USGPodcasts

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

9.18.16, Creating Real Connections, Intern Minister Connie Simon

What does it mean to be truly “connected” to someone?  How do we create thoughtful, intentional relationships with others?  As she begins her two-year service as USG’s Intern Minister, Connie Simon reflects on the challenges and the blessings of building loving, authentic and lasting relationships in a new community

9.4.16, The Tao Of Motherhood

In this sermon, Lori L. Tharps, will discuss the lessons learned about faith, flexibility and letting go of material things upon becoming a parent. You don’t have to be a parent to take these lessons home and apply them to your own life.

Lori is a member of USG. She is an author, a professor at Temple University and the mother of three children.

9.4.16, The Tao of Motherhood, Lori Tharps

In this sermon, Lori L. Tharps, will discuss the lessons learned about faith, flexibility and letting go of material things upon becoming a parent. You don’t have to be a parent to take these lessons home and apply them to your own life.

Lori is a member of USG. She is an author, a professor at Temple University and the mother of three children

8.28.16, Imperfect Joy, Rev. Kent Matthies

One of the great joys of summer is reading a good book. I recommend “The Heroine’s Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Erin Blakemore. Two of the chapters “Happiness” and “Indulgence” explore classic novels, which include female characters finding joy in the midst of the most challenging of circumstances.  In the novels, girls bounce around from one orphanage to the next and women are handcuffed by early 20th century sexism. Yet they find ways not only to experience joy, but also transform the worldview of others as well. Do these stories remind you of your own?

8.21.16, Unplugged Summer and Beyond, Rev. Kent Matthies

This sermon was rescheduled and reframed from when Rev. Kent originally intended to preach it on Father’s Day.  Due to the Orlando shootings that Sunday’s message was changed.  Today we explore the relationship between technology and living a good life.  Computers and screens often increase information, effectiveness and joy.  However, they often cloud decision-making, and impede building healthy relationships, and finding calm.  A wonderful way to spend summer  – or any time – is to turn off our phones and screens for long spaces of time.

8.14.16, Rediscovering Joy, Rev. Carolyn Stern

Cultivating joy in your life is like cultivating a lush, fruitful garden that you can go to again and again. This morning we will journey together a great distance to rediscover the abode of deep joy and emanate its radiance forth to light the world.

Rev Carolyn Stern lives in Abington with her family. In addition to being a licensed massage therapist, she is  an ordained interfaith minister and President of the Diabetes Education and Research Center, a non-profit organization that serves lower income folks in the Philadelphia area who are living with diabetes. She is a new member at USG and is passionate about what mystics from all religions have to teach us about the Divine.

8.7.16, Finding Joy, Dr. Jean Wilcox

There’s a famous quote, attributed to Abraham Lincoln, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Whether Lincoln was really the source of this quote or not, I believe it. My life experiences have convinced me that joy is a matter of attitude. I believe joy happens because we welcome the small miracles in our lives. It happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things are despite appearances.

Dr. Jean Wilcox’s career has been “a bit of a random walk.” After getting a PhD in chemistry, she worked in technology in the corporate world until she discovered that marketing was much more fun.  At one point she worked for a Japanese company with offices in Silicon Valley and learned to speak Japanese.

After being down-sized from the corporate world, she did marketing consulting, adjunct teaching and ran a B&B.  She is now a Professor of International Marketing at Temple University’s Fox School of Business.  She still consults, travels to Japan whenever she can, loves watching her garden grow and laughing with friends.

7.31.16, The Creative In-Between, David Weaver

Life is filled with moments of change and seasons of transition. If we are awake and engaged, this is true of our spiritual lives as well. Have you gone through a season of spiritual transition in your life? Are you in the middle of one now? What are you learning?

David Weaver joined Unitarian Society of Germantown in the fall of 2015.  He returned to Philadelphia last summer after ten years in Phoenix, AZ. David is a lover of gardening; he sings in several choirs; he is the fifth of seven brothers (no sisters); he has a passion for building community; he currently works as a hospice social worker; and he is a pastor.

7.17.16, Float Like a Butterfly: Ode to Ali, Rev. Kent Matthies

This year we lost a great American Hero: Muhammad Ali.  Ali bravely served as a role model for Black America and anyone else with an open heart and mind.  In our current turbulent times we benefit from pausing to remember his poetry and sacrifice.  Muhammad Ali showed us how to live out our nation’s highest held values such as freedom of conscience and creating an environment where everyone can achieve their potential.

7.3.16, The Roots of Service: Where It Begins, David Wurtzel

The idea of service sits at the epicenter of the well being of ourselves and our communities. It is the very wellspring of our happiness as well as our purpose. David will talk about how the the idea of faith and its various parts creates the rich soil allowing the roots of service to grow and take hold, laying the strong foundation of a rich and fulfilling life.
David Wurtzel found his passion for life within the fire service in his twenties, and currently serves as a volunteer firefighter in Narberth, PA. In 2008 he discovered a series of devastating health issues that have plagued the fire service for decades. This compelled him to launch a non-profit called The First Twenty, whose mission is help this vastly underserved population address their unmet health needs. In 2012 they launched the nation’s first ever national fitness and wellness program for firefighter health, safety and performance. They currently serve thousands of firefighters coast to coast including the United States Air Force and are at the center of two clinical trials. David is a member of USG with his wife Muna and children Galena and Billy.