SERMON ARCHIVES

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.