The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by David Ruffin, Resident Minister.

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With all the injustice around us, not to mention personal challenges, who has time and energy for environmentalist activism? (And in Tulsa, of all places.) Well, this Sunday we’ll explore how a student teacher relationship with our blue planet home might not only yet “save the planet,” but also “save” our –probably in relatively far more peril – souls. How would we change if we changed our relationship with earth? What would it mean to you to put the earth, and all she represents, at least a little closer to the center of your life? Might we discover that climate change, myriad systemic injustices and our financial struggles, family conflicts, loss and grief, addictions, health struggles, etc. (insert current personal challenge here) have the same spiritual solution? Let’s see what truly priceless natural resources are really at our fingertips. See you (back!) at church Sunday!

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 19, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson & Rev. Kimberly Braun, Guest Ministers.

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When Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment, he replied: “Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is similar, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Christian love comes down to us from the teachings of other religions that pre-date Christianity by thousands of years. Buddha, Krishna, and other enlightened souls taught the same thing as the basis and essence of all spirituality.

We don’t learn to love, we somehow forget to. Loving comes naturally; hatred is taught or appropriated. Love is the DNA of spirit and must be recalled, reclaimed and reconciled. This is what it means to be born again or anew.

*Rev. Kimberly Braun is the author of, Love Calls: Insights of a Former Carmelite Nun - please join her at her book table after the service and on Wednesday July 22 for more from her Call to Compassion Tour.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 12, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald Davis, Affiliate Minister.

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As part of the Summer Sermon Series on Sources of Our Faith, we will examine the Source, “Wisdom from the world’s religions that inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.” Our lens to this source will be the incomparable life of Malcolm X or as he is known by some, El Hadj Malik El Shabazz. What caused Malcolm, the spokesperson for the separatist group, Nation of Islam, to change not only his name, but his entire worldview? We will try to elucidate the wisdom of Islam and propose how change can be more than reinvention.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 12, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry.

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She was a leader of the student movement for civil rights. She was willing to put her life on the line for justice. When directly challenged by the Kennedy administration to stop the Freedom Riders because she was “going to get somebody killed,” Nash replied, ‘You don’t understand–we signed our wills last night.” She survived the violence of the 60s and is still speaking prophetic words today, “I don’t think what needs to be done in this country is going to be done by elected officials. American citizens have to take the country into our own hands, the future of this country, and do what’s necessary.” As we work together to make our lives and the lives of all people more just and more joyful, join me to learn from a living prophet, a woman who knew her own power and used it for good.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 5, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry.

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Traditionally, prophets see and speak about a future we hardly dare to dream about. Through their sight, their words, and their actions, prophets promote change as they proclaim the possibility of a more just world. Our faith tradition looks to prophetic men and women through the ages as sources of wisdom and inspiration. This July 4th weekend, with a presidential election just sixteen months away, we will remember the prophetic women who fought for a future in which women–all women, white and black and brown women–would have the right to vote. Many states are passing new laws requiring voters to show identification cards, restricting early-voting hours, and prohibiting more and more of our poorest citizens and our citizens of color from voting. With this in mind, we will turn to the life of Diane Nash, civil rights activist and leader, prophet of equal rights, voting rights, and non-violence. When faced with serving time in jail while pregnant Nash said, “I believe that if I go to jail now, it may help hasten that day when my child and all children will be free — not only on the day of their birth but for all their lives.”

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Guest Minister.

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To seek is to ready one’s self for discovery as well as recovery of anything that seems missing, broken or lost. Spiritual seeking means to transcend the illusion of isolation, alienation and lack and to seize the present or what is presented; with power, dignity and a sense of ultimate resolution.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald Davis, Affiliate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

From the Minister:

The Traditional Service at 10:00 a.m. will commence “Sources of Our Faith” preaching series. I intend to introduce it by looking at current events through my theological lens.

Our sources of faith are intended to bring clarity. After introducing the Six Sources of Faith, I will focus on the first source, direct experience of the transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, that moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life. I think there’s a sermon inside all of that.

My hope for those who attend is that you leave with a better idea of what it means to be a UU person of faith.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

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For Father’s Day we will have special blues musicians along with Rick Fortner and David Smith to enliven our services. I will draw inspiration from blues music about how to live our lives, transform our troubles, and face life’s joy and love with toe tapping flair and flavor. I will highlight W.C. Handy, known as “The Father of the Blues.” We hope it will be a Sunday that will have you whistling on your way home, remembering your own dad, and those who have fathered you through good times and bad.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 14, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, with Steven Leigh Williams, Candidate for Ministry.

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Some of the biggest news of the season has been Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner. The media has been having a frenzy covering this high profile transition. I want to look at it through the lens of Love Beyond Belief and what it means to love someone through such a life-changing period. There is a lot more than the media is talking about that we can learn from this situation that applies to the issue of gender and transgender people and other transitions in our lives. Joining me in the pulpit will be Steven Leigh Williams who was born, dedicated and raised at All Souls in Tulsa and is a candidate for the Unitarian Universalist ministry and will speak from his own experience of gender transition. Steven just completed a year as the student minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Bartlesville, OK.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 7, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister (with Rev. Gerald Davis, Affiliate Minister).

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SERMON DESCRIPTION

Last month in the Traditional Service and the Point I delivered a message about “Transcending Loss.” In it I talked about what losing my daughter has taught me about America’s race problems and what it showed me about overcoming grief and trauma. This week I will take the opportunity to deliver the same message for the Contemporary Service with a few changes. We live in a culture of denial in many ways. However, the only way out of grief is through it. That is why some of the recurring problems we face as a nation are directly related to our inability or unwillingness to face the truth and the trauma of America’s history of racial violence. I believe the situations in Ferguson, Baltimore, Tulsa, and elsewhere are a manifestation of our nation’s need to deal with our collective memory in ways that allow us to move forward in positive and unified ways.

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