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

1.27.19, The Possibility of Me, You, and Us, Esther Wyss-Flamm

At the heart of each one of us resides essential Light, also known in Sanskrit as prana. In most of us, however, this Light is dampened, shrouded in a cloak of self-protective darkness that prevents us from standing fully in our powerful presence, individually and in relationship with others. We are mired in habits that ensure that this pure Light is barely visible to ourselves and to others. How does this happen? What ways are there to clear the path to live into the possibility of me, of you, and of us? Esther will share the essential spiritual teachings she turns to and her own experience to expose this process and offer ways to access alignment with our life purpose.

Esther Wyss-Flamm and her husband Brad Flamm have been coming to USG for four years, occasionally accompanied by their son Theo and daughter Maya. As a young girl, Esther attended services at the River Road Unitarian Church. She worked with Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s International Programs for three years while studying in Boston, and went on to spend years working with international organizations, including UNICEF, to develop and strengthen partnerships with local health and education groups. Esther has a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and a PhD in Organizational Behavior. After moving to Philadelphia, she established herself as a yoga and mindfulness instructor at several studios and organizations in the area, developing her own business, White Flame Yoga. Esther began exploring meditation and yoga while living in a rural village as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa, when she was in her 20s, and has been finding refuge and renewal in these practices ever since. Esther is also one of the founding board members of The School Mindfulness Project in Philadelphia, and part of the member-elected board of our local beloved Weavers Way Coop.

1.20.19,MLK Sunday: Possibility against the Three Headed Monster, Rev. Kent Matthies

1.20.19, MLK Sunday: Possibility against the Three Headed Monster, Rev. Kent Matthies

One year before his death Dr King preached at Riverside Church in New York about the triple headed monster of racism, militarism and poverty.  After that sermon, for the rest of his tragically short life, King had enemies and antagonists on all sides.  Today the three headed monster wreaks havoc in ways that bring hot anger and overwhelming despair.  How do we stay true to the Kingian vision and lean into finding and creating opportunities of peace, equality and justice for all?

1.6.19, Possibilities of the New Year! New Orleans Jazz Funeral with Rev. Kent Matthies and the Barbone Street Jazz Band

Dance on down with the band and the entire community! This is a day of saying goodbye to the Old Year with a Dixie Land Jazz Band you won’t forget. This is also the day to embrace the possibilities for the New Year. Is avoiding rejection and staying stay keeping you from what’s possible? Can you lean into possibility more by remembering who taught you the most about living?