Sermons

UPCOMING SERMONS

Sunday, October 31, 2021 – The Witness of The Ancestors – A Celebration of All Souls

Each year we celebrate this day with ritual and presence. Come and gather together on this year in which so many have been lost to death and so many are in our hearts. Those who have lost someone since 2019 are invited to process with a candle—to participate, please contact michael@mduuc.org and meet them on the Patio by 10 a.m.

PAST SERMONS

Videos of past sermons are available HERE

Sunday, October 10, 2021 – Are Our Principles Enough?

Join Revs. Leslie and Rodney and the worship team as we think about our current principles, their limitations and our efforts as an association to think beyond the principles themselves and reflect on how we are all interconnected in ways beyond bulleted lists!
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Sunday, October 3, 2021 – Just Breathe

Breathing is something we do without conscious thought much of the time. And yet an awareness of our breath and its power in these times can be a true asset. Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi and intern minister Michael Macias for an exploration of why this is necessary and why it can be hard.
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Sunday, September 26, 2021 – So Great A Vision!

Join us for this celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church. As we have grown and changed, the consistency of warm community and commitment to our ideals has persisted. With a special message from Rev. David Sammons, Minister Emeritus.
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Sunday, September 19, 2021 – Safety and Other Spiritual Rollercoasters

Like kaleidoscopes, we struggle to maintain our spiritual balance in these ever-chaning times. As we navigate these fraught times, what are we learning about the messages we have been told which can interfere with our sense of stability and balance? Join Revs. Leslie Takahashi and Rodney Lemery as they unpack this topic for our times.
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Sunday, September 12, 2021 – If It Be Your Will

A Meditation on Rights and Responsibilities. Join Revs. Leslie Takahashi and Rodney Lemery for this conversation about rights and responsibilities in our volatile age. As our societal tensions remain, what is our faith response to these turbulent conversations about whose will should be done? 
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Sunday, September 5, 2021 – Going with the Flow

A Water and Balloon In-Gathering Service. Join us for our annual gathering of the waters. You are invited to bring a small quantity of water and a written sentence about what your waters represent or what you want the combined waters to represent this year. This is an all-ages service with an option to remain…
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Sunday, August 29, 2021 – Oh the (Virtual) Places You Will Go

At the end of February 2020, we made the decision to take our services virtual. From sermons delivered in living rooms to outdoor hybrid services, we made the most of this new way of being. As we prepare to reenter our sanctuary together, a retrospective on our virtual services and what we have learned from…
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Sunday, August 22, 2021 – Travels with Bullies

Rev. Leslie Takahashi returns to the pulpit with a reflection on life and our nation based on her summer hiatus most of which was spent in a 2007 Ford E350 van crossing our immense and complicated nation and coming back again.
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Sunday, August 15, 2021 – Our Longing for Community

Our Longing for Community. by Rev. Mariela Pérez-Simons “Why do we come to church? Why do we seek spiritual communities? In this timely sermon, Rev. Mariela explores the human longings and impulses to ‘worship’ in community.” Rev. Mariela returns to our pulpit for a second time this year. Rev. Mariela Pérez-Simons (she/her) is a Cuban-American…
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Sunday, August 8, 2021 – Heart, Time, and Music

Rev. Jim Lewis reflects on how and why we change our perspectives and ways of making meaning in the world. Join us for a sermon told through stories and music.
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Sunday, August 1, 2021 – No Service This Week

We will not have a service this week due to our staff hiatus. We will have virtual services for the remainder of August, please check back next week for more info.
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Sunday, July 25, 2021 – The Power of Gratitude and Connection

It can be easy to get bogged down with how unfair or overwhelming life may seem. How can we empower ourselves and each other to keep moving forward even in the face of adversity through the practices of gratitude and connection. Join Worship Associate Sharon Sobotta for an exploration of these rewarding and enriching concepts.
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