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

3.29.15,Losing to Win: Courageous Leadership Starts with Disruptive Engagement, Rev. Daniel Gregoire

What does it mean to lead? Is it enough to be in charge, to hold the “power”; or is it something else altogether? True leadership, is a spiritual practice; one cultivated through Disruptive Engagement and term coined by researcher Brene Brown that asks us to recognize and combat a culture of shame and scarcity. Are you ready for a little disruption? Our world needs leaders to shake things up in order to make a difference, and that difference starts with your willingness to “lose” your way to a victory.

3.22.15,Community Day,Lectio Divina, Rev. Daniel Gregoire, Rev. Kent Matthies, Mark Daugherty

For our Center Worship during USG’s Community Day we will engage in Lectio Divina.  This Latin term means sacred reading.  In our Unitarian Universalist tradition we use this practice to share in the reading of sacred scripture and poems.  How does a poem connect you with ancient wisdom and guidance?  How does a piece of scripture allow you to access your Inner Teacher?

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3.15.15, I’ve Known Rivers, Mark Daugherty & the USG Choir

We celebrate the Harlem Renaissance with musical settings of poems by Langston Hughes as well as the sacred music of Duke Ellington. Gwyneth Walker, a contemporary American composer who lives in Vermont, did the musical settings of four of Langston’s poems:  I’ve Known Rivers, Troubled Waters, Jump Right In, and In Time of Silver Rain. The poems look at aspects of life through prisms of water.  Great stuff – you’ll not want to miss it.

3.8.15, Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, 9:15

We don’t always think we’re anyone special, or even that we know anyone too special, but friends, nothing could be farther from the truth.

3.1.15, Laughing into Power, Rev. Kent Matthies

Comedian Maria Bamford is a 43 year old who jokes about many things including her own mental illness. Her mission is to empower the public to stop pretending mental health problems don’t exist. Her mission is to proclaim it is ok for people to be their authentic selves. How do you use your distinctive gifts and humor to empower others?