Foolish Things - Minister Randy Lewis

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Randy Lewis, Student Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

“What a Fool Believes” is the title of a song, popularized by 70’s punk group, known as the Doobie Brothers. The hook of this song helps to set the stage for our reflection. The song says, “What a fool believes he sees; No wise man has the power to reason away.” Join me this Sunday as we explore ‘seeing what is unseen’ and practicing letting go of some of ‘the foolish things.’

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Lincoln, Darwin, & Douglass - Rev. Marlin Lavanhar

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 17, 2013, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Three of the most controversial and significant figures of the 19th century celebrate birthdays this week. Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born on the same day in the same year - Feb. 12, 1809. Frederick Douglass was born Feb. 17, 1818. Darwin was born into a family with money; Lincoln was born into poverty; Douglass was born into slavery. Growing up, Darwin had ample opportunities for formal education, Lincoln had few, and for Douglass all opportunities for education were illegal. Yet, despite their enormously varied backgrounds, these men profoundly changed the way we understand human relations, religion, politics, and science. Here we are, 200 years later, and their words and deeds continue to inspire greatness and controversy.

Come celebrate these men and the ways their thinking and values evolved throughout their lives. Like them, each of us is evolving in our understanding and our values. Their lives still have much to teach us.

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Stealing Jesus - Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 10, 2013, during the contemporary service at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz, Guest Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Unitarian Universalists have an ambiguous and complicated relationship with Jesus. We may be okay with “God,” but when it comes to “Jesus,” we may feel that his message has become so compromised as to render him irrelevant for the 21st Century. The Jesus we know has been stolen from that place, and from the place in history that he deserves. Who stole Jesus, and why? And, should we try to steal him back?

Reverend Kathleen C. Rolenz is parish co-minister of the West Shore UU Church. She is editor and co-author of Christian Voices in Unitarian Universalism, Worship that Works, and Sources of our Faith. She has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship since 2000, having served as editor of the publication “Good News,” and President of the Board of Trustees. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Richard C. Borden Preaching Prize, the Beacon Press Sermon Award, and the UU Men’s Network Sermon Award.

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What is the Spirit? (The Point) - Eric Banner

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 10, 2013, during The Point, the humanist service at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Eric Banner, Intern Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Every worship service at All Souls begins with our covenant, which proclaims that “Love is the Spirit of this church.” Many of us learned at an early age that love was a passive thing – something that happened to us, rather than something we do.

If love truly is the spirit of our church, then it must be a force that acts in our lives. Love and power are like chocolate and peanut butter, useful on their own, but far better when joined together. Rather than turning away from power in our lives, we are called as a church to share in the responsibility of tending to each other through the powerful force of love. We practice this, first and foremost, with what Iris Murdoch calls “the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.” As we continue with our theme of spiritual practice during African American history month, I invite you to join me as we consider what it means to live with love at the center of our shared lives.

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Let's Pray! (Contemporary service) - Rev. Barbara Prose

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 3, 2013, during the contemporary service at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Assistant Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

The case against prayer isn’t hard to make. Everything we hope for (and some of us pray for) doesn’t come true. But what if prayer is more about being changed than changing other beings?

Prayer is an ancient art, practiced around the world and found in all cultures. It is a human response to the experience of being. In our congregation, prayer means different things to different people. Some of us were taught to pray at young age and have never stopped. Others, having left behind the ways they learned to pray as children, have given up the practice altogether. Still others have discovered non-traditional forms of prayer later in life. On Sunday morning we will explore the what, where, when, how, and why of prayer.

At 8:30, come hear about the impact of prayer on our brains, and how prayer is perceived and practiced today. As one U.S. college student put it, “I don’t want to be thought of in terms of spirituality or religion. Not my religion – if I have one – not your religion. These designations just should not be part of how we relate to each other, no matter what we believe.” This same student reports that he “sometimes” prays when he’s faced with a difficult decision or is concerned about a family member or friend.

At 10:00, we’ll have a story for all ages, and the Children’s Choir will sing. At 11:30, we’ll enjoy the Youth Choir, and hear why the priest mocked Rachel when he found her praying on the temple steps.

Stories, studies in neuroscience, and our own experience all inform our perspective on prayer. Whether you wonder why you would ever pray, you figure there’s no reason not to pray – it couldn’t hurt – or you pray every day, I hope I see you this Sunday!

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Why Not Pray? (Traditional service) - Rev. Barbara Prose

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 3, 2013, during the traditional service at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Assistant Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

The case against prayer isn’t hard to make. Everything we hope for (and some of us pray for) doesn’t come true. But what if prayer is more about being changed than changing other beings?

Prayer is an ancient art, practiced around the world and found in all cultures. It is a human response to the experience of being. In our congregation, prayer means different things to different people. Some of us were taught to pray at young age and have never stopped. Others, having left behind the ways they learned to pray as children, have given up the practice altogether. Still others have discovered non-traditional forms of prayer later in life. On Sunday morning we will explore the what, where, when, how, and why of prayer.

At 8:30, come hear about the impact of prayer on our brains, and how prayer is perceived and practiced today. As one U.S. college student put it, “I don’t want to be thought of in terms of spirituality or religion. Not my religion – if I have one – not your religion. These designations just should not be part of how we relate to each other, no matter what we believe.” This same student reports that he “sometimes” prays when he’s faced with a difficult decision or is concerned about a family member or friend.

At 10:00, we’ll have a story for all ages, and the Children’s Choir will sing. At 11:30, we’ll enjoy the Youth Choir, and hear why the priest mocked Rachel when he found her praying on the temple steps.

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Why Pray? (The Point) - Rev. Barbara Prose

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 3, 2013, during The Point, the humanist service at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Assistant Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

The case against prayer isn’t hard to make. Everything we hope for (and some of us pray for) doesn’t come true. But what if prayer is more about being changed than changing other beings?

Prayer is an ancient art, practiced around the world and found in all cultures. It is a human response to the experience of being. In our congregation, prayer means different things to different people. Some of us were taught to pray at young age and have never stopped. Others, having left behind the ways they learned to pray as children, have given up the practice altogether. Still others have discovered non-traditional forms of prayer later in life. On Sunday morning we will explore the what, where, when, how, and why of prayer.

At 8:30, come hear about the impact of prayer on our brains, and how prayer is perceived and practiced today. As one U.S. college student put it, “I don’t want to be thought of in terms of spirituality or religion. Not my religion – if I have one – not your religion. These designations just should not be part of how we relate to each other, no matter what we believe.” This same student reports that he “sometimes” prays when he’s faced with a difficult decision or is concerned about a family member or friend.

At 10:00, we’ll have a story for all ages, and the Children’s Choir will sing. At 11:30, we’ll enjoy the Youth Choir, and hear why the priest mocked Rachel when he found her praying on the temple steps.

Stories, studies in neuroscience, and our own experience all inform our perspective on prayer. Whether you wonder why you would ever pray, you figure there’s no reason not to pray – it couldn’t hurt – or you pray every day, I hope I see you this Sunday!

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