Prophetic Men and Women

The Future: Pessimistic or Optimistic?

Recently, I was asked this question: “Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the future?” To be sure, there are reasons enough to be less than cheerful about what is to be. And yet, and yet… I want to share a real story about a shepherd in northern England that gives me hope. This is a First Sunday of the month, so it’s an all ages, whole congregation worship service. Prepare to meet some sheep! Listen:

Nature will be My Language— A Close Encounter with Thoreau

Dismissed by most of his contemporaries as a failed and strange outsider, Henry David Thoreau has come to be seen as one of North America’s foundational writers. He directly influenced Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. and prophetically heralded the rise of ecological sciences, the environmental movement, and the turn to Nature in Unitarian theology. Thoreau is author of “Walden” and “On Civil Disobedience”. We celebrate his 200th anniversary. The Chalice Choir sings. Read: Listen:

Encountering our Ancestors XIII

It’s the season of Samhain/Halloween/Day of the Dead. For the thirteenth time, we summon eminent ancestors from our Unitarian Universalist history to experience their stories. Join us to welcome these visitors from the past: an occasion to reckon our good fortune as heirs of an amazing religious tradition. Listen:

Mother’s Day/Flower Communion

The Flower Communion is a central rite for Unitarians around the world. At our congregation, it coincides nicely with Mother’s Day, celebrating how our individual contributions to mentoring/parenting/ mothering enable our children and young people to grow up and flourish as adults. Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson Listen:  May 14 – Mothers Day 2017 (361.0 KiB)    

The Question of Power in History: Great Men or Small Groups?

We may think that history is determined by the vision and action of great men and heroes. Yet, according to the anthropologist Margaret Mead, “small groups of thoughtful, committed citizens change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Speaker: Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson   Mar 12 2017 – Power In History Great Men Or Small Groups (14.6 MiB)

The Librarians of Timbuktu

The story of how a band of African librarians saved a vast collection of priceless manuscripts and books in Timbuktu, Mali, is worth the telling. Join us to hear this amazing tale, and with it, reflections on religion, fanaticism, culture and moral courage. Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson Feb 19 2017 – The Librarians Of Timbuktu (12.5 MiB)

Inherent Worth and Dignity

In this year’s yUUth service, the UCV youth group talks about our first principle and how we relate to Unitarians past. Listen:  Jan 22 2017 – UCV Youth Group – Historical UUs (8.1 MiB)

The Radical King

Every year, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated for his oratory and leadership of the nonviolent civil rights movement. Forty years after his death, not that many appreciate how truly radical he was, the FBI called him “the most dangerous man in America.” Let’s find out why. Speaker: Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson The Chalice Choir sings Listen:  Jan 15 2017 – The Radical King (13.3 MiB)