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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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Stephen Edington, Guest Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

From his early years in Okema, OK, and Pampa, TX, to his life in New York and service in the Merchant Marine, to his cross-country wanderings, Woody Guthrie cultivated a universal type of religious consciousness that shows through in his work in many ways.

The book and sermon also deal with Woody’s tragic struggle with Huntington’s Disease and the spiritual resources he drew upon at that point in his life.

About the Author:

Rev. Steve Edington is a UU minister residing in Nashua, New Hampshire where he served the UU Church of Nashua for 24 years. He is presently the interim minister of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Vermont.

Steve is also the author of The Beat Face of God—The Beat Generation Writers as Spirit Guides, and Troubadour and Poet—The Magical Ministry of Ric Masten. He is on the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Committee of Lowell, Massachusetts which puts on an annual Jack Kerouac Festival there. For the past two years he has been a program presenter at the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Assistant Minister.

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When a park ranger left Jane Goodall in the bush of Tanzania to find and study chimpanzees, he, like many others, thought she would last only a few weeks. British authorities were horrified, and the public considered the project to be dangerous if not amoral. When the Texas Tech climatologist, Katharine Hayhoe, talks today about how her study of climate science doesn’t threaten, but instead strengthens her conservative Christian faith, many consider her work to be dangerous if not amoral. These two faithful scientists and scientific people of faith are my guides as I seek new ways to respond to the public panic and expanding debate about religious responses to global climate change. Join me this Sunday to explore the lives and work of these two heretical woman, who both bring science and religion together in their lives and in their work. Don’t forget to think about who your own environmental hero or heroine is, and why.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 29, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Randy Lewis, Adjunct Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Henry David Thoreau once said, “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” In the continuation of the summer sermon series Heroes, Heroines, and Heretics, we will examine the life of Dorothea Dix. Dorothea was one such person that dared to stand up against injustice in a time when few women were able to influence social change. She became impassioned at the plight of those whom society had deemed mentally insane. Many of these individuals were often abused and institutionalized in deplorable and demeaning conditions. Dorothea fought on their behalf. Her life is an example of what one committed person can do to affect change in the lives of others.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Our Summer Sermon Series on Heroes, Heroines, and Heretics continues with a look at the inspiring life of Maya Angelou. Dr. Angelou grew up through the era of lynching and segregation; she was a teenage mom, a one time prostitute, a madam, singer, street car conductor, actress, professor, poet and so much more. She rose from humble means and hardship and went on to deliver a poem to her nation at the inauguration of a US president (Bill Clinton) and to befriend some of the 20th centuries most colorful and important figures. In one interview toward the end of her life she said, “Courage is the most important virtue, because you need courage to live out all the other virtues consistently.” Her life is possibly her most inspiring work. If your summer could use a little lyrical beauty and encouraging uplift, then join me for this message.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.

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For our summer sermon series, 'Heroes, Heroines, and Heretics,' I will look at the life of Jane Addams, co-founder of one of the first settlements in the United States, the Hull House in Chicago, Illinois. One of my favorite papers written in seminary was on Jane Addams. Many of her letters are archived at the University of Chicago, and I spent hours pouring over them, trying to decide if we could count her as a Unitarian and as a member of the LGBT community. Jane was ahead of her time. She was named a co-winner of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize. She is considered the mother of the Social Work movement, and is a key leader of women’s suffrage. Jane led a multicultural community at Hull House, crossing boundaries where others dared not tread, working with immigrants, the uneducated, the sick, and the poor. She lived out her faith in the world through action. Jane Addams was also gay. In my studies I have had professors argue with me that this was not a term she would claim. It was, in fact, a different time. But, I have read the love letters between Mary Rozet Smith and Jane, and they are enough to make you blush. These are not the words of roommates or friends. Join me as I explore the life of a heroine and a heretic, Jane Addams.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

For our summer sermon series, 'Heroes, Heroines, and Heretics,' I will look at the life of Jane Addams, co-founder of one of the first settlements in the United States, the Hull House in Chicago, Illinois. One of my favorite papers written in seminary was on Jane Addams. Many of her letters are archived at the University of Chicago, and I spent hours pouring over them, trying to decide if we could count her as a Unitarian and as a member of the LGBT community. Jane was ahead of her time. She was named a co-winner of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize. She is considered the mother of the Social Work movement, and is a key leader of women’s suffrage. Jane led a multicultural community at Hull House, crossing boundaries where others dared not tread, working with immigrants, the uneducated, the sick, and the poor. She lived out her faith in the world through action. Jane Addams was also gay. In my studies I have had professors argue with me that this was not a term she would claim. It was, in fact, a different time. But, I have read the love letters between Mary Rozet Smith and Jane, and they are enough to make you blush. These are not the words of roommates or friends. Join me as I explore the life of a heroine and a heretic, Jane Addams.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

On Sunday I will kick-off All Souls Summer Sermon Series on “Heroes, Heroines and Heretics.” The series will run from June 8 – July 27, and will include many different voices, including one national and one international guests. There are so many men and women, of all eras and cultures, who are not spoken about in places of worship and who are sometimes spoken about unflatteringly and yet who have done much to add to the progress of the human family and have aided the effort to achieve liberty and justice for all. This summer we will highlight some of our favorites among these courageous and visionary people and consider their impact on our lives today.

June 15: REV. TAMARA LEBAK

June 22: REV. DR. MARLIN LAVANHAR

June 29: REV. GERALD DAVIS

July 6: REV. BARBARA PROSE

July 13: REV. STEPHEN EDINGTON, Minister of Unitarian Church of Montpelier, VT, and author of 'Bring Your Own God: The Spirituality of Woody Guthrie.'

July 20: REV. THERESA GUSTILO GALLARDO, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Metro Manila, in the Philippines.

July 27: MINISTER RANDY LEWIS

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

A new crop of graduates are setting off on the next stage of their lives this summer. Most likely their heads are filled with dreams and visions of what their futures might look like. At least, we hope they have some dreams. How about for the rest of us? What has happened to your dreams? Have they come true? Have they been lost? In the movie The Graduate, there is a character, Mrs. Robinson, who has lost her dreams and lost interest in life and so she escapes into having sexual affairs with young men who are half her age and who she barely knows. When we stop dreaming, our hearts begin to die and our souls begin to dry out. In contrast, there are dreamers in life whose lives seem filled with passion and hope and possibility. As we congratulate our graduates on Sunday at 10 and 11:30, let us talk about having dreams and not having dreams and what that means. All graduates of all ages, high school and above, will be honored in our services.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 25, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

This Memorial Day we are called to remember those who have died in service of our country. This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the ‘War to end All Wars.” Military casualties are not a thing of the past. The Washington Post has dedicated a website to photographs of Americans who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Enduring Freedom. There are nearly 7,000 faces. Of those fatalities, 129 were Oklahomans. They are mostly men, but not all. They are mostly between the ages of 20-24. More than 5,000 died in the midst of hostile action or IED (Improvised Explosive Devices). These are our neighbors, our family members ,our friends. No matter your stance on our involvement, these lives deserve to be honored for their sacrifice. Join me this Sunday as we remember the fallen.

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