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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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.

MESSAGE DESCRIPTION

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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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

One of the beautiful points of departure, Ware Lecturer Brian Stevenson gave us at UUA General Assembly was to change the narrative. Changing the narrative is not as easy as changing the water in a fish bowl. But that metaphor is appropriate from the standpoint of the fish. We swim in water called white supremacy. Let's not be afraid to empty our bowl and pour in living water … water that reconciles, that heals, that gives us continuing opportunities.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

It is said that after the Battles of Lexington and Concord John Adams became the voice for independence at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. As we finish a month of messages on the gifts of independence and American faith, I will look at what we might learn from the first Vice President and second President of the United States that can give us inspiration in these days that are marked more by discord than concord.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Part of the so called "gift" and sometimes guilt of independence is a certain unavoidable trait of co-dependency, that should not go unnoticed or without mention. Among the core characteristics of codependency, a common trait is an incessant, if not excessive, reliance on other people for approval and a sense of self-worth and identity. We may not be able to master the issues of innate co-dependency, but we can learn to manage it, so as not to be consumed and controlled by it. Interdependency seems to be the better and perhaps naturally creative design.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

It's been said that the United States of America is a nation that was founded on a secular creed. Rooted in the Declaration of Independence and echoed throughout our history are certain commonly held truths. As we continue our July theme of Independence and our series on This American Faith, I will share a message regarding the American creed.

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