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

4.24.16, Back to the Future, Rev. Bill Gardiner

In this current moment of environmental, economic, and political crisis we can look back at the 150 year history of USG for clues to how we can respond today with spiritual resources, resilience, and adaptabiity as we move toward the future.

The Rev. Bill Gardiner served as a minister at the Unitarian Society of Germantown from 1980 until 1990.  From 1990 until 2014 he was the Co-director of the Department for Faith in Action at the Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston. Currently he is a member of First Parish in Arlington, Massachusetts and volunteers with several community groups.

4.17.16, Breaking the Code, Rev. Kent Matthies

Part II of the sermon series on the book “Blindspot.”  We are porous beings soaking up the cultural attitudes in our environment.  How do we become more aware of our preconceived notions and do better in changing how they impact our behaviors?  How do we break the code and actually start using stereotypes for the better?  How can our prejudices help us move towards realizing a world where all are recognized for inherent dignity and worth?

4.10.16, Homo Categoricus, Rev. Kent Matthies

Psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald’s groundbreaking book “Blindspot” will be the basis for a two part sermon series (April 10 & 17).  As we explore our spiritual theme of April, Privilege, we will “explore hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.”  Dr. Seuss wrote about how the Star Bellied and Plain Bellied Sneetches continually engaged competition for superiority.  How can we escape our inner Sneetch?

4.3.16, Not For Ourselves Alone, Rev. Daniel Gregoire

How might we live if we realized that our lives were not for ourselves alone? Would we buy less stuff, eat differently or use different products? What if this was not our world, but a world on loan to us by yet unborn generations? This worship encourages us to remember the interdependent web of life of which we are a part our 7th UU Principle. We have a visible and invisible impact on the people around us and on the world through the choices we make.  Let us explore how developing an ecological sense of self can become an antidote to the privilege of unbridled consumerism and materialism.