USGPodcasts

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

2.23.14, Changed My Name, USG Choir, Soloists & Mark Daugherty

In honor of Black History month, the choir will present “Changed My Name,” a powerful musical dealing with the Black experience of slavery in the US. The stories of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth are told through songs and narration. If you haven’t heard this musical before, you owe it to yourself to experience it. If you have heard it before, you’ll want to hear it again – yes, it’s that good!

1.5.14 New Orleans Jazz Funeral, The Barbone Street Jazz Band

Come celebrate with the energy of this six-piece Dixieland jazz group. In the New Orleans tradition, we will have a wake for the Old Year, lay down our burdens and lift our possibilities for the New Year. The spirit will be alive with great music including “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In.” The spiritual theme of the month is Beginnings. How can we mindfully let go of the old and begin with the new?

12.22.13,Kwanzaa, Queen Nur, Rev. Kent Matthies, and Abayomi Awodesu

We will have a joyous time lighting candles, telling stories, and moving to the beats of African drumming.  Queen Nur and Abayomi Awodesu, two superb storytellers will bring us on journeys not to be missed!  We will celebrate the principles of Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

On the Passionate Ride, Elaine Silver

Elaine Silver is a seasoned musician, songwriter, touring and recording artist.  She is also a “Certified Passion Test” Facilitator and was personally trained in 2008 by Chris and Janet Attwood, the co-authors of the NY Times bestselling book, The Passion Test. Her music-inspired program will give our members an inside look at this powerful and often life-changing process, and congregants will be left with tools and inspiration for creating a more passion-filled life.

Religious Education Sunday, Jody Whelden, DRE and Rev. Kent Matthies

This Sunday is our annual celebration of the accomplishments of the Religious Education program for children through Youth and a big thanks to the teachers and advisors. This year will highlight a children’s choir singing “I am a Unitarian, I am a Universalist”, led by Music Director, Mark Daugherty.

 

Requiem by Gabriel Faure, Mark Daugherty, USG Choir & Soloists

The USG choir and soloists will present Gabriel Faure’s much loved Requiem. A cynical man of no great religious faith, his Requiem focuses not on the wonder, fear, and threat of torture and damnation that are powerfully invoked in other Requiems of the period. Instead, Faure wrote a largely contemplative work that strives to comfort and assuage the grief of the mourners while holding out the promise of eternal rest and surcease from suffering for the departed. It is a work of transparency and clarity with well balanced phrases. If you have never heard it, you will love it.

New Orleans Jazz Funeral, The Barbone Street Jazz Band and Rev. Kent Matthies

Come celebrate with the energy of this six-piece Dixieland jazz group. In the New Orleans tradition, we will have a wake for the Old Year, lay down our burdens and lift our possibilities for the New Year. The spirit will be alive with great music
including “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In.” The spiritual theme of the month is mindfulness. How can we mindfully let
go of the old and embrace the new?

Christmas Eve Family Service, Rev. Kent Matthies, Jody Whelden, Joan Javier-Duval, Mark Daugherty and USG Choir

“No Room at All” by Bernice Webb
The innkeeper’s children, Aaron and Sarah, are curious about the guests that have arrived at their family’s inn. Do they have enough light in the stable? Will the baby get cold? The unexpected arrival of these guests challenge Aaron, Sarah, and their family to show true hospitality and welcome.

 

A Ceremony of Carols performed by the USG Choir, directed by Mark Daugherty with Kimberly Rowe, harpist

Come hear a holiday musical classic – Benjamin Britten’s charming “A Ceremony of Carols.” Written in the darkest year of World War II, somehow Britten managed to find joy and beauty during that time and he produced a classic Christmas choral work of unparalleled sophistication and craft. It’s wonderful music that engages the mind as well as the heart. Kimberly Rowe will be our harpist accompanying the chorus.

Peace, Love and Joy with Elaine Silver

The theme for this very special, intergenerational worship service is “Peace, Love and Joy.” Our magnificent guest musician, Elaine Silver, will create two 20-minute periods of music, poetry, spoken word and audience participation for all ages. Elaine has a singing voice you’ll never forget: it is stunningly clear, rich and supple. She sings a cappella or accompanies herself on guitar and (sometimes) banjo. Kids and adults of all ages will love this spiritual, joyous time of worship.