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

6.29.14, The Totality of Existence: Slightly Abridged, Paul Teti

Paul plans to present theories from the string (Planck level) particle all the way up to the multiverse as well as some theories about time.

Paul C. Teti, a native Philadelphian, attended Temple University earning a BBA in Accounting.  He is an auditor with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Proud father of Chloe Raven, 4 and Duvessa Ciara, 1. Married to Eileen for seven years.  Paul has always had an interest in science and art.

6.22.14, Real Heaven, Rev. Kent Matthies

I just saw a movie which blew me away: “Heaven is for Real”.  Many of you know the story, based on a  New York Times Bestselling book.  A four-year-old boy in Nebraska had a near death experience.  After he survives the boy talks in great detail about his experiences of spending time in heaven.  His father, although a Christian Minister, and the boy’s family and church all go through significant struggle and doubt about the veracity of the boys claims.  Here at USG the spiritual theme of the month is “Source Beyond Ourselves”.  This movie helped me more deeply embrace love, spirit, community and Heaven all as sacred sources beyond ourselves.  We don’t have to all believe in all of these concepts, words or realities. But we do benefit when we embrace sources beyond ourselves which comfort, console, enliven and beautify our lives.


6.15.14, Religious Education Recognition Sunday! Daniel Gregoire

Join in our annual tradition of celebrating the life of our Children’s Religious Education (RE) program. This intergenerational service will be led by Daniel Gregoire, Director of Faith Development with the RE Committee and affirm the accomplishments of the elementary, middle and high school students. The service will feature the time honored tradition of the Coming of Age credo statements. We will celebrate our graduating high school youth and welcome them into greater participation in the life of USG.

6.8.14, In Reverent Celebration, Joan Javier-Duval

Embracing sources of love, wisdom, and beauty beyond ourselves requires facing our individual limitations. This can be a humbling and, at times, frightening endeavor. Yet, doing so opens us up to experience wonder and joy. Let us celebrate our capacity to feel reverence in the midst of all that is holy and sacred.

6.1.14, An Epiphany of Butterflies, Tom Ott

How butterflies and trout can lead us through the Enlightenment and safely out the other side via metaphor.

Tom Ott is professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia and has, for the last two years, been President of the Board of Trustees at USG.