SERMON ARCHIVES

Seasons, Evangelists, and the Power of Healing in Community

Paige Rappleye | February 5, 2023

Don’t let the title scare you. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show won’t be in the parking lot to heal you with a touch. But some powerful testimony will be shared, and you may leave with more questions than answers. Laugh, cry, and perhaps even be born again?

Leadership (and Followership)

Rev. Samuel Schaal | January 29, 2023

We emphasize the need for leadership. What about followership? How does the dance of these two movements create the container for a successful relationship with a minister?

Creative Conflict

Rev. Samuel Schaal | January 22, 2023

Is conflict essential in discovering our center? Should we avoid or engage conflict? How can healthy conflict bless us?

Praise and Protest

Martin Luther King Sunday

Rev. Samuel Schaal | January 15, 2023

The role of the Black church was central to the mid-20th century civil rights movement. Its dual emphasis was protesting the inequalities of society while praising the presence of the sacred. How might we in the liberal free faith take these principles?  

Revisiting the Center of our Faith

Rev. Samuel Schaal | January 8, 2023

Our Unitarian Universalist Association is considering revising Article II of the bylaws that includes the principles, sources and purposes of our association. Their draft creates a simplified center of our faith. How might this call us into the next generation of our movement?         

What Illuminates Your Life?

Jim Reay | January 1, 2023

New Year’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to assess life’s blessings and consider future aspirations. 

Christmas Morning

Intergenerational Worship

Rev. Samuel Schaal | December 25, 2022

What did you get for Christmas? In word and song, we realize the real gifts of life.

Christmas Eve

Intergenerational Worship

Rev. Samuel Schaal | December 24, 2022

The journeying couple found shelter among the humble animals where new life was born. This suggests that our own common journeys hold blessing and wonder. We gather on this dark night to light candles and bring light to the world.

Holiday Service of Song With the UUCS Choir

Rev. Samuel Schaal | December 18, 2022

In word and song, we celebrate the majesty and melodies of the season. 

Would You Like to Hold the Baby?

Rev. Samuel Schaal | December 11, 2022

Our congregation of all ages gathers to enact Joyce Poley’s pageant of original songs and story. As we ponder the timeless story of Mary and Joseph, the kings and shepherd, we embrace the many meanings that Christmas holds for us.

A Year of Giving Thanks

Rev. Samuel Schaal | December 4, 2022

Our beloved community is supported by the work and gifts of our members and friends. We gather to celebrate our shared interdependence as we approach a new generation of ministry.

Waiting for Wonder

Rev. Samuel Schaal | November 27, 2022

In a world of changing forms, the winter holidays offer a time of stillness to discover peace, grace and a sense of wonder.

Beyond Categorical Thinking

Rev. Samuel Schaal | November 20, 2022

When you think of our new settled minister, do distinct images come to mind? Is it a person of a particular gender, race, age, ability or identity? How might we expand our awareness and deepen our practice of being inclusive? A variety of lay leaders share their perspectives.

Healing the Nation

Rev. Samuel Schaal | November 13, 2022

As a nation, we have lost agreement on what constitutes the common good. Given the results of the midterm elections and who we are as an American people, how might we work for healing across the categories that divide us?

We honor those who have joined the congregation since last spring.

Deep River  

Rev. Samuel Schaal | November 6, 2022

We ponder African American theologian Howard Thurman’s idea of the deep river in African American spirituals, reflecting the journey of life to death and remembrance. We name those from the congregation who have died over the past year.

Bring photos and mementos of those you have loved and lost to display on the memory table in the sanctuary.

Golden Rule Sunday  

Rebecca Riggs | October 30, 2022

The Courage to Let Go 

Rev. Samuel Schaal | October 23, 2022

Vulnerability takes strength. We often live out of a false courage based on our resume values and miss our own (and others’) true worth.

Lifting Our Voices

Amy St. Peter | October 16, 2022

We each contribute to our collective song with our voices. The absence of our voices is also heard. We explore how we contribute to the congregational conversation in our ministerial search, results from the congregational survey, and how we impact broader community dialogue as we live out our faith.

Confronting White Supremacy Culture

Rev. Samuel Schaal | October 9, 2022

The term white supremacy suggests images of the KKK in robes. True enough. White supremacy also subtly affects our institutions, even our congregations.

Repentance and Right Relationship

Rev. Samuel Schaal | October 2, 2022

Yom Kippur is a Jewish holy day calling us into repentance and right relationship with each other and all of creation. Taking the first step toward such repentance requires courage.

To Covenant

Amy St. Peters | September 25, 2022

As we search for a new minister, we search for what defines us, what binds us, and what inspires us as a faith community. We will unpack the covenants that have shaped us to date and the covenants that will guide us into the future. 

Saving the World Ten at a Time

Lois Bartel and Liz Thomas | September 18, 2022

Creating community is part of our mission as a faith. We explore the place of covenantal small group ministries in the congregation.

Better Together

Rev. Samuel Schaal | September 11, 2022

“It takes a tribe…” is a familiar saying. It also takes a congregation. And a river of belonging.

We celebrate the Water Communion, a UU tradition. Bring a small vial of water symbolizing the living waters that sustain you.

Justice, Mercy and Humility

Cynthia Baker | September 4, 2022

Cynthia Baker, Labor in the Pulpit speaker from the Arizona AFO-CIO, considers Micah’s ancient injunction against the contemporary state of workers’ rights and the labor movement.

Stillness in an Age of Anxiety

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | August 28, 2022

All the philosophies and theologies of the ancient world understood stillness as the most powerful force in the world. In our age of anxiety, how can stillness focus us, root us, and empower us in our work?

Loving the World, Anyway

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | August 21, 2022

This summer was seasoned with cataclysmic events that thwarted the world as we knew it—Supreme Court decisions, floods and fires, international conflict, more tribalization of politics, even an attack on our own campus. How can we love and serve such a world? Three principles from Stoicism suggest an approach.

Is Giving Stuff Away the Kind of Social Change Jesus Came to Teach?

Jon Katov | August 14, 2022

Sermon Recording

Brooke Gaunt | August 7, 2022

Sermon Recording

Amy St. Peter | July 31, 2022

Sermon Recording

Joanne Thomson | July 24, 2022

An Improbable Librarian and Our Unlikely Library

Juliet Gustavson | July 17, 2022

Telling Stories

Rebecca Riggs | July 10, 2022

Hugh Moir wrote, “stories are the imaginative cement that binds us together as a culture or society”. We will explore the power of stories: what they reach us about ourselves, how they influence our religious outlook.

Sermon Recording 

 July 3, 2022

Sermon was recorded from the Service held at the closing of General Assembly for the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations – in Portland Oregon

Upon Reflection

David King | June 26, 2022

Thoughts, feelings and attitudes related to the ruling passed down from the Supreme Court on Row V Wade striking from the Constitution the Right to Reproductive Freedom that has been covered by Article 14 for 50 years.

Juneteenth: Don’t Hallmark My Holiday

Emrys Station | June 19, 2022

A look at the creation of Ameika’s newest holiday and how it needs to be protected from becoming commercialized.

The Blessings of Sabbath

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | June 12, 2022

How are you? “Busy!” is the usual answer. Toward a theology of rest, stillness and discovery.

The Blessings of Imperfection

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | June 5, 2022

“Practice makes perfect,” we say. “Be ye perfect,” says the Scripture. Turns out, imperfection is the heart of life.

A Memorial to America

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | May 29, 2022

This Memorial Day weekend we honor those who gave their lives in military service to their country, as well as those who gave their lives in service to their country or cause, whether or not in the military. Bring mementos, pictures, memories of those who you knew and loved, or perhaps those who you admired from afar—any who dedicated their lives to a great cause, including the U.S. military.

A Stream of Light: Unitarianism in America

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | May 22, 2022

The emergence of a new liberal faith in America was a stream of light that continues to shine, offering freedom of belief while working to heal the world.

Beauty and Justice

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | May 15, 2022

It’s easy to think of beauty as a concern for the superficial, avoiding the call of justice. Scholar Elaine Scarry suggests that beauty often facilitates just action. The UUCS Choir performs.

Motherhood

Amy St. Peter | May 8, 2022

On this Mother’s Day Sunday, Amy St. Peter shares diverse reflections of the meaning of motherhood—from being a mother, having a mother, mothering others and being a part of Mother Earth. The UUCS Choir performs.

Beyond Welcome

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | May 1, 2022

Moving from mere acceptance to engaged inclusion creates a more inclusive bouquet of congregational life.

Awakening to Interdependence

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | April 24, 2022

We are creatures of the earth, linked in ways known and unknown to all there is. How might we find a spiritual practice in caring for creation?

Awakening to Joy

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | April 17, 2022

Easter can be a time of waking up to the joy of living from the tombs of despair.

The UUCS Choir performs.

Great Expectations

Juliet Gustavsonl, Guest Leader | April 10, 2022

What happens when expectations don’t match what is?

Awakening the Breath

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | April 3, 2022

Breathing is the foundation of life. Breathwork wakes up a person, even the conscience of a nation.

The UUCS Choir performs.

Roots of a New Faith

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | March 27, 2022

First in an Occasional Series of the History of Our Living Tradition

The freedom of our Living Tradition makes it look like an easy faith. But the emergence of Unitarianism in Europe arose out of difficulty and crisis with our forebears imprisoned, executed and forced into exile. From these adversities emerged a new faith on the global stage.

I Believe

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | March 20, 2022

What is the result of a lifetime of journeying for truth? Members of the recent “I Believe” credo group taught by Julie Wambach share their statements of faith.

Faithful Doubt

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | March 13, 2022

Religious doubt isn’t just a negative focus on faith. It can help us go deeper to discover a renewed faith.

Holding On and Letting Go

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | March 6, 2022

What serves us and what does not? What do we hold to and what do we release from our lives?

Beloved Everybody

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | February 27, 2022

If the congregation seeks to build Beloved Community in the world, then everybody (and every body) should be beloved. How well do we welcome those the world treats as less-than and other-than? How do we “other” others?

Draw the Circle Wider

Guest Speaker – Dr. Mary Rothschild | February 20, 2022

Should We Love Our Enemies?- A Golden Rule Sermon

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | February 13, 2022

Is it possible to widen our compassion toward our enemies? How might we see the good in others with whom we
deeply disagree?

Remembering the Future

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | February 6, 2022

How does the past inform our intent for the future? Our History Wall experience helps us see the future as we reexamine the past.

Being Present

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | January 30, 2022

Being aware of the really real is a challenge in these distracted days. How might we be intentionally mindful?

Remembering the Future

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | January 23, 2022

How does the past inform our intent for the future? Our History Wall experience helps us see the future as we re-examine the past.

Intentionally Interdependent

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | January 16, 2022

Martin Luther King, Jr., Sunday
We honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we explore his idea of the network of mutuality. Overcoming racism isn’t just overcoming prejudice. It’s being religiously aware of our interdependence and working to build a more just and antiracist society.

History Wall follows at 11:45 a.m. in the Social Hall and continues for the next several weeks.

Living the Question

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | January 9, 2022

Facing the future with intention is to live the question(s) of life, for us individually, and as a congregation. The poet Rilke advises to trust in the difficult.

An Intentional New Year

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | January 2, 2022

How shall we live in this new year? What do we hold to and what do we release?

Searching for Truth

David King, Worship Associate | December 26, 2021

The free and responsible search for truth is one of our deep values. We’ll explore the importance of this search and how it has
been challenged in the past year.

Joy in the Jungle: A Holiday Tale

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | December 19, 2021

Ah, winter—such a magical time in the jungle. Lights! Decorations! Parties! All the animals are getting into the holiday spirit. Except Jill Panzee. How will she find joy, when she can’t even find a ripe banana for breakfast?

Waiting for Joy

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | December 12, 2021

In these winter holidays, it’s the surprises in the unexpected places, that remind us of the mystery, beauty and joy of the season.

Harvest the Power

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | December 5, 2021

Stewardship Sunday
When we gather, our spirit is greater than the sum of individuals. How might the Living Tradition of our faith empower us to
serve each other and the world?

Faith and Sufficiency

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | November 28, 2021

In the sacred story of Hanukkah, the ancient Jews got eight days of light from a lamp with only one day of oil. How might we find sufficiency in a time of insufficiency?

Perceptions and Transitions

Amy St. Peter, Worship Associate | November 21, 2021

We are navigating several transitions with opportunities and challenges. Let’s explore what these transitions mean for our personal spirituality, our faith community, and how our perceptions shape them all.

Creative Advance

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | November 14, 2021

As we welcome new members, we consider the creative advance of our future, both individually and as a congregation.

Life, Death and Immortality

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister | November 7, 2021

All Souls / Day of the Dead
What in one’s life is immortal? We will honor the lives of church members who died in the last year-plus.

Where am I?

Juliet Gustavson, Guest Leader | October 31, 2021

Knowing where we are isn’t as obvious as it sounds…most of the time.

Held by Grace

Rev. Samuel Schaal | October 24, 2021

Encountering the great Other is the ultimate relationship. What (Who) holds us?

Reaching Out

Rev. Samuel Schaal | October 17, 2021

How do we cultivate relationship with those outside the congregation? How do we welcome the stranger?

Freely Bound

Rev. Samuel Schaal | October 10, 2021

What holds us together in relationship in the congregation?

Cultivating Your Soul

Rev. Samuel Schaal | October 3, 2021

Healthy relationship with others begins in the self.