USGPodcasts

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

6.2.19, CSD Sunday: The Beauty of Belonging, DSD Ryan Hurd and the CSD Committee

What does it mean to find the beauty of belonging? Join us for our annual Child Spiritual Development Sunday service, in which our children, youth and Sunday teachers will be honored as we explore the vital role of building beloved community across the generations. This special multigenerational service is organized by the CSD Committee and Director of Spiritual Development Ryan Hurd.

5.26.19, Perspectives on Curiosity

Unitarian Universalists are naturally curious people. We want to know how things work and why; we wonder what’s around that corner – something which we can’t quite see but know is there. For most of us, that’s how we arrived on the church’s doorstep. We were curious about this unusual religion and what it meant. Curiosity is, for some of us, the cornerstone of life. For others, it only takes us so far, with mystery and the unknowable trumping our innate curiosity. Hear four members of the congregation discuss their perspectives on curiosity and what it means for their own lives and the life of the church.

5.5.19, Think Differently: Parenting, Rev. Kent Matthies

We human beings – and other animals – can get stuck in patterns of behavior. The free thinking church creates an environment to engage important topics with open minded curiosity. Parenting philosophies often differ on how to approach a multitude of issues involving offspring of every age. Is it good to have a newborn sleep in bed with the parents, or not? While supporting adult children where is the line between healthy support and unhealthy enabling? Heaven knows that for all these issues we need one another as we try to do our best.

4.21.19, Easter Sunday: Resurrection IS Happening! Rev. Kent Matthies

Three days after his murder, they rolled away the stone and found an empty tomb.  Jesus may or may not have risen and walked out of the tomb to return to us. What we are more certain of is that Easter calls us to celebrate that powerful, important and miraculous resurrections ARE happening right now. In your life and in the larger world, what are the tangible ways in which hope is growing out of despair?

4.14.19, Building Wholeness with Right Relations, Rev. Kent Matthies

Did you know our congregation has a covenant of right relations? Yes, we do! Our diverse, spiritually vibrant congregation has made sacred promises to specific ways of being with one another.  These include:

-Express gratitude for the efforts of others, particularly those who volunteer.

-Ask for help when needed and give help as able.

-Listen, with an open heart, to fully appreciate another’s point of view.

-Approach disagreements and conflicts constructively, communicating with others in a direct, caring and responsible manner.

Come explore how these ways of being can help us – as individuals and community – to achieve wholeness and our greatest potential in body, mind and spirit.

4.07.2019,Wholeness: A Quartet of Voices, Tom Ott

The theme for April is Wholeness. As with most themes, there are many ways of coming to an understanding of what it may mean. Four members of USG will share how they see the concept, each from a different perspective.

3.24.19, We Have Met the Enemy and He Are Us, Charles Gabriel

Charles Gabriel was raised in the Catholic Church, wandered aimlessly through a 35 year period of atheism and finally developed a spiritual center to his life through the gift of the 12-step programs Nar-Anon and Al-Anon that he became involved with through his step-son’s drug addiction.

Who is our enemy and who are we? – An exploration and a universalist view of inclusion in the beloved community.

Charles joined USG in October, 2004 and has held several volunteer positions including Budget & Finance Committee member, Buildings & Grounds committee co-chair, Strategic Planning Council chair and Board of Trustees member. He is now retired from church leadership and sings in the USG choir. Today marks his eighth sermon at USG.