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Sermons from The Unitarian Universalist Church-Rockford, Illinois.

Sermons from The Unitarian Universalist Church-Rockford, Illinois.
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Sermons from The Unitarian Universalist Church-Rockford, Illinois.

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English


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8/12/18 “Holy Creativity”

8/13/2018
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Holy Creativity August 12, 2018 Michelle Lattanzio In this service, I’ll share some of the ways in which Holy Creativity happens in chaplaincy ministry. This is the work of Holy Creativity in hospice chaplaincy: helping the dying to create their final masterpiece, the living legacy of their human experience, the true gift they will pass on to not just their family but the lives of all people they have touched. Michelle Lattanzio is a former intern of The UU Church of Rockford and...

Duration:00:15:01

7/29/18 “Greetings from Transylvania”

7/30/2018
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Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson shares his trip to Transylvania with us!

Duration:00:36:39

5/27/18 “How Religion is Got”

7/11/2018
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How Religion is Got May 27, 2018 at 10 a.m. Rev. Armida Alexander

Duration:00:26:51

7/8/18 “In This Refulgent Summer”

7/11/2018
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In This Refulgent Summer July 8, 2018 at 10 a.m. Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson With those words, Ralph Waldo Emerson began his “divinity school address,” which would help ground our faith in a sense of the beauty and truth of the natural world. I’ll reflect on the way transcendentalist, religious naturalist, and neo-pagan Unitarian Universalists have located themselves in the natural world and celebrated this earth, our home.

Duration:00:19:09

5/13/18 “​A Carefully Loaded Ship”

5/14/2018
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May 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. ​A Carefully Loaded Ship Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson How does Beloved Community work in multigenerational ways, across the gulf of time? We’ll reflect on the love that passes between ancestors and decedents, and how we might cultivate and nurture such a love.

Duration:00:25:02

5/6/18 “Rehearsal for the Kin-dom”

5/7/2018
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May 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Rehearsal for the Kindom Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson Are we, gathered in this church, the “beloved community”? Well, sometimes we get close. But other times, we struggle. It’s like life. What if we thought of our life together as a dress rehearsal for the way we want the world to be?

Duration:00:24:31

04/29/18 “Pressure Cookers and the Freedom Land”

5/1/2018
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Pressure Cookers and the Freedom Land April 29, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Rockford Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen Living up to our deepest values is hard enough on most days. Under pressure – when our kids or the political moment or life is stressing us out – it can feel impossible. Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen reflects on embodying our values under pressure. And on pressure cookers, which she has very little experience with. The Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen roots for the Wisconsin Badgers, lives in Boston, and is...

Duration:00:16:44

4/8/18 “Rockford’s Resurrection?”

4/10/2018
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Rockford’s Resurrection? April 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Rockford Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson Rockford is a very different city, and thus our region a different place, then it was when I arrived 10 years ago. I’ll offer my observations on what has come alive — and where I think we should go from here.

Duration:00:20:20

03/04/18 “How to be a Less Obnoxious Activist”

3/5/2018
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How to be a Less Obnoxious Activist Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson Have you referred to people who disagree with you as stupid? Have you ever been tempted to think of yourself as morally or intellectually superior to other, “less enlightened” people? Have you ever, even in a moment of weakness, thought the world would be better if you were in charge? If you’ve never done any of those things, or don’t know anyone who does, then this service probably isn’t for you. But you should come anyway....

Duration:00:18:04

2/25/18 “What is Love? 4. Agape”

2/26/2018
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What is Love? 4. Agape Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson Our last sermon in this series on love will explore the love we have for the holy, the mysterious, and the true. Call it the Universe, the Spirit, Creativity, or God, there is a kind of love we have for that which moves and shapes us.

Duration:00:24:38

2/11/18 “Eros”

2/15/2018
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Eros Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson Eros is that desire, that longing, and that joy in the body — yourself and another. Throughout history, some have tried to squash and control Eros. What would it mean to celebrate the natural beauty of mutual connection?

Duration:00:14:52

2/4/18 “What is Love? Philia.”

2/15/2018
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Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson 2/4/18 “What is Love? Philia.” The ancient greeks understood Philia — the love that is expressed as friendship — as central to the good life. Yet we live in isolated times, when friendship is often hard to find, let alone nurture. A celebration and an invitation into a life of friendship.

Duration:00:17:46

1/28/18 “Tools for the Work of Our Hands”

1/31/2018
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Jael didn’t fit nearly into one social category, yet she brought down a tyrant with a hammer and a bowl of milk. What unlikely tools for justice might be hiding in the closet of your complex identity? Let’s explore together how the fullness of who you are might be exactly what your community and world need in this very moment. Mandie McGlynn is a liberal theologian, itinerant preacher, and ministerial candidate. She attends Chicago Theological Seminary, and lives on the north side of...

Duration:00:21:13

11/23/17 “Thankfulness as Faithfulness”

11/27/2017
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Thankfulness as Faithfulness Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson Why am I preaching on gratitude after Thanksgiving? Because we so often rush from being grateful to being consumers. Instead of rushing ahead, let’s ask: How can we hold onto that sense of dependency and awe, and the ethic of service, which gratitude might engender? What does thankfulness have to do with faithfulness, and our faith in particular?

Duration:00:15:34

10/22/17 “Deep Listening”

10/24/2017
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Deep Listening October 22, 2017 10 a.m. Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson When in conversations with another person, do we listen for the depth of understanding, or just long enough to compose our response? What would it mean to have a habit of listening for meaning, and what are the appropriate limits to such a practice?

Duration:00:27:26

10/08/17 “Be Our Guest”

10/16/2017
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Be Our Guest Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson We’ll reflect together on what it means to be a guest. In our world of excessive self-reliance and individualism, how can we cultivate the habit of accepting what is offered with awareness? And, likewise, how can we be “a perfect stranger” and not a colonizing invader into other people’s lives and cultures?

Duration:00:25:04

10/01/17 “Angels Unaware”

10/2/2017
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Angels Unaware Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson What does it mean to be hospitable to another? To open our hearts, our lives, our homes to another person? I suggest that the skills of spiritual hospitality might be a way to heal our divisions and grow our souls.

Duration:00:21:02