Sermons

UPCOMING SERMONS

Sunday, January 30, 2022 – Honoring Our Living Tradition

In this service, we will mark our congregational milestones and also reflect on the nature of change and our religious tradition.  Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi and the MDUUC Board of Trustees for this annual celebration of community. 

PAST SERMONS

Videos of past sermons are available HERE

Sunday, January 9, 2022 – Let Them Not Say

Poet Jane Hirshfield’s poem was published by the Academy of American Poets on inauguration day 2017. In it, she spoke to the ways that what we commit to matter. As we enter into this longed-for new start of 2022 (because every new start is a good start these days!), join Rev. Leslie Takahashi and Rev.…
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Sunday January 2, 2022 – The Sacred in All Things: A New Year’s Service

The Sacred in All Things: A New Year’s Service.  Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi for a service of ritual and renewal and we greet 2022. We will take some time to engage with Shinto teachings about the presence of a sacred spirit in all things.  If attending on-line, have a small bowl of water, paper and…
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Sunday, December 26, 2021 – How Come?

LIVESTREAM ONLY!  Join Intern Minister Michael Macias as we explore the force that calls us into relationship with each other and with the greater community. Let us contemplate what it means to be “a religion of the heart.”
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Sunday, December 19, 2021 – Holiday Pageant

 Holiday Pageant – featuring Our High School and Middle School youth and directed by Marena McGregor.
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Sunday, December 12, 2021 – Cultivating Happiness and Joy

Please join Rev. Rodney and the Worship Team as we use ritual and music to express happiness on the outside and cultivate joy on the inside! We will take a special Share the Plate collection for Hope Solutions, Inc. on this day.
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Sunday, December 5, 2021 – What We Really Want

Is it truly the latest gadget which will make us happy? Is it really having things be exactly as we ask? Join Rev. Leslie to focus on our true wishes for this holiday season and to user in a spirit of intentional contemplation for the last weeks of this unprecedented 2021. 
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Sunday, November 28, 2021 – The Wisdom of Corn Fields

Reflections on Gratitude and Abundance. Each year on the last weekend of Thanksgiving, we celebrate a version of the communion which is part of the Unitarian tradition. If you can help out with this ritual, please email worshiphelp@mduuc.org as we will need extra ushers for our 2021 adaptation of this celebration of community. 
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Sunday, November 21, 2021 – The Dance of Forgiveness

As we enter into this season of winter holidays, repair and reconciling may be on our dance card. How do the teachings of the wisdom traditions about forgiveness and what it is and it is not enter into this time when we have the opportunities for meaningful connection?  Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi and intern minister…
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Sunday, November 14, 2021 – The Wisdom of Survivors

Too often we discount the skills and knowledge that those who have survived hard things can bring. Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi for this service where we will also mark the costs of war.
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Sunday, November 7, 2021 – Heaven, Hell and Other Lies from the Religious Right

Please join Rev. Rodney, Intern Minister Michael and the worship team as we look at our Universalist past and how our living tradition frees us from the problematic concepts from the religious right.
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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…
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Sunday, October 24, 2021 – Why Do We Gather Together?

Please join Rev. Rodney and the worship team as we explore what it means to “bind together” in religious traditions and how Covenant plays a critical role in how we treat each other!
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