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. 

This Summer, we are hosting Summer Sundays at All Souls. 
We will have two services, 10 & 11:30 a.m., on the themes Life Beyond ... 

We want to hear from you! Please share your feedback about Summer Sundays by completing this short form here. You're welcome and encouraged to share your feedback throughout the Summer! 

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


Upcoming Sermons, Services, and Talks

Summer Sundays at All Souls
Two services only

Sunday, June 17

 

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10:00 a.m.  |  Life Beyond Certainty

Fatherhood

Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

Talk about uncertainty, children don’t come with instruction manuals. There is no application process or credentialing necessary to become a father biologically. Yet, parenting and fatherhood are typically the most important role that a lot of people will ever have. The path of parenthood is a worthwhile metaphor and framework for a spiritual path or a path for living the good life. On this Father’s Day I will explore how being a dad has crucial elements of what it takes to master the art of living which is also the art of loving. 

See you Sunday, 
Marlin 

 

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11:30 a.m.  |  Life Beyond Hell

The Problem of Hell

Rev. Carlton Pearson

The majority of conservative evangelical thinkers still believe in an orthodox hell as do most of the billion Roman Catholics in the world. This includes eternal damnation and torture in a lake of fire and brimstone. It all sounds frighteningly obscure, absurd and obscene. And for the most part, they all wish it were not true, or at least that they don't and won't go there. 

Some are afraid to deny the existence of hell, because that would make Jesus, whom most see as little less than a divine "fire escape" and whom they worship, unnecessary and that is anathema above all anathemas. So?.... Christian orthodoxy needs hell to be orthodox, so that means we need to reconsider orthodoxy and ortho/dogma anew. We're doing so all of the month of June here at All Souls. Lets reconsider what we believe and why we believe it and do those beliefs add to or subtract from the quality of life and consciousness! 

 



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.