What Came Over Me? - Rev. Marlin Lavanhar

Sermon delivered on Sunday, August 26, 2012, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Have you ever noticed yourself getting very upset, very depressed, or very desirous about someone or something and wondered afterward, “What came over me?” In ancient times, we might have thought of these occurrences as possessions. Even today, there are people who seek out clergy to perform exorcisms to rid them of what they consider a demonic possession or a spell.

What comes over us can be something as common as an uncontrollable addiction, a bad temper, a mental disorder, a feeling of shame, or a response to past trauma. Psychologists often refer to “buttons” that can get pushed by a person or situation and that can send us over the edge of control. Part of the journey of being human involves realizing that there are chemical, psychological, and situational circumstances that can lead us to undermine our own effectiveness and success and can hinder our capacity to be agents of free will.

On Sunday I will explore how and why we sometimes feel overcome, and some of the things we can do to take back control.

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Who Are Our Neighbors? - Rev. Tamara Lebak

Sermon delivered on Sunday, August 19, 2012, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.

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Historical data from the last 30–50 years, according to sociologist Keith Hampton, shows that neighboring in America has declined. A current study found that only 25 percent of us know our neighbors’ names, and 8 percent don’t know any of them at all. However, the study also suggests that “neighboring may be an important part of the everyday support people get.”

The world’s religions ask us to pay attention to who we call neighbor and how we treat them. In the Christian scriptures, we are told in Mark, chapter 12, that there is no commandment greater than this:

[30] Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
[31] The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Let us explore how we define neighbor, and how we can offer support without feeling overwhelmed or overtaken.

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Extremism... is No Vice? - Pastor Randy Lewis

Sermon delivered on Sunday, August 12, 2012, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Pastor Randy Lewis, Student Minister.

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It has been said, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." The quote implies that for the sake of liberty, extremism can be justified. For liberty’s sake, we’ve seen passions inflamed, innocence sacrificed, and violence encouraged. And yet, there are a few who question whether we are better for it.

We all have our stories about where we come from, how we got here, and where we are headed. And we often live in those stories, choosing to believe that which we’ve concluded to be the truth. Often, we respond to each other based on our created stories; and after we have told them enough times, at some point, the actual truth is immaterial.

This is a predicament that many of us face, impaired by our own sense of truth or what is right. There are those in our nation who are polarized because of what they have chosen to believe about our country, politics, religion, and one another. As a result, we have seen incivility, where the reasonable become unreasonable and the fair and balanced become uncompromising, partial, and unstable. I ponder the scripture that states, “A house divided cannot stand.” How can we remain so uncompromising, so transfixed in our own sense of what is right and, at the same time, continue to stand together as a nation? While many may no longer believe it, I say there is hope. Join me this Sunday, as we consider what is possible!

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What a Wonderful World It Would Be - Rev. Gary Kowalski

Sermon delivered on Sunday, August 12, 2012, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gary Kowalski, Guest Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Back in town for his high school’s 40th reunion, Rev. Gary Kowalski (who grew up in All Souls) muses on what has changed for better and worse in the intervening decades – particularly in the department of race relations.

Gary is minister emeritus of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, Vermont, where he has served on that state’s advisory panel to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

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Going for Gold - Rev. Marlin Lavanhar

Sermon delivered on Sunday, August 5, 2012, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Watching the Olympics can inspire a person to dream of success, achievement, recognition and the thrill of victory. It can also remind us of the pain of defeat, disappointment, or dashed dreams.

Embedded in these modern games are many archetypes and metaphors for living with the struggles of our inner and outer worlds. There are ways each person can achieve “gold” in this life. What is your personal Olympics?

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