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

Prayer ~ “UU Style”, Charles Gabriel

Many of us have experienced “prayer” in our former lives where we (sometimes) mindlessly repeated a proscribed prayer. This type of prayer was one of the things that we put aside as a result of, or prior to, our becoming involved in our UU faith. But prayer, properly executed, is a useful and powerful way to connect with the “still, small voice” imbedded in our subconscious mind.

What might “UU-Style” prayer look like? Meditation and Contemplation are two kinds of prayer that allow us to connect with our innermost perceptions of the mystery and spirit of life. This sermon will address how prayer, “UU-Style,” allows us to clear our mind through meditation and connect with our inner voice through imagining and visualizing of spiritual texts drawn from “wisdom from all of the world’s religions which inspire us in our ethical and spiritual life”.

Charles Gabriel has been a member of USG since 2004 and has addressed the congregation in Sunday services on numerous occasions. He grew up Catholic, wandered aimlessly as a practicing atheist for 35 years and now has a strong Universalist bent. He is a retired (sort of) engineer, the lucky husband of Betsy and a committed participant in the life of our beloved community.

Prayers of Thanks and Giving, Rev. Kent Matthies

Many Unitarian Universalists believe that Thanksgiving is “America’s most sacred non-religious holiday.” In that spirit let us live prayers of thanks and giving.

In our congregation we will 
once again celebrate this with a bread communion where the children will bake and share bread. Together we are more powerful in our gratitude and generosity!

Reaching Beyond Ourselves, Intern Minister Joan Javier-Duval

We search for meaningful connection in ordinary moments and at times of profound loss, pain, wonder, and joy. How can prayer bring us closer to the connection we seek?

After We Vote, Rev. Kent Matthies

Two days away from a major election we will motivate as many folks as possible to go to the polls and exercise their democratic right of voting. We also know that no matter who wins the Presidency there will be many extremely important issues that need our involvement after election day. What needs our attention and how can we make a difference on local and state issues in the months to come?