USGPodcasts

The sermons of the Unitarian Society of Germantown in Philadelphia, PA

2.11.17, Heaven Can’t Wait, Rev. Kent Matthies

Rev. Kent’s last sermon before his six-month sabbatical. Universalists believed that all people go to heaven. Whatever one believes about an afterlife, heaven and hell can exist here and now.Too much focus on the past or future can debilitate. How can we all build resiliency by drawing upon the positive power of now?

2.5.17, Cultivating Resiliency, Rev. Kent Matthies

On many days life comes with the good, the bad, the ugly and the gorgeous. It often takes resiliency to prepare for, engage in and recover from impactful events. How  can you develop resiliency of body, mind and spirit?

1.29.17, Science Giving Hope! Rev. Kent Matthies

Green energy, robots clearing mine fields and dressing frail elders, human beings spending time on Mars and deep undersea – all are possible amazing scientific discoveries and inventions.  While we must ensure the ethical usage of advancements, there are many ways in which science, when balanced with morals, brings hope and improvements.

1.22.17, A New Day, Connie Simon, Intern Minister

Our first service after the inauguration of Donald Trump as President. Regardless of our political affiliation, we recognize the need for acceptance and healing. How will we work together in love to promote social justice and equal opportunity for all and bring an end to the intolerance and divisiveness that have rocked our society?

1.15.17, Don’t Ban the Veil: MLK Sunday, Rev. Kent Matthies

Facing intense pressure, German Chancellor Angela Merkel supported banning Muslim women from wearing full face veils. This inhibition of religious freedom will only create more regression in areas of mutual understanding and collaboration. We must protect spaces where people can speak their mind and express themselves as they wish – especially when we disagree.

1.8.17, Jazz Funeral for the Old Year, Barbone Street Jazz Band

We will lay down our burdens from the Old Year, and lift up our possibilities for the New Year. And remember inspirational people including Prince, John Glenn and Gwen Ifill, who died this past year. Can you draw upon the experience of others and yourself to garner hope for what is to come

1.1.17, Readings and Music – Jenn Leiby, with the UUrban Mystics

For many of us, 2016 was a challenging year that we are happy to say goodbye to. We go into the bright and shiny new year with hope for better days. Let’s gather with Jenn and the band on the first day of the new year to celebrate the New Beginnings that 2017 brings.

1.24.16, Christmas Magic, Rev. Kent Matthies

Born in the middle of the night and poverty a baby touches countless lives with joy and hope: magic!  Soft lights and sacred music bring us home to center: magic.  Feel the power of love beyond belief.  Feel Christmas Magic.

12.18.16, Kwanzaa Celebration

We will have a joyous time lighting candles, telling stories, and moving to the beats of African drumming. Enjoy the dynamic, inspirational Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble who will lift up the principles of Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

12.11.16, The Wisdom of Old Turtle, E. Ashley Izard, Mark Dougherty and the USG Choir

Old Turtle is an enchanting fable that promotes a deeper understanding of the earth and our relationship with all the beings who inhabit it. The book was selected the American Booksellers Association 1993 Book of the Year; composer Joseph Martin set the author’s words to music. It’s a service that the whole family can enjoy.