Recent UUCS Sermons

2017 Sermons

March 12 "Jesus Loved Healthcare" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
March 5 "My Favorite Poet" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
February 26 "A Cure for Social Isolation" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading / Sermon
February 19 "Life's Lessons and Their Tuition" Nancy Janus Reading / Sermon
February 12 "Mating Rules" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
February 5 "The Future of Liberal Religion" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
January 29 "Different, Not Broken" Olivia Babis Sermon
January 22 "Narcissism and Leadership" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
January 15 "A Model for Ministry" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
January 8  "Prophetic Religion" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading / Centering / Contemplation / Sermon
January 1  "New Year's Traditions" Bill Payton Sermon

 

2016 Sermons

December 25 "Singing at Christmas" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
December 18 "Joseph's Christmas" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
December 11 "Stone Circles" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
December 4 "The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
November 27 "Lies We Believe" Jody McBrien Reading 1 / Centering / Reading 2 / Sermon / Printable copy
November 20 "An Interpretation of the Lord's Prayer" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading / Centering / Prayer / Sermon
November 13 "The American Soul" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading / Sermon / Printable copy
November 6 "Love or Fear" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
October 30 "All Saints Day: A Time for Heroes and Heroines" Rev. Katie Culbert Sermon
October 23 "Church and State" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading / Centering / Contemplation / Sermon / Closing
October 16 "Character for President" Rev. Roger Fritts Centering / Words for Contemplation / Sermon
October 9 "My Favorite Philosopher" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
October 2 "Countering Islamophobia: Understanding our Muslim Brothers and Sisters" Imam Azhar Subedar Sermon / Q&A
September 25 "In Quietness and in Confidence Shall Be Your Strength" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
September 18 "The Sharps' War" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon / Video
September 11 "Grief Over the Years" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
September 4 "Religious Ethics and Political Campaigns" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading / Centering /Words for Contemplation / Sermon
August 28 "What Do I Believe?" Rev. Roger Fritts Words for Contemplation / Reading / Sermon
August 21 "Jazz Sunday" Pine View HS Jazz Quartet  
August 14 "A Personal Theory of Change" Rev. Brock Leach Reading / Words for Contemplation / Sermon
August 7 "Art Confronts a Frightened People" Rev. Bill Morgan Sermon
July 31 "What Do Evangelicals Have That We Don’t?" Rev. Dr. Maureen Killoran Sermon
July 24 "Don't Worry; Be Happy" Rev. Dorothy Okray Musical Video / Sermon / Musical Video
July 17 "Cobbling Together as Best We Can" Rev. Margaret L. Beard

Please contact Rev. Beard for the audios.

July 10 "On the Events of the Past Week" Rev. Brock Leach Reflection and Prayer
July 10 "Moccasins, Walking in Another's Footsteps" Cork Hassell Sermonette
July 10 "Honesty Works for Me...Most of the Time" Bill Payton Sermonette
July 3 "Listening with the Ear of the Heart" Ed Loomis Words for Contemplation / Sermon / Printable copy
June 26 "Freedom! Spiritual, Social and Personal" Mindy Simmons Sermon
June 19 "Can We End Gun Violence?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
June 12 "A Reflection on a Walk" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
June 5 "The Summer Vacation as a Religious Experience" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
May 29 "Faith and Feminism" Rev. Katie Culbert Sermon
May 22 "Eating Tortilla Chips with Cesar Chavez and Coretta Scott King" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading / Centering / Sermon Part 1 / Video (begin at 5:33) / Sermon Part 2
May 15 "Who Then Am I?" Susan Cook-Hallock "A Mullah Story" / Sermon / Josh Leach video / Social Justice Presentation / Volunteer Recognition / Closing Words
May 8 "Women We Admire" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon Part 1 / Video (begin at 23:43) / Sermon Part 2
May 1 "Spirituality and the Beatles" Rev. Elaine Silver Sermon
Apr 24 "It's Not About You" Rev. Katie Culbert Sermon
Apr 17 "Is the Human Race Evolving to a Higher Consciousness?" Rev. Roger Fritts TED Talk by Kurzweil / Reading / Sermon
Apr 10 "You want justice, don't you? There isn't any. There is only love." Rev. Roger Fritts Reading / Sermon or access printable copy
Apr 3 "Climateers - A Report from the Field - How to Be a Good Person on Earth in Light of Climate Change" Lea Hall, Diane Cirksena and friends Video: Grandmother Oak / Welcome by Lea Hall / Sermon by Diane Cirksena / Music Video: The Shadows by Sandel / Testimonials by Brock Leach for David Poston / Bill Orcutt for Jim Eachus / Donna Marcantonio / and Lea Hall
Mar 27 "Honk If You Love Jesus, an Easter Sermon" Rev. Roger Fritts sermon
Mar 20 "The Dublin Unitarians" Rev. Roger Fritts reading and centering in words of J Flegg / sermon or access a printable copy
Mar 13 "The Candidates’ Religions" Rev. Roger Fritts reading from "Civil Religion in America" / sermon or access a printable copy
Mar 6 "From Ash Wednesday to Easter" Rev. Roger Fritts story / sermon or access a printable copy
Feb 28  "Welcome to Sarasota, Fellow Baby Boomers" Rev. Roger Fritts sermon or access a printable copy
Feb 21  "Creating Change Through Humanism" Mr. Roy Speckhardt sermon
Feb 14  "Love, a German American Perspective" Rev. Roger Fritts sermon or access a printable copy
Feb 7  "From Unitarian to Anglican: T.S. Eliot" Rev. Roger Fritts sermon or access a printable copy
Jan 31  "What Would You Do If You Won the Lottery?" Rev. Roger Fritts sermon or access a printable copy
Jan 24  "Separation Anxiety: God and Government in 2016" Rev. Barry Lynn sermon
Jan 17  "Black Lives Matter, Police Lives Matter" Rev. Roger Fritts sermon or access a printable copy
Jan 10  "The Unitarian Presidents" Rev. Roger Fritts sermon or access a printable copy
Jan 3 "Finding a Happy Life" Rev. Roger Fritts sermon or access a printable copy

 

2015 Sermons

Dec 27  "Woman Spirit Rising for Justice" Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan Sermon
Dec 24 "Letting Go of the Details" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon
Dec 20  "A Unitarian Christmas" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Dec 13 "How We Treat Our Children" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Dec 6 "What Is Worship Like in this Congregation?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Nov 29 "We Don't All Have to be Gryffindor" Tracie Barrett-Welser Sermon
Nov 22 "What Are Unitarian Universalist Views on Prayer?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Nov 15 "What Are Unitarian Universalist Views on Spirituality?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Nov 1 "What Are Unitarian Universalist Views on God?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Oct 25 "Grace" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Oct 18 "Spiritual Repurposing" Rev. Sara Zimmerman Sermon audio unavailable
Oct 11 "Are Unitarian Universalists Christians?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Oct 4 "What Makes Us Different from Other Religions?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Sep 27 "Cash and Contradiction" Rev. Khleber M. Van Zandt Sermon
Sep 20 "Here Comes the Pope!" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Sep 13 "What Is Religion?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Sep 6 "Security Deposit - Reflections on 9/11" Preston Boyd Sermon
Aug 30 "Seeking God - the Truth about God" Rev. Dorothy Okray Sermon
Aug 23 "A Shift from Thinking to Awareness" Stephen Gillum Sermon
Aug 16 "What's in a Sermon?" Bill Payton Sermon
Aug 9 "Wait AND See" Rev. William Morgan Words for Contemplation / Sermon
Aug 2 "Making Peace with Women's Bodies" Katie Culbert Sermon Part 1 / Video / Sermon Part 2
July 26 "A Spiritual Response to Fast-Paced Change" Dr. Jody McBrien Sermon
July 19 "The Future of Religion: What the Nones and the Nuns Have to Teach Us" Rev. Brock Leach Opening & Centering / Reading / Sermon
July 12 "Superstition in Early America" Bill Schustik Sermon in Music
July 5 "Oh Wow Oh Wow Oh Wow" Rev. Dr. Sara E. Zimmerman Sermon
Jun 28 "Happiness and Flow" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Jun 21 "What Is the African Methodist Episcopal Church?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Jun 14 "Positive Psychology and Happiness" Rev. Roger Fritts Printable copy
Jun 7 "Chemistry and Happiness" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
May 31 "The Pursuit of Happiness" Rev. Roger Fritts Centering / Sermon or access printable copy
May 24 "Karma Is a Funny Thing" Earle Canfield Words for Contemplation / Sermon / Closing Words
May 17 "Giving Thanks to Our Teachers" Regina Bucher Sermon
May 10 "I Like You Just the Way You Are" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
May 3 "The Wedding, What Is the Minister Thinking?" Rev. Roger Fritts and Katie Culbert Reading1 / Reading2 / Reading3 / Sermon or access printable copy
Apr 26 "Risky Business" Katie Culbert Reading / Sermon
Apr 19 "The Best Hope for the Future" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Apr 12 "Does AA's Third Step Exclude Agnostics and Atheists?" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading/ Sermon or access printable copy
Apr 5 "The Kingdom of God is Within You" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Mar 29 "Riding to Jerusalem for Passover" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading/ Sermon or access printable copy
Mar 22 "How Big Is God?" Rev. Michael McGee Sermon or access printable copy
Mar 15 "Hiding in the Tumbleweeds" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading/ Sermon or access printable copy
Mar 8 "An Imperfect Hero" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon Part1 / Video: A Call from Selma, by A.B.Grace / Sermon Part2 or access printable copy
Mar 1 "Music As a Spiritual Experience" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon Part1 / Sermon Part2
Feb 22 "Those Things We Hold Sacred" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading/ Sermon or access printable copy
Feb 15 "The Power of Refusal" Patricia Owen Reading / Contemplation / Centering / Sermon
Feb 8 "Our Main Crop Is the Forest That We Will Not Live to Harvest" Rev. Roger Fritts and Rev. Brock Leach Sermon or access printable copy
Feb 1 "Are Sexual Taboos Useful?" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading/ Sermon or access printable copy
Jan 25 "Black Lives Matter: Ways to Be an Ally" Katie Culbert Reading / Sermon Part 1 / Video / Sermon Part 2
Jan 18 "Selma" Rev. Roger Fritts Prelude Video / Sermon / Video or access printable copy
Jan 11 "Sandburg's Universalism"             Rev. Roger Fritts Poem / Reading / Sermon or access printable copy
Jan 4 "Using the Time We Have" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading/ Sermon or access printable copy

 

2014 Sermons

Dec 28 "The Charter for Compassion" Karen Armstrong A TED Talk Video
Dec 21 "Who Is Santa?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Dec 14 "Our Partner Church in Transylvania" Cathy Cordes, John Dale, Bill Payton, Mary Fran Raynault, Eileen Higgins and Rev. Jennifer Emrich Reflections
Dec 7 "The Sacred Tree" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading/ Sermon or access printable copy
Nov 30 "Thanksgiving" Rev. Scott Alexander Sermon read by Rick Sandler
Nov 23 "A Henry David Thoreau Thanksgiving" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Nov 16 "A Conversation with Margaret Fuller" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Nov 9 "Pacifists and Military Chaplains" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Nov 2 "The Founder of American Uniarianism" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Oct 26 "The Edge of Paradise" Dr. Lea Hall Sermon, including some Audios from Conservation International Films
Oct 19 "Staying Together: Long-Term Relationships" Rev. Roger Fritts access printable copy
Oct 12 "Are Partners Like Orca Whales?" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading/ Sermon or access printable copy
Oct 5 "Forgiving Our Ex-Partner" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Sep 28 "Should We Abolish Marriage?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Sep 21 "Love Reaches Out" Katie Culbert Sermon audio not available
Sep 14 "Worship and Image Making" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading/ Sermon
Sep 7 "Advice for New Parents" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading/ Sermon or access printable copy
Aug 31 "Digging for Roots" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Aug 24 "West Side Jazz" Don Bryn Quartet, commentary by Rick Sandler A CD of the entire service may be requested from the church office.
Aug 17 "Is Food a Religious Issue?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Aug 10 "Living and Aging in a Messy World. Let's Dance!" Rev. Bill Morgan Reading/ Sermon
Aug 3 "Meditation" Stephen Gillum Reading/ Sermon
Jul 27 "Java and Judaism" Rabbi Harold Caminker Sermon
Jul 20 "Not Afraid, Not Alone" Preston Boyd Sermon
Jul 13 "What Is the Church Doing?" Rev. John Walker Sermon
Jul 6 "The Promise of America" Bill Schustik Tom Paine's thought in song
Jun 29 "Scotland and the American Declaration of Independence" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading/ Sermon or access printable copy
Jun 22 "Flower Communion" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading/ Sermon or access printable copy
Jun15 "Honor Thy Father" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Jun 8 "Shattering the Glas Darkly (Using Brain Science to Keep Us Humble)" Rev. Don Beaudreault Sermon
Jun 1 "What Gives My Life Meaning?" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading/ Sermon or access printable copy
May 25 "A Life's Work" Rev. Brock Leach Reading 1/ Reading 2/ Sermon
May 18 "Unitarian Universalist Humanism" Katie Culbert Sermon
May 11 "Mother's Day: What Is a Good-Enough Mother?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
May 4 "May the Fourth Be with You" John Irvin Sermon
Apr 27 "Have the Climate Change Deniers Won?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Apr 20 "Who Do People Say I Am?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Apr 13 "Religious Pilgrimage - A Way to Spiritual Renewal?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Apr 06 "Noah: A Unitarian Universalist Perspective" Katie Culbert Sermon
Mar 30 "Nonviolence in Everyday Life" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Mar 16 "Imagination and the Irish" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Mar 09 "The Religious Impulse" Revs. Axel and Elaine Gehrmann Sermon Part I / Sermon Part II

Mar 02 "Watching the Government Watch Us--Should We Be Afraid?" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading/ Sermon or access printable copy
Feb 23 "The Power of a Nudge" Katie Culbert Sermon
Feb 16 "What Do Physicists Say About God?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Feb 9 "What Do Neurologists Say About God?" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Feb 2 "What Do Geneticists Say About God?" Rev. Roger Fritts Reading/ Sermon or access printable copy
Jan 26 "The Adventure of Forgiveness" Rev. Michael McGee Sermon
Jan 19 "The Hunger for Diversity" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy
Jan 12 "Sold on Soul -- Duke Ellington" Rev. Roger Fritts and Dorothy Watson Sermon
Jan 5 "20 Years of Singing the Living Tradition" Rev. Roger Fritts Sermon or access printable copy

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