Sermon Archive

Below, in reverse chronological order, are podcasts from past services. Included are the sermon plus — when available — readings and sermon reflections. Also of possible interest is the Cumulative Calendar of Past Services. To listen to a sermon podcast, click on the topic (all are mp3 files).

Date Topic Speaker
07/16/17 Circle Singing Amado Ohland
07/09/17 Whie Allies' Humble Path
Readings: ‘The Condition of Black Life Is One of Mourning
and Whie Debt
Michele Deramo
07/02/17 The Language of Music Constellation: Eric Thomas & Helen Wolfson
06/25/17 Annual Poetry Service Geroge Lally
06/18/17 Self-Compassion and Loving-Kindness through Meditation Dr. Alan Forrest
06/11/17 Getting High: Changing One's State of Mind Reverend Kirk Ballin
06/04/17 Hello Donald Song written by George Lally, led by Amado Ohland
05/21/17 Bridging The Congregation's high-school-aged youth group, the YRUU
05/14/17 The Courage of Mothers Nikki Giovanni
05/07/17 Courageous Love Ministerial Candidate, Pam Philips
04/30/17 Finding Our Way | Meet Pam Philips Ministerial Candidate, Pam Philips
04/09/17     Music and Stories Itraab, an Arabic music ensemble
03/26/17 Introduction to the 2017 UUC Stewardship Campaign Andy Roberts, Stewardship Chair
03/19/17 Unitarian Universalist Mysticism Spiritual director, Mims Driscoll
03/12/17 One Wild and Precious Life Worship Associate Rhonda Johnson
01/29/17 Reflections Dr. Timothy Sands
01/15/17 Existential angst and the pracicality of getting dead Fran Schindler
12/25/16 Readings about Christmas and sharing holiday stories UUC Worship Associates Rhonda Johnson & Jim Kern
12/18/16 Let there be light! UUC Member Victoria Taylor
11/20/16 Perspectives on Acceptance and Inclusion The Congregation's high-school-aged youth group: the YRUU
11/13/16 Free to Choose? Jacqui C. Williams
10/23/16     How I Am a UU Worship Associates Steve Rameriz and Rhonda Johnson
09/25/16 United We Kneel: Patriotism, Division, and the Desperate Search for Optimism Dr. Carter Turner
08/21/16 Reflections on the UUA General Assembly by Posse '16 Worship Associate David Lally
07/31/16 Making Beauty — a Human Necessity Reverend Dr. Cathie Stivers
07/24/16 On Being Religious
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Rev. Kirk Balin
07/17/16 Exploring Ramadan Hesham Rakha
07/10/16 Bhakti Yoga Worship Associate Victoria Taylor & guest Ajeet Khalsa
07/03/16 Anual Poetry Service Worship Associate David Lally
06/26/16 A Service in Song – the Hymn Service Worship Associate Jane Mahone
06/19/16 Waking the Future's Promise Rev. Dara Olandt
06/12/16     Goodbyes to Dara UUC Members
06/12/16 Yes...to Life Rev. Dara Olandt
06/05/16 Annual Multigenerational Flower Service
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Rev. Dara Olandt
05/29/16     Love Lettrs: War and Memory Rev. Dara Olandt
05/22/16 The Annual YRUU Bridging Service The UUC high-school-age youth group
05/15/16     World's Religions — Building Bridges Worship Associate Ellen Plummer
05/08/16 Unstoppable Love? Rev. Dara Olandt
05/01/16 Transformation |
White Supremacy Culture (referenced in the sermon)
Rev. Dara Olandt
04/24/16 Savoring Sundae Sunday
Rev. Dara Olandt
04/17/16 Afterlife/Next
Rev. Dara Olandt
04/10/16 “Being Mortal” and “The Guest House” |
Memorial Garden Brochure
Rev. Dara Olandt
04/03/16 Recognizing the Past, and Stewarding the Future
Rev. Dara Olandt
03/27/16 A Multigenerational Easter Service
Rev. Dara Olandt
03/20/16     Mission, Purpose, Promise
Rev. Dara Olandt
03/13/16 Embracing Life's Reality amid the Gift of Uncertaint
Don Johnson, Leader Emeritus of the St. Louis Ethical Culture Society
03/09/16 Almsgiving
Reverend Catherine Taylor
03/06/16 UU Lent? (text, not audio)
Rev. Dara Olandt
02/28/16 Direction
Worshoip Associate Ellen Plummer
02/21/16 The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship
A Hungarian Hymn
Rev. Dara Olandt
02/14/16 Love and Direction in Digital Times
Rev. Dara Olandt
02/07/16 A Rose in the Wintertime
Rev. Dara Olandt
01/31/16 Care for a Common Struggle
members of the UUC's Social Justice Steering Committee
01/17/16 Towards Justice (text, not audio)
Rev. Dara Olandt
01/10/16 Brave New World: Religious Imagination in the 21st Century
Rev. Dara Olandt
01/03/16 Imagination and Being
Rev. Dara Olandt
12/27/15 Bearing Gifts
Rev. Karen Day
12/20/15 Entering the Winter Solstice of 2015
Rev. Dara Olandt
12/06/15     Sparks in the Dark, Pilgrimage into Wintertime
Rev. Dara Olandt
11/29/15 Always in Debt
Don Johnson, Leader Emeritus of the St. Louis Ethical Culture Society
11/22/15 Personal Journies
The Congregation's high-school-aged youth group: the YRUU
11/15/15 Reproductive Justice and Unitarian Universalism
Rev. Dara Olandt
11/08/15 Singing the Journey of the Spirit: Mental Health and Hope
Earle Irwin, with members of the UUC Social Justice Steering Committee
11/01/15 The Journey that Connects
Rev. Dara Olandt
10/25/15 Participation as a Faith Practice
Worship Associate Victoria Taylor
10/18/15 Our Mission Is Our Journey
Reverend Robert Latham
10/11/15 Whose Covenant? Part II: Interdependence
Rev. Dara Olandt & Worship Associate Ellen Plummer
10/04/15 Whose Covenant? The Gifts and Tensions of “I” and “We”
Rev. Dara Olandt
09/27/15     Sukkot Celebration
Rev. Dara Olandt &UUC Worship Associate Victoria Taylor
09/20/15 Our Year of Living Bravely — Part II Rev. Dara Olandt
09/13/15 &ldqu;Dynamic Common Ground” and Teachings of the High Holidays
| Exchange between Cornel West and Robert George
Rev. Dara Olandt
09/06/15 The Courage to Dream and Dare Rev. Dara Olandt
08/30/15 Annual Ingathering-Water Service Rev. Dara Olandt
08/23/15 A Place for Poise and Purpose Rev. Dara Olandt
08/16/15 Sustaining Joy Rev. Dara Olandt
08/09/15 Singing the Children Out: Mentoring the Next Generation Mark Benson
08/02/15 Lammos Celebration EarthSpirit Sisters
07/26/15 Inspired to Action Reverend Don Johnson
07/19/15 You Are Made of Stars and Other Songs & Stories Reverend Meg Barnhouse
07/12/15 Come Breathe with Me Reverend Karen Day and Sequois Kantara
07/05/15 UUC Annual Poetry Service UUC Member John Imbur & Worship Associate Victoria Taylor
06/28/15 Death, Mid;Life, and What To Do About Facebook Dr. Carter Turner
06/21/15 Beyond Fierce and Fragile Fathering: A Fatherhood Service Rev. Dara Olandt
06/14/15 Beyond Shame Rev. Dara Olandt
06/07/15 Grace for Beginners Rev. Dara Olandt
05/31/15 Breathing Into Delight Rev. Michael Tino
05/17/15 Creating a Beloved Future
Mission, Vision, and Covenant
UUC Social Justice Initiatives
International Partnership Church
UUC Posse 16
Rev. Dara Olandt
05/10/15 The Daring Delight of Flowers
The Daring Delight of Flowers
Rev. Dara Olandt
05/03/15 Mental Health
Rev. Dara Olandt
04/26/15 The Forgiveness Dilemma
Rev. Dara Olandt
04/19/15 A Taoist Look at the Interdependent Web of Life
UUC Worship Associate Victoria Taylor
04/12/15 Generous Life Rev. Dara Olandt & members of the UUC Stewardship Committee
04/05/15 The Blessing of Life Renewing Rev. Dara Olandt & Karen Hager, the director of Lifespan Faith Development
03/29/15 Guiding Moral Choices
article: Why Our Children Don't Think There Are Moral Facts
Stephanie Gilmore, Worship leader
03/22/15 A Rose in Wintrtime Reverend Dara Olandt
and members of the Lay Pastoral Care Ministry
03/15/15 Reason and Humanism Reverend Dara Olandt
03/08/15 Sacred Texts and Reading the “Text of Life” >Reverend Dara Olandt
03/01/15 Awe, Mysticism, and “Knowledge of the Heart” Reverend Dara Olandt
02/08/15 So, What's the Transylvanian Connection? Reverend Dara Olandt, with Peter & Molly Lazar
02/01/15 The Question Box sermon
Link to Gauguin's painting discussed by Rev Dara
Reverend Dara Olandt
01/25/15 Gifts for the Liberal Spirit Reverends Makinaw and Bob Morriss
01/18/15 Now Is the Time Reverend Dara Olandt
01/11/15 Everyday Ethics Reverend Dara Olandt
01/04/15 Patience, Fearlessness, and “Forbearance” Reverend Dara Olandt
12/28/14 Looking Back and Looking Forward Worship Associates Stephanie Gilmore, Ellen Plummer, and Tommy Iafrate
12/21/14 In Dark Winter, Primordial Light Reverend Karen Day
12/07/14 Simple Things are Holy: Unwrapping the Gift of the Present Reverend Dara Olandt
1130/14 Satisfaction Guraanteed? Reverend Dara Olandt
11/23/14 Gratitude The Congregation's high-school-aged youth group: the YRUU
11/16/14 No Thanks Reverend Karen Day
11/09/14 Who Taught You to Knit? Minister Emerita, Reverend Christine Brownlie
11/02/14 Samhain Celebration: Honoring Our Beloved Dead EarthSpirit Sisters & the Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPs)
10/26/14 Notes from a Reluctant Rebel Rev. Karen Day
10/19/14 Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make Herstory Rev. Dr. Betty Powell
10/12/14 Where is God When I Need Her? Minister Emerita, Reverend Christine Brownlie
10/05/14 Dissenting for Justice: UUs and Civil Rights Reverends Rose Edington and Mel Hoover
09/28/14 Exploring the Wonders of Darkness Reverend Karen Day
09/21/14 Ah Wilderness Reverend Marti Keller
09/14/14 Unfrozen Reverend Marti Keller
09/07/14 Prophetic Sisterhoods Reverend Marti Keller
08/31/14 Labor Day Service Marquita Hill & Isabel Berney
08/24/14 Annual Ingathering Water Service Rev. Dara Olandt
08/17/14 Beyond Critical Thinking Rev. Dara Olandt
08/10/14 The Beauty Builders Rev. Dara Olandt
08/03/14 Voice Exchange Amado Oland, Tannya Ferguson, and Paris Kern
07/27/14 Let Your Life Become Your Answer Reverend Jennifer Ryu
07/20/14 Our Many Spiritual Paths Reverend Dr. Morris Hudgins
07/13/14 Annual Poetry Share Worship Associate Victoria Taylor
07/06/14 Spirit on Sale: Materialism in our Times Rev. Dara Olandt
06/29/14 Connectivity Worship Associate Victoria Taylor
06/22/14 Bless This Mess Rev. Dara Olandt
06/15/14 Savoring Experience: Soul Conversations Rev. Dara Olandt
06/08/14 ‘Worth-ship’: Ritual and Worship for UUs Rev. Dara Olandt
06/01/14 Our Annual Flower Communion and Ceebration Rev. Dara Olandt
05/25/14 Bridging The Congregation's high-school-aged youth group: the YRUU
05/11/14 Wabi Sabi World Rev. Dara Olandt
05/04/14 Let's Be Real, for a Change! Reverend Dr. Robin Gorsline
04/27/14 Feed the Soi, Feed the Soul Rev. Karen Day
04/20/14 Intergenerational Easter Service and Earth-Day Celebration Rev. Dara Olandt & DLFD Karen Hager
04/13/14 Crossing the Sea? Passover Stories for Living Rev. Dara Olandt
04/06/14 Gather the Spirit, Harvest the Power Stewardship speakers
03/30/14 Awakening Rev. Dara Olandt
03/23/14 How Do You Spell G-D? or The Great G-D Sermon Rev. Dara Olandt
03/16/14 Grace snd Grit Reverend Jennifer Owen-O'Quill
03/09/14 Her-Stories: Voices from UU Women's History Rev. Dara Olandt
03/02/14 Doubt and Faith Rev. Dara Olandt
02/23/14 Universe & Web: Perils and Promises of Ecological Theologies Rev. Dara Olandt
02/16/14 The Arts of Living Language Rev. Dara Olandt
02/09/14 Faith Formation Karen Hager, UUC Director of Lifwspan Faith Developmet
02/02/14 A Rose in the Wintertime
Pete Seeger's theorlogy
Rev. Dara Olandt
01/26/14 Weaving a Tapestry of Community Alvin Humes, President of the Monthomery County, Radfor City, and Floyd County NAACP
01/19/14 Benfong the Arc of the Moral Universe Rev. Dara Olandt
01/12/14 Jazz 'n Justice and The Ability to Improvise Rev. Dara Olandt
01/05/14 Beloved Economy Peter Olandt
12/29/13 A Journey of Faith Dr. Norman Bakken
12/22/13 Blessings of Light and Darkness Rev. Dara Olandt
12/07/13 Morton Nadler Memorial Service
Order of Service (PDF)
Rev. Dara Olandt and others
12/01/13 The Gift of Creativity Rev. Dara Olandt
11/24/13 Pressure The Congregation's high-school-aged youth group: the YRUU
11/17/13 Waste the Heart on Fear No More Rev. Dara Olandt and Aaron Slusher
11/10/13 Rev. Dara Olandt Installation Service
Photos from the service (taken by Anne Hall)
All Our Parts to Play (video)
See Order of Service for participants
11/03/13 Solidarity is a Spiritual Practice Rev. Dara Olandt
10/27/13 Casting Forth Light, Considering Eternity Rev. Dara Olandt
10/20/13 Do Generations “Colliide”? Rev. Dara Olandt
10/13/13 Deepening the Welcome, Part II: National Coming-Out Day UUC members: Jane Mahone, Diane Jackson, and Jane Aronson
10/06/13 Time Keeps on Slipping Into the Future Rev. Dara Olandt
09/29/13 Reflections on Welcoming and Hospitality UUC members Matquita Hill, Kerry Sangster, and Bill Patterson
09/22/13 Deepening the Welcome Rev. Dara Olandt
09/08/13 Thirst for Living Waters Rev. Dara Olandt
09/01/13 Season of Transformation, Days of Awe Rev. Dara Olandt
08/25/13 Beginning in Joy Rev. Dara Olandt
08/18/13 The Sacred Restlessness of Uncertainty Don Johnson, Leader Emeritus of the St. Louis Ethical Culture Society
08/11/13 Dances of Universal Peace Paul Markham
08/04/13 Lammas and Lughnasadh Legends and Lore EarthSpirit Sisters and the UUC's Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPs)
07/28/13 Living Fiction: How's the Plot Working for You? Rev. Russell Gregory
07/21/13 Why I am a Universalist
An Elevator Speech (July 16, 2006: text)
Rev. Bill Gupton
07/14/13 UU Hymn Sing Bill Patterson
07/07/13 Poems the Illuminate our Lives John Imbur and Stephanie Gilmore
06/30/13 Reflections on the UUC Ministerial Transition George Lally, member of the Transition Team
06/23/13 Parting Glances: Part Two
Religion and Spirituality in a Changing Society (video)
Rev Alex
06/16/13 Parting Glances: Part One Rev Alex
06/09/13 Faith vs. Gay: the Wrestling Match Rev Dale Jenkins (Communications, VT)
06/02/13 Homily and the Annual Flower Communion Rev Alex
  Annual Volunteer Awards Karen Hager & Darrel Clowes
05/26/13 The Journey The Congregation's high-school-aged youth group: the YRUU
05/19/13 Religions visited and/or studied this past year UUC Middle-School Youth Group
05/12/13 The Power of Hope The Reverend Dr. Paul Rasor
05/05/13 Tales to Curl Your Hair — Part Two Rev. Alex
04/28/13 Tales to Curl Your Hair — Part One Rev. Alex
04/21/13 Awakening the Promise of Blessed Community Rev. Dara Olandt
04/14/13 With Bright Vision and Bold Hearts Rev. Dara Olandt
04/07/13 Annual UUC Stewardship Brunch & Worship Service. An Intergeneratonal Service led by Stewardship chaair Dick Luke
03/31/13 The Easter Story and Act of Communion An Intergeneratonal Service led by DLFD Karen Hager and Rev. Alex
03/24/13 Testimony and Sermonizing The UUC Lay-Pastoral-Care Ministers and Rev. Alex
03/17/13 The Way of Water: What H2O Can Teach Us About Ourselves and the World Carter Turner, former UUC member and an associae professor of religious studies at Radfor University
03/10/13 Being Empty and Being Hungry Rev. Karen Day
03/03/13 Logos and Mythos Rev. Alex
02/24/13 What in the World is a Minister Emerita? Rev. Christine Brownlie, UUC Minister Emerita
02/17/13 Experiencing the UU First Principle in Song and Dance Amado Ohland, member of the Congregation
02/10/13 Snake Handling and Other Tests of Faith Rev Alex
01/27/13 The State of the Congregation Rev Alex
01/13/13 You Can Get Anything You Want at Alex's Restaurant Rev Alex
01/06/13 Celebration of our Congregational Democracy Rev Alex & the UUC Presidents