The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 14, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

The thirst continues as we go to part two of our September sermon series. The thirst for meaning is one of the deepest human longings. It's been said that "religion exist as a response to the fact that human beings are conscious that we are alive and that we are going to die." No other creatures seem to wonder or be confused about their purpose or what they are meant to do. Humans however find ourselves in the uncomfortable and exhilarating questions of why we are here and how we came to be and what all that means about our purpose and possibilities. Many religions would claim to provide a definitive answer to these enigmas, but here at All Souls we have a very different approach. Invite your friends and colleagues as we explore this human thirst for meaning in ways that are  unencumbered by religious dogmas. Here we do not want doctrines, superstitions or taboos to restrict our exploration of what is real.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 7, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Our September sermon series will be on “Thirst”. Everyone has a thirst or longing for something. We thirst for community, for meaning, for justice, for love. We can feel at times like we are in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by water but with nothing to drink. Sometimes we can be surrounded by people but still be thirsty for community. Our lives can be full and successful and still feel devoid of meaning and purpose. We can also mistake our thirst for something superficial and therefore quench it with the wrong drink. We can desire peace, but try to quench it with numbness. We can yearn for love and mistake it as a desire for sex. On Sept. 7th we will launch the series and a new church year on what we are calling “Vision Sunday” with wonderful music, lunch and more for all ages. Then on Sept. 14 we will re-launch The Point our service that has been increasingly referred to as our “Good Without God” or “Humanist” service in Emerson Hall each Sunday 11:30-12:15 with outstanding music from Rick Fortner and friends. On Sept 21st Bishop Carlton Pearson will deliver our message in the 11:30 Contemporary service and on Sept 28th Rev. Barbara Prose and I will speak on our experience of the SNAP Challenge (living for a week on a “food-stamp” budget of $4.28 a day) in all three services. May your thirsts be nurtured and quenched at All Souls this September!

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Direct download: 2014-09-07-MLavanhar-THIRST-for-Community.mp3
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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 31, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Randy Lewis, Community Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Letting go can be very difficult at times, and goodbyes can be rather painful, especially when hearts are broken. Although letting go is a necessary part of life, when done well, it can bring the needed affirmation and completion. This Sunday we will examine ways of keeping the good in goodbyes.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

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As I reread the book by Don Miguel Ruiz, “The Four Agreements: the Practical Guide to Personal Freedom,” I was reminded that here at All Souls we have three agreements. What does it mean to “dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love and to help one another?” That is the covenant that we say each week. At All Souls we have agreed to be connected by a promise we make to each other rather than by agreeing to a common creed or doctrine. In doing so we have created a “practical religion guided by freedom.” Join me as I explore our “Three Agreements.”

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

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Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar offers a perspective on the recent events in Ferguson, MO, and the issues surrounding social justice, conscience, and community.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Assistant Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Recently, I asked a friend if she would teach me how to do flip turns in the pool. She gave me some great tips on how to create momentum with my head and my feet, and how to position and use my arms to keep the momentum going. Yet despite her kindness, skill, and patience, I couldn’t seem to stay straight or flip fast.

Some say, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Others say, “It’s never too late to learn.” Gregory of Nyssa, the 4th century Christian mystic said the perfection of the spiritual journey is precisely that it is never finished. I say we belong to religious communities in part because it is where we can continue to teach and learn and grow, no matter what, until the very end.

As our community’s children return to school, and we anticipate the beginning of the church year together, I look forward to exploring the sacred nature of the teacher-student relationship and how our congregations can be classrooms for the soul.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

America is facing change, you are facing change, and religions are facing change. It’s a truism that “the only thing that’s constant is change.” Yet, it is frequently stated “People hate change!” Well that’s a cruel joke, to be alive in a world of unceasing change and have a disposition that desires stability. How do we keep faith in life, one another and ourselves during times of transition? What can we count on when everything around us seems to be moving? The answers include essential keys to living a positive, effective and successful life. In our ever-changing world it’s important to know in what we can place our deepest trust.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

America is facing change, you are facing change, and religions are facing change. It’s a truism that “the only thing that’s constant is change.” Yet, it is frequently stated “People hate change!” Well that’s a cruel joke, to be alive in a world of unceasing change and have a disposition that desires stability. How do we keep faith in life, one another and ourselves during times of transition? What can we count on when everything around us seems to be moving? The answers include essential keys to living a positive, effective and successful life. In our ever-changing world it’s important to know in what we can place our deepest trust.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 3, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

The crucifixion story leaves us with one of the most powerful tools of courage that I can imagine. In the midst of betrayal, in the darkness, in the middle of the day, confronted with doubt and meaninglessness, Jesus has the courage to cry out what was on his heart “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus addresses the very God he has issue with, an argument for a connection even in what appears to be separation. There is a vulnerability that coexists with any true act of courage. Before we can do so with clarity we must also have the courage to look into ourselves. We would all like to be brave in the face of difficulty, in the face of our greatest fears. Join me as I explore what it means to have the courage to be.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tet Gallardo, Minister of the UU Bicutan Metro Manila, Philippines.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

In the 1960s, in the Philippines, the Rev. Toribio Quimada discovered our newly merged Unitarian Universalist faith. He, who had helped farmers gain land titles, whose house was burned, whose family barely escaped, who was killed by unknown assassins, was a true 20th century religious martyr. And he was deeply moved and inspired by our faith’s commitment and call to justice. His daughter is the anchor for 27 congregations across the Philippines today.

Only 4 years ago, a dissident, Carlos Celdran, a UU supporter, was charged with an archaic Spanish era law about “offending religious feelings.” His crime? He protested against the Catholic lobby prohibiting women from receiving information about their reproductive health. His case is currently in the Philippine Supreme Court.

Our faith is alive in the Philippines, a country of diverse people, often divided, but always strong in their desire for freedom. Come and hear about these very relevant heroes of our shared tradition.

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