USGPodcasts

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

11.13.16, Where do we go from here? Rev. Kent Matthies

The range of emotions we may be feeling after Election Day is tremendous. No matter what happens, we the people of our nation have to go forward to be the best we can be. It will require bold personal and community spiritual innovation to move forward with healing and hopefulness. But how?

10.30.16, Day of the Dead: Happy Reunion, Rev. Kent Matthies, Jason Bender, Connie Simon and Mariachi MayaDay of the Dead: Happy Reunion, Rev. Kent Matthies, Jason Bender, Connie Simon and Mariachi Maya

Join us for the tradition of Dia de los Muertos.  Our worship service will involve story and songs with the outstanding band, Mariachi Maya! We will journey with three Mexican-American children learning and sharing the rich cultural heritage of this holiday.  Please bring a photo of a deceased loved one to share at our altar.

10.9.16, What Binds Unitarian Universalists together? Connie Simon, Intern Minister

Are UUs a religious community, a social justice movement or something else? We’ll explore the liberal roots of Unitarianism, Universalism and Unitarian Universalism and how we can come together today in all our glorious theological diversity and work toward creating Beloved Community.

10.2.16, When We Can’t Forgive, Rev. Kent Matthies

Today we celebrate the High Holy Days. Jewish tradition encourages people to greet the New Year with serious introspection, self-evaluation and prayer.  Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor, tremendous writer and a world leader, said that he could not forgive the crimes committed by the Nazis. What happens when we cannot forgive?

9.25.16, We the People, Rev. Kent Matthies

Democracy is the fifth principle of Unitarian Universalism: “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” As we approach an historically important national election, we explore our deep connections and commitments to democracy.

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.