Gratitude” – Rev. Julie Kain

As we prepare for the holiday season, it’s a great time to reflect on our attitudes about giving and receiving. Is it easier for you to give or receive? Many of us are more comfortable with one than the other. How can our feelings help us to be more intentional about each and to see both in a wider context of gratitude?

November 24, 2013 – “The Welcome Table” – Rev. Julie Kain

In this service for all ages, we will celebrate a variety of Thanksgiving traditions with story and song. How can we extend our family circle during the holidays to include a place at the table for our wider community and the larger world?

December 1, 2013 – “The Resilience of Children” – Guest Speaker Retired Circuit Judge Laura Melvin

Laura will give specific examples of the phenomenal strength of children and challenge us to consider the lessons offered by the children and those who support them. Based on her new book Public Secrets and Justice: Journal of a Circuit Court Judge, Laura will offer a personal view of humanity from the Bench and as a Quaker.

December 8, 2013 – “Wholly Family Service” – Rev. Julie Kain

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

December 15, 2013 – “A Star So Bright” – Rev. Julie Kain

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

December 22, 2013 – “Hope in Midwinter” – Rev. Julie Kain

Finding the perennial hope in the story of Jesus’ birth and its blessing for each child born into our world. The service will begin with a Time for All Ages.

December 29, 2013 – “One Step Back, Two Steps Forward” – Musical Guest Chris Saunders

Join UUCP regulars Thom Botsford (sax), David Suhor (vocals), and Jack Wolverton (drums) as they welcome our musical guest, veteran jazz and pop pianist Chris Saunders, whose years of experience include performing regularly as Al Hirt’s piano player in New Orleans and on the road. The service will focus on seeing clearly (“getting real”) and listening joyfully (“getting happy”). It also will honor the reality of “stepping back” as part of the rhythm of life.