Zombie Apocalypse and Resurrection - Rev. Marlin Lavanhar

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 31, 2013, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Last year at this time our city was chilled by the tragic events that involved five of our citizens being gunned down in the streets of their neighborhoods in what by all accounts was an act of calculated killing based on race. It was Good Friday in the Church calendar, which is a day when Christians remember the brutality, injustice and betrayal of the crucifixion of Jesus. It became a modern Good Friday in our city as we witnessed brutality and loss and the shadow side of human existence. Much like in the biblical accounts, what followed was a period of fear, doubt and confusion. However, our city’s leaders pulled together as did our citizens. By Easter morning the suspected killers were apprehended. On Easter 2012, Tulsans once again could feel safe coming out of their houses and our entire community could celebrate our collective response. Instead of dividing our community further by race, the response to the events helped to build trust, open lines of communication and put a dent in some long held suspicions.

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What Is a Unitarian? - Rev. Marlin Lavanhar

This is a repost of the sermon, delivered on Sunday, August 15, 2010, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

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Fishing Naked - Rev. Tamara Lebak

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 17, 2013, during the contemporary service, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Sometimes when we want to be seen, even by those we care about the most, we still put on layer after layer, hiding ourselves beneath our various roles. Join me, as we look at John, chapter 20, where there is a line that has always made me wonder. A group of disciples are out fishing when Jesus appears on the shore, and Peter puts on his clothes to swim to Jesus. Why would he put on his garments to swim? This must have made it more difficult. He abandoned the other disciples, who were lugging in their catches, only to plow through the water inefficiently. I imagine he arrived panting and exhausted on the shore, (Peter often mixes things up a bit.) Join me as I explore the role of vulnerability in our lives, and why you might consider fishing naked.

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Universalism - Rev. Marlin Lavanhar

In leu of Youth Sunday, which took place at All Souls Church on Sunday, March 10, 2013, we are reposting sermon "Universalism," delivered by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, on September 20, 2009.

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Let It Go - Rev. Marlin Lavanhar

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 3, 2013, during the contemporary service, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Have you ever tried to tell someone to “Let it go!” who is mad at you? I’ll bet it didn’t go over very well. Why is it so hard to let go of anger, assumptions, fear, control, people who drain us and activities that hurt us, a religious past, a fear of failure, and resentments? And why is it so difficult to let go of life, as it was in the past, in order to embrace life as it is now?

Letting go is one of the greatest skills we can learn, and one of the thorniest processes we can face. Sometimes we let go of the wrong things. Sometimes we let go too easily. Sometimes we cannot seem to let go of the things we know are holding us back no matter how clear and reasonable it might be. We are funny in this way (sometimes ridiculous) but only because it is so complicated and demanding. Letting go matters more than we often like to admit, and is among the most common of conundrums. That said, there are competencies we can develop and there is wisdom to be shared. Believing we are trapped is a recipe for depression. Feeling powerless is almost always an illusion. Learning to let go of the right things with grace is one of the greatest gifts we can give, both to ourselves and to the people around us.

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