The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Guest Minister.

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There are two ways to view the world: one is to view it as fixed and established or static. The other is to view it as unfinished, (undefined), creatively ongoing, both ordained and organic. It’s almost as if God is looking to partner with you personally and all of us collectively in this ongoing evolution of all that is and is becoming. Are you willing to participate in this powerful, personal and evolving intention?

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

How free do you feel to be you? Are you an “other-directed” person who is influenced in your decisions and actions primarily by other people? Or are you a “self-directed person who is willing to disappoint others and go against the grain in order to be true to yourself? What are the costs of either way of being and what are the benefits? Sometimes we act in ways that we think others expect of us, and in doing so we can miss each other completely.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 9, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

In his poem Like The Water, Wendell Berry writes:

Like the water
of a deep stream,
love is always too much.

We did not make it.
Though we drink till we burst,
we cannot have it all,
or want it all.

In its abundance
it survives our thirst.
...we keep returning to its rich waters
thirsty.

We enter,
willing to die,
into the commonwealth of its joy.

This Sunday we are holding one combined Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. instead of our usual three services. Occasionally, we do this to bring our community together across our differences to feel our deep and authentic unity in a Love Beyond Belief. Water and thirst unite us no matter who we are or what we believe. Water will be the theme of the day.

We will also have lots of fun games and activities involving water for children and people of all ages throughout the morning.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 2, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rabbi Micah Citrin, Guest Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Love is a universal principle understood in different ways by distinct cultures and religions. In Judaism, love is a core value for how we relate to God and other people. Jewish tradition associates love with distinct actions that stem from one’s sense of self and the dignity of the other. A deeper understanding of love from this perspective can help us to bring Shalom, peace, and balance to our world.

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

SERMON DESCRIPTION

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.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

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.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

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.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

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.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

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.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

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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