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

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.

3.17.19, Mars Rover, Mars Rover, Rev. Kent Matthies

NASA’s Opportunity, the Mars Rover, just finished 15 years of rolling across our neighbor planet’s rocky red soil.  Opportunity helped to discover evidence that ancient Mars had water and might have been capable of sustaining life.  This Stewardship Sunday we celebrate the opportunity USG gives us to sustain and empower life and love!  Being generous to our church is one element of the endeavor.

3.3.19, Is One the Loneliest Number? Rev. Kent Matthies

What does it mean to be a people on a journey? With this spiritual question of the month, we begin with the theme of loneliness. It turns out that many presumptions about loneliness are off-base. For example, many times one is not the loneliest number. Nor is loneliness necessarily tied to highly individualist societies. Should we mindfully attempt to accept loneliness? How can we improve our relationships with our selves?