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The World’s Religions:  Judaism

The World’s Religions: Judaism

March 7, 2021
 by Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Jeff Modzelewski, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Director of Music

Our year-long sermon series exploring some of the world's religions of our Unitarian Universalist spiritual way continues with Judaism. Our study text is Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions: The 50th Anniversary Edition (available at your local bookstore, at Amazon, and other outlets). Reach out to Rev. Makar directly if you are unable to afford purchasing the book. As preparation for the sermon, please read the chapter on Judaism (pp. 271-316) before the service.

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The Endless Conversation

The Endless Conversation

January 31, 2021
by Reverend Anthony Makar, Worship Leader
Jeff Modzelewski, Worship Associate
David Blazer, Director of Music

The endless conversation is about God. God exists. No, God does not exist. God exists and God is like this. No, God is like that. And on and on and on. Today, we will get a glimpse of the endless conversation and Unitarian Universalism’s role in it.

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What Does “Middle Class” Really Mean?

What Does “Middle Class” Really Mean?

November 8, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar

Jeff Modzelewski, Worship Associate

David Blazer, Director of Music

Each of us as people are made up out of a multitude of identities based on our skin color, our gender, our sexual orientation, and on and on. Today, we explore one of these identities - class identity - and its powerful influence on our quality of life, how we see ourselves and others, and our spirituality.

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The Eclectic Church of the Future

The Eclectic Church of the Future

August 16, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar and

Jeff Modzelewski, Worship Associate

Back in 1878, the Unitarian Lydia Marie Child once imagined "an eclectic church of the future which shall gather forms of holy aspirations from all ages and nations." She imagined this at a time when our congregations were still very much Christian-centered. But now, all these years later, we embody Lydia Marie Child's dream and are fully pluralistic. How did we get from there to here? What do we need to know, going forward?

 

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I Like You as You Are

I Like You as You Are

August 2, 2020

by Reverend Michelle Ma and

Jeff Modzelewski, Worship Associate

Fred Rogers has seemingly been elevated to sainthood these last couple of years. Rev. Michelle Ma didn't grow up watching Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, but she has nonetheless come to see him as a role model, and the Neighborhood as a form of Beloved Community.

 

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Lessons In Leadership: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Lessons In Leadership: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19, 2020

by Reverend Anthony Makar and

Jeff Modzelewski, Worship Associate

When we lose touch with our heroes’ stories, we lose touch with our own powers and potentialities. We hear a call to leadership, but our response can be, Who, me? Yet the message of the life of every hero who has ever gone before us, or who may be in our midst right now, is that you don’t need to be perfect to have a dream. Today, we explore some of Dr. King’s story and how it speaks powerfully to our own today.

Our Universalist Heritage: Entering Paradise in This Life

Our Universalist Heritage: Entering Paradise in This Life

October 25, 2019

by Reverend Anthony Makar and

Jeff Modzelewski

Worship Associate

This is the third and last sermon in a series entitled “Our Universalist Heritage." What if I said that Paradise is not lost but already here and now? And that spirituality is about entering it in this life, through a renewal and restoration of one’s mind and senses? Three hundred fifty years ago, that’s what Universalist Jane Leade preached, and her vision has been taken up in our time by Unitarian Universalist minister the Rev. Rebecca Ann Parker. Let’s take a closer look.

Our Universalist Heritage: How to Love with Integrity

Our Universalist Heritage: How to Love with Integrity

October 13, 2019

by Reverend Anthony Makar and

Jeff Modzelewski

Worship Associate

Love, we say, is of transcendent worth. We affirm our Seven Unitarian Universalist Principles and in this way affirm the ultimacy of love. But often with our actions, we fall short. Often, we don’t walk the talk. So what does that mean? Does it mean we are hopeless hypocrites? Or is there a way to be a people who proclaim Love’s worth with integrity? Today’s sermon is the second in a series entitled “Our Universalist Heritage.”

Guest Musician: Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout

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