This Meadville Lombard Theological School 2017 Commencement Address was delivered seven weeks after the unprecedented resignation of the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), Peter Morales. His resignation was a direct result of a public conversation and controversy regarding ongoing influences and impacts of racism on the hiring practices and culture of the UUA.  Other senior UUA staff also resigned in the wake of the controversy.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister.

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Mercy is not just allowing escape from hell. Authentic mercy would be completely extricating the concept of eternal damnation from our belief system and articles of faith. The English word hell doesn't appear anywhere in the original biblical narrative and Jesus never used the term. He used the Hebrew word Gehenna (Valley of Hinnom), which was mistranslated as Hell in the King James version. Is a Hell-less Christianity possible? Can you be Christ-conscious beyond the obscenity of a customized torture chamber from which escape is an infinite impossibility?

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Joseph Boyd, Intern Minister.

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Sometimes we struggle to make sense of what is worth fighting for, even worth giving our life for, and what is worth surrendering. This memorial weekend we will explore patriotism as an everyday practice, practicing our American values of freedom, opportunity, and justice in small but impactful acts of kindness. In light of Officer Shelby's verdict, and the anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre on May 31, we see that Tulsa is at a threshold. How do we cross the threshold of our lives while respecting the power of the past?

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister.

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The opposite of cruelty is mercy. Otherwise, there’d be no such thing as cruelty. Cruelty is defined as callous indifference to or pleasure in causing pain and suffering. The most poignant example of that is the concept of eternal damnation. Mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. It seems strange that both cruelty and mercy are attributes associated with the God of the Abrahamic faiths, the one considered by billions to be the “Holy” God of the Judeo/Christian bible and belief. Doesn’t one cancel out the other? That same bible says that Mercy prevails by enduring forever. (Psalm 23) It pre-supposes all other ultimate possibilities and presents a kinder, gentler image of the Divine, absent of cruelty that if fully accepted would give life an entirely different moral completion and make world peace a contagion and more likely reality!

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons, Guest Minister.

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As we celebrate high school graduations among the teens of this community, some reflections on how we all might think about our preparation for the adventures ahead of us. As author Bill Bryson discovered while hiking the Appalachian Trail, there are necessities, there are luxuries, and there are burdens best disposed of - often not what we expect. What can we learn about providing for our spiritual needs along the way?

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

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At some time every one of us would like to be given another chance and would prefer not to have to pay the full consequences of our actions or inactions. We've done something wrong. We wish we had not done it or at least we wish we had not been caught. True justice would see us punished, but with some mercy we might go free. A world without justice would be uninhabitable. A world without mercy would be inhumane. In May we begin with a new monthly theme of mercy. Our Universalist forbearers had a great capacity for mercy.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry.

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As we at All Souls consider what we can do to protect and advance the rights and freedoms of women in the 21st century, it’s time to remember the 21 women who fought hard to forge a way forward for themselves and liberal religion in the American heartland between 1870 and 1925. Come and be inspired by their courage and enlightened by their vision. For the fight continues, and it is our turn today.

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Joseph Boyd, Intern Minister.

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In our Lent Meditation for All Souls on the Beyond Belief blog, we had a chance to reflect on mortality and the miracle of life present in every moment. This Sunday we will explore how we can hold both our mortal, fragile humanity and the awesomeness of being alive - holding them together. By being more conscious of both, we can live and love more deeply, more completely. We will explore the gospel reading of Lazarus being raised from the dead.

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

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Many people would argue the title of my message should be “Jesus or Science?” We live in an era of great division between those who hold a scientific worldview and those who hold fundamentalist religious views. There are those who claim there is a war between science and religion. But Jesus said, “blessed are the peacemakers.” Blessed indeed are the people who seek other solutions to conflict besides war and division. This Sunday in the Contemporary service I will explore ways that religion and science can work in partnership to help us discover what is true and good.

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

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An orthodox understanding of redemption is the act of buying one's freedom or having it paid for by someone else. It is mostly about compensation, which is to make up for something unwelcome or unpleasant by exerting an opposite effect. It usually involves some sense of guilt. Alan Cohn wrote, "A good definition of guilt is, "punishing yourself before God doesn't."' Anthony De Mello said, "When you are guilty, it is not your sins you hate but yourself." The only real redemption is the one that suggests you don't need it. Redemption transcends the illusion of lack, alienation, and isolation and recognizes that everything you need is contained in both who and what you are - that you exist and remain divine.

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