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

Beloved Community: 2012 in Review, Anaiis Salles

Anaiis will explore Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s definition of beloved community and events in 2012 in which this beloved community perspective may be a deepening call and response process for UUs.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Rev. Kent Matthies, Joan Javier-Duval , Mark Daugherty and USG Choir

Making Room for the Holy
Finally, the sacred child was born. As we know the stories leading up to the birth weren’t that easy. It rarely ever is. Every night a child is born is a holy night. Every day we have a chance to make space for the holy in our lives.

Christmas Eve Family Service, Rev. Kent Matthies, Jody Whelden, Joan Javier-Duval, Mark Daugherty and USG Choir

“No Room at All” by Bernice Webb
The innkeeper’s children, Aaron and Sarah, are curious about the guests that have arrived at their family’s inn. Do they have enough light in the stable? Will the baby get cold? The unexpected arrival of these guests challenge Aaron, Sarah, and their family to show true hospitality and welcome.


Kwanzaa with Rev. Kent Matthies, Queen Nur, & Abayomi Awodesu

We will have a joyous time lighting candles, telling stories, and moving to the beats of African drumming. Queen Nur and Abayomi Awodesu, two superb story tellers will bring us on journeys not to be missed! We will celebrate the principles of Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

A Ceremony of Carols performed by the USG Choir, directed by Mark Daugherty with Kimberly Rowe, harpist

Come hear a holiday musical classic – Benjamin Britten’s charming “A Ceremony of Carols.” Written in the darkest year of World War II, somehow Britten managed to find joy and beauty during that time and he produced a classic Christmas choral work of unparalleled sophistication and craft. It’s wonderful music that engages the mind as well as the heart. Kimberly Rowe will be our harpist accompanying the chorus.

Tend the Spirit, Joan Javier-Duval, Intern Minister with the USG Klezmer Band

In the Christian tradition, today marks the second Sunday of Advent, a time of spiritual preparation and hopeful anticipation. And, in the Jewish tradition, we celebrate Hanukkah, commemorating the miracle of light. In the midst of the busy holiday season, how might we prepare the way for the coming of new revelations and miracles in our lives?

Making Revelation Happen, Rev. Kent Matthies, Mark Daugherty and USG Choir

Revelation is the spiritual theme of the month and manifests in many forms. Sometimes we walk upon a burning bush. Many times revelation is continuous. But at times we have to go out and make revelation happen. In the 1500’s Michael Servetus didn’t believe in the teachings of the church regarding scripture, liturgy and God. He believed that if we courageously search for truth we find it within and around us at the most compelling and inopportune times.