USGPodcasts

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

8.6.17, Coming Clean, Rev. Lee Paczulla

Spirituality isn’t about being perfect, it’s about being honest so we can know the true power of grace and love in our lives. Spiritual practices can help us “come clean” and live more intentionally – awake and aware to what’s really happening, within us and around us. Rev. Lee serves the WellSprings congregation.

7.30.17, Faith in Love’s Imperfection, Rev. Joan Javier-Duval

We all long to receive and give love. Yet, living in loving relationship can be messy and heart-breaking. Can grappling with and accepting love’s imperfections lead us to the love we seek? Joan now serves the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, VT. From 2012-14, she was a beloved intern and consulting minister at USG.

7.23.17, People Get Ready, Davy Knittle

Our lives continuously pivot at the meeting point of our experience of selfhood and the regular transformation of the contexts in which selfhood develops. Unitarian Universalism celebrates our lives as periods of constant change. How can our commitment to change spur us through uncertainty toward active and deliberate participation? Davy grew up at USG and joined in 2005.

7.16.17, Poems: A Retrospective

Peter will read a number of his poems written over the past 35 years. He has been a member of the Unitarian Society of Germantown since 1973, when he, his wife, Marny and their children, moved to Philadelphia from England. He has worked at Temple University School of Medicine as a physician and scientist.

7.9.17, Sowing The Seeds of Beloved Community, Andrea Durham

Unitarian Universalism embraces 7 Principles grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world’s religions. How do we translate these ideals into daily practices so that we actively engage in cultivating Beloved Community? One option is to build character traits that transcend boundaries with guidance from the Christian concept of the Fruit of the Spirit.

7.2.17, Not Motivated to Get Motivated, Rev. Dr. Neal Jones

In the dubious tradition of motivational speakers, this sermon will be an anti-motivational speech.

Rev. Neal is the Senior Minister of Main Line Unitarian Church, his fifth congregation as a pastor. Originally from North Carolina, he is also a clinical psychologist and the President of Americans United for Separation of Church & State.

6.25.17, The Shared World, Rev. Mara Dowdall, Livestream from GA

Poet Naomi Shihab Nye speaks of “the shared world,” in which we connect deeply with one another in and through our differences. What does it mean to live in “the shared world”? As we navigate this time of peril and possibility, beauty and anguish, despair and resistance, how might a theology and practice of “the shared world” help us find our way?

6.18.17, Rev. Mara Dowdall

Wonder is the sensation we have when experiencing what is both beautiful and unexpected. It is an ancient human emotion, but also, argues Susan Beaumont, a leadership and congregational consultant, a crucial antidote to the profound anxiety of the times in which we are living. What is the connection between wonder and our work in the world?

6.11.17, Growing Together in Spirit: The Dance of Mutual Development, Jason Bender and Kira Baker-Doyle

We celebrate this past year’s achievements, children, and teachers and we affirm our commitment to our children’s spiritual development. The service will be followed by A Carnival with a Bouncy House, Slip n Slide, Bean Bag Toss, Raffle, Barbecue & Potluck Picnic.

6.4.17, Interfaith Connection and Action, Connie Simon, Intern Minister

Radical hospitality is described as going beyond politeness – it’s greeting the stranger with “revolutionary generosity.”  Can neighbors with widely different religious beliefs work together for their community’s common good?   Connie Simon reminds us that we are stronger together and previews her upcoming Interfaith Connection and Action project.