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Upcoming Sermons

Videos of past sermons are available on our YouTube Channel.

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February 18: What’s Love Got to do With It?

On this Sunday after Valentine’s Day, we will explore the concept of Agape, a universal and unconditional love that transcendent and persistent regardless of circumstances. How are we called as a religious community to practice and experience the love known as agape? Join Rev. Neal Anderson.

February 25: Medusa’s Footprints

A break-through of our age has been an understanding of trauma and all that it entails for the individual. How does this also inform our common life together? How would public policies be changed if this were more commonly understood? The work of Peter Levine will be highlighted by Rev. Leslie Takahashi doing this service on how we cultivate resilience.

Past Sermons

February 11: Patience Is the River

In Winnie The Pooh, Milne writes: “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.” How do we cultivate this important practice? This is part of the DIY Virtue series. Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi for an exploration.
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February 4 – Gifts of God

Each year we are grateful to host the Balazs Scholar. This year Rev. Emese Bodor will grace our pulpit.  What is the heritage which was given to us by our family, our faith, and our communities?  Are we aware of…
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January 28, 2018: Service of the Living Tradition

Join us for these services in which we honor births, deaths, and members of our congregation. Led by Rev. Leslie Takahashi. The 11:15 service will be followed by our Congregational Meeting.
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January 21, 2018: Humility for “Thinking” People

We live in a world plagued by the secret cost of shame, in which people are told to build themselves up and to think positive. How does the ancient practice of humility allow us to find a better balance and…
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January 14, 2018: “Revive Us Again” A Service for Martin Luther King Day”

Rev. Leslie Takahashi will lead this service to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and the modern leadership of Rev. Dr. William Barber who is recreating the Poor People’s Campaign.
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January 7, 2018: “Leftovers”

Though not consumed immediately, these morsels can be saved for a delicious meal in the future. They may also become a curse haunting us from the back of the fridge, taunting us to eat or throw away. Rev. Neal will…
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December 31 10:15 a.m. : Letting Go and Opening to Possibility

This passing year, 2017, was one that brought many challenges and opportunities for growth. How do we restore our spirits and let go of those places where we may have fallen short of our marks? Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi for…
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December 24: One Morning Service at 10:15 a.m.
Christmas Eve Services at 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

We will have a regular morning service at 10:15 a.m. For the evening services, please bring cookies to share so that we can enjoy a little fellowship. 5:00 p.m. Children’s Service 7:00 p.m. Carols, Candles, and Stories 8:30 p.m. Carols,…
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December 17 – Single Service – 10:15 a.m. – When The Stars Shine Brightest. Evening Solstice Service at 7:00 p.m.

One service only this Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Joining our amazing children’s choir for this service celebrating these darkest days of the year. An inspiring and uplifting multigenerational celebration of this season. Evening Solstice Service 7:00 p.m. A special service…
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December 10: “The Gift of Presence”

It is being discovered that loneliness is one of the great afflictions of our time. During the holiday season when loneliness can become particularly acute, Rev. Anderson will call us to reject the cult of individualism and embrace life-sustaining theologies…
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December 3: At Home In Acceptance

Families come in many shapes and sizes and are often know sculpted rather than inherited. In this season in which we are often drawn by media and tradition to embrace one model of family, how can others provide inspiration. Acceptance…
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November 26: The Daily Challenges of Gratitude: ONE SERVICE at 10:15 a.m.

In this season of Thanksgiving, we reflect upon that for which we are thankful and also on how gratitude is anything but an easy practice. Rev. Leslie Takahashi will lead this service which will feature our annual bread and cider…
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November 19: Awakening Hope

Jon Kabat-Zinn once said, “Little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” In a time when our nation is coming to terms with an epidemic of addiction in our midst, how do we cultivate awareness and a sense of our…
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November 12: I Need to Breathe

I don’t think that I am the only one suffering from Executive Order disorder, the daily if not hourly dose of anxiety and despair brought on by the latest heartbreaking announcement from D.C.. Shortness of breath often accompanies these moments,…
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November 5: Black Holes and Beloved Community

As we mark the week of another Election Day, many of us are in deep contemplation about how we can truly achieve Beloved Community–an ideal where all are honored, heard and held. As Unitarian Universalists, we are facing our own…
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October 29: Finite Time and Infinite Life

Each year we honor “All Souls,” a time of marking our relationship with those we have love and lost to death. Join Revs. Leslie Takahashi and Ranwa Hammamy and intern minister Natalie Malter for this powerful annual tribute to our…
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October 22: How Wolves Change Rivers & The Blessing of the Animals

Our First Service will ask, Does our awareness of our environment matter in an age of global warming? Does it matter how we relate to one another on a planet shrunk by technology and fear? Rev. Leslie Takahashi will examine…
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October 15: Put A Ring On It

In the immortal words of 21st century theologian Beyonce, “If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it.” Part our new Minister for Engagement and Justice, Rev. Neal Anderson’s responsibilities is to minister with and to…
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October 8: Extending Our Welcome

Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church is a Welcoming Congregation, meaning it affirms and promotes LGBTQ equality. In a post-marriage equality era, how can the welcome be further extended? What does it mean to be radically welcoming in 2017? Intern Minister,…
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October 1: There Is Always A Prior Step

How does our ability to do what we wish today dictated by what we have done in the past? How does our planning today affect the future which will unfurl tomorrow? As citizens, as parents, as just plain human beings…
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September 24: DIY Virtues for An Age of Challenge

This is the first in a series of occasional sermons by Rev. Leslie Takahashi positing that some ways of being DO offer a path to Building Beloved Community in our world. In this sermon, Rev. Leslie Takahashi will make the…
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September 17: Stories We Don’t Tell

Our world is full of challenges and heartache. Yet, so often we remain silent about the pain we carry with us. How do the stories we don’t tell affect our lives, our families, and our communities? How do we move…
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September 10: Why Faith Matters in A Faithless World

In our techno-saavy and jaded world, what is the relevance of faith? Why do we need a larger frame and how can it help us engage our lives and participate in the lives of the world? Revs. Neal Anderson and…
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September 3: Our Life Flows On. Our Water Communion Service.

Originally performed in 1980 as a feminist ceremony in honor of women’s spirituality, the Unitarian Universalist Water Ritual has come to be a common in gathering service at the beginning of each new church year. Water, sometimes abundant, sometimes scarce,…
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August 27: Got Transformation?

Rev. Neal Anderson, Minister for Engagement and Justice, will explore the tension between our call to transform ourselves and the world in contrast to the call to love and accept each other as we are.
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August 20: The Spiritual Lessons of Pit Bulls

Life often gives us challenges we did not expect—and gifts as well. Rev. Leslie Takahashi returns to the pulpit with reflection on the gifts from the unexpected within our life. Warning: Cute dog pictures likely too! Indigo Lewis, our new…
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August 13: Exuberantly Multicultural…Explained…

This past Spring, one of the visions our congregation decided to include on our Roadmap to 2020 was the ideal of being exuberantly multi-cultural. What does this look like in our church? How do we create that space of not…
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August 6: FLOUR Communion: Sharing Food for the Journey

We often speak of our dream of “beloved community.” But, just as a community changes and grows, beloved community is not a destination. “Beloved community” is a dynamic process. And to stay in this process, we all need to find…
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July 30: In Every Generation

Our living tradition is regularly changing, shifting, and growing. Summer Minister Jim Lewis will explore some of the historical changes and shifts in our UU history and what that might mean for where we’re headed.
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July 23: Sources of Our Faith

Unitarian Universalists have deeply rooted beliefs from a variety of sources. MDUUC’s young adults delve into the roots of their beliefs and explore what it means to hold these sources together. Worship Associates Lugh Baxter & Kaitlin Dey.
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