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

1.8.17, Jazz Funeral for the Old Year, Barbone Street Jazz Band

We will lay down our burdens from the Old Year, and lift up our possibilities for the New Year. And remember inspirational people including Prince, John Glenn and Gwen Ifill, who died this past year. Can you draw upon the experience of others and yourself to garner hope for what is to come

1.1.17, Readings and Music – Jenn Leiby, with the UUrban Mystics

For many of us, 2016 was a challenging year that we are happy to say goodbye to. We go into the bright and shiny new year with hope for better days. Let’s gather with Jenn and the band on the first day of the new year to celebrate the New Beginnings that 2017 brings.

1.24.16, Christmas Magic, Rev. Kent Matthies

Born in the middle of the night and poverty a baby touches countless lives with joy and hope: magic!  Soft lights and sacred music bring us home to center: magic.  Feel the power of love beyond belief.  Feel Christmas Magic.

12.18.16, Kwanzaa Celebration

We will have a joyous time lighting candles, telling stories, and moving to the beats of African drumming. Enjoy the dynamic, inspirational Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble who will lift up the principles of Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

12.11.16, The Wisdom of Old Turtle, E. Ashley Izard, Mark Dougherty and the USG Choir

Old Turtle is an enchanting fable that promotes a deeper understanding of the earth and our relationship with all the beings who inhabit it. The book was selected the American Booksellers Association 1993 Book of the Year; composer Joseph Martin set the author’s words to music. It’s a service that the whole family can enjoy.

12.4.16, Reverence for Loss, Rev. Kent Matthies

At the Holiday season we emphasize giving thanks for what we have.  But the holidays can also remind us of what we have lost.  Many of us anguish over loss of loved ones, relationships, health, jobs — How can we learn from and even revere loss?

11.27.16, Justice and Peace in Israel and Palestine, Rabbi Meryl Crean

A Reconstructionist Rabbi, inspired by her faith, has worked for peace with justice in Israel/Palestine. Rabbi Crean has done interfaith work in Israel with Jewish, Christian, Muslim peace activists and in the US with Christian-Jewish Allies and as a member of the Rabbinic Council of Jewish Voice for Peace.

11.20.16, Thanksgiving Bread Communion, Rev. Kent Matthies

Thanksgiving is known as the American Seder.  Regardless of religion this holiday allows us to pause and give thanks and commit to giving back to life.  At this worship service, we will reflect upon and share the things for which we are grateful. And we will partake in the bread communion, led by our children.

11.13.16, Where do we go from here? Rev. Kent Matthies

The range of emotions we may be feeling after Election Day is tremendous. No matter what happens, we the people of our nation have to go forward to be the best we can be. It will require bold personal and community spiritual innovation to move forward with healing and hopefulness. But how?

11.6.16, Finding Your Blessings, Intern Minister Connie Simon

When there is so much intolerance, discord and suffering in our community and our world, seeing the blessings in life can be a challenge.  Sometimes we’re just too busy and distracted to see them.  Yet, there they are – waiting to be discovered and revealed. How will you find your blessings?