'Who Do You Think You Are?' - (Rev. Tamara Lebak) | Contemporary

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 29, 2013, during the contemporary service at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

In the Hebrew Scriptures, God creates humankind "in his own image." (Genesis 1:27) The word image refers to representation or perception, and the Latin, imago, also means the final stage of metamorphosis. Our identities are collages of our thoughts, feelings, and experiences, mixed with an understanding of how other people experience us. We craft an image of ourselves as we encounter each other and the world. That image of ourselves – who we think we are – is also influenced by our culture. Identity, very much like our understanding of the world, is socially constructed.

In Sartre's seminal work No Exit, he presents Hell as a place where we are defined solely upon how other people perceive us. In Sartre's version of Hell, we have no power over how we are perceived. The power lies entirely in the hands of others. Have you ever felt powerless over how you are viewed? This can happen when we feel categorized; it can happen when we feel defined by a single event in our lives; it can happen when we are stereotyped as only gay, only liberal, or only a person of color, and not as a complex human being.

Come and explore with me the nature of our identity, who we think we are, and why it matters.

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Who Do You Think You Are?' - (Rev. Tamara Lebak) | Traditional

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 29, 2013, during the traditional service at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

In the Hebrew Scriptures, God creates humankind “in his own image.” (Genesis 1:27) The word image refers to representation or perception, and the Latin, imago, also means the final stage of metamorphosis. Our identities are collages of our thoughts, feelings, and experiences, mixed with an understanding of how other people experience us. We craft an image of ourselves as we encounter each other and the world. That image of ourselves – who we think we are – is also influenced by our culture. Identity, very much like our understanding of the world, is socially constructed.

In Sartre's seminal work No Exit, he presents Hell as a place where we are defined solely upon how other people perceive us. In Sartre's version of Hell, we have no power over how we are perceived. The power lies entirely in the hands of others. Have you ever felt powerless over how you are viewed? This can happen when we feel categorized; it can happen when we feel defined by a single event in our lives; it can happen when we are stereotyped as only gay, only liberal, or only a person of color, and not as a complex human being.

Come and explore with me the nature of our identity, who we think we are, and why it matters.

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'Dealing with In-Laws, Teenagers and Religious Fundamentalists' - (Rev. Marlin Lavanhar)

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

At All Souls there is a painting hanging in the foyer that tells the story of our church. Over the years I have found it to be one of the most compelling and memorable ways to describe All Souls to visitors and those who inquire about us. In this beautiful image you will find the basics of our history, our values, our theology and what we hold most dear as a community.

On Sunday I will share that picture and that story with you in a way that you can use to tell your family and friends and others who may ask you. The painting, like our world, is filled with simple gifts that are free and available as long as we help keep them alive.

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All Souls: Our True Colors' - (Rev. Marlin Lavanhar)

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

We recently asked some media and communications professionals whether All Souls is relevant in today’s world. Here’s what they told us:

Now, perhaps more than ever, people are confused, disenfranchised, disillusioned and even angry about the way they feel they have been mandated, instructed, and forced into thinking about their world, people, God, and spirituality.

The world is connected in a way, for the first time in history, that allows them to share in people’s cultures, beliefs, happiness, pain, ideas, and persecution like never before. They are questioning traditional creeds, what they mean, and the impact they have on humanity, our connection to one another, and our collective future together.

All Souls’ Vision aligns with how more and more people see their world, their place in it, other cultures, their spiritual nature, and the impact that religious teaching and action should have on humanity.

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'Syria: To Bomb or Not to Bomb' - (Rev. Marlin Lavanhar)

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 8, 2013, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Right now, our president, our military leaders, and our Congress are debating bombing Syria, which they are claiming is necessary to our national security. In other words, they are contemplating an attack that will inevitably kill and displace civilians, including women and children. We, as Americans and as citizens of the world, have to explore the morality of action and inaction in the face of the devastation and carnage. This morning, I come in the tradition of the American preacher as a prophetic voice in our democracy to lay out the moral issues and the criteria for action or inaction in the Syria crisis.

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'This Work We Do' - (Rev. Barbara Prose)

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 1, 2013, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Assistant Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

I turned fifty this year and started working out. At CrossFit classes I’ve learned what burpees, back squats, and box jumps are. The more energy I expend at the gym, the more energy I have for the rest of my day. Working out, and our work matters. It shapes our lives as individuals and as a congregation. How much we work, how much we get paid for our work, where we work, why we work… all matters.

In our church, we have young adults looking for work for the first time, and older adults wondering what they will do after they retire. We have middle-aged folks in the middle of mid-life crises and retirees who make the work of the church possible because of how they generous they are with their time.

Why do you do the work you do?

This Labor Day weekend, we’ll explore the meaning and value of work in our lives and celebrate the work we do!

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