USGPodcasts

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

7.15.18, The Four Agreements for a Better Life, Andrea Durham

he Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, was published in 1997, has sold more than 7.2 million copies in the U.S. and been translated into 40 languages. The Four Agreements are: Be impeccable with your word; Don’t take anything personally; Don’t make assumptions; and Always do your best. These are some lessons learned at a three day workshop to explore the book’s teachings with the author and his sons Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. and Don Jose Ruiz.
Andrea Durham is an attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She has worked as an Attorney-Advisor for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development since 1994.  Ms. Durham graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Administration in 1987 and earned her Juris Doctorate from Temple University School of Law in 1990.  She is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.  Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Durham loves travel, diverse cultures and community organization. Active with several community endeavors, she is a member of the Unitarian Society of Germantown in Philadelphia and serves as the chief organizer of the annual Diwali celebration.

7.8.18, Church & Faith: Where and How to be, Tom Ott

Church can be both a noun and a verb. When the former it is usually considered a specific place. I believe that is too limiting; and given that belief, perhaps the meaning of faith can be found, even when, for this UU anyway, there are many times both historically and today that faith in its religious sense seems all but impossible, except maybe when helping a little girl catch her first fish.

7.1.18, World Cup World, Rev. Kent Matthies

The World Cup of Soccer is being played in Russia.  This most important global sporting event contains many elements of the best and the worst of our current global, human society.  True stories of rags to riches, players speaking dozens of languages with a common purpose and people all around the globe watching with joy and pain.  At the same time bullying, corruption and violence leave a rancid feeling.  How can we learn from the world of Messi and Ronaldo, Salah and Modric?

6.17.18, How Do I Love You? Rev. Kent Matthies

On Father’s Day, people often experience a wide range of emotions, including gratitude, regret, joy and pain.  One aspect of the complex relationships people have with fatherhood involves the different ways in which people express love.  In his book Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman identifies five specific languages of love: “quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service and physical touch.”  How do we develop and appreciate abilities to speak different languages of love?

6.10.18, CSD Sunday, Carnival, & Potluck BBQ

We celebrate this past year’s achievements, children and teachers. Join us for this lively intergenerational service where we affirm our commitment to the youngest members of our community. The Worship Service will be immediately followed by a potluck BBQ and CSD Carnival.

6.3.18, Adventure Awaits, Intern Minister Connie Simon

Spring is often a time of transition.  The season is filled with weddings, graduations, life changes and the promise of new adventures.  This Sunday, we celebrate the baby dedication of Soleil Sanders and Intern Minister Connie Simon’s last Sunday in the USG pulpit.

5.27.18, Light and Shadow: Stories from St. Elizabeth’s, Rev. McKinley Sims

Kin will talk about doing justice work in D.C. and working in the psych ward at St. Elizabeth’s and how these places offer us a glimpse of our shadows and our lights, psychological parts of our ego. We have to engage both, and reckon with our shadows as individuals, as a society, and as UU culture to truly get close to justice making.

3.25.18, Passover: Parting the Waters, Intern Minister Connie Simon

Thirsty to the point of delusion. Hungry beyond pain. Moses and the Israelites have been fleeing Pharaoh’s troops, fighting amongst themselves and running out of hope. Now they have to cross this body of water! Even when the odds seems quite impossible they take the first step – again – in the journey to secure freedom.  How are you doing on your journey to freedom?

5.20.18, A Radiant Gem of Inestimable Worth: USG Elders Celebrate Aging

The Exploring Elderhood program and all USG Elders (a self-designated title) will share the joys, sorrows, insights, and many other facets of this Gem we call Aging. The service will be adapted to express some unique ways of sharing the Elder experience with our whole community and will include music, poems, readings and songs to present the many ways that Elderhood can be spelled and lived. All ages welcome, come on in, the water’s fine!

5.13.18, Memories Shaping Us: Intergenerational Worship Rev. Kent Matthies, Jason Bender and Mark Daugherty

Albert Schweitzer said, “Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”  Helen Keller said, “So long as memory of beloved friends live in my heart, I shall say that life is good.”   Both comments contain some reality and wisdom.  Come together on Mother’s Day weekend to honor memories of mothers and the ways in which memories shape us.  With spiritual intention we can actually have an impact on how memories bring more integrity, health and joy to our lives.