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

10.26.14, Day of the Dead, Rev. Kent Matthies

Communities and religious institutions throughout the Americas are spiritually nourished through the activities of Day of the Dead.  Bring a photo of a deceased loved one to place on our altar.  Oranges, sweet bread, sugar skulls, marigolds, singing and dancing: these are the images of remembering those who have gone before and remain in our hearts.  Our Center service (9:15) will be contemplative and reflective with gorgeous music by Mark Daugherty.  Our Celebrate Life (11;15) will be uplifting and festive with the rich, traditional music brought by the Mariachi Maya band.

10.19.14, Climate Change-Our Moral Imperative-United Nations Sunday

We have a moral, ethical, and survival imperative to learn about climate change/global warming, and to act appropriately and decisively. This imperative derives from people living today and all those who will follow us. We must not have future generations say, of us: “They refused to learn” or “they knew but did not act.”

Dr. Jan Dash is currently chair of the Climate Initiative at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO). He is Climate Advisor to the UN NGO Committee for Sustainable Development, and serves on the UU Green Sanctuary advisory board. He teaches at the Courant Institute of NYU, and is Visiting Scholar at Fordham University.

“We are the first generation to directly feel the effects of global warming and the last generation that can do anything about it.”

10.12.14, Hungry for Compassion, McKinley Sims

Food provides us with physical nourishment, and will keep us alive, but we need something more to truly Live. A popular young adult novel reflects deeply religious messages that can help us explore this fact. What do we hunger for, beyond food? What can we learn about the Spirit of God when we feed ourselves through compassion?

We are delighted to welcome McKinley (Kin) to USG as a student minister. Kin is completing his final year at Princeton Theological Seminary. Originally from Texas, he graduated in 2010 from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA with a degree in History and Religious Studies, and has had a lot of experience working with young people, both as a chaplaincy intern at CHOP and as a teacher, tutor, basketball coach, and camp counselor.

10.5.14, To Thine Own Self Be True, Rev Kent Matthies

Am I doing well enough? Am I doing my job well enough? Am I taking good enough care of myself? Am I a good enough grandparent, parent, neighbor or friend? Many times we feel pressure and disappointment in our self-assessment. Compassion is in the mission of our congregation. Don’t leave yourself out. Self-compassion is an important way of living out our theology.