Christmas and Solstice Carols and Lessons

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Sermon for Christmas Day, December 25, 2016, by MVUC intern minister Alice King.


Christmases Past and Present – Ron Brandt

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Inspired by the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, we’ll tell stories this morning – including some about ourselves and our families

Sermon for December 24, 2015, reflections by congregation members Ron Brandt and friends on Christmases past and present.
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Climate Change: Questions and Answers

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Sermon for July 16, by MVUC member Alan Bunner.

You read many things about climate change; some folks dispute the threats posed. As stewards of life on our planet, we need to be aware of the facts and the disagreements. Hear Alan Bunner discuss all your questions and answers about global warming.


Compassion and Civility in an Age of Fear and Anger – Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

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Sermon for September 28, 2016.

What do our UU teachings tell us about personal and collective anxiety over the future of our country?


Diving into the Deep End of Life’s BIG Questions – Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

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Truth, honesty, reality and reason all seem to be challenged lately. How do we as UUs find the space for being open minded, while maintaining a solid stance on something solid and reliable? A sermon for March 12th, 2017 by the Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker


Ethical Eating to Cool the Planet and Feed the World

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Sermon for June 18, 2017 by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumers Association

In 2011, Unitarian Universalists came together on a statement of conscience on ethical eating, formed a President’s Advisory Committee on Ethical Eating and launched a Food Justice Ministry. Alexis Baden-Mayer, organizer of the Organic Consumers Association’s Cook Organic, Not the Planet campaign and a key participant in the Regeneration International Coalition, will discuss how food policies, and our food choices, impact climate change and food security. “The best way to wrestle control of our food & health from companies like Monsanto & Merck is to support the regenerative organic farmers who produce the food that can heal us — and the planet.”


Fascination with Life After Death – Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

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Sometimes we skip life completely, and go straight to what comes next: Is there life after death? Second in a two part series on the Theme of the Month: Death.


Finding Faith in the Looking Glass

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Finding Faith in the Looking Glass
A sermon for November 6, 2016 by the Rev. Kate R. Walker
Our Theme of the Month is Faith, which is long agreed by religious leaders as beginning within one self. But what happens when faith fails us, or worse, is just plain wrong? What happens when our faith in democracy may be on the line, and thus our freedoms?


Gifts Ungiven – Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

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This time of year we are reminded of generosity in the form of both giving and receiving of gifts. A lot of money is spent in this endeavor, yet all too often the best gifts given and received are as cheap as words.


Good Guys and Bad Guys

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Sermon for January 15 by Rev. Kate R. Walker.

How do we mature as a people beyond the over simplistic perspective of us vs. them, into more murky adult relationships when it comes to reducing gun violence? This morning we prepare to bear witness, advocate and protest lax gun laws in our Commonwealth.


Gratitude for the Negative

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We often tell ourselves when something horrible happens that it happened for a reason. We sometimes seek meaning in disasters. We often take criticism too seriously and discount praise. How we process negative events in life comes from how we view the world and whether we can use gratitude as a way to cope.

The sermon introduction notes the music was specially selected for the sermon. The music titles are provided to assist with context.

Introit (11:15 service only): We Got All the Love by Helen Yeomans (MVUC Choir)
Hymn No 1022 Open the Window
Offertory Music: Hush, Hush, Somebody’s Callin’ My Name spiritual, arrangement by Clif Hardin
Meditation, Prayer & Silence Musical Response: No 1055 How Sweet the Darkness
Hymn No 368 Now Let Us Sing

A Sermon for Sunday, November 1, 2015 by Rev. Kate Walker
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Helping Needy Neighbors in Winter – Social Justice Taskforce

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For the homeless and needy along the route 1 corridor, winter is not a time of cheer but of struggling to stay warm and dry and fed. We’ll hear from those in need, those working to help, and consider how we can join the effort to help


How Do We Honor the Dead While Celebrating Life?

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Sermon for May 29, 2016, by Rev. Kate R. Walker.

On this Memorial Day, we honor those who have died in combat, yet they died so that others can live. How we honor them deeply matters for us and the generations to come.


How Shall We Live?

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Sermon for September 10, 2017, by Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker.

As we explore the Theme of the Month, Hospitality, we ask what does it mean for Unitarian Universalists to be called to hospitality? We begin our return to two services with this annual multigenerational Water Gathering ritual with participants invited to bring water from home, or from adventures over the summer.


I Hear America Singing!

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Sermon for June 4, 2017 by Rev. Dr. Kate Walker.

I Hear America Singing! will stir your mind and heart. American composers, guest musicians, as well as our adult and children’s choirs. Come be a part of this exciting service! Rev. Kate will be offering the homily as well. See you in church!


I Hear America Singing! – Rev. Dr. Kate Walker

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I Hear America Singing! will stir your mind and heart. American composers, guest musicians, as well as our adult and children’s choirs. Come be a part of this exciting service! Rev. Kate will be offering the homily as well. See you in church!

Sunday Services at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church are 9:15 and 11:15. Nursery and child care available for both services. Religious education programs for youth are during 11:15 service hours.


If I Am Always Right, You Must Always Be Wrong

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Sermon for August 13, 2017, by MVUC member Mike Walker.

Our covenant and weekly pulpit welcome is for all seeking the “truth” regardless of whom you voted for … and yet we still have conflict, angst and discomfort over certain political parties or figures or “groups” that are different from us. How can we reconcile our “faith” and willingness to be compassionate with those who have different views?


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.
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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.
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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?


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