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

6.28.15, What Does the “Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person” Really Mean? Alan Windle

Our first UU principle states that we affirm and promote the “inherent worth and dignity of every person.” But what does that really mean? When do we first get it? Do those who torture or commit other evil acts lose it? This sermon wrestles with the challenge of understanding the first principle and ends with an affirmation that it is best understood as religious language calling us to greater depths of engagement with others.

Alan Windle has been a member of USG since 2004. He has been both chair and co-chair of the Green Sanctuary Committee, chair of Worship Arts and Worship Associates, and has given in countless other ways of his time and talents. He is a software engineer by profession and a longtime practitioner of Buddhist meditation.

6.21.15, Fatherhood, Rev Kent Matthies

Wonder is the spiritual theme of the month.  Fatherhood opens a window to much awe, humility and wonder.  Paying attention to the little moments (eating breakfast together or telling jokes) as well as the big moments (the child grows up and leaves the home or gets a job) can open us up to receive life’s gifts.

6.7.15, Fading Light, Rev. Kent Matthies

Life, Love and Death are fundamental elements of religion.  Dying and death can involve wonderful experiences.  Yet, many ways of thinking in modern society attempt to push away death as much as possible.  How can we feel wonder for death and dying in ways that allow us to be fully human?