The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, and Rev. Barbara Prose, Assistant Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

We’re often amazed by childrens’ intense thirst for justice. Recently, I was watching a brother and sister playing mancala. When the girl dropped an extra stone into her pile, her brother caught her wrist and made her drop it back in its proper place. “Mom, she’s cheating!” came an indignant cry, without hesitation or apology. By the time mom came over to intervene, brother and sister were back at the game and there was no need for an explanation about right and wrong.

Life is definitely more complicated than a game of mancala! Having spent just one week eating (mostly) only the food we could afford on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,) or only $4.28 per day, we are eager to share with you how we fared and what we learned. We invite you to join us this Sunday to hear how we not only thirst, but also hunger, not just for food, but also for justice!

Each of us brought something different to this experience and each took something very different away.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 21, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton Pearson, Guest Minister.

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Separation theology leads to separation psychology which leads to separation sociality, leading to separation cosmology and finally separation pathology. When we awaken to who we really are as a species and our innate and inextricable connection to one another, all senses of fear, intimidation and the illusion of separation disappears. Awakening is the key to a new age of peace, unity and community!

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Direct download: 2014-09-21-CPearson-THIRST-for-Wholeness.mp3
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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 21, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Victor M. Parachin, Guest Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

What do the outlaw Jesse James, the Hebrew prophet Micah, the baristas at Nervous Dog Coffee bar have in common? Join me this Sunday as I speak on Thirst for Wholeness.

Following the service I will be signing copies of my new book How To Be Spiritual, Not Religious: 108 Pearls of Buddhist Wisdom. All proceeds will go to the All Souls Book Table.

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

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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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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.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

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.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

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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Direct download: 2014-08-17-BProse-Teachers-Everywhere.mp3
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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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