USGPodcasts

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

4.14.19, Building Wholeness with Right Relations, Rev. Kent Matthies

Did you know our congregation has a covenant of right relations? Yes, we do! Our diverse, spiritually vibrant congregation has made sacred promises to specific ways of being with one another.  These include:

-Express gratitude for the efforts of others, particularly those who volunteer.

-Ask for help when needed and give help as able.

-Listen, with an open heart, to fully appreciate another’s point of view.

-Approach disagreements and conflicts constructively, communicating with others in a direct, caring and responsible manner.

Come explore how these ways of being can help us – as individuals and community – to achieve wholeness and our greatest potential in body, mind and spirit.

4.07.2019,Wholeness: A Quartet of Voices, Tom Ott

The theme for April is Wholeness. As with most themes, there are many ways of coming to an understanding of what it may mean. Four members of USG will share how they see the concept, each from a different perspective.

3.24.19, We Have Met the Enemy and He Are Us, Charles Gabriel

Charles Gabriel was raised in the Catholic Church, wandered aimlessly through a 35 year period of atheism and finally developed a spiritual center to his life through the gift of the 12-step programs Nar-Anon and Al-Anon that he became involved with through his step-son’s drug addiction.

Who is our enemy and who are we? – An exploration and a universalist view of inclusion in the beloved community.

Charles joined USG in October, 2004 and has held several volunteer positions including Budget & Finance Committee member, Buildings & Grounds committee co-chair, Strategic Planning Council chair and Board of Trustees member. He is now retired from church leadership and sings in the USG choir. Today marks his eighth sermon at USG.

3.17.19, Mars Rover, Mars Rover, Rev. Kent Matthies

NASA’s Opportunity, the Mars Rover, just finished 15 years of rolling across our neighbor planet’s rocky red soil.  Opportunity helped to discover evidence that ancient Mars had water and might have been capable of sustaining life.  This Stewardship Sunday we celebrate the opportunity USG gives us to sustain and empower life and love!  Being generous to our church is one element of the endeavor.

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.