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

7.28.13 To Grow a Soul, Rev. Rebecca Froom

Unitarian minister A. Powell Davies said, “Life is just a chance to grow a soul.”  Whether we call it religious education, faith formation, or spiritual growth, the search for truth and meaning is one of the cornerstones of our Unitarian Universalist tradition.  As a religious community we have the opportunity nourish one another as growing souls, as spiritual people who have experiences of wonder at all ages and stages of life.

Rebecca Froom grew up in Mt. Airy attending USG as well as Summit Presbyterian Church.  She was ordained to the UU ministry in 2012 by both USG and Arlington Street Church in Boston, where she did her ministerial internship.  She currently serves as the Assistant Minister with a focus on lifespan religious education at First Universalist Society, in Franklin, MA.  Rebecca lives with her husband Alec at the Lucy Stone Cooperative, an intentional living community grounded in UU values located in Boston, MA.


Vision from Quiet, Rev. Kent Matthies

Vision is the spiritual theme of the month.  In order to allow a vision to well up from inside of us we often need quiet. Extraverts often dominate our social interactions.  Extraverts, like the minister, can talk too much and not allow for quiet time, which our souls crave.  Let’s give ourselves a break and feel the quiet which can connect us to our souls and the holy.

Power To Say No, Rev. Kent Matthies

A healthy church supports people to say no.  We should stand up and say no to abuse in all its forms.  We should also be empowered to say no when a certain activity doesn’t fit with our core values or ethics.  Because we are a liberal religion some people think that in Unitarian Universalism anything goes.  It should not be that way.  As a community and as individuals we should always have the choice to say no to each other and ourselves.  Our religion can help us say no to eating too much sugar, overworking or staying stuck on sad.  Saying no to the wrong path can open up a vision for a better path.


On the Passionate Ride, Elaine Silver

Elaine Silver is a seasoned musician, songwriter, touring and recording artist.  She is also a “Certified Passion Test” Facilitator and was personally trained in 2008 by Chris and Janet Attwood, the co-authors of the NY Times bestselling book, The Passion Test. Her music-inspired program will give our members an inside look at this powerful and often life-changing process, and congregants will be left with tools and inspiration for creating a more passion-filled life.