In Search of SJWs

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Sermon for October 15, 2017 by Reverend Rosemary Bray McNatt At this highly charged political moment, there are lots of insults being tossed about, but none so confusing as “SJW.” What does it mean, why is it meant as an insult, and why should we, as progressive religious people, welcome it with open arms?  


In the Balance of Life – Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

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A sermon for November 13th, 2016 by the Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker
As we look at Faith for our Theme of the Month, we ask what guides our decisions in life and how we react to strong triggers.


Into Darkness and the Return of Light

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A special contemplative reflection on the power of darkness and light in our lives.

Sermon for December 20, 2015, by Rev. Kate R. Walker.
To enjoy the audio presentation of this sermon from the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, click on the play button below.


Jazz, Joy, & Justice – Alice King

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Sermon for October 9, 2016 by Intern Minister Alice King.

At the intersection of art and activism, we find the sacred in social justice. Life as improv–incorporating new rhythms and mistakes.

Sunday Services are open to all and are Sunday at 9:15 AM and 11:15 AM.


Jobs, Joy, and Justice – Linda Doyle, Ger FitzGerald, and friends

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A service of songs and stories about work. We look at employment both as a source of joy and as a focal point of racism and injustice. The music is drawn from songs based on rhythmic rhymes, hard times, and industrial crimes.


Journey of Spirit and Recovery

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Service for July 9, 2017, by Brooksie Wells.

Brooksie Wells returns to her MVUC home where she grew up and speaks about addiction and redemption in story and song.


Justice in a Complex World – Part Three

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In a three-part sermon on Justice (our Theme of the Month), we’ll take a look at how to balance equality with compassion, how laws and values conflict, and how to resist cynicism and despair. Through the lens of important issues — reducing gun violence, climate change, and racism and immigration — we’ll ask how we can act in solidarity, advocate for change in policies and laws, and educate the public?

Sermon for January 17, 2016, by Rev. Kate R. Walker.
To enjoy the audio presentation of this sermon from the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, click on the play button below.


Justice in a Complex World Part One The Rev. Kate R. Walker

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Sermon for January 3, 2016, by Rev. Kate R. Walker.

In a three-part sermon on Justice (our Theme of the Month), we’ll take a look at how to balance equality with compassion, how laws and values conflict, and how to resist cynicism and despair. Through the lens of important issues — reducing gun violence, climate change, and racism and immigration — we’ll ask how we can act in solidarity, advocate for change in policies and laws, and educate the public?


Justice in a Complex World Part Two – The Rev. Kate R. Walker

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In a three-part sermon on Justice (our Theme of the Month), we’ll take a look at how to balance equality with compassion, how laws and values conflict, and how to resist cynicism and despair. Through the lens of important issues — reducing gun violence, climate change, and racism and immigration — we’ll ask how we can act in solidarity, advocate for change in policies and laws, and educate the public?

Sermon for January 10, 2016, by Rev. Kate R. Walker.


Let Them Hear You

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Sermon for June 5, 2016 by Rev. Kate R. Walker.

This is all music Sunday, join the choir in celebrating the art of listening


Life According to Charlie Brown and Friends

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A sermon for November 20th, 2016 by the Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker
This is a multigenerational worship service helped by Charles Schultz’ beloved characters.


May all your bye-byes be good byes! – Alice King

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Sermon for April 9, 2017, by MVUC Intern Minister Alice King.

My love letter to MVUC.

 


Money, Power, and Democracy: Part One

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Sermon for November 5, 2017 by the Reverend Kate R. Walker.

How power effects people in a democracy is an imporant question. As we ask ourselves about our relationship with our own power, and how we use our money, we’ll explore the Theme of the Month: Democracy


Nature and Spirituality

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Service for April 17, 2016 – service led by Carl Lohmann and Ken Pilkenton

What is the significance of the natural world for Unitarian Universalists? We will explore answers to this question through words, images and sounds. Personal reflections from members of the congregation and readings from the history of religion and from American naturalists will guide us. We will focus on the role of nature in our lives and in our spiritual quests. Of equal importance, we will also address the ethical role of humans in the natural world.


New Year’s Day Ritual

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Welcome 2017!

Sermon for January 1, 2017, by Rev. Kate R. Walker.

What are you ready to release? What awaits you in the coming year? A new beginnings ritual marks a new Gregorian year! Welcome 2017!


New Year’s Day Ritual

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Sermon for January 1, 2017, by Rev. Kate R. Walker.

What are you ready to release? What awaits you in the coming year? A new beginnings ritual marks a new Gregorian year! Welcome 2017!


New Year's Day Ritual

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Welcome 2017!

Sermon for January 1, 2017, by Rev. Kate R. Walker.

What are you ready to release? What awaits you in the coming year? A new beginnings ritual marks a new Gregorian year! Welcome 2017!


No Child Goes Hungry – Rev. Kären Rasmussen

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Rev. Rasmussen talks about the challenge of childhood hunger and how we can solve it together — one child and one meal at a time.


Oh Holy Family

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Homily for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015, by Rev. Kate R. Walker.

Also, “A spell is cast,” a tale for All Ages, told by Gwendola the dragon, with help from her friend Reverend Kate.

To enjoy the audio presentation of this sermon from the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, click on the play button below.


Our Partner Church Journey: Looking Back, Looking Forward – March 2016

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Presented by – MVUC Partner Church Committee
March 6, 2016

The most radical thing we can do is to introduce people to one another. Nearly twenty years ago, Mount Vernon Unitarian Church members Janice and Angela Fitzpatrick joined with Unitarian minister Levente Lazar of the Unitarian Church of Szentharomsag to plant a seed of partnership in a small Transylvanian village. This seed has taken root, flourished, and spread to a second partnership in Mawlat, in the Khasi Hills of Northeast India. How do we nurture this garden, keep it alive and connected to us all?


Partner Church Sunday: Looking Back, Looking Forward

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Service for March 6, 2016 by The MVUC Partner Church Committee.

The most radical thing we can do is to introduce people to one another. Nearly twenty years ago, MVUC members Janice and Angela Fitzpatrick joined with Unitarian minister Levente Lazar of the Unitarian Church of Szentharomsag to plant a seed of partnership in a small Transylvanian village. This seed has taken root, flourished, and spread to a second partnership in Mawlat, in the Khasi Hills of Northeast India. How do we nurture this garden and keep it alive and connected to us all? This podcast features reflections presented at this special service — “Being in the Khasi Hills,” by Jane Nelson, and “All the Years,” by Mimi Stevens.


Question Box Sunday 2017

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Sermon for August 20, 2017, by the Reverend Dr. Kate R. Walker.

“This is the annual Sunday when I welcome written questions from those in attendance. A wide variety of topics is welcome, although I hold the right to defer to actual experts.”


Radical Kindness–Creating Caring Communities from a School Counselor Perspective

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Homily for June 25, 2017 by Katy Sokolove and Elizabeth Wahl

The words bully or bullying tend to shut adolescents down. They neither want to see themselves as bullies, nor to be seen as a victim. This creates a challenge for adults trying to facilitate conversations around such an important topic. Today’s conversation will focus on radical kindness as a way to build positive relationships among adolescents.


Reflections on Death and Other Signs of Life – Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

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Sermon for October 2, 2016 by Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

Death is a constant presence, sometimes brutally, sometimes beautifully, and often in the subtext of life. How we look at death helps bring deeper meaning and value to our life.


Regional Organizing and VOICE

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Sermon for September 24, 2017, by Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker.

What is VOICE? What is interfaith organizing and does it work?


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