Sunday, October 26, 2014:  “Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Revs. Leslie Takahashi and David Morris

Each year at our Services Auction, a member of the congregation purchases the rights to name a sermon topic for our ministers.  This year the inimicable Emily Ehm was the winner and she challenged Revs. Leslie Takahashi and David Morris to examine the themes of the classic Woody Allen movie which speaks about a timeless religious question:  is there an ultimate justice?  

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Sunday, October 12, 2014: "Is There a Future for Liberal Religion?" — Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube

Almost all the religious denominations in America, including the Southern Baptists and other evangelicals, are rapidly losing members. Demographers of religion predict that within a generation, most organized religions as we know them will be dead or dying. What will happen to Unitarian Universalism? How will the intrinsic human need for religious community be met? This sermon attempts to peer into that future.  Come welcome Guest Minister Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, minister emeritus of the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Church and to our pulpit.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014:  “Suspending Judgment” - Rev. David Morris

Human situations are immensely complicated. When we are most certain that we know exactly who is right and who is wrong, when the right answer is so obvious we know there can’t possibly be any other—that’s a good time to stop and ask: What am I missing here?  Rev. David Morris will preach.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014: "At 27 Who Knows What Lies Ahead" - Rev. Dr. David Sammons

Our Minister Emeritus, the Rev. Dr. Dave Sammons, was just 27 when he began his journey in ministry with only a novice’s idea of what to do along the way. Now, almost fifty years later, he’s letting go of the active parish ministry, having finished a stint as a seminary prof and doing interim ministries in Colorado and San Francisco. Most of what he did along the way was fulfilling, including his twenty plus years here at Mt. Diablo. But the time came to let that ministry go, and then the others he’s done. How do we let go of something that’s satisfying, like these ministries of Dave’s, especially when we don’t know what lies ahead? Letting go may not be easy, but it’s often what we’ve got to do.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014: 10 Lies About Poverty - Rev. Leslie Takahashi

Author Tavis Smiley posits that we can no longer deny the threat poverty poses to our democracy. As Unitarian Universalists, we covenant to affirm and promote the worth and dignity of all--including those with limited economic means and yet this is often a challenge for us as is the issue of dealing with those challenged by an evolving economy. This service, led by Rev. Leslie Takahashi, will include a dramatic interpretation of the life of Ida B. Wells.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014: "The Fierce Urgency of Now" - Rev Leslie Takahashi

Activist Marshall Ganz says that we should be engaged in a process of public narrative which is how he says we take our values into the world and help address today's challenges in the face of uncertainty and he says we should be doing this NOW. Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi for a look through this lens as we work to create a beloved community on this earth.

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