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Living Prophets: sermons from liberal religion

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A digest of sermons or other speeches and conversations from unitarian universalist ministers, mennonites, UMC, and other liberal religious voices.

A digest of sermons or other speeches and conversations from unitarian universalist ministers, mennonites, UMC, and other liberal religious voices.
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A digest of sermons or other speeches and conversations from unitarian universalist ministers, mennonites, UMC, and other liberal religious voices.








Owning the pain of grief with tears of praise for life

This combines two sermons from All Souls UU Church in Washington, DC 2010. Rev. Rob Hardies and Louise Green speak about grief, and finding a way to express both the pain of loss and the praise for life. Our tears are a lament and a prayer – of thanksgiving for what life offers us every […]

Duration: 00:11:38

Deniece Mason: Mountains beyond the transfiguration

Reverend Deniece Mason tells two stories: Trekking in the Himalayas as a teenager with friends, and an episode of a woman in a nice neighborhood who noticed a homeless figure sleeping for days on a bench at the bus stop on her street. Both stories are a reminder that Jesus is not high on a […]

Duration: 00:18:02

Jesus among the outsiders, on the margins of society

Doug Brown draws parallels between the story of Jesus healing the 10 lepers and how we approach outsiders in our communities today. Jesus was himself an outsider, and that gave him a perspective that revealed more truth. In this story, though all ten lepers were cleansed (cured) as they traveled to present themselves to the […]

Duration: 00:24:24

Parable of the Red Cranes in the DMZ

With news of Trump in Korea this week, and talk of the unlimited potential of human endeavors to reshape the planet as a technology-enabled paradise, this parable of the red cranes offers a different viewpoint. In the DMZ between North and South Korea there live rare majestic birds whose habitat would be crushed by development […]

Duration: 00:07:32

Speaking peace shalom in times of political strife

Deneice Mason tells the story of an early Christian peacemaker who bought an end to the circus of death in Rome, and asks us how are we bringing Peace and fostering dialogue in these times of political strife. Source: Pleasant Valley UMC Advertisements

Duration: 00:17:54

Find a god as you understand god – the key to liberation

“Find a god as you understand God. That was the key to my spiritual liberation,” explains Father Leo Booth. Booth ( a recording from 2000) shares his story of struggle with addiction and with the essential ingredients of the disease, and his redemption. These feelings mirror those of victims of sexual assault, as Rev Kathy […]

Duration: 00:15:25

Buying into other people’s power: Addiction, recovery from racism

“The danger for us is to think too small. Buy into other people’s power rather than the power that we have. In every solitary one of us, there is a Martin Luther King.” Father Leo Booth provides makes a compelling case that addiction and recovery are a spiritual journey of becoming aware of our own […]

Duration: 00:38:06

Bullets could not deter me and I would not seek revenge – Malala

Dear Friends, on the 9th of October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends too. They thought that the bullets would silence us. But they failed. And then, out of that silence came, thousands of voices. The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and […]

Duration: 00:06:55

Bono: Grace is the opposite of Karma

U2’s singer Bono used to be a believer in Karma but through his journey, he’s grown to be a firm believer in Grace. Most religions are based on Karma. The ancient Israelites believed in Karma (“we are God’s chosen people” and “lepers must have sinned to be diseased”). Hinduism and the caste system is about […]

Duration: 00:09:05

A prophetic vision of peacemaking

We have a prophetic vision of peace, not unlike we see in a local nonprofit – they are cutting up military uniforms, pressing the fibers into pulp to make paper, and transforming ex-soldiers into artists. Peace and justice are built around rebuilding relationships. Jesus dismantled the law, the commandments and the ordinances in order to […]

Duration: 00:17:35

The fierce ugency of now – Rob Hardies

Rob Hardies – The fierce ugency of now (sermon at All souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Washington, DC) is about the Treyvon Martin story and how it relates to the 1963 march on Washington, when a pastor at this very church was killed in Selma Alabama – James Reeb. Lessons for today. Advertisements

Duration: 00:19:43

What is Peace, really?

“They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” Pastor Deniece Mason explains what this means in a modern context. She points out that Memorial Day wasn’t a holiday before 1971. And long before that, it’s origins come from women in Mississippi who, while decorating the graves of their ancestors in […]

Duration: 00:39:57

Creating sanctuary after Trump

In the days after the 2016 election with a surprising Trump victory, many in the congregation were shocked and horrified and despondent. Rob Hardies’s sermon struck a perfect balance between accepting the results and preparing All Souls Church as a “sanctuary” for the times ahead. He reminded us that the church’s bell, crafted by Paul […]

Duration: 00:20:24

How Hope – faith in the future – Transforms and Sustains

From the Gospel story of the woman who sneaks through the crowd to touch Jesus’s robe because she believes she can be healed, Deniece Mason explains why there is more to the story of a nameless, sick, ostracized woman than it first seems. This story is about coping with and hoping through tragedy in our […]

Duration: 00:23:12

I choose you – Yahweh, Moses, and a burning bush

The burning bush in the desert was not something amazing, but rather something sublime that only a careful observer of the world could have noticed. And Moses, at nearly 80 years old, did not fit the mold of an activist or revolutionary. What mattered was that he was paying attention, and receptive, and didn’t turn […]

Duration: 00:18:36

Beyond the Moment and the Movement: Spiritual Transformation in Times of Division and Fear

“Not a moment but a movement,” has become a popular slogan in progressive circles, a reminder that our social justice work must go beyond mere resistance to the immediate political crisis, and strive to build a lasting movement for justice and equality. As people of faith committed to building beloved community, we understand this. Yet […]

Duration: 00:16:02

Bill Quigley – Message on Law and Social Justice

Download Dr. Martin Luther King’s message is not for the faint of heart. You must BE WILLING TO BE UNCOMFORTABLE, because questioning our laws will make other people uncomfortable. … We must NEVER CONFUSE LAW AND JUSTICE. What is legal is often not just. 100 years ago children were employed in dangerous industries. Women and […]

Duration: 00:06:58

05.10.02 Choose To Bless The World – Rob Hardies

As Hurricane Katrina has reminded us, inspite of our ‘melting pot’ national image, race still matters. As we strive to be an ‘evermore diverse’ congregation, how do we see and talk about the differences between us? Sunday, October 2, 2005 at 10:50am: ‘Choose to Bless the World’ — Rev. Robert M. Hardies Advertisements

Duration: 00:21:02

04.06.06 Found In Translation.mp3

What’s on my mind these days? What do I see in the world? What does it mean? Sunday, June 6, 2004 at 10:50am: ‘Found in Translation’ — Rev. Robert Hardies Advertisements

Duration: 00:19:16

Rob Hardies – A train through Trumps America (2017)

Rev Rob Hardies of All-Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Washington DC shares an open letter to his 5-year old son. Journeying from San Francisco to Chicago on the day after the violence in Charlottesville, a gay dad and his multiracial son board a train for a trip across Trump’s America. Why? In part because his […]

Duration: 00:19:29

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