Sermons

Sermons and Messages

Every week our ministers and guest speakers wrestle with important issues of life and death, faith, hope, and love. Though All Souls is active year round, from September through May, our congregation is organized around nine theological themes. 

If you are interested in using a talk or sermon in your own community, please contact bjames@allsoulschurch.org.


Upcoming Sermons, Services, and Talks

October  |  Overcoming Evil

Sunday, October 13, 2019

"Spiritual Treason"
10:00 a.m. Traditional Service
Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

There is a lot of talk of treason these days! It is a word that means betraying your country. By many it is considered one of the worst crimes someone can commit. What about spiritual treason? How does someone betray their spirit? What are the elements and consequences of spiritual treason? Is it a high crime or a misdemeanor? Perhaps the most important question is, “Are you being true to your own heart?” 
  

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"All There Is"
11:30 a.m. The Point, Humanist Hour

Yadenee Hailu, Assistant Minister

Duality is a terrifying loop to get stuck in, and yet when so much pain and tragedy is all around us it’s hard not to see all the evil. What else is there if not frustration and cynicism? How do we not swing from despair to apathy or tunnel vision based bliss? Let us uncover and practice together sustainable ways of being where in our lifetime overcomes evil. 

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"What's Good (God) About Evil, and Evil About Good (God)?"
11:30 a.m. Contemporary Service

Carlton D. Pearson

I am intrigued with the scriptural passage that forbids us humans to eat from the tree (truth) of the knowledge (science) of both good and evil. Evidently, both were somehow created by the "Sky God" of Hebrew scripture, and yet everything "God" created is said in scripture to have been good. If this is true, even allegorically, that would mean evil is nothing more or less than good extorted, contorted, and distorted. Join me on Sunday, I will share my thoughts on the "good" or God in "evil" and the evil in "good" or God! What if they're not so much enemies, but cooperative friends?


 



Monthly Themes

Though All Souls is active year round, from September through May, our congregation is organized around nine theological themes.

These themes provide a shared focus, giving our congregation the opportunity to gain greater clarity, meaning, and depth. Seriously engaging in these themes could transform your life!

Go deeper with our three year cycle of themes:

  1. Don’t miss your favorite service on the First Sunday of each month. A minister will introduce the theme. Additional services throughout the month may deal with different aspects of the theme as do our weekly Children's Chapel services and Children's and Youth programs.
  2. Attend our adult programming classes and events, Wednesday ConnectionsOnce a month our ministers hold a "Theme Talk" where they will offer their insights into to the theme and invite conversation.
  3. Check out All Souls exclusive blog, BeyondBelief.online. Engage in religiously liberal content curated from the heartland.  

Check out the UUA's article, Monthly Themes Help the Congregation Go Deeper about All Souls.