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

8.31.14, True You and More, Rev. Kent Matthies

A core value of our church is, “We relish life in a diverse urban community where everyone is welcome as they are and encouraged to stay and discover their best selves and unique calling in the human family.” How do you discover and live out your authentic self? How do you balance that with playing any roles such as keeping a professional presence at work, or not over exposing yourself when things are too raw?


8.24.14, 1, 2, 3 Time, Rev. Kent Matthies

Balance is the spiritual theme of August. How do you balance quality and quantity of alone time, time with one other person and groups? Everybody has different needs and wants, which often change with the context and development of our lives.


8.17.14, Forgiveness, Sam Gugino

Nelson Mandela had many commendable qualities, not least was the courage to maintain his principles despite 27 years in prison. But his most admirable quality was his ability to forgive. Instead of retribution, he chose forgiveness. And in doing so, South Africa changed from the brutality of apartheid to the freedom of democracy, without a civil war. How can we learn from Mandela’s example, that forgiveness is strength, not weakness? And that forgiveness heals the forgiver as well as the forgiven.

Sam Gugino  has been a chef, restaurant critic, wine columnist, and author of four cookbooks. He recently retired as contributing editor and columnist for Wine Spectator magazine. He has been a member of the Unitarian Society of Germantown since 2002, where has served in a number of capacities including membership chair, stewardship chair, and two terms as president of the Board of Trustees. He lives in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia with his wife, Mary Lee Keane.

8.10.14, When Being Right is Wrong, Daniel Gregoire, Director of Faith Development

Forgiveness is a struggle for many. Yet, all people consider it a virtue. In quite a few cases the aggrieved is “right” in their sense of having been wronged or mistreated. Is it enough to end there? As a people of faith are we capable of knowing when a relationship is has more value than the wrong? Let’s answer this questions together this Sunday.

8.3.14, Where We Meet the Holy, Rev. Rebecca Froom

In our often transient 21st century world, what does sacred space look like, within and beyond our congregations?    

Rev. Rebecca Froom serves as the Minister at United First Parish Church (Unitarian Universalist) in Quincy, MA.  Rebecca lives with her husband Alec and 10 other housemates in the Lucy Stone Cooperative, an intentional living community in Boston, MA grounded in Unitarian Universalist values and principles. Rebecca grew up in Mt. Airy and is a member of USG.