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

2.28.16, The Story of Bilal ibn Rabah, Imam Abdul-Halim Hassan

The topic of the Khutba (sermon), in keeping with the month of February and Black History month, is the role of belief in the Unity of G-D and the Elevation of Man as seen though the eyes of a Black Muslim and that belief’s impact on his society and today’s world. The story is of Bilal ibn Rabah who through Faith went from humble beginnings as a slave to become one of the most revered Shahabbs (Companions) of the Prophet Muhammad.

Asa Imam Abdul-Halim Hassan is a member of Masjidullah in the West Oak Lane section of the city. He was the Resident Imam for 7 years but because of health concerns he stepped down to concentrate on his main passion and focus, Inter-Faith Fellowship. He is a founding member of the group POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild.) He speaks at Inter-Faith gatherings all across the country and has traveled though out the Middle East strengthening relations between people of faith. Imam Hassan has worked in the Cheltenham school district for 25 years before retiring in 2011. He has worked with the youth of the city of Philadelphia as a coach, mentor and advocate. He has taught Arabic classes to seniors and children.
Imam Hassan is married to Vernessa Hunt-Hassan, a member of the Bahai faith. He is the father of 4 adult children, a grandfather and a great-grandfather.

2.14.16, Part of the Sacred Chain, Rev. Anne Mason

Living a life of faith means that we see ourselves as connected to that which is greater than us. We are the ones who choose what is precious enough to pass along. What is the greater story of which we are a part?  How do we choose to frame the stories of our creation?  On this Sunday together, let us take time to explore our connection to the Sacred Chain.

Rev. Anne Mason is the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster.  She is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, and previously served her congregation as Director of Music and Pastoral Care.

2.7.16, Freedom from the Chains We Choose, Rachael Pontillo

We can never be free if we don’t believe we are free. We can allow ourselves to become and stay trapped in negative thought patterns based on societal or cultural conditioning, but staying trapped or breaking free is a choice. We must push past our own limiting beliefs to achieve personal freedom.

Rachael Pontillo is a certified holistic health and image coach, and is an ordained minister with the International Metaphysical Ministry. She’s the creator of Holistically Haute™, bestselling author of Love Your Skin, Love Yourself, and co-writer of The Sauce Code with her husband, Chef Joe Pontillo. She’s also the proud mama of two daughters, and two bearded dragons.