USGPodcasts

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

1.29.17, Science Giving Hope! Rev. Kent Matthies

Green energy, robots clearing mine fields and dressing frail elders, human beings spending time on Mars and deep undersea – all are possible amazing scientific discoveries and inventions.  While we must ensure the ethical usage of advancements, there are many ways in which science, when balanced with morals, brings hope and improvements.

1.22.17, A New Day, Connie Simon, Intern Minister

Our first service after the inauguration of Donald Trump as President. Regardless of our political affiliation, we recognize the need for acceptance and healing. How will we work together in love to promote social justice and equal opportunity for all and bring an end to the intolerance and divisiveness that have rocked our society?

1.15.17, Don’t Ban the Veil: MLK Sunday, Rev. Kent Matthies

Facing intense pressure, German Chancellor Angela Merkel supported banning Muslim women from wearing full face veils. This inhibition of religious freedom will only create more regression in areas of mutual understanding and collaboration. We must protect spaces where people can speak their mind and express themselves as they wish – especially when we disagree.

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.