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Everything listed under: 2011 sermons

  • "Empathy"

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

  • "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.

  • "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.

  • Universalism: It's Not for the Faint-Hearted

    Ken Herman, Director of Music and Organist
    Ken discusses Universalism, its roots and what it means to be Unitarian Universalist.

  • "Welcome to Your New Adventure"

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube and Rev. Kathleen Owens
    Arvid and Kathleen offer their sentiments on the State of our Church.

  • "The Virtue of Transcendence and the Necessity of Freedom"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Associate Minister
    Description to come.

  • "I Shall Be Human Yet"

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister

  • "Steps to Compassion"

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister
    Arvid has returned from Sabbatical and in his first sermon back, he shares with us the "Steps to Compassion" and discusses the secret to life; which he says is the Golden Rule. He talks about how every faith has this rule as their core value, "do unto others as you would like them to do unto you."

  • "From Here We Grow . . . First Church, a Great Cause"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Associate Minister
     Kathleen discusses Spiritual Maturity with respect to giving and graciousness on this Celebration Sunday, where we kick-off our new Operating Budget campaign. Download the accompanying handout (pdf).

  • The Garden of Mystic Lovers Has No Boundaries

    Rev. Jim Grant, Affiliate Minister
    Our Affiliate Minister, Jim Grant offers worship this morning with a play on the title of the piece our JUUL Tones sang earlier in this Service, entitled "Distinctions." Rev. Grant talks about Spiritual Maturity and how even Atheists have spirituality and in order to find Spiritual Maturity you have to search beyond traditional distinctions.

  • "What's Spiritual About Maturing?"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Associate Minister
    Kathleen talks about the deep layers of spiritual maturity and how that term does not have to deal with a deity. Today Kathleen explores the "maturity" of spiritual maturity and how maturity is not just getting older, instead she sees maturity as taking the opportunity to ever change who we are and how we engage with others.

  • "An Antihistamine for Evil"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Associate Minister
     Kathleen elaborates on Sue's sermon from last week and talks about how each of us has the potential for Evil, and how the opposite of Evil is not as simple as "good." She talks about how much more complex the opposite of Evil is and how we can conquer Evil through clarity, courage and love. Download the accompanying PDF.

  • "Allergic to Evil"

    Sue Magidson, Intern Minister
    Intern Sue uses this month’s Worship Theme, Evil to discuss the concept of evil and how UUs are reluctant to use the term evil, and instead try to see the good and worth in every person.

  • "The Virtue of Temperance: What's Love Got to Do With It?"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Associate Minister
     Kathleen talks about the term temperance, how its meaning has evolved throughout history and how temperance and moderation are essential to truly know and love one’s self. Download the accompanying PDF.

  • "With Hearts, and Hands, and Voices"

    Rev. Jason Shelton, Guest Minister
    Our pulpit guest this week, Jason Shelton, talks about the uniqueness of our UU Worship Services.

  • "By Whose Authority?"

    Sue Magidson, Intern Minister
    Intern Minister, Sue talks about Authority and Love and how you can love people for what they are, another human being, and at the same time question authority. She talks about the Standing on the Side of Love movement and the UU presence in Arizona this past summer to protest the Anti-Immigration laws that were passed. She also talks about how Unitarian Universalists are frequently the “Authority Questioners.”

  • "The Virtue of Justice"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Associate Minister
    Today's Service, our Associate Minister, offers another sermon in her series on virtue. She talks about justice through beauty and discussed the need for reflection.

  • "Was It Something I Said?"

    Rev. Kathleen Owens, Associate Minister and Our Journey Toward Wholeness Core Team
     Rev. Kathleen and our Journey Toward Wholeness Team discuss through three very different skits, entitled: "Hidden Disabilities," "Curry," and "Oppression Olympics," various ways that how we speak to each other and what we say, may not be intended to be, but can be hurtful and harmful to others.

  • Reflections on the Shootings in Tucson on 1/8/2011

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister
    Today's Services Arvid spoke about the Shootings in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, January 8, 2011.

  • Sabbatical Reflections: Ten Things I Learned About Mexico

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister
    "Sabbatical Reflections" Today's Services were a unique offering from our Lead Minister, Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube. Arvid incorporated more than fifty pictures he took while on his Sabbatical in Oaxaca, Mexico. We have uploaded the slides so that you will be able to view the photos Arvid refers to in his Sabbatical Reflections.