'TURNING THE TABLES' - A homily by Rev. Barbara Prose

The homily was delivered on Sunday, November 22, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry.

HOMILY DESCRIPTION

All Souls will held one combined service at 10:30 a.m. with music from many of our different choirs (Children’s, Youth, Cherubs, New Dimensions and the Adult Choirs will all participate). Children were asked to bring fruits or vegetables to add to our cornucopia in the front of the sanctuary. All of the food was donated to those in need in our city. A few times a year, all three distinct Sunday services join together in a single unforgettable celebration. Our theme this year: Turning the Tables.

The Sunday before Thanksgiving is one of the four times a year when we offer a communion service (in the style of our partner church in Europe). The ritual was conducted in the small chapel immediately following the main service and was open to everyone.

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'FROM GRIEF TO GRATITUDE' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Guest Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Gratitude is feeling pleased or placated and basically has to do with being less angry, offended or hostile in your life essence. Thanksgiving is the art, discipline and science of refusing or refuting anger and the illusion of displeasure. It has much to do with attitude and personal values and evaluations.

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The message was delivered on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry.

MESSAGE DESCRIPTION

Terrorism has no religion.

For many of us, the tragedy hasn’t quite sunk in yet. Nearly 130 people are dead in the worst violence witnessed by France since World War II, deemed by the French President "an act of war.” Responsibility for the coordinated attacks has been claimed by ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Witnesses during the attacks said the terrorists were shouting, "Allahu Akbar,” or “God is Great!,” during their rampage.

On social media some French people have been circulating variations on this theme: “Don’t ‪#‎PrayforParis‬…religion is what caused this.” And how are we, members of a liberal religion, to understand such unthinkable violence that derives its strength from religion? And how can we take a stand against Islamic religious terrorism and extremism, while embracing the vast, overwhelming majority of Muslims who wish only for a world of peace and love?

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The message was delivered on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Imam John Ederer, Guest MInister.

MESSAGE DESCRIPTION

Terrorism has no religion.

For many of us, the tragedy hasn’t quite sunk in yet. Nearly 130 people are dead in the worst violence witnessed by France since World War II, deemed by the French President "an act of war.” Responsibility for the coordinated attacks has been claimed by ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Witnesses during the attacks said the terrorists were shouting, "Allahu Akbar,” or “God is Great!,” during their rampage.

On social media some French people have been circulating variations on this theme: “Don’t ‪#‎PrayforParis‬…religion is what caused this.” And how are we, members of a liberal religion, to understand such unthinkable violence that derives its strength from religion? And how can we take a stand against Islamic religious terrorism and extremism, while embracing the vast, overwhelming majority of Muslims who wish only for a world of peace and love?

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The message was delivered on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

MESSAGE DESCRIPTION

Terrorism has no religion.

For many of us, the tragedy hasn’t quite sunk in yet. Nearly 130 people are dead in the worst violence witnessed by France since World War II, deemed by the French President "an act of war.” Responsibility for the coordinated attacks has been claimed by ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Witnesses during the attacks said the terrorists were shouting, "Allahu Akbar,” or “God is Great!,” during their rampage.

On social media some French people have been circulating variations on this theme: “Don’t ‪#‎PrayforParis‬…religion is what caused this.” And how are we, members of a liberal religion, to understand such unthinkable violence that derives its strength from religion? And how can we take a stand against Islamic religious terrorism and extremism, while embracing the vast, overwhelming majority of Muslims who wish only for a world of peace and love?

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'AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE UNKNOWN GOD' - A message by Dr. Willie J. Parker

The message was delivered on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Dr. Willie J. Parker, MD, MPH, MSC.

MESSAGE DESCRIPTION

Within our Judeo-Christian notion of monotheism, various expressions of imperialism are in the ascendency, creating a pluralism that looks closely akin to polytheism, many gods. Is there now the God who opposes immigration, the God who judges and punishes women for abortion, the God who hates LGBTQ people? In this pantheon of religious hate, tucked in the corner is the Unknown God of love and reproductive justice. I seek to introduce you to this unknown God of Love.

Dr. Willie J. Parker is a reproductive justice advocate. Raised in poverty, he was “born again” and did a stint as a boy preacher in a Baptist Church, went on to Harvard, had a distinguished career as an obstetrician and then had his “Come to Jesus” moment, when he decided to give up his career and become an abortion provider. He currently provides abortion care for women in five U.S. states. His work includes a focus on violence against women, sexual assault prevention, and reproductive health rights through advocacy, provision of contraceptive and abortion services, and men's reproductive health.

In an interview with Esquire Magazine, he states, “The protestors say they’re opposed to abortion because they’re Christian. It’s hard for them to accept that I do abortions because I’m a Christian."

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'JESUS AND THE A-WORD' - A reflection by Dr. Willie J. Parker, MD, MPH, MSC

The reflection was delivered on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Dr. Willie J. Parker, MD, MPH, MSC.

REFLECTION DESCRIPTION

A modern day meditation on the encounter of Jesus with religious leaders prosecuting and judging a women for sexuality and adultery then, sexuality and abortion now.

Dr. Willie J. Parker is a reproductive justice advocate. Raised in poverty, he was “born again” and did a stint as a boy preacher in a Baptist Church, went on to Harvard, had a distinguished career as an obstetrician and then had his “Come to Jesus” moment, when he decided to give up his career and become an abortion provider. He currently provides abortion care for women in five U.S. states. His work includes a focus on violence against women, sexual assault prevention, and reproductive health rights through advocacy, provision of contraceptive and abortion services, and men's reproductive health.

In an interview with Esquire Magazine, he states, “The protestors say they’re opposed to abortion because they’re Christian. It’s hard for them to accept that I do abortions because I’m a Christian."

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'DAY OF THE DEAD' - A homily by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

The homily was delivered on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

HOMILY DESCRIPTION

The Mexican tradition translated as "The Day of the Dead" has spread around the world as a colorful and meaningful way to remember and give thanks to people we love who have died. The Catholic churches in Mexico have placed the tradition on All Souls Day – November 1. With this tradition falling on a Sunday this year, we have decided to create a service inspired by All Souls Day and Dia de los Muertos. You are invited and highly encouraged to bring a photograph or small token of remembrance of a departed loved one to place on the decorative alter (ofrenda in Spanish) that will be in the front of the sanctuary and Emerson Hall this Sunday. Infused with music, stories, and dancing from Mexico, it will be a service you will not want to miss. Come honor a loved one this Sunday with joy and celebration as we find meaning and gratitude in the memories of those we love and who have gone before us.

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