'DIVIDED WE FALL' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 7, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

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Both sides of the political spectrum in our country are claiming someone has stolen the American Dream. The result is that the American people are turning on each other. "A house divided against itself cannot stand," said Abraham Lincoln. A person divided within himself (or herself) is also set up to fall. Politicians and religious leaders often offer simplistic answers that feed on people's desire for control in uncertain times. The divisions we are seeing are in part a spiritual disease. Our initial work to repair the divisions in our country begins within.

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'REMEMBER, CELEBRATE, ACT' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald Davis

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald Davis, Affiliate Minister.

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Institution-based organizing is taking place right here in this church. It is important, therefore, to hear from this pulpit good reasons to participate. Join me as we map out our route!

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'WE ARE THE ONES' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Our state is broke. We’re having an average of 5 earthquakes a day. Our national elections are around the corner. 40% of OK residents vote. And we, as a community of liberal religious people, are conscientiously working to make this world a better place, putting our hearts, minds, and elbow grease into making Tulsa a little piece of heaven here on earth.

Let's imagine you have the power to create a new law in the state of Oklahoma.

What issue would you choose to focus on? What do you think would accomplish the most good for the most people? Imagine you can’t choose by yourself but are being invited to share your own stories with others so that we can work together to create a new law or change an old one - right here in Oklahoma.

Now imagine you are successful. If this feels like a dream, it’s a dream about to come true, because we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

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'WHY WE LIE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 24, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Lying has become so pervasive in our culture that we now have countless ways of dressing it up so that it doesn’t sound so bad. Instead of telling lies anymore, we: “Massage the truth” or we, “offer the truth from a favorable perspective” or we engage in “selective disclosure,” “creative enhancement,” “strategic misrepresentations,” “poetic truth.” We bend the truth or shade the truth or shave the truth or stretch it a bit. And our current favorite dress for dishonesty, we say it isn’t a lie, it’s just spin. It’s the truth enhanced. Why do we lie? That is the subject of my message this Sunday.

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'CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH?' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

The words true, truth, truce, and trust all suggest fact and reality, which at least appears accurate or exact, dispel suspicions and paranoia causing conflict to subside. Most of us can handle the truth. It’s the lies, deceptions, and inaccuracies of life that we fear most. We can go and grow from fear to freedom once we dare trace and face our truth!

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'MARTIN, MALCOLM, AND MUSLIMS' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

A look at why there has never been an African American "Al Qaida" or African American "Intifada" movement in America despite the violence and disenfranchisement of African Americans throughout history and what we can learn from these two African American leaders of the past about how to deal with global terrorism.

As our nation, once again, celebrates the legacy and honors the life and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I look at the relationship between Dr. King and Malcolm X to see what it teaches us about Islam as well as about our current climate of prejudice in America.

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'IS JESUS THE ONLY WAY, TRUTH AND LIFE?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

In John 14:6 it is written that Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This passage has been interpreted to mean that Jesus is the exclusive way to God. If course, it makes a big difference if a person believes there is only one truth or there are many truths. If there are many truths, then what does truth even mean? Can something be true to one person or in one place or in one time and then be untrue to someone else in another place and another time? Is everything relative? Or is there a central truth we can always count on? This will be my topic on Sunday as we continue this month’s theme of Truth.

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'A HERO'S JOURNEY' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

“Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weaknesses.”

According to Brenee Brown, it takes curiosity and courage to tell our true stories so that we can live a wholehearted life.

It also requires that we get curious about our own feelings, and not believe every story we tell ourselves.

The new year is just the right time to give ourselves a fresh start and I am learning so much from Brown, I am grateful to be able to share more stories about how we can develop shame resilience as we learn to claim our own worthiness.

Are you ready to be more caring and more confident?

Ready to be less resentful and regretful?

It seems like we all want to be relaxed, real, resilient.

But when life events knock us down, we either want to deny the pain or distract ourselves with various pleasures.

Since we know life will knock us down again in the coming year, it makes sense to learn as much as we can about how people have managed to rise strong, even stronger and more whole than they were before, so we can be ready for something really new in 2016.

Jesus said, “Know the truth and it will set you free.” But what kind of truth was he talking about?

This Sunday we’ll explore how telling ourselves the truth about our own feelings and our own stories, can set us free to live and love the way we imagine it’s possible to do.

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'ONE TRUTH OR MANY?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 3, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

It makes a big difference if a person believes there is only one truth or there are many truths. If there are many truths, then what does truth even mean? Can something be true to one person or in one place or in one time and then be untrue to someone else in another place and another time? Is everything relative? Or is there a central truth we can always count on? Happy New Year!

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'NOW. HERE. THIS.' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald Davis

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 27, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald Davis, Affiliate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

We are in between Christmas and New Year’s Day. This in-between season has us leaning back and forth, looking back and looking forward. But we are called to be in the here and now. Come join me as we commune in the present and delightfully revel in this space.

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