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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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10/14/18 "Get in Formation: Justice Inside and Out"

10/15/2018
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Get in Formation: Justice Inside and Out October 14, 2018 Intern Minister Christe Lunsford As we continue thinking about our theme of formation let’s look at what sources we incorporate into our lexicon. Which authors do we let in? Who shapes our thoughts and visions for tomorrow? Are we quick to dismiss voices based on social stereotypes or do we have deep seeded fears that we won’t be able to connect?

Duration:00:17:10

9/30/18 "Call Us to Action"

10/1/2018
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Call Us to Action September 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson Our democracy is in peril. People’s rights and humanity are denied on a daily basis. The permafrost melts and children live in changes. What shall we do? How shall we do it faithfully? This is the “storm the battlements” sermon you’ve been anticipating. Courage and plans will be offered, not just doom and gloom. There is hope – but it’s time to act.

Duration:00:26:43

9/24/18 "Call Me to Life"

9/24/2018
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Call Me to Life September 23, 2018 Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson What does it mean to come alive, in a world that seems to want us to be sleep-walking? How do we embrace joy without naivete, passion without idolatry, and risk without recklessness?

Duration:00:18:42

9/9/18 "Call Us to Worship"

9/10/2018
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Call Us to Worship September 9, 2018 Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson As we reflect on what it means to be called, we’ll think about being called to worship. Exploring a variety of understandings of worship from a variety of religions, we’ll consider the meaning of being called into this practice.

Duration:00:16:53

9/2/18 "Call Us to Worship"

9/6/2018
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Call Us to Worship September 9, 2018 Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson As we reflect on what it means to be called, we’ll think about being called to worship. Exploring a variety of understandings of worship from a variety of religions, we’ll consider the meaning of being called into this practice.

Duration:00:15:10

8/19/18 How to Talk to Each Other

8/20/2018
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How to Talk to Each Other August 19, 2018 Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson How do we have conversations that matter? How do we go past the surface of easy topics towards the heart? How do we not shy away when things get complicated, while still protecting our integrity? And invitation to depth and meaning, with some concrete tips for politics, religion, relationships, and families.

Duration:00:27:49

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

4/1/18 "Still We Rise"

4/3/2018
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Duration:00:22:43

3/25/18 "Living Lightly in the Call of Things"

3/26/2018
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Living Lightly in the Call of Things March 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Rockford Rev. Linda Slabon How might we live lightly in this time of great stress and change? I find that both Carolyn McDade and Wendell Berry advise that to survive we must live with humility. That means we relinquish some cherished ideas, learn what is good for the world, yield to its limits, and acknowledge the mystery and awe of the universe. For 26 years Rev. Linda and Toni, Music Director, served the UU Fellowship...

Duration:00:24:19

3/18/18 "Interfaith Humility"

3/19/2018
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Interfaith Humility Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson How can we be in authentic and loving relationship with people across the lines of faith? We often think "oh, we UU's are good at this." But are we? Or do we think we're "more evolved" than everyone else? How can we be in a posture of equality instead of colonialism? ​

Duration:00:25:31

3/11/18 "A Heaven of Stars"

3/12/2018
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March 11, 2018: A Heaven of Stars Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson When you look up to the heavens - especially if you’re out in the wild, without the city lights and distractions - and see the stars, what do you feel? Do you feel small, and humble? Or connected, and magical? Or some of both? We’ll talk about how the experience of cosmology might inform our spirituality.

Duration:00:18:43

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