Topic: You Choose The Sermon Topic

The topic for the sermons in this category were chosen by the UUCPA annual auction winner.

A More Nuanced Abundance

We like to turn away from a scarcity mentality toward one of abundance–at least, we Unitarian Universalist ministers do. But does that set us up for further exploitation of the Earth, whose resources are not limitlessly abundant? Robert Neff was the winning bidder on “You … read more.

Notes from the Resistance

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Notes from the Resistance
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Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rev. Amy was not able to give her originally scheduled sermon. Instead, Karen Skold read Rev. Amy’s July 8, 2018 sermon titled Notes from the Resistance.
Note: Between Two Fires was the originally scheduled sermon topic for the March 8, 2020 sermon.

Is There Nothing New Under the Sun?

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Is There Nothing New Under the Sun?
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“All is vanity . . . all things are wearisome . . . there is nothing new under the sun.” Thousands of years ago, a man known only as The Preacher – Ecclesiastes, or Kohelet in his native Hebrew – wrote these words about his struggle to find spiritual meaning in life. How do we respond to his challenge? Music: Michael Peterson and Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo harpsichord and violin

Mercy

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Mercy
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What is mercy, and what place does it have in our quest for a just society and loving relationships? Mary Grebenkemper was the high bidder on “You choose the sermon topic” at the auction and requested this powerful topic. Music: Varsha Saxena, piano

At Home in the Mystery

In Terence Malick’s rich and beautiful film, The Tree of Life, a preacher gives voice to an existential worry: “There is no hiding place in all the world where trouble may not find you. No one knows when sorrow might visit his house, any more … read more.

An Animal Among Animals

What can we learn from other animals about spirituality? It’s ironic that spirituality is one of the things that supposedly distinguishes our species from the rest, because in Amy’s view, the answer to the question is vast. This topic was requested by Thida Cornes, the high bidder for the “You Choose the Sermon” item in last year’s auction. You can choose one, too, by bidding at next month’s auction.