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?


Return of the Goddess in a Time of Misogyny – Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

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Recent public rhetoric has reminded us of the importance of respect for all, beginning with our bodies. The Theme of the Month, Joy, invites us to look at what does worship of the Goddess tell us humans about the power of the feminine face of the holy?


Rituals for Our Journeys–Day of the Dead and Samhain

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Sermon for Sunday, October 30, 2016 by Intern Minister Alice Kingday-of-the-dead

The Mexican holiday for the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) offers an opportunity to remember and pray for loved ones to help them along their spiritual journeys. Samhain (sow-en) is a time when the veil between the worlds is thinnest. You are invited to bring photos of your beloved dead to place on a communal altar (ofrenda) to participate in this blend of rituals honoring this time of year.


Seeking Refuge

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We are delighted to celebrate our annual multi-generational Thanksgiving service honoring the important work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Community.  This year we’ll take a courageous look at the journey of the refugee in the 21st century.

This question will be contemplated in two services today:  first starting at 9:15 am and second service begins at 11:15.

Child care is available for both services.

 

Sermon and service notes for November 22, 2015, organized by Rev. Kate R. Walker, Mark Zimmerman, Alice King and Ann Richards.


Service-Ish – YRUU Group

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With choice comes opportunity, as well as regret. Through an interactive service, the Young Religious Unitarian Universalist (YRUU) group acknowledges the importance in the choices they have ahead of them, and what the outcomes, positive or negative, could mean to us all.


Signs of Life Are Ahead

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Join us for an Easter Sunday celebration of life in a multi-generational service.


Ingathering: How Can I Keep from Singing?        arr. Clif Hardin                       Mark Zimmerman

Introit: Easter Hymn              arr. David W. Music                                        Mark Zimmerman, Yee Von Ng

Chalice Lighting/Opening Words by Bettye A. Doty
▲Hymn No 269, Lo, the Day of Days Is Here
Anthem: My Soul Is Awakened       text by Anne Brontë, music by Brad Burrill                        MVUC Choir
The Story Begins: The Tiny Seed                       Ann Richards, Alice King
Anthem: I Am the Wind                                         MVUC Choir
Ancient Welsh text, music by Christopher Delp
The Story Continues
Anthem: All Good Gifts (from Godspell)          by Stephen Schwartz                               MVUC Choir
The Story Continues
Music: To Spring (Op. 43, No. 6)     by Edvard Grieg                                  Yee Von Ng
Sharing Our Gifts♡ MVUC’s Partner Church Program
Meditation, Prayer & Silence
Musical Response:
Hymn No 63, Spring Has Now Unwrapped the Flowers
Homily: Signs of Life Are Ahead                                  Rev. Walker
The Story Ends
▲Closing Hymn No 61, Lo, the Earth Awakes Again
Extinguishing the Chalice: No 456
Benediction
Postlude: Voices of Spring (Op. 410)          by Johann Strauss, Jr.   Yee Von Ng
 

 


Stories from the Desert – Alice King

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Rocks in shoes, Operation Streamline, and tortillas in beautiful cloth – we consider the intersection of immigration and other justice issues.

The name of the book and the film that we were encouraged to read/view before the Tucson trip.
Book: “Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal” by Aviva Chomsky. It’s published by our own Beacon Press.
Film: “Harvest of Empire.” It is rentable.

 

 

Order of Service for Sunday, January 31st

Ingathering: Oh Freedom, American Spiritual                                    Mark Zimmerman

Welcome and Announcements                                                                        Alice King

#Centering Bell

*Introit:                                                                                                                 MVUC Choir
Be Ours a Religion, words by Theodore Parker, music by Thomas Benjamin

Chalice Lighting/Opening Words by Ned Wight                                          Alice King

4Hymn: No 407 We’re Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table

4Our Covenant

Time for All Ages: Tito                                                                                  Ann Richards

Singing Our Children to Class

I Am a UU, and MVUC Is My Home                                                              Aimee Sims

Offertory

Music: Day by Day by Oscar Ahnfelt arr. Mark Hayes                                        Yee Von Ng

Sharing Our Gifts♡                                              Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

*Anthem:                                                                                                             MVUC Choir
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, words by Emma Lazarus, music by Irving Berlin

Meditation, Prayer & Silence

Sung Response:

Hymn No 1040 Hush, Hush Somebody’s Calling My Name

Reading: Streamline by Patty Willis                                                           Carolyn Dunlea

Musical Reflection: Did Trouble Me by Susan Werner                      Linda Doyle, Alto
Eric Pourchot, Guitar

Sermon: Stories from the Desert                                                                      Alice King

Hymn No 1064 Blue Boat Home

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Stories of Optimism and Hope – The Rev. Kate R. Walker

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As darkness falls this time of year and cold creeps into our bones, it can be hard to kindle our hope and optimism. We’ll gather this morning for some refreshing stories and the latest research on why hope matters so much to our world and us. We’ll welcome the MVUC Jazz Band for its annual program of festive music.

Sermon for December 13, 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.


Strangers Finding Community: There’s No Place Like Home?

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Sermon for Sunday, October 23, 2016 by Guest Minister Rev. Dan King.

Dorothy’s chant to “go home” from Oz to Kansas has multiple implications for some of us. What makes a place feel like home? Our Guest Minister will share observations, reflections, and personal experiences from his successive connections with 8 Unitarian Universalist institutions in 7 states over the past forty years as a visitor, member, servant leader, and Minister.


Strangers Finding Community: There's No Place Like Home?

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Sermon for Sunday, October 23, 2016 by Guest Minister Rev. Dan King.

Dorothy’s chant to “go home” from Oz to Kansas has multiple implications for some of us. What makes a place feel like home? Our Guest Minister will share observations, reflections, and personal experiences from his successive connections with 8 Unitarian Universalist institutions in 7 states over the past forty years as a visitor, member, servant leader, and Minister.


Teach-In on Racism

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Sermon for May 7, 2017, by The Reverend Dr. Kate R. Walker.

We join over 600 Unitarian Universalists who have shifted regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship to participate in a teach-in on racism and white supremacy. This change is because over the past few weeks, there have been many calls by UUs of color and white UU’s to look critically within our faith communities—including hiring practices, power brokers, and cultural habits—for the ways racism, sexism, and white supremacy live.


The ABCs of Dying

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Sermon for Sunday, July 3, 2016, by MVUC member Ron Brandt.

Two classic books had a powerful influence on The American Way of Death — and now there’s another book calling for a third reformation. These books tell us to accept death, be ready for it, and change our approach to end-of-life care.


The Grand Canyon: Experiencing the Wonder of the Great Unknown

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Sermon for July 31, 2016, by MVUC members Angel Collins and Ed Venzke.

“We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore. What falls there are,
we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls ride over the river, we
know not. Ah, well! we may conjecture many things.”  — John Wesley Powell, Canyons of the Colorado

 


The Grand Canyon: Experiencing the Wonder of the Great Unknown – Angel Collins & Ed Venzke

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Service for June 23, led by MVUC members Angel Collins and Ed Venzke.

Inspired by John Wesley Powell’s landmark 1869 journey, we explore how the science and aesthetic experience of the Grand Canyon inform personal thinking and influence societal beliefs.


The How and Why of Human Existence

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Sermon for August 6, 2017, by MVUC members Carolyn Dunlea and Lauren Crowder Heighton.

We explore the ways Unitarian Universalism and science have intermingled.


The Light on the Horizon (Christmas Eve)

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Sermon for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2016, by Reverend Kate R. Walker.

 


The Prophetic Imperative: Living the UU Social Gospel

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Sermon and service notes for Sunday, November 29th, lead by Mount Vernon Unitarian Church member, Betsy Yarrison

Betsy will share some of her experiences as a Unitarian teenager in Memphis during the years of the civil rights movement and, more recently, as a professor at the University of Baltimore, where last spring she found herself in a time warp – teaching through riots and fires and curfews and marches and thinking long and hard about what we have and haven’t accomplished in the fifty years since Selma.

This is a multi-generational service and suitable for all ages. Childcare will be provided.

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


The Trial Never Ends – Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

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Lessons from Q, a favorite omnipotent being in Star Trek: The Next Generation. This topic comes from Gabe Chesney, the winner of the Sermon Auction.


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