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

Stewardship Sunday: With guest speaker, Rev. Vail Weller

On this day, when we think about the many blessings of our spiritual community, Rev. Weller, Special Assistant to the UUA President for Stewardship, will talk on The Promise of Yesterday. “We think of ourselves as progressive as a faith movement. And we are! But there are ways in which we are still living into the promise of yesterday. This morning, we’ll explore how Unitarian Universalism reaches around the globe and into our own lives, and we’ll be invited into reflection about the notion of stewardship.

The Rev. Vail Weller serves as Special Assistant to the President for Major Gifts at the Unitarian Universalist Association. As a parish minister, she served congregations in West Virginia, Michigan, and California.

Sex in Church?! Consulting Minister Rob Keithan

Although Unitarian Universalist congregations have been providing values-based comprehensive sexuality education to children and youth for decades, on the whole we still tend to avoid talking about sex in church—except when something bad happens, or we want to prevent something bad from happening. What would it look like to lift up a positive, healthy vision of sexuality for everyone in the congregation?

Leap, and the Net Will Appear, Rev. Beth Lefever

Opening with a passage from the novel Half Moon and Empty Stars, by Gerry Spence, this sermon will deal with the irresistible call of the life force, and the passion with which we inevitably respond to that call in spite of obstacles, worries, fears and set-backs. Rev. Beth is a UU minister from Elkhart, Indiana. She received her Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and has a special interest in sociology. Other passions are reading, writing, music and spending time outside — especially with beloved friends or pets.

Would You Be So Kind…? Rev.Kent Matthies

Hospitality is the spiritual theme of the month. Giving warm welcome to a visitor is a practice which allows the host to break out of a confined shell of fear or isolation. However, being a guest is also a practice which allows one to break through the denials of self-reliance. When we do accept or even ask for hospitality from others we connect with humility and often offer gifts of salvation to the host.