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sermons

July 2017

Is There A Ram In The Bush

By | July 2nd, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/224382316 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley July 2, 2017 The saying "There is always a ram in the bush" is a piece of folklore. One has to be familiar with the story of Abraham and his son, Isaac, to understand the meaning of this saying. This story follows last week's passage where Abraham sends Hagar ...

June 2017

Hagar’s Children or God’s Second Family

By | June 25th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/223548305 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on June 25, 2017 In our culture, there are men who have more than one family. Sometimes the first family is unaware of the existence of this other family. Most of the time, it is simply due to divorce. Fifty years ago, this would have been a source of ...

Embracing The Mysteries in Our Lives

By | June 11th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/222581351 Given By Dr. Fernando Arzola Jr. June 11, 2017 Today's sermon comes to us from the reflections of Dr. Fernando Arzola Jr. on a painting.  The Rembrandt painting titled  Philosopher in Meditation is said to be of Tobit and Anna awaiting their son, Tobias, to return. The man sits between the light and humanity. ...

God is Hiring: Prophets Wanted!

By | June 8th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/220907726 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley June 8, 2017 On this Pentecost Sunday, we speak to the need for all of God's people to be prophets. One person can not fix the world's problems. It takes everyone doing their part. Our doctrine teaches us that each of us has direct access to the Holy. God ...

May 2017

Breaking The Silence on Sexual Violence

By | May 28th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/220155834 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley May 28, 2017 Today's topic is sensitive.  The statistics are alarming. Today we are encouraged to break our silence. No longer should this topic be taboo to talk about. People need to know the facts. Speaking up helps save many others from going through such trauma.  There are enough ...

Non-Matter That Matters

By | May 21st, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/219246171 Given By Judith Johnson May 21, 2017 Matter is anything you can touch, smell, or taste, has mass, and takes up space. Non-matter does not have these qualities. Some non-matter can be defined like the concept of time. Other non-matter eludes definition like the concept of love. Today, we are talking about one such ...

What Do We Owe Each Other?

By | May 14th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/218740464 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley May 14, 2017 Today's reading from Genesis tells the story of Cain and Abel. From this passage comes the phrase, "my brother's keeper." This phrase has shaped our culture. It touches on what it means to be in human community, to live together. Unfortunately, some have used this passage's ...

A Religion of Life and Joy

By | May 7th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/217735547 Given By Rev. Dr. Roger Ray May 7, 2017 Our guest preacher is the Rev. Dr. Roger Ray. Our sermon today takes its message from a Unitarian hymn. According to Voltaire, "anything too silly to be said is sung." This song, while difficult to sing, does carry a interesting message - Religion should bring ...

April 2017

The Least of These

By | April 30th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/216572308 Given By Rev. Carl Crider April 30, 2017 Racism is the subject of today's sermon. Rev. Carl Crider recalls the first incidence that he experienced being taught how to live in a racist society. His grandmother scolded him for drinking from their black servant's cup. He was only four years old.  Twenty years later, ...

I Want Jesus To Walk With Me

By | April 23rd, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/215380289 Given By Rev. Dr. Monica Coleman April 23, 2017 Doctor Coleman takes inspiration from the song "I want Jesus to Walk with Me."  Spirituals helped Blacks express their pain and yearnings for freedom while encouraging themselves. Today we sing these songs because we are not always OK. We tap into our need for something ...

Celebrating Resistance

By | April 9th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/214352048 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 9, 2017 Each of the four Gospels tells us something concerning Jesus's entrance into Jerusalem.  Matthew goes overboard with his description. He has Jesus riding both a donkey and a colt. Matthew lacks the understanding that in Hebrew poetry there is synonymous parallelism. They say one thing then ...

A Spirit of New Life

By | April 2nd, 2017|sermons|

We welcome back our former Youth Minister, Rev. Timothy Murphy, to the pulpit. Today, we speak to the issue of where to find hope even after going through struggles or losing things we find most dear to us.  The things we value as progressive Christians are under attack...

March 2017

Holy Healthcare

By | March 26th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/213369813 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley March 26, 2017 Today's reading coincides with the current topic involving healthcare. Our government is wrestling with just how much healthcare should be available. The Gospel of John should not be taken literally. It is a story of Jesus healing a blind man. His disciples ask whose sin led ...

A Second Chance At Life

By | March 12th, 2017|sermons|

The Gospel of John is a different kind of gospel from the other three. Matthew, Mark and Luke are known as the synoptic gospels. John's gospel views the life of Jesus in a different light. The early church almost did not include it in the Canon. There is no infancy narrative...

A Walk om the ‘Wild(erness)’ Side

By | March 5th, 2017|sermons|

Matthew's story of Jesus in the wilderness is sandwiched between his baptism and the official start of his ministry in the Bible. It is similar to a coming-of-age story.  It humanizes Jesus and connects us to him. This story is a metaphor. This is a spiritual journey where Jesus searches for meaning and a purpose in life.