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

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A few weeks ago in the messages in the Traditional Service and at the Point, I described the new culture we are creating here at All Souls and in doing so the contribution we are making to the larger culture of Tulsa and the USA. On Dec. 14, I will share this message at the Contemporary Service in a slightly updated form.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry.

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Do you believe the world will be a better place in 100 years? It’s a tough question, so here it is again. Do you believe the world will be a better place in 100 years? I asked the leaders of our social justice teams this question. What’s your answer? Defense attorney, Jill Webb, asks all potential jurors the same question. Because it matters what we believe about progress, human nature, and the end of times. It’s easy to despair, and hard to hope. But hope matters.

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Direct download: 2014-12-14-BProse-Hope-Matters.mp3
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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

In this message, Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar lifts up the ways that real and lasting hope is found amidst the struggles and pain of life.  We are not supposed to run from our pain, but run toward it.  Our wounds are also wombs through which our hope and destiny is born.  In order to follow our bliss, we must first follow our blisters.  If we have been alive a while then we have blisters on our bodies and our hearts.  These are doorways to our gifts and our life's full expression.  In the midst of protests and racial tensions around America in the wake of Ferguson, this message includes a rare glimpse into the ways Rev. Lavanhar has been grappling with issues of hope and despair, oppression and the call for liberation.   

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Direct download: 2014-11-30-MLavanhar-Pandoras-Box-Where-Real-Hope-Resides.mp3
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The poem was delivered on Sunday, November 30, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mia Wright, Poet.

 

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 30, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by David Ruffin, Resident Minister.

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There are walls around me. Walls around all of us. Walls of misperception, yielding walls around our hearts, all of which have erected structural walls of injustice in our country and world. Racism in America is a particularly malicious misperception, whose walls not only continue to imprison the heart of this country, but prove lethal to our children. Amidst the intensity of recent collisions with these walls, our focus has again sharpened upon them.

But how do we keep from yet again merely pacing their perimeter? What will enable us truly to transform our walls into bridges for our children to a future free from the prison of racism? Whatever the color of our skin, how do we sustain our commitment to end racism as if the lives of our very children depended on our success? ...because they absolutely do. 

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

On Sunday, November 23rd, All Souls will have one combined service at 10:30 AM with music from many of our different choirs (Children’s, Youth, Cherubs, New Dimensions and the Adult Choirs will all participate). Children are asked to bring fruits or vegetables to add to our cornucopia in the front of the sanctuary. All of the food will be donated to those in need in our city. Our ministers have been working on a special way to celebrate this national holiday. It will be the first time on a Sunday morning that we are inviting our members from all three of the distinct Sunday services to join together in a single celebration. On this holiday when we lift up the story of people coming together across cultures and differences in the past, we will create a living example of such unity and what it means to us in the present. We will be offering a traditional Hungarian Unitarian communion service in the small chapel following the main service. I hope you will also join us for a delicious church lunch following the service.

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Assistant Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

On Sunday, November 23rd, All Souls will have one combined service at 10:30 AM with music from many of our different choirs (Children’s, Youth, Cherubs, New Dimensions and the Adult Choirs will all participate). Children are asked to bring fruits or vegetables to add to our cornucopia in the front of the sanctuary. All of the food will be donated to those in need in our city. Our ministers have been working on a special way to celebrate this national holiday. It will be the first time on a Sunday morning that we are inviting our members from all three of the distinct Sunday services to join together in a single celebration. On this holiday when we lift up the story of people coming together across cultures and differences in the past, we will create a living example of such unity and what it means to us in the present. We will be offering a traditional Hungarian Unitarian communion service in the small chapel following the main service.

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by David Ruffin, Resident Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

On Sunday, November 23rd, All Souls will have one combined service at 10:30 AM with music from many of our different choirs (Children’s, Youth, Cherubs, New Dimensions and the Adult Choirs will all participate). Children are asked to bring fruits or vegetables to add to our cornucopia in the front of the sanctuary. All of the food will be donated to those in need in our city. Our ministers have been working on a special way to celebrate this national holiday. It will be the first time on a Sunday morning that we are inviting our members from all three of the distinct Sunday services to join together in a single celebration. On this holiday when we lift up the story of people coming together across cultures and differences in the past, we will create a living example of such unity and what it means to us in the present. We will be offering a traditional Hungarian Unitarian communion service in the small chapel following the main service.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Guest Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

To appreciate means to recognize the full worth of something and to be grateful for it. When something appreciates, it rises in value or price.

Appreciation and thanksgiving connect directly to forgiveness and are not just a reactionary emotions; they are causative energies. They are effective keys by which anyone may “meet life as a powerful conqueror, not a victim of, but a victor over circumstances.”

Appreciation clears mental patterns that cause disease, or dis-ease. One of the main hindrances to healing and wholeness is unforgiveness, not just of others but of yourself. The mental patterns that cause most dis-ease in the body are criticism, anger, resentment, guilt, and unforgiveness. Forgiveness empowers the forgiver and takes his or her power back from the the cause and substitutes it with the cure of forgiveness. The main key to forgiveness is gratefulness in, more than for, all things!

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

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There are four ways that we give of ourselves that deeply impact the quality of our lives and relationships. We don’t do it for our own benefit necessarily, but this kind of generosity of heart and soul is something that gives back even as it gives away.

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