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

8.11.19, A Covenantal Faith, Guest Speaker Julia Landis

A covenant is a coming together of two or more parties in an agreement, commitment, or pledge. As UUs, covenants are made as aspirational goals we hope to fulfill; when we fall short, we make amends to be in right relations with each other. What if we were to extend that idea to the personal relationship to our faith? What does it mean to be a covenantal faith?

Julia Landis is a lifelong UU, and will be a first year student at the University of Virginia this fall. She is a member of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church in Charlottesville, VA. She is a regular attendee at General Assembly, and last year was the Senior Business Manager to the GA Youth. She is an alumnus of Summer Seminary and the Luminary Leaders program.

8.4.19, Where the Spirit May Reside, Tom Ott

Our eight Principles are the foundation of our faith as we presently live it. And they ask much of us, both theologically and practically. A question that should be prominent for all Unitarian Universalists is “How may I embody this faith that encourages freedom while urging responsibility?”

7.28.19, Wax On, Wax Off, Meg Ryan

What do artists and the science of creativity have to teach us about the links between resilience and resistance, between self-advocacy and connection with others, and how to solve the intractable problems of our world?

Meg Ryan is a flutist by training, a journalist and editor by trade, and an activist at heart. She spends a lot of time thinking, reading, and writing about what happens at the places where creativity, spirit, and nature meet. She’s been a friend of USG since she moved to Philadelphia in early 2016.

7.21.19, The Goddess Pilgrimage, Andrea Durham

The Goddess Pilgrimage

This spring Andrea journeyed to Crete to learn about ancient Minoan culture, worship of the Goddess and matriarchal societies. The Pilgrimage included experiencing Bronze Age Minoan ritual sites on mountains and in caves and a 1400 year old convent still functioning today. It celebrates a Society of Peace where the Goddess was revered as the Source of Life, women were honored, people lived in harmony with nature, and there was no war. An alternative to patriarchy. This Sunday, Andrea will share this journey with us.

7.14.19, Spirituality of Resistance

Spirituality of Resistance

Who made resistance possible for you? Who invited you into a vision of an entirely new day? Who helped you resist the pressures to follow the herd? Come hear four folks share their own experiences and thoughts on our spiritual theme of the month, Resistance: Jody Hill, Nancy Roeker-Coates, Marjorie Winther and Rev. Kent Matthies

6.19.19, Father’s Day: He for She, Rev. Kent Matthies

6.16.19, Father’s Day: He for She, Rev. Kent Matthies

Let’s celebrate fatherhood and fathers. Let’s celebrate efforts of love, support, humility, and sacrifice that fathers – imperfect as they are – have made for children, family and community. Let’s ALSO explore how men around the world are increasing commitments to create a world where females have safety, equality and justice. Efforts like the HeforShe Campaign raise consciousness and spiritual growth for all – including dads.