The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister.

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Perfect: the condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects.

Something most of us never fully experience.

I don’t know anything or any person who is perfect. This includes random fantasies about God, Heaven, and eternal life. All of which are somewhat ambiguous and in some ways, suspect. Thinking of these as perfect brings aspects of guilt and disappointment.

However, considering perfection to mean maturity or reaching a sense of full adulthood, or maximization of purpose in life as it is, then yes, I believe in the gift of the same.

Living for, to, and toward the fullest experience and expression of self and soul is my idea of a gift of perfection. That is my personal and powerful aim in my life!

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The message was delivered on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar and Rev. Barbara Prose at the Humanist Service.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

The recent eclipse has our ministers thinking about how sometimes something small, in relative terms, keeps us from feeling the warmth and light of the one thing that makes our life possible. We especially see this with all of the divisions in our country and the way it is dividing families and communities. Conflict is not the end of the story it is a necessary part of moving toward something new. There is a breakdown right now in our collective ability to have constructive conflict. Using the issue of taking down Confederate monuments, the ministers offer a hard hitting and playful message on how to have better conversations between people who disagree.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Christianity, the Enlightenment, and Transcendentalism are the three major tributaries that flow together to create the liberal religious tradition we call Unitarian Universalism. Henry David Thoreau, who became famous only after this death at 45, is a great example of someone who transcended his own time. In the 19th century, he resisted the social and religious demands of his day and insisted on finding his own way forward.

 

Who was this man whose heart led him to seek communion with God in the woods, and whose conscience led him to fight openly for the abolition of slavery? How did he find the courage to say “No” to the world’s demands and “Yes” to the invitations of the Spirit?

 

This Sunday, we’ll apply the wisdom of his life to our own spiritual journeys as we navigate our increasingly complex world.

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Direct download: 2017-08-20-BProse-Spiritual-Disobedience.mp3
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The message was delivered on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister at the Humanist Service.

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Reverend Lavanhar speaks frankly and personally about the impact of the Charlottesville protests on him as a person with a Jewish heritage and an African American child. He lifts up a sophisticated and morally nuanced critique of the protests and counterprotests and makes a case for a nonviolent response to the rising wave of neo-fascist elements in America today. It is also a passionate defense of free speech and a warning to liberal activists about the commitment, discipline and self-sacrifice required of non-violent resistance.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Reverend Lavanhar speaks frankly and personally about the impact of the Charlottesville protests on him as a person with a Jewish heritage and an African American child. He lifts up a sophisticated and morally nuanced critique of the protests and counterprotests and makes a case for a nonviolent response to the rising wave of neo-fascist elements in America today. It is also a passionate defense of free speech and a warning to liberal activists about the commitment, discipline and self-sacrifice required of non-violent resistance.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 13, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

This summer is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, who said, “The fact is I am a mystic, a transcendentalist, and a natural philosopher to boot.” Friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and inspiration to the conservation movement, Thoreau was known for advocating simple living, He was also active in the abolitionist movement and was openly critical of the government which led him to write Civil Disobedience in 1859. This Sunday as we aspire to put our spiritual values at the center of our imperfect lives, I’ll explore how Thoreau might be a role model for us today.

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The message was delivered on Sunday, August 6, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Louie Rojas, Guest Speaker.

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Religion in American has been a dynamic experience. For many of us it can become an unhealthy experience. In our desire to be good sons and daughters we can lose ourselves, our dreams, and our loves. I will be sharing how I was saved by the one message that matters to me the most. I will be making a bold statement about where Christianity is in America, and I will share were I found the gift of healthy faith. . . peccadillos!

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 6, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

We continue our Summer Series titled “This American Faith” with a new theme for the month of August: “The Gift of Imperfection”. When the founders gathered 230 years ago this month in Philadelphia to draft a Constitution for this new nation, they hoped for unity, but they came with their competing interests and concerns. The end result was a document that nobody was completely happy about, but one that everyone felt they could live with in the interest of national unity. The tensions between community and self-interest and inclusiveness and justice are pragmatic realities of any democratic organization. We have seen these tensions at All Souls in recent years regarding our decisions to move downtown and in our work to become more diverse. What has become clear is that a person’s relationship to compromise and imperfection can be a major determining factor for the quality and satisfaction of their life. I’ll kick-off this month’s theme exploring what we can learn from the creation and adoption of the American Constitution.

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