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Videos of past sermons are available on our YouTube Channel.

You can search YouTube by sermon title or date, for example ‘June 20.’

Sunday, January 13, 2019 – Don’t Go Changing

How do we navigate the seemingly constant call for our personal growth and change with the knowing that we have worth and dignity just the way we are? For whom do we change, and how might we with our commitment to religious community support each other in those changes, or not? Rev. Neal Anderson will lead this service.

Sunday, January 20, 2019 – Identity Politics

This term has been coined by conservatives to dismiss the idea that one’s identity shapes one’s experience. The idea that our lives shaped by values which we do not even consciously embrace is disturbing and alarming. And yet if we look at what has happened in our nation, this seems to be true. On this Martin Luther King Day weekend, join Rev. Leslie Takahashi to consider the connections between issues of poverty, race, and environmental degradation. (This is a great service to attend if you disagree with the conversation about “white supremacy culture” as we will have a discussion following the service and it is a great time to engage in covenantal conversation).

Sunday, January 27, 2019 – ONE SERVICE, 10:15 a.m. – Our Living Tradition

Join us for a multigenerational exploration of our Living Tradition. We will honor those who were born, died and joined our membership during 2018 and look towards our future. Led by Rev. Leslie Takahashi and Rev Neal Anderson with participation from the MDUUC Board of Trustees.

Past Sermons

Sunday, January 6, 2019 – New View of Transformation

In this service, we will honor the new year and also reflect on the possibilities…

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Sunday, December 30, 2018 – “Dusk and Dawn” – One Service 10:15 a.m.

As we approach the dawn of a new year, there’s this moment where we become…

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Sunday, December 23, 2018 – “A Collective Breath” – One Service 10:15 a.m.

As the holidays approach, we enter a time that each person experiences differently. For some,…

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Sunday, December 16, 2018 – “It’s So Bright!” One Service 10:15 a.m.

Joining our amazing children’s choir for this service celebrating the miracle of birth and abundance.…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018 – “Abundance as the Gift”

We cannot snap our fingers and change the state of the world. We cannot blink…

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Sunday, December 2, 2018 – “Belongingness”

Humans have an inherent desire to be part of something that is larger than themselves.…

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Sunday, November 25, 2018 – ONE SERVICE AT 10:15. “Why We Break Bread: Community As An Act of Interdependence.”

How does our engagement with community offer us a sense of abundance? How does the…

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 – “The Many Facets of Family”

Whether formally or informally, have you adopted anyone into your family? Has anyone adopted you…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018 – “Better Together”

As we reflect on the elections just past, we recognize the ways that we act…

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Sunday, November 4, 2018 – “The Empty Frame”

Whose stories do we tell and whose do we leave untold? Whose portraits do we…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018 – The Lost Art of Lamentation

This is our annual All Souls service which honors those who have died who are…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018 – “Glancing Encounters”

How are we touched by our small and random brushes with truths small and large.…

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Sunday, October 14, 2018 – “Solidarity Forever”

We are better together. Religious community is a place that people can practice what it can…

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Sunday, October 7, 2018 – 9:15 – “Red Hot Truths”, 11:15 – Blessing of the Animals

9:15 a.m - Red Hot Truths. Sometimes we face issues which are hard to grasp…

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September 30, 2018 – “Self-Love: What does it mean to love yourself and are there limits?” Two Services 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.

Is there a place where self-love ends and selfishness begins? In today’s service, we will…

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September 23, 2018 – “Did Peace Get Its Chance?” Two Services – 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.

Our world is increasingly tried by conflict and competition. We can no longer assume that…

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September 16, 2018 – ”The “Work” of At-one-ment”- Two Services 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.

Yom Kippur is considered by Jews to be the holiest day of the year. It…

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September 2, 2018 “Let The River Flow!” – Two Services, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.

Join in this celebration of community solidarity and a chance to reflect on our personal…

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August 26, 2018 – “The Power of Joy“

What does it mean as a religious community to practice the transformative power of joy?…

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August 19, 2018 – “All the Knowing”

A Reflection on the Many Ways of Knowing. Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi as she returns…

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August 12, 2018 – “This is OUR Congregation”

The Exuberance of MDUUC. Coordinated by Worship Associate Mary Beth Spencer and Friends. We often…

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August 5, 2018 – “The Genocide in California’s Closet”

Genocide isn’t a crime that happens only in distant realms ruled by dictators. As Robert…

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July 29, 2018 – One Service 10:15 a.m. – “Life”

Worship Associate Dennis Iverson will lead the service. What would it mean to look at…

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July 22, 2018 – One Service 10:15 a.m. – “Beyond the Sum of Parts”

Science fiction writer Octavia Butler reminds us that “civilization is to groups what intelligence is…

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July 15, 2018 – One Service 10:15 a.m. – “Reconstructing Death”

Led by Linda Russell. What would happen if we could change our relationship with death?…

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July 8, 2018 – One Service 10:15 a.m. – “Expect the Unexpected”

Led by Michelle Paquette Events do not always unfold according to our plans. The unexpected…

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JULY 1, 2018 ONE SERVICE 10:15 a.m. -“All Are Called” – A Service of Many Voices

"The world is crying. Where's the upside?" In a time when headline after headline can have…

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JUNE 24, 2018 ONE SERVICE 10:15 a.m. – “Rugged Interdependence”

The ideals of individualism and independence are deeply embedded into our society. We are bombarded…

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JUNE 17, 2018 – ONE SERVICE 10:15 a.m. – “Last Intern Sunday”

Come celebrate with Intern Minister Natalie Malter as she reaches the end of her internship…

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