“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

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Podcasts

Here's a collection of some of our recent sermons as podcasts. Scroll down a bit and you'll also find some wonderful videos that were created as part of our services.

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Kelley Grimes, Kathleen Moscato & Fellowship Members

Join us as we begin our summer’s journey of exploring our inner-connections and interconnections. This Service will use a Reader’s Theatre style to highlight the diverse sacred texts of individuals in our Fellowship. You will be invited to share your answers to the many questions posed throughout our summer Services.

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Bruce Thompson & Fellowship Members

As a follow up to our reader’s theatre Service on what is your sacred text, this Service will explore sacred texts in you own words.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

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Eileen Maurer

On this Music Appreciation Sunday (the Service we’ve set aside to show our appreciation for the music program and the musicians at our Fellowship) join Eileen Maurer as she explores the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all through the words of John Lennon’s song.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

We celebrate the birthday of the Unitarian Universalist Association. (The actual day was May 1, but I wanted to do the Services in order!) We will look at how the UUA came into being, where we’re at now, and will begin to explore where we might go next.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

This Service features the auction sermon purchased by Seamus O’Connor. Seamus wanted to think about how Unitarianism emerged from Congregationalism. What better time to explore our early history than this month?

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The PUUF Humanist Group

Humanists exult in being alive in this breathtakingly beautiful universe and find joy and satisfaction in contributing to human betterment. We emphasize reason, compassion, community, nature and social responsibility as a way of life.

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Sue Magidson, Ministerial Intern, First UU Church of San Diego

What if the “G” word doesn’t mean what you think it means? What if you dared to ask others what the word means to them, and then shared your own reflections? This Service will challenge traditional interpretations of the “G” word, and propose some alternatives.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

This Service begins a three part sermon series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA). We will explore Universalism – what was so special about it, and how it informs our faith today.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

Join us for this special Easter Earth Day Service. We will explore the Easter story in relation to how we might bring “easter” for earth.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

My sabbatical was rich and rewarding. It was also challenging and produced new insights for me as I work on my animal ministry. This Sunday I will share where my sabbatical experiences have taken me.

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Rev. Dr. Tom Owen–Towle

Join us this Sunday as we celebrate our Promise Pledge. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Gini Courter, UUA Moderator, inspire us with her wisdom and passion. The Moderator of the UUA is an elected position – the highest, volunteer position in the UUA. As one who understands our religious communities, Gini is uniquely positioned to speak to us about how we might flourish through our generosity as we weave the dreams we have for our community’s vision and mission. Please bring your pledge card to the Service.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

Inherent in these Zulu greetings is the stunning notion of the power of being seen to affirm our existence. This Service will explore how we might humbly attempt to understand this concept from another culture to deepen and transform our understanding of how we are formed by relationships.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

“Home” is an evocative word. Each of us has memories – good, bad or indifferent – of our first homes. This Service explores how we might find home in ourselves and in the world.

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Rev. Kathleen A. Green, Consulting Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim

This Service explores what makes us uniquely UU. We’ll look at our evolving personal theology, including UU identity, UU theology, acceptance of one another, and diversity.

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Janet James, Executive Director, Camp de Benneville Pines

“Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” These words of John Muir call us to renew our connection to wild places... but the wild places can help us to renew other connections as well.

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PUUF Members

What is personal freedom? How do you achieve it? Members of the Humanist Group, the Buddhist Group, and the Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS) affiliated Spiral Earth Explorations Group will explore their various perspectives on personal freedom for this collaborative Service.

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Rev. Carol Hilton

Judith was the wife of founding Universalist Minister John Murray. Both came of age in challenging times during the Revolutionary War, both were visionaries, both trail blazers in their own ways. We’ll hear their stories with emphasis on Judith, an early American feminist as well as a published essayist. Thrown in will be a few morsels about Universalism way back when...

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Palomar Fellowship Humanist Group

Humanity's common creation story is a science-based tale of cosmic genesis, from the formation of galaxies and the origin to life, to the development of consciousness and culture, and onward to the emergence of everwidening circles of care and concern. We are stardust evolved to the place that it can think about itself and tell its own story.

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Eileen Maurer

The yin-yang symbol reminds us that all things in nature, even us – especially us – are composed of intertwining seemingly opposite, but complementary, qualities. Our Western ways of thinking about life and death, energy, and light and dark, as well as our Christian theology of Good vs Evil can get in the way of understanding the duality that surrounds us in life.

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Pat McLaughlin

Every society seems to have its trickster, its “wise fool”. We will explore some of what the Sufi tradition and Hojja Nasruddin try to teach us about ourselves and our communities.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

We will celebrate our annual Day On, Not a Day Off MLK Service. We will explore how we are living into Dr. King’s message of hope. There will be a social justice project for folks to participate in using the reflection/action/reflection model.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson & Kelley Grimes

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, we will explore what it means to build the Beloved Community and live from that vision. This Service will introduce our Season for Nonviolence activities. Spanning 64 days from January 30 to April 4, 2011, inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this international event honors their vision for an empowered, nonviolent world.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

For many of us, the holiday time is full of outward activities. It is hard to take the time to engage in contemplation, the root of which some think means “to cut”. We can take this to mean contemplation is a time “to cut” out time for inner reflection. This Service will explore the art and practice of contemplation from the perspective of various traditions.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

We will explore the various traditions of the season. We will also have a time in the Service to reflect on what we want to bring into our lives for the coming year. We do this by choosing cards with inspirational words on them. This will be our sixth year of observing this practice.

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Eileen Maurer

This year's theme for Sunday worship is our Unitarian Universalist identity. Join Eileen Maurer as she looks through the lens of human psychology and evolutionary biology to explore how the values of liberal and conservative religions evolved and how they intersect with politics.

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Rev. Carol Hilton

Henry David Thoreau, a Transcendentalist and friend of Emerson, is one of the most quoted Americans both here and around the world. Yet he is more complex, a potential natural scientist, a “could have been ecologist” if he had lived longer. We’ll consider how Thoreau’s being spiritually inspired by Nature led him toward natural science. There did not appear to be an artificial science/religion divide for him; thus I claim Thoreau anew as a cousin/co-religionist.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

This Service was inspired by Christopher Reeve, a Unitarian Universalist, who died this day in 2004. We will explore the role that heroes play in our lives – personally and culturally.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

We look at how the meaning that we make throughout our lives impacts how we look at aging. This
Sermon brings in cultural aspects of aging as well.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

Jewish philosopher Martin Buber wrote, “...humans are promise makers, promise breakers, promise keepers...” This Service will explore how we humans have learned to function best in community through the process of making promises and making covenants.

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