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Sermons 2011

  • "Joyful, All Ye Nations Rise"

    Annual Music Service
    Today's Service was our Annual Service of Music where our Adult (Chalice) Choir, our Youth Choir (Voices In Unity) and our two Handbell Ensembles (Las Campanas and UUBellation) came together to offer a morning full of music encompassing the theme of the closing song, "Joyful, All Ye Nations Rise." Due to copyright laws we are not able to post the audio for this Service, nor are we able to sell it in our Book Room.

  • "How Do We Speak to One Another"

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister
    Arvid talks about the next step in the Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, today, and discusses how and what we say can impact others around us.

  • "Proudly Singing 'Kum ba Yah'"

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister
    Arvid talks about politics today and alliterates the civil rights spiritual "Kum ba Yah" to express his point. Initially Arvid talks about the history of this hymn. Then as he continues his passionate sermon, he points out how politicians have motivations to leave privilege the way it is because those with privilege are not going to give it up easily. Arvid shows how protest songs of the past, can be revitalized to bring hope to the current political climate.

  • "Unitarian Universalism in the Philippines"

    Rev. Nihal Attanayake, Pulpit Guest
    Rev Nihal Attanayake discusses the history of the UU Church of the Philippines and their work among the poor, "if not the church, then who?"

  • "How Little We Know"

    In this 7th in a series on Compassion, we are reminded of intellectuality humility, that faith and doubt are not opposites.

  • "Living By Faith"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens
    Kathleen offers a sermon this morning, where she speaks to the Transformational Theme for November, Faith. She talks about finding ones faith and how Unitarian Universalists find faith in a number of places.

  • Miracle Sunday "A Retrospective" and "A Vision"

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube and Rev. Kathleen Owens
    This Sunday is Miracle Sunday where we were hoping to raise $700,000 in one Generosity Offering to make up the difference for our Campus Renovation Project. For this effort, Arvid offers “A Retrospective;” talking about the accomplishments this Church community has made in its 125-year history. Kathleen then follows with “A Vision” for the future of this Church community.

  • "Masks"

    First Church Young Adults - this Sunday our Young Adults ages 18 through 35 offered worship around the theme of Masks. They used masks in both literal and figurative ways to illustrate their views about how and why people wear masks.

  • "Theology Ablaze!"

    Rev. Dr. Tom Owen-Towle, Minister Emeritus, discusses his book, "Theology Ablaze!" and how his book encompasses his views about how Unitarian Universalists can embrace all theology. He continues that any theology that teaches fear and hurt, is "bad theology." Theology, Tom says, is based in love and understanding.

  • "Step Six: Actions" from the Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister, continues his sermon series encompassing Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, with step number six, Actions. Arvid uses this discussion of actions to remind the congregation that all of a persons actions--good or bad-- can affect people in either positive or negative ways. Arvid also reminds us that we might not now nor ever be aware of the degree of which our actions affect those around us.

  • "How We Die"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Associate Minister, talks to this month's Transformational Theme of Death.

  • "Grief Is a Form of Love"

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister, talks to this month's Transformational Theme of Death, by addressing grief and says that throughout his years in professional ministry, he has been asked over and over if loved ones, of concerned love ones are grieving the loss of a partner, parent or child correctly. Arvid addresses this by referring to the Kübler-Ross model for the stages of grief. Arvid says that this model is helpful, but grieving is a very personal process and each person grieves in his or her own way. There is no right way for everyone to grieve . . . there is only the right way for an individual to grieve.

  • "Mindfulness"

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister. We have included the reading from Sunday’s Service, “Mindful” by Mary Oliver, as well as the meditation Arvid leads and his sermon. In his message, Arvid discusses the 5th Step in the Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, Mindfulness. He encourages the congregation to take the Sufi saying with them: “Remember to remember when you remember.”

  • Addiction, Grace, and Recovery

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister, talks about his own addiction and recovery and encourages those in the congregation and community to seek help for their addictions and provides various different resources so that those suffering from addiction can get recovery assistance with grace and dignity.

  • "Healing from 9/11"

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister, talks about where he was the morning of September 11, 2001 and reflects on how ten years later the nation and each American has changed because of the events of that day.

    Rev.Kathleen Owens, Associate Minister, also talks about the impact the events of September 11, 2001 and how they have shaped our world in may different ways.

  • "Reconciliation in the Workplace"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Associate Minister, uses current issues to inspire the congregation with this month’s Transformational Theme of Forgiveness and Reconciliation and this “Labor in the Pulpit” Labor Day Sunday to talk about those who do the unseen, often unappreciated, and under-paid work that makes modern convenience possible.

  • "Empathy"

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister
    Arvid talks about the fourth step in the twelve steps to live a compassionate life; Empathy.

  • "Everlasting Love"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Associate Minister
    Kathleen finishes her series on Universalism this morning with a sermon about everlasting love and there is love all around each and every one of us, we just need to recognize it.

  • "Responding to the Call of Love"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Associate Minister
    Kathleen talks this morning about those who have acted on the call of service and love in order to live their values. Kathleen uses stories and references to historical heroes to make her point about how responding to the call of service is essentially responding to the call of love.

  • "Universalism 101"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Associate Minister
    Kathleen talks this morning about Universalism and how it is a faith of love and hope. She draws a parallel with Christianity and says that while both faiths are ever-evolving, Christianity is based in fear, noting the phrasing if the Ten Commandments; "Thou shalt not . . ." Instead Universalism values encourage action and love and hope.

  • "Keeping the Faith in Uncertain Times"

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister
    Arvid talks about recent actions of people that have done things out of fear in Knoxville and Norway and in our Government. Arvid suggests the Serenity Prayer, by Theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr, as a place to start. ". . . Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference . . . "

  • "The Passion of Unitarian Universalism"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Associate Minister
    Kathleen talks about Unitarian Universalism, how and why this faith was established, and how UU’s are often the punch-line of conservatives.

  • "Compassion for Yourself"

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister
    Arvid references to Karen Armstrong's "12 Steps to a Compassionate Life" to reflect upon self-love and self-worth and how low self esteem is, essentially, self-hatred and that self-hatred is self-centered. He encourages the congregation to appreciate who they are so they can obtain self-knowledge.


    We have also included the Meditation Arvid referenced; the Buddha's "Four Heavenly Realms" below.

  • "It Gets Better" Pride Service

    Sarita Pulver, Les GrantSmith, Roy Attridge and Rev. Arvid Straube
    On this first Sunday of San Diego Pride week, Arvid invites three congregation members from our LGBTQ Community to share their stories of being bullied and how, in their lives, it has gotten better.

  • "A Slick Hatchet Job on Ayn Rand"

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister
    Arvid uses novelist Ayn Rand and her extreme ideals to put politics today into perspective to show how politicians have in similar ways followed suit and adopt Ayn Rand’s ideology.

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