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

1.26.14, What does beginning really mean?Rev. Kent Matthies

The Big Bang was the beginning of our universe.  But what was the beginning of everything before that?  We live at a time of mind-numbing scientific discoveries, like new unexplained forms of life at the bottom of the sea.  How can we understand and appreciate these discoveries?  Perhaps we can apply them to the living of our lives?

1.19.14, Viva Mandela-Dr. King Sunday, Rev. Kent Matthies

On the Martin Luther King Sunday we commemorate on of the greatest leaders of the past century: Nelson Mandela!  During and after the horrors of Apartheid Mandela taught South Africa how to begin again in love and justice. In doing so he taught the world that no matter how big or small our problems humans have massive capacities for forgiveness, courage and goodness.

1.12.14 Starting Again, Rev. Libby Smith

As the new year begins, we reflect together on the ways that we make new beginnings in our own lives. Do we make ‘resolutions” that allow us to become more fully ourselves, or that ask us to try to be someone else?

The Rev. Libby Smith grew up in the Unitarian Society of York, PA (now the UU Congregation of York) where her mother is still an active member. After five years of
working in religious education and tending bar on the side, she earned a Masters of Divinity in 1992 and was ordained the same year. Since then she has served congregations in Rockport, MA, Warrington, PA, and Langhorne, PA.  She also spent five years as Chaplain at UU House, a small retirement and nursing home in Germantown.

1.5.14 New Orleans Jazz Funeral, The Barbone Street Jazz Band

Come celebrate with the energy of this six-piece Dixieland jazz group. In the New Orleans tradition, we will have a wake for the Old Year, lay down our burdens and lift our possibilities for the New Year. The spirit will be alive with great music including “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In.” The spiritual theme of the month is Beginnings. How can we mindfully let go of the old and begin with the new?