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Selected Sermons

Lost and Found and ... (MP3) 23 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
August 17, 2014
What happens in those moments when
we are good and lost? When there is no
path? And is finding the path always the
solution? Bring your wandering selves and
see what we might find.

Born This Way: Why A Growing Number of Faith Communities are
Welcoming LGBTQ Persons (MP3)
25 MB
Dr. Stephen Sprinkle
August 3, 2014
Dr. Sprinkle will speak about why
more and more faith communities
are welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, and queer people, and will
also offer a way forward for the LGBTQ
community and churches to bring about a
better world for us all.

Walking Toward Trouble (MP3) 19 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
July 20, 2014
In so many moments of our lives, it is all
we can do to keep our head down and get
through the day. Sister Simone Campbell
of the “Nuns on the Bus” challenges us to
“walk toward trouble” when others move
away. Why might we step deeper into the
struggles of the world?

Babble (MP3) 11 MB
Jo Burnham / Mary Kirwin
July 13, 2014
What are the costs of seeking results
over relationship? Join us as we tell a
story that reminds us that success is not
very enjoyable without love and the spirit
of community.  Based on a story by Rev
Erika Hewitt.

Conflict Management UU Style (MP3) 13 MB
The Reverend Vickie Johnson
July 6, 2014
Rev. Johnson will discuss how conflict
might enliven a congregation rather than
tear it apart.
Rev. Vickie Johnson graduated from Duke
Divinity School and was ordained in the
United Methodist Church in 1989. She became
saddened when their policies became
something she could no longer support. She
and her partner of 15 years moved to Texas
3 years ago and she has begun her journey
toward ordination in the UU Church.

David and Goliath Redux (MP3)
Part 1 4 MB
Part 2 27 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
June 15, 2014
Think you know the Biblical story of
how the small figure of David defeated
the giant of Goliath? See what a new
understanding of this iconic story reveals
for our time.

Continuous Revelation (MP3) 22 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
June 8, 2014
The first of James Luther Adams’ basic
tenets of religious liberalism (the process,
not the politics) holds that “revelation is
continuous”. New truth is always possible.
In a world where it is easy to listen only to
the sources we like, what does it mean to
live by this kind of openness?

Flower Communion and New Member Welcome (MP3) 12 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
June 1, 2014
All ages are invited to a great Sunday
for welcoming new members into the
congregation and for our annual flower
communion. If possible, please bring
locally grown flowers for our common
bouquet as we hear the story of Norbert
Capek and renew our beloved community.

Truthiness and Idolatry: Exclusive Truth
Claims in an Pluralistic World (MP3)
28 MB
The Reverend Patrick Price
May 25, 2014
The Rev. Patrick Price, Minister at Community
Unitarian Universalist Church in Plano.

The Quest of Truth as a Holy Act (MP3) 24 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
May 18, 2014
From the church’s affirmation, “The
quest of truth is our sacrament and
service is our prayer.” How does the holy
act of a sacrament fit with the human
desire for understanding?

Truth: Beautiful, Terrible, and Irresistible (MP3) 19 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
May 11, 2014
The quest for truth continuously emerges
and returns despite efforts throughout
human history to control minds and
hearts. For the monthly theme of Truth,
join us for its irresistible call.

Saving Easter (MP3) 15 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
April 20, 2014
In keeping with the month’s theme of
salvation, we will enter the big questions
of Life, Death, and becoming more Whole
in the 21st century.

Acceptance of One Another and Encouragement to Spiritual Growth in Or Congregation (MP3) 24 MB
Scottie McIntyre Johnson
April 13, 2014
In seminary, I was required to take
a class called “Spiritual Formation”.
As a Unitarian Universalist, being
so intentional about my spiritual
development was something I’d never
really done before. Our Third UU Principle
states that we “covenant to affirm and
promote acceptance of one another and
encouragement to spiritual growth in
our congregations.” It seems to me that
we UUs usually do a pretty good job of
promoting acceptance of one another but
often not such a good job of encouraging
our spiritual growth. What might it mean
for us to take our Third Principle seriously?

Scottie Johnson is a candidate for the
UU Ministry, a recent graduate of Perkins
School of Theology at SMU and a member
of First Unitarian Church of Dallas.

Celebration Sunday: Dreaming of New Edens (MP3) 21 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
April 6, 2014
April 6 will be a time for renewing our
connections with each other and the
church, and will be the main event for our
annual stewardship drive. Join us!

Liberation is Catching (MP3) 21 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
March 30, 2014
As we lead up to our Celebration Sunday
on April 6, let us consider the nature of
transformation and the enduring place of a
religion that embraces new revelation.

The Religious Impulse: Salvation (MP3) 23 MB
The Reverend Annie Foerster
March 23, 2014
One of my professors in seminary once asked
an angry student who had just confessed
to being an Atheist if he were a Christian
Atheist or a Jewish Atheist. He said it made a
difference because if you were going to quit
being angry about it, you needed to understand
what it was you were angry about. The idea
fascinated me because I knew instantly that it
was true for me. Part of my cure was to explore
the language of religion and what Unitarian
minister Ralph Helverson called “the religious
impulse.” My own faith deepens as I try to
understand concepts like “salvation.” I’ll share
some of my insights with you.

The Veil of Knowledge (MP3) 19 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
March 16, 2014
“Knowledge is power” as the saying goes. Is
this always true? How might what we think we
know get in our way? Are we willing to find out?

Greater Losses (MP3) 21 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
March 2, 2014

The Power of Vulnerability (MP3) 22 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
February 16, 2014
Come and explore the possibility of
vulnerability as part of this month’s
theme of Spiritual Practices. Author and
researcher Brene Brown studies human
connection and how what we risk relates to
our ultimate meaning. In a world where so
many circumstances focus on self-protection
and economy, what is the place of taking a

No Silent Witness: The Story of Dorothea Dix
and the Rise of Mental Health Reform (MP3)
19 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
January 26, 2014

The Web of Love (MP3) 16 MB
David Binde / Rev. Amy Morgenstern
January 5, 2014
Who here used to think that the colors on the map
told us what colors were really on the ground?

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