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.
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Upcoming Sermons, Services, and Talks
December | Seeking God/Source
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Elastic Hearts and Pincushion Souls
Rev. Barbara Prose
10:00 a.m. Traditional Service
Throwback Sermon from Rev. Dr. John B. Wolf, 1989. Original title:
To be a Focus of Acceptance, Comfort, and Forgiveness
My throwback sermon to Rev. Wolf was the fourth in a series describing the pathway from Vision to Mission. It is poignant and powerful message of love beyond belief and I look forward to sharing it with you. Here’s a taste, “Deep within the understanding of a congregation is a sharing of two worlds – one of things as they are, the other of things as they ought to be - and loving them both. This is the capacity to see the divine in the human.” I invite you to join me, as John’s words are sure to help us all prepare a place in our hearts for the simple miracles of this season.
Seek Ye (You) First (Matthew 6:33)
Carlton D. Pearson
11:30 a.m. Contemporary Service
Humans are born into an ongoing personal and collective anxiety to experience their own natural divinity or "power" as a species. We often call this "seeking" God, seeking Source or seeking the Force. I like to refer to this Self Actualization. By nature we are seekers and survivalists, simultaneously. The two traits are inseparably connected and in some ways are powerfully identical. We all want to last forever or for as long as we can, adding years to life and life to our years. Let's learn to recover and recapture our divine DNA and release its fuller manifestation in, to, through and as us living out our immeasurable and immortal potential.
A Love Affair With Life
Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar
11:30 a.m. The Point, Humanist Hour
Humanist author Michael Werner writes: “For all the talk about reason and science, Humanism is really about a passionate love affair. It is a love affair with life, not a mythical hereafter. Humanism is a love affair with a progressive vision of civilization in which each of us can add to our growing library of wisdom, our evolving knowledge of what there is and what is truly important. None of the great achievements in history would have been possible without a love of the adventure of learning and the adventure of creating a better life. Our great cultural achievements in science, art, music, literature, philosophy, history, psychology, and political thought all inform each other and have been born of that long Humanist tradition.” How are you passionately in love with life? Does your love affair with this world need rekindling?
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:
- 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.
- Attend our adult programming classes and events, Wednesday Connections! Once a month our ministers hold a "Theme Talk" where they will offer their insights into to the theme and invite conversation.
- 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.