USGPodcasts

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

7.2.17, Not Motivated to Get Motivated, Rev. Dr. Neal Jones

In the dubious tradition of motivational speakers, this sermon will be an anti-motivational speech.

Rev. Neal is the Senior Minister of Main Line Unitarian Church, his fifth congregation as a pastor. Originally from North Carolina, he is also a clinical psychologist and the President of Americans United for Separation of Church & State.

6.25.17, The Shared World, Rev. Mara Dowdall, Livestream from GA

Poet Naomi Shihab Nye speaks of “the shared world,” in which we connect deeply with one another in and through our differences. What does it mean to live in “the shared world”? As we navigate this time of peril and possibility, beauty and anguish, despair and resistance, how might a theology and practice of “the shared world” help us find our way?

6.18.17, Rev. Mara Dowdall

Wonder is the sensation we have when experiencing what is both beautiful and unexpected. It is an ancient human emotion, but also, argues Susan Beaumont, a leadership and congregational consultant, a crucial antidote to the profound anxiety of the times in which we are living. What is the connection between wonder and our work in the world?

6.11.17, Growing Together in Spirit: The Dance of Mutual Development, Jason Bender and Kira Baker-Doyle

We celebrate this past year’s achievements, children, and teachers and we affirm our commitment to our children’s spiritual development. The service will be followed by A Carnival with a Bouncy House, Slip n Slide, Bean Bag Toss, Raffle, Barbecue & Potluck Picnic.

6.4.17, Interfaith Connection and Action, Connie Simon, Intern Minister

Radical hospitality is described as going beyond politeness – it’s greeting the stranger with “revolutionary generosity.”  Can neighbors with widely different religious beliefs work together for their community’s common good?   Connie Simon reminds us that we are stronger together and previews her upcoming Interfaith Connection and Action project.

5.28.17, A Negativity Bias, Rev. Andrew Weber

We tend to react to and remember negative events.  Our ancestors needed to know what could possibly harm them so we may have an evolutionary bias toward remembering negativity.  Can we be more balanced and whole by paying more attention to the positive in our lives? Rev. Andrew serves the UU Fellowship of Newark, DE.

5.21.17, Resonance of Faith- The 7 Principle Song Cycle, Emily Joy Goldberg

Emily Joy has found a way to share UUism in a concise, joyful and memorable package with her original song cycle. She will be joined by the USG band and choir presenting songs inspired by each of our 7 UU Principles.  Clap your hands, tap your feet and be a part of this joyful noise!

5.14.17, Journey Toward Wholeness, Connie Simon, Intern Minister

Humans are fragile creatures –alternately weak and strong, brave and frightened, carrying our hopes and dreams, burdens, fears and insecurities as we navigate through life.  Sometimes our fragility tears us apart individually and as community.  It can also bring us closer.   How do we come together in wholeness?

5.7.17, Beyond White Privilege

USG is joining with approximately 600 UU congregations from all 50 states and six countries in the “White Supremacy Teach-In” – a look at those unconscious institutional assumptions and practices that tend to benefit white people and exclude people of color.  This service promises to be educational and transformative.

4.30.17, Coming of Age Service

The fourth UU principle encouraging a free and responsible search for truth and meaning guides the Coming of Age class as they spend the year thinking and talking about what is true for them and what they believe is most important as they become young adults. Come hear what they have to say.