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

3.11.18, A Priest, A Rabbi, and a Lawyer Walk Into a Bar, Guest Minister, Rev. Madelyn Campbell

Who is our neighbor, and what does it mean to be neighborly?
Rev. Madelyn Campbell, a member of the Joseph Priestley District Board, a neighbor to the south, will explore these questions with us.

2.25.28, Music Service Honoring Beverly Spencer’s 30 years with USG

It hardly seems possible, but our wonderful alto soloist Beverly Gross Spencer has been a part of music at USG for thirty years. This Sunday we honor her musical presence with Robert Ray’s tuneful “Gospel Magnificat” as well as Duke Ellington’s soulful “Come Sunday.” This is music that speaks directly to the
heart, something that Beverly always does with her singing. Come and be inspired.

2.18.18, This is Us, Intern Minister Connie Simon

Beneath all the rhetoric and political division, we’re joined together by our common humanity. Can we acknowledge our past, accept our present and work together for our future? Can we say openly and honestly, “This is Us”?

2.11.18, Happy Birthday, Darwin! Rev. Kent Matthies

Life has existed on planet Earth for approximately 3.8 billion years. Born 209 years ago on Feb 12, 1809, Charles Darwin changed our understanding of the history – and future – of life. His ideas can still affect the way we live our lives. How can Darwin’s ideas help you cultivate a sense of awe and wonder? Can we consciously participate in evolution?

2.4.18, Pausing the Hustle Bustle, Rev. Kent Matthies

The holiday hustle and bustle are over, right?  Do you feel like very little time transpired before you went right back into hurry, hurry, hurry mode?  Do you feel like way too many parts of your year – or your life for that matter – involve tumbling from one activity to the next?   Many of us can use a refresher on why and how we benefit for a spirituality of leisure, or just plain old slowing down.

1.28.18, The Promise and the Practice, Intern Minister Connie Simon

This service is offered by the UUA to listen deeply to the stories that have not been heard and to lament what our UU tradition has lost by being unable – or unwilling – to center People of Color. It’s a celebration of our commitment to live into a new chapter of our faith’s story.

1.14.18, A Knock at Midnight: MLK Sunday, Rev Kent Matthies

In 1967 Dr. King preached a sermon by this title. He said it was midnight in the international and national social order as well as the personal and psychological order. He examined biblical text and US history for when and how people had faith in the coming dawn. How can these lessons instruct us today?

12.17.17, Hallelujah! Senior Minister Kent Matthies, Intern Minister Connie Simon

USG continues its month of holiday-themed services with Hallelujah! A joyful service featuring music, readings and homilies celebrating African-American holiday culture.

12.3.17, Blessed Mess, Rev. Kent Matthies

Planning holiday meals or visiting with friends or family can lead to deep satisfaction and beautiful memories. The holidays can also mean unmet expectations and needs. Many times, we have to let go of previous hopes and accept new realities. Can we accept the imperfections of holidays – and our lives – as blessed mess?