'I DREAM A WORLD' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 6, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

A ticket to a baseball game costs $17 and a hot dog costs $2, but the experience of the game, is priceless.  This election season has had many costs, including a loss of faith in the political process, doubt about the strength of our union, and heightened anxiety that we will no longer be a great nation. No matter who wins or what happens when the outcome is decided, what are you willing to pay to protect our democracy?  And what will it cost to stay committed to our covenant as citizens of this country?     

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'IMAGINE WHAT LOVE CAN DO' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald L. Davis

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Because I have always had low vision, being able to see became part of my identity. Thick glasses suggested a bookish countenance which meant I was expected to know something. It was only in my course of development did I realize knowing something is not vision. Vision has to have imagination. Join me on Sunday when we imagine what love can do. 

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'DEFYING GRAVITY' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

In the Broadway musical Wicked, we find a new twist on the old classic, The Wizard of Oz.  It turns out the “good” witch is not so good after all and the “wicked” witch, well, she ain’t so bad.  In this delightful tale the complexities of what causes one person to be deemed “good” and another to be seen as “evil” is brought to life in an unforgettable way. This Sunday to conclude our October exploration on the theme of Good and Evil we have some extraordinary singers who will bring to us songs from the musical to help touch our hearts and stir our conscience. In my message I will be lifting up some timeless truths from the musical. 

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'THE RIGID DICHOTOMY OF DUAL CONSCIOUSNESS, PART II' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Adam and Eve were free to eat from any tree in the Garden … except from the tree which separated good from evil, the forbidden tree. Do we ignore or embrace that duality today? And how do we do it? What might be the consequences of doing either?

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Direct download: 2016-10-23-CPearson-The-Rigid-Dichotomy-Of-Dual-Consciousness-Part-2.mp3
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'THE FIRST SUMMIT ON RACE' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 16, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

At the first summit on religion and race, Moses and Pharaoh were the two main participants. Moses said, “Let My people go.” Pharaoh replied: “I do not know the Lord, and moreover I will not let Israel go.” Our world and work today is a continuation of that first summit meeting. Pharaoh is not ready to capitulate. The exodus began, but is far from having been completed. In fact, it was easier for the children of Israel to cross the Red Sea than for a black man to navigate the first 25 years of his life in this country without getting killed. As we continue to agitate, advocate and act for racial justice, let us not forget that the spirit of religion is to unite, and the spirit of racism is to divide. Before he died Moses said, “I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life.” Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote, “Race prejudice, a universal human ailment, is the most recalcitrant aspect of the evil in man….(it is) a treacherous denial of the existence of God.” So it is we who must choose between good and evil, religion and race, life and death, blessing and curse.

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'HAVE YOU SEEN A GHOST?' - A sermon by Joseph Boyd

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 16, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Joseph Boyd, Intern Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

This is a season of ghost stories. Have you ever seen a ghost? Maybe you have, and never knew it. Come this Sunday, and find out.

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'THE RIGID DICHOTOMY OF DUAL CONSCIOUSNESS' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

According to the old testament biblical narrative Genesis 2:16-17, Adam and Eve were free to eat from or live off any tree (or truth) in the Garden, except the one that separates or distinguishing good from evil. That is called the forbidden tree or truth. How do we ignore or embrace that duality today? And what might be the consequences of doing either?

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'KEEPING HOPE ALIVE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

There are moments in life when we can feel as if we are part of history. Events like seeing the first African American President’s inauguration or witnessing the World Trade Towers disintegrate into ashes are the kinds of potent moments when the course of life events feel changed forever. It sometimes feels like we are making progress and then there is a reactive movement that tries to pull progress back. Rev. William Barber III says we are in the 3rd Reconstruction and we can expect a backlash. How can we keep hope in progress alive?

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'WHAT ARE WHITE PEOPLE TO DO?' - A Forum on Racism and Being Part of the Solution

The Community Forum was held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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The forum was to educate people about racism, inspire people to take action, and encourage them to engage in the second civil rights movement that is taking place, right now, in our city, and in our nation. We invite white people, and our friends of color, to listen to African American and white leaders in our community who are actively doing the work to break down systemic racism. The focus of this program is the role of white people in the work of combating racism.

PANELISTS:

Kristen Oertel, Ph.D. teaches the Civil War and Reconstruction, African-American history, the history race and gender in America, and the history of sexuality at the University of Tulsa. She writes about how race and gender influenced social and cultural relations in the 19th century, especially during the Civil War era. Oertel's most recent book, Harriet Tubman: Slavery, the Civil War, and Civil Rights in the 19th Century, chronicles the life of this iconic leader of the Underground Railroad.

Marq Lewis is the founder of We the People Oklahoma, a grassroots organization focused on transparency and accountability from public officials and law enforcement. We the People Oklahoma works on behalf of the citizens of Oklahoma, giving a voice for positive change. Lewis is a social activist on the local and national stage. He was recently honored with a United Nations Association Humanitarian award, and named 2015 Tulsan of the Year, as well as one of the four Oklahomans of the year.

Rev. Dr. Rodney Goss is the Senior Pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church. Rev. Goss currently serves as the Vice-chairman for the Hattiesburg, MS chapter of the NAACP's Religious Affairs Committee. Rev. Goss earned his Doctorate and Master of Theology degrees from Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, GA, graduating Magna Cum Laude in both degrees. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education from Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, MS.

Rev. Barbara Prose came to All Souls in 2011 and has served as the Executive Director of Ministry since 2014. Rev. Prose has more than twenty years of social justice experience, which includes immigration rights, reproductive justice, and racial justice. She was honored to receive the Unitarian Universalists Association’s Social Justice Sermon award for her work in immigration in 2013. Rev. Prose serves on the board for the Tulsa YWCA, whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women.

Chad Johnson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Human Relations and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma, Schusterman Center. In 2011, he directed a Tulsa-wide survey on race relations and the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot for the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. In 2014, he published the 3-volume Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology. He actively engages in advocacy and facilitates training in racial justice, human rights, and LGBTQ issues.

Justice Waidner-Smith is a Diversity and Inclusion professional, racial justice advocate, and All Souls board member. Justice came to All Souls more than 25 years ago and has served as a facilitator for Rewire, a racial identity group for white people to unlearn racism. She currently serves on the All Souls Intercultural Advisory Board and Personnel Committee and as the President of the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation.

Rev. Chris Moore is the Senior Minister at Fellowship Congregational United Church of Christ. Chris received his BA in English from the University of Oregon and an Masters of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary. He serves on the boards of JustHope, a Tulsa-based nonprofit working to create sustainable partnerships in Nicaragua, and ACTION (Allied Communities of Tulsa Inspiring Our Neighborhoods), a community organizing institution.

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'RISE UP!' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

When we confront deep challenges and crises we also are presented with great opportunities.  In Christian language, such times are called, “Kairos” time.  The idea is that God is fully present to us in these times.  In Kairos times, what is considered usual is disrupted and there is the possibility for a new future.  It is a time that is pregnant with the potential for a new relationship with one’s history and one’s sense of self and others. It is considered also to be God’s call into a new relationship between us and God.  Tulsa is in Kairos time after the tragic killing of Terence Crutcher.  His father, Rev. Joey Crutcher, in forgiving the police officer for killing his son, while also continuing to pursue justice, is showing us a way forward that is deeply rooted in his Christian faith.  Can Tulsa “Rise Up” in this Kairos moment?  What can we learn from it?

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