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

The Power of Play, Rev. Mara Dowdall

Plenty of research tells us that having time for play in our lives is not only a desirable, but actually an essential condition for human flourishing. Through this service, we’ll explore the important role play plays in our lives, how it contributes to our spiritualjourneys, and what gets in the way of embracing it.

Rev. Mara Dowdall grew up at USG, and she was honored to be ordained by the congregation in 2008. She is currently wrapping up her ministry in Montpelier, Vermont.  This summer, she’ll be moving to Burlington with her husband Ben and 15 month-old son Dean to begin a new position at the First UU Society, where she was called this spring.

Coming Home, Debbie Ward

If we’re all on our own spiritual journeys, what happens when we return home?  Debbie will explore the dynamic of individual pursuit of truth and meaning in the context of spiritual community. This is a repeat of a sermon first presented at USG in January of 2009. Debbie has been a member of USG for three decades. She was a worship associate for many years, and has appeared in the pulpit several times. She just retired from a 25 year career as a labor and delivery nurse and is helping to raise her grandson.

Sex and the Church, Rev. Kent Matthies

Unfortunately, the historic church has not earned a positive reputation in terms of how it promotes or participates in our sexuality.  From repressive theologies to abusive clergy, too often the church has fallen short and failed. It does not have to be that way. We are sexual beings for our entire lives. With education, care and respect we can embrace the miracle and beauty of our sexuality. With the proper balance of boundaries and choices we can sing before the Lord with all our

Religious Education Sunday, Jody Whelden, DRE and Rev. Kent Matthies

This Sunday is our annual celebration of the accomplishments of the Religious Education program for children through Youth and a big thanks to the teachers and advisors. This year will highlight a children’s choir singing “I am a Unitarian, I am a Universalist”, led by Music Director, Mark Daugherty.


What Starts with Choice and Ends with Justice? – Rev. Rob Keithan

Sunday worship service at USG: This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. While much has changed in 40 years, disagreements about contraception, abortion, and sexuality overall are still hotly contest in culture and politics. What’s going to move us forward, and what’s religion got to do with it?

We welcome Rev. Rob Keithan back to our pulpit! Rev. Keithan is Director of Public Policy at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. He was a Consulting Minister at USG during the 2011-2012 church year, and prior to that served as Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Washington Office. He has trained hundreds of facilitators to lead the junior high and high school portions of the Our Whole Lives comprehensive sexuality education curriculum. He is a member and affiliated minister of All Souls Church Unitarian and lives in Washington, DC.