He Said What? - (Eric Banner)

The message was delivered on Sunday, May 26, 2013, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Eric Banner, Intern Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

We often live our lives as though if we could all agree on how to say what is true, then everything else would fall into place. And it is true that sometimes that is an important step along the way. But words have meaning that depends on their context and the person who's saying them. The same sentence can come from two different people and mean two very different things. We've all had the experience of saying something exactly as we mean it, only to discover that what someone heard wasn't what we meant at all.

In a congregation and community as diverse as ours, filled with people of differing ages, theologies, ethnicities and different economic situations, it can be hard to understand each other from time to time.

If you've ever heard someone say something that really upset you, only to find out later they didn't mean what you thought you heard at all, this Sunday is for you. Because it turns out the truth is so much more than words.

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A Mighty Spirit - Rev. Marlin Lavanhar

The message was delivered on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

One of the fastest growing and most misunderstood types of Christianity is Pentecostalism. For Christians May 19th is Pentecost Sunday. I look forward to sharing a powerful, progressive religious idea that my colleague Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis in NY City calls the “Pentecostal Paradigm.” If you never understood (or have never heard of) Pentecost you will discover something very special. If you have a Pentecostal background and wonder what it has to do with the religion and spirituality you find at All Souls, this message offers some answers.

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Atheist Spirituality (The Point) - Rev. Marlin Lavanhar

The message was delivered on Sunday, May 19, 2013, during The Point, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Many people do not understand the difference between spirituality and belief in God. Most Buddhists do not believe in God (they are Humanist) and yet they are world renowned for their teachings of spirituality and spiritual practices such as meditation. Brain science and evolutionary science has helped explain some of what is understood today as spirituality. As Pentecost is celebrated by Christians around the world, let’s look at movements of the spirit from a Humanist perspective.

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A Blues Mentality (Mother's Day/Flower Communion Sunday) - Rev. Marlin Lavanhar

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 12, 2013, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

One of my favorite memories of growing up Unitarian Universalist was the flower communion service each spring. Before church, my brother and I would go into the backyard and cut flowers from our garden, one for each member of our family. We carefully brought the flowers to church and deposited them in a basket on our way into the sanctuary. The part I liked best was getting to choose someone else’s flower from the colorful array to take home.

Prior to WWII this special service was created by Unitarians in Czechoslovakia who were a prominent Humanist congregation and one of the largest Unitarian churches in history. Here at All Souls we celebrate the flower communion each Mother’s Day. Another All Souls tradition is the Mother’s Day brunch. This year it is hosted by our Youth Group and the money they raise will go to help fund their upcoming SpiritqUUest trip. I invite you to bring a flower (if you can’t, we will have plenty for everyone to participate) and join us for this festive celebration.

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True Power (Contemporary) - Rev. Tamara Lebak

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 5, 2013, during the contemporary service at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

This month we explore the theme of Truth. Every Sunday in worship we stand up and use our voices to proclaim that we will seek the truth in love. At 8:30 and 10:00 we will examine a beloved story from India, “The Blind Man and The Elephant,” which has been widely disseminated as a Jain, Buddhist, Sufi and Hindu teaching story. John Godfrey Saxe memorialized the moral of the story as: “So oft in theologic wars, The disputants, I ween, Rail on in utter ignorance Of what each other mean, And prate about an Elephant Not one of them has seen.” This propensity is not simply of theological concern. At 10:00 and 11:30, I will also look at the story of Pentecost. In the Christian Scriptures, the miracle of Pentecost was to hear one’s own language and one’s own truth reflected back from the mouths of strangers. How do we speak from our limited perspectives knowing in fact they are limited, and make room for the truths of others in the process? How do we welcome contradictory evidence and still make a claim? In order to seek truth in love we must be aware of our own power and make choices about the truth of the claim and the value of the relationship. Join me Sunday as I examine the nature of power and truth.

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True Power (Traditional) - Rev. Tamara Lebak

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 5, 2013, during the traditional service at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

This month we explore the theme of Truth. Every Sunday in worship we stand up and use our voices to proclaim that we will seek the truth in love. At 8:30 and 10:00 we will examine a beloved story from India, “The Blind Man and The Elephant,” which has been widely disseminated as a Jain, Buddhist, Sufi and Hindu teaching story. John Godfrey Saxe memorialized the moral of the story as: “So oft in theologic wars, The disputants, I ween, Rail on in utter ignorance Of what each other mean, And prate about an Elephant Not one of them has seen.” This propensity is not simply of theological concern. At 10:00 and 11:30, I will also look at the story of Pentecost. In the Christian Scriptures, the miracle of Pentecost was to hear one’s own language and one’s own truth reflected back from the mouths of strangers. How do we speak from our limited perspectives knowing in fact they are limited, and make room for the truths of others in the process? How do we welcome contradictory evidence and still make a claim? In order to seek truth in love we must be aware of our own power and make choices about the truth of the claim and the value of the relationship. Join me Sunday as I examine the nature of power and truth.

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True Power (The Point) - Rev. Tamara Lebak

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 5, 2013, during The Point at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

This month we explore the theme of Truth. Every Sunday in worship we stand up and use our voices to proclaim that we will seek the truth in love. At 8:30 and 10:00 we will examine a beloved story from India, “The Blind Man and The Elephant,” which has been widely disseminated as a Jain, Buddhist, Sufi and Hindu teaching story. John Godfrey Saxe memorialized the moral of the story as: “So oft in theologic wars, The disputants, I ween, Rail on in utter ignorance Of what each other mean, And prate about an Elephant Not one of them has seen.” This propensity is not simply of theological concern. At 10:00 and 11:30, I will also look at the story of Pentecost. In the Christian Scriptures, the miracle of Pentecost was to hear one’s own language and one’s own truth reflected back from the mouths of strangers. How do we speak from our limited perspectives knowing in fact they are limited, and make room for the truths of others in the process? How do we welcome contradictory evidence and still make a claim? In order to seek truth in love we must be aware of our own power and make choices about the truth of the claim and the value of the relationship. Join me Sunday as I examine the nature of power and truth.

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