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

10.1.17, When the Story Breaks: 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Rev. Kent Matthies

500 years ago Luther posted his 95 theses, a major catalyst to the Reformation. Religion, a social construct designed to meet personal and community needs, is often deeply interwoven with prevailing narratives. When the story breaks, like learning the earth is not flat and the sun does not orbit the earth, big changes can happen

9.24.17, Begin Again in Love, Connie Simon, Intern Minister

We’ve all experienced hurt or disappointment because of our own actions or the actions of others.  As we celebrate the Jewish High Holy Days, we remember that one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and others is the gift of forgiveness and the opportunity to begin again in love.

9.17.17, Coming back to…Rev Kent Matthies

One of the most enriching elements of Kent’s sabbatical was learning about and practicing mindfulness, commonly defined as “paying attention to the present, without rejecting or attaching”.  He will share some of his experiences, which include the simple, but powerful truth that he can always come back to his breath. You can too.

8.27.17, Soul of the Nation, Rev. Kent Matthies

The attack on protestors in Charlottesville is yet another in an endless series of tragic incidents. We have entered a new phase of great struggle for the soul of our nation. Our most important values of liberty, democracy and justice are at risk.  Each of us must find ways to participate with love, courage and hope.

8.13.17, Mind the (Divine) Gap, Charles Gabriel

God is found in that narrow space where our human relationships elevate our human experience into a spiritual experience. Judeo/Christian scripture, as well as other religious sources, teaches us how to maximize this experience by expanding our relationships into caring for others in need.Charles joined USG in 2004 and has held many leadership positions.

8.6.17, Coming Clean, Rev. Lee Paczulla

Spirituality isn’t about being perfect, it’s about being honest so we can know the true power of grace and love in our lives. Spiritual practices can help us “come clean” and live more intentionally – awake and aware to what’s really happening, within us and around us. Rev. Lee serves the WellSprings congregation.

7.30.17, Faith in Love’s Imperfection, Rev. Joan Javier-Duval

We all long to receive and give love. Yet, living in loving relationship can be messy and heart-breaking. Can grappling with and accepting love’s imperfections lead us to the love we seek? Joan now serves the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, VT. From 2012-14, she was a beloved intern and consulting minister at USG.

7.23.17, People Get Ready, Davy Knittle

Our lives continuously pivot at the meeting point of our experience of selfhood and the regular transformation of the contexts in which selfhood develops. Unitarian Universalism celebrates our lives as periods of constant change. How can our commitment to change spur us through uncertainty toward active and deliberate participation? Davy grew up at USG and joined in 2005.

7.16.17, Poems: A Retrospective

Peter will read a number of his poems written over the past 35 years. He has been a member of the Unitarian Society of Germantown since 1973, when he, his wife, Marny and their children, moved to Philadelphia from England. He has worked at Temple University School of Medicine as a physician and scientist.

7.9.17, Sowing The Seeds of Beloved Community, Andrea Durham

Unitarian Universalism embraces 7 Principles grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world’s religions. How do we translate these ideals into daily practices so that we actively engage in cultivating Beloved Community? One option is to build character traits that transcend boundaries with guidance from the Christian concept of the Fruit of the Spirit.