USGPodcasts

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

3.3.19, Is One the Loneliest Number? Rev. Kent Matthies

What does it mean to be a people on a journey? With this spiritual question of the month, we begin with the theme of loneliness. It turns out that many presumptions about loneliness are off-base. For example, many times one is not the loneliest number. Nor is loneliness necessarily tied to highly individualist societies. Should we mindfully attempt to accept loneliness? How can we improve our relationships with our selves?

2.10.19, Faith Under Pressure, Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt

So many of us come to Unitarian Universalism to find community, to renew our spirits, to commit ourselves to the work of justice. But the promises we made as liberal religious people were made in a world very different than the one in which we live today.  How shall we now live our faith, in these critical days for our country and our world?

The Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt is president of Starr King School for the Ministry, a Unitarian Universalist and multi religious seminary in Berkeley, CA.  A congregational minister in Manhattan for more than a dozen years, Rev. McNatt was an editor and widely anthologized writer for more than 20 years before answering the call to ministry.  She is the author of three books, including her memoir, Unafraid of the Dark. Rev. McNatt is married to Robert McNatt, a lifelong UU who introduced her to the faith when they met at Yale University. They are the proud parents of two young adult sons, Allen and Daniel.   

Faith Under Pressure

The Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt is president of Starr King School for the Ministry, a Unitarian Universalist and multi religious seminary in Berkeley, CA.  A congregational minister in Manhattan for more than a dozen years, Rev. McNatt was an editor and widely anthologized writer for more than 20 years before answering the call to ministry.  She is the author of three books, including her memoir, Unafraid of the Dark. Rev. McNatt is married to Robert McNatt, a lifelong UU who introduced her to the faith when they met at Yale University. They are the proud parents of two young adult sons, Allen and Daniel.   

2,03.19, In God We Trust? Rev. Kent Matthies

In God We Trust?

2.03.19, In God We Trust? Rev. Kent Matthies

Rumi said, “You were born with goodness and trust.” The question often becomes, trust in what? Trust in God? Trust in Love? Trust in Life? These are deep and complicated questions for many of us. Thankfully, our Unitarian Universalist tradition embraces an open and honest search in these matters. In what or whom do you trust and believe in for reliability, truth and strength?

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?