Sermons

UPCOMING SERMONS

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2024 – CLIMBING DOWN OFF THE LADDER OF INFERENCE

How many times do we perpetuate misunderstanding and widen differences because we presume we understand the context in which something is said. Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi with special music by Johanna McShane.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2024 – “I BELIEVE, THEREFORE I PRACTICE”

Guest Minister, Pastor Jacqueline Duhart.

There was the Civil Rights Act of 1866 & the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
There was Plessy v Ferguson & Brown v Board of Education.
We have had Affirmative Action policies & Diversity Equity & Inclusion policies.
We have embraced words like tolerance & acceptance & our faith tradition is calling us to explore pluralism. This concept, notion, idea of pluralism traces back to Aristotle in 350 BCE. As we move toward placing LOVE,a bigger, stronger love in the center of our faith, tell me what was your spiritual journey to get you to where you are now? What do you believe about pluralism? What are your practices associated with growing, nurturing and amplifying this ancient concept of pluralism?

PAST SERMONS

Videos of past sermons are available HERE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2024 – ACCESSIBLE FAITH

As we enter times of change, it is even more important to have anchors that we can trust to support us. While we so often connect the concept of faith to religion and spirituality, it doesn’t have to be so limited. Join Travis MacPhee for a service where we explore broadening the meaning of faith…
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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2024 – PLURALISM

Please join Revs. Leslie, Rodney and the worship team Sunday at 10:30 for a worship service that celebrates the beauty of pluralism in our Unitarian Universalist faith tradition. We will explore our embracing both of differences and commonalities through reflections and music as we strive to create a community that values and appreciates the richness…
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Sunday, January 28, 2024 –  A Living Tradition Reexamined

In our broader cultural context, change and upheaval means we are in a period when tradition is being rejected by many. While change is necessary, what are the benefits of tradition in this time? Presented by Rev. Leslie Takahashi and the MDUUC Board of Trustees. 
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Sunday, January 21, 2024 –  Transformation is a Journey Not a Destination

Please join Revs. Leslie Takahashi and Rodney Lemery for a service centered on the concept that transformation is not a destination, rather a lifelong journey. Together, we will explore through music and words the depths of growth, discovering the beauty and power that lies within our ongoing process of becoming. Join us as we celebrate…
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Sunday, January 14, 2024 –  Movement As Legacy

On this Martin Luther King Day weekend, Rev. Leslie Takahashi will explore the many tendrils of this faith-based, humanity embracing leader and the ways that his work continues to inform movement work throughout our nation. 
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Sunday, January 7, 2024 –  Entering the New Year With Curiosity

Perhaps in this world in which we live, curiousity is our best companion for the new year. We will also honor the Japanese traditions of Oshogatsu with a simple ritual of entry into the year. With special music by Aki Rasmussen and some of the UU Ukes! 
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Sunday, December 31, 2023 – Saying Goodbye to 2023

Join Jo Gelinas, Travis MacPhee and. Rev. Rodney Lemery in a service to end 2023.
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Sunday, December 24, 2023 – Coming Home for the Holidays

This is a service for those who may not be feeling especially invigorated by this year’s holiday season. This will be a quiet and meditative space for those who wish to gather with community in a different way this year. Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi and friends for this quiet, caring space.
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Sunday, December 17, 2023 -The Timeless Now: Rituals to Embrace Life’s Complexity:

Join Rev. Rodney and the worship team for a transformative worship experience centered around the intricate tapestry of time. In this service, we will explore the power of rituals to help us fully embrace the present moment, rather than being consumed by nostalgia or anxiety about the future and uncover ways to cultivate a deeper…
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Sunday, December 10, 2023 – Twelve Days of Christmas

The children and youth of our congregation have been working hard on this service which will feature their talents. Join us for an uplifting gathering with an original script by our talented Marena McGregor.
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Sunday, December 3, 2023 – Wintering and Rest

Activists around the world have a new saying:“Self-care is community care.” In this time of shorter days and longer nights, our bodies crave rest. Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi for a service where we think about the need for rest in this demanding world.
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Sunday, November 26, 2023 – Spiritual Friendship and the Gifts of Community

Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi and the worship team as we reflect on the ways the fierce love of spiritual friendship and covenanted community can ground us in the face of persistent uncertainty. We will also have our annual ritual of bread and cider communion which is an INCLUSIVE interpretation from our heritage.
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