Sermons and Services


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 November 11, 2018

 9:15 Discussion Group Topic:The Election
10:30 Service:  – “Transcendental Experiences” by pulpit guest, Christine Dance          Audio of Sermon

November 4, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  The Power of Propaganda
10:30 Service:  
Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, All-Souls Service and Memory Tree.          To celebrate All Souls Day, our members and friends are invited to participate in a ceremonial service to honor and remember loved ones who have died.  Come prepared with the names of those you wish to honor. Audio of  Sermon

October 28, 2018 

9:15 Discussion Group Topic: Immigration, Refugees, and Globalization
10:30 Service:
 —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Sanctuary: The Cup of Our Community”  
I often hold up my cupped hands to refer to the “Cup of Our Community.”  Let’s explore what that means in terms of this month’s worship theme 
Audio of Sermon

October 21, 2018 

9:15 Discussion Group Topic: Gillum versus DeSantis 
10:30 Service: —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Sanctuary Movement”  What can we learn from our fellow UU congregations that provide actual sanctuary to persons fleeing deportation? audio of sermon
SHARE THE PLATE— Sophie's Circle

October 14, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  The Value of Silence
10:30 Service:   The Reverend Jill McAllister,    Audio of Sermon
              Afternoon Installation Service & Reception 5:30 p.m

October 7, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic:“Florida:  Industrial Development or Quality of Life”
10:30 Service:  Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Creating Sanctuary           How can we create a worry-free, grounded, and renewing space for ourselves in a world which often feels like anything but?  Based on a book by Terry Hershey called Sanctuary: Creating a Space for Grace in Your Life Audio of Sermon

September 30, 2018

9:15 Discussion Topic: "Kavanaugh"
10:30 Service —Water Communion with Ellen Nielsen and our Congregation      The water communion represents our connectedness to one another.  The mingled waters represent our coming together again and symbolize our shared faith coming from many different sources — joining together to celebrate our place on this planet.  During the service, members are invited to pour a small amount of water into a common bowl and speak briefly about where their water came from. Audio of audience participation

 September 23, 2018

9:15 Discussion Topic:"How to End Racism”.
10:30 Service —George Griffin, “Florida’s Constitution: Amendments and Civil Liberties”   Voters will have a lot of decisions to make concerning the various proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution that will appear on this November’s mid-term ballot.  The American Civil Liberties Union tries to remain neutral on most amendment issues except for those that directly affect civil rights or civil liberties.  We will examine the four amendments (#4, #6, #8 and #11) where the ACLU has taken a specific position.  Audio of Presentation

September 16, 2018
10:30 Service —Rev. Kathy Tew Ricky, “Vision: Imagination of the Heart”.                     Bishop Carlton Pearson says, “Sight is external. Vision comes from within . . .  Sight sees reality, but vision sees truth and connects them in profoundly harmonizing and synchronizing ways . . .”  Let us explore the connections between sight and vision, reality and truth. Audio not available due to mechanical failure.      

September 9, 2018

 9:15 Discussion Topic: "Forgiveness or Revenge" 
10:30 Service—Rev. Kathy Tew Ricky, “Whence Our Call to Justice?”                We will explore our Unitarian Universalist sources which call us as a congregation to be justice seekers. This service will also include F.A.I.T.H. Credentialing and Commissioning Ceremony.   F.A.I.T.H. director Jessica Robillard, will speak briefly on the justice work of Volusia’s only direct-action network.     Audio of Sermon    

September 2, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic:"The Importance of the Arts in Today’s World”
10:30 ServiceRev. Kathy Tew Ricky, “A Sweet New Year”.                                     The celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins on September 9.  The first day of the new program year for our congregation is September 2. Let’s celebrate both with an apple communion and imagining a sweet new year at UUCOB     Audio of Sermon    

August 26, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:"Our Spiritual Journey”.
10:30 ServiceRev. Kathy Tew Ricky, “The Keystone Principle"                            Rev. Francis Manly, a colleague of mine from upstate New York, did a brilliant analysis of our Seven Principles, using the metaphor of an archway as the structure of our UU religion.  In this way, the Fourth Principle—   “We affirm and promote the responsible search for truth and meaning”—is the keystone of the arch.  I will discuss this principle as Unitarian Universalism’s keystone, holding our other principles in place.  Audio of Sermon   The Keystone Principle

August 19, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:"Are there any Universal values?”.
10:30 Service: Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “As the Spirit Moves"                             A former mentor and UU minister reserved an occasional Sunday for ATSM - to preach on something that “the spirit” so moved in her. It was a chance for her to escape the confines of a pre-arranged title or theme. Since we have no monthly worship theme for August, I am taking the opportunity to preach on something which I will discern through contemplation, being open to what moves me in the moment. Do UUs pray?  Audio of Sermon

 August 12, 2018
10:30 Service: James Purdy, “Actual Innocence: When Justice Fails”.                    DNA has been used to prove the innocence of convicted defendants.  This presentation examines actual cases of wrongfully convicted defendants from several States, including Florida, and highlights some of the causes for these wrongful convictions.   Audio of Sermon

August 5, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: A Poem, Book or Story that may impact others10:30 Service:  Evan Rivers & Dan Gribbin, “The Inspirational Music of Peter Mayer”   By now our congregation is familiar with Peter Mayer's music, such as "Blue Boat Home" and “Holy Now."   Peter's songs are always engaging and the lyrics always uplifting with recognizably UU themes.  This Sunday the choir will join Evan in "Church of the Earth," and a musical sermon will feature a number of Peter's songs that you may not have heard. Audio of musical sermon

 July 29, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "Globalization, Nationalism and Personal Identity”10:30 Service:   Cliff Jackson, “Aden's Introduction to Jonathan Livingston Seagull”.                                                                                                                  Life sends us challenges, and usually we have no choice in what comes our way.  Cliff has always enjoyed solving puzzles.  Recently his daughter asked for help with a challenge with his grandson.  Pieces of that puzzle, a grandson, an illness, a Soul Matters packet, a dusty little book and a trip to the beach come together to show a clear path for a new way forward.  We may not have a choice in what comes our way, but we do have a choice in how we live with it. Audio of Sermon

 July 22, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: Survival of the fittest or cooperation.
10:30 Service.     Rita Scheeler, “Living Deliberately”     Living “deliberately” is about making thoughtful decisions about how you want to live your life.  This message will be based on the works of Harry Palmer, whose books have been translated in 30 languages and sold thousands of copies worldwide.  Audio of presentatio 

July 15 , 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic“How do you get a fresh start in America?”
10:30 Service. Poetry can inspire the creative impulse and awaken spiritual voices, especially works of unconventional poets such as e. e. cummings.   Dan Gribbin, Ellen Nielsen and Patty Tugas share some of their poetic insights influenced by the language of the spirit.   Audio of Poetry presentation

July 8, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: “It CAN Happen Here!”.
10:30 Service. Dan Gribbin, “To Be a Friend”                                             
From “buddy” movies to Facebook, we encounter in every corner of popular culture the idea of friendship.  And, indeed, most of us can claim to have at least a couple of dozen pretty good friends whom we would feel comfortable inviting over to the house or dining out with them.  But when we ponder the old adage “a friend in need is a friend indeed,” we get closer to the deeper meaning of friendship.  How often have we truly needed a friend to be there for us?  How often have we been there for a friend? Audio of Presentation  

July 1, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:"My Journey"    
10:30 Service:—  Ellen Nielsen, “The Peace Movement: An American Tradition”.     Ellen Nielsen will present a brief historical overview of the peace movement in the United States, focusing on two individuals, Thoreau, who refused to pay taxes to support the Mexican War in 1849, and Kathy Kelly, a contemporary peace activist.    Evan Rivers will provide special music. Audio of Pulpit presentation

June 24, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:"How Our Thinking Changes as We Age"   
10:30 Service: — Cliff Jackson and others, “Lessons in Compassion”      Linda Sanders and D
ennis Alsobrook  will share their thoughts and experiences of giving or receiving compassion. Those moments of giving or receiving compassion are often profoundly memorable. We often share the native American parable of the two wolves, the good wolf and the bad wolf fighting in each of us. The one that wins is the one that we feed.  Sharing and remembering our experiences of compassion is feeding the good wolf. Audio of Sermon

June 17, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  "Comparing Females and Males"
10:30 Service: — Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Honoring Our Fathers” Let us examine the complexity of fatherhood and the traditional hero role of being a dad.    Audio of Sermon 

June 10, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: Religions and Superstition   
10:30 Service: — Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Work of Our Congregation”.  Let us look back in celebration of the good works of UUCOB both within and outside or walls.   Audio of Sermon

June 3, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:   Public Education 
10:30 Service: Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The End of Innocence?”  At a time when it is deadlier to be a child in American than to serve in the military, what is happening to our children’s sense of innocence?    Audio of Sermon 

May 27, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:   "Income for All"
10:30 Service: Memorial Day Celebration---- Dan Kerr and our Choir – Through music, we will pay tribute to the men and women who have served their country in the military.      But beyond that, we will be paying tribute to some ordinary people who were placed in extraordinary circumstances, heroes who risked their lives in the service of others  Audio of one songcomment at end

May 20, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "The Art of Teaching"
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey   A Third Way”     In a world that craves the balance of the binary — good/bad, black/white, win/lose, right/wrong —  there is a potential for creating the ternary or “third way” which can bring about a completely new realm of possibility. In doing so, where before there were only dialectics, we can now find the potential for creating Beloved Community.  The Third Way is inspired by the ideas of the well-known ecumenical teacher Fr. Richard Rohr.    Audio of Sermon 
May 13, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: " Truth, Lies and Language in This Era "
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey “Balancing Act: The Material and The Spiritual”    If you look closely at a statue of the Hindu god, Ganesha (elephant head/human body) you’ll notice one of his feet is on the ground while the other is raised and facing outward.  This placement symbolizes having one foot in reality and one foot in the spiritual world, suggesting that the wise person is of this earth, yet not entirely of this earth. What might this mean for UU’s?   Should we as humans be concerned only with objective reality? As UU’s are we not called to seek the intangibles of truth and meaning in our lives?  How might this play out for us individually and in our congregational life together?     Audio of Sermon

May 6, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "Laughter is the Best Medicine"
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey , “To Save or Savor the World?”  A famous passage from E.B. White explores choosing between saving the world or savoring it; he quips, “This makes it hard to plan the day.”  This month, our worship theme is Balance.  What does balance mean in the context of a spiritual value or practice?  What does it look like or feel like to be “balanced?”  Would you choose to save or to savor?    Audio of Sermon

 April 29, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "Seven Things I have learned inSeven Decades"  
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey   “Emergence, Part II: A Theology for Our Time”                                                      We’ll explore a non-dualistic concept of God, the Universe, and Everything via Quantum Physics and Process Theology. Based on the book, A God That Could Be Real—not as complicated as it sounds, honest!      Audio of Sermon 

April 22, 2018 
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:   "Syria - Just War"
10:30 Service —Earth Day Celebration,  “Healthy Hammock, Healthy UU”                               Over the years, what is happening in our little woodland backyard reflects what is happening in our U.U. community and vice-versa.  Kurtland Davies shares a few ideas about how to keep them both healthy.   Audio of sermon

 April 15, 2018 
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:    "The 2018 Election".
10:30 Service— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Emergence, Part I: A Theology for Our Time”                    We’ll explore a non-dualistic concept of God, the Universe, and Everything via Quantum Physics and Process Theology. Based on the book, A God That Could Be Real - not as complicated as it sounds, honest!   Audio of Sermon

April 8, 2018 

10:30 Service: —Dr. Ted Mashburn, “Jesus and a Sabbath Controversy.” “Strange Things Happen on the Sabbath: Shabbat Shalom”     Mashburn, long-time professor at the University of Mobile, serves as Chairman of the Humanities Division, and is currently Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  He will discuss ideas in Luke: 13-14 “But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and thou shalt be blessed, for they cannot recompense thee.  For thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”  Audio of Sermon

 April 1, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  "The Value of Apology" 
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey 
 “Emergence: Wandering as Transformation”       Within the ancient Hebrew story of escape from slavery in Egypt and deliverance to freedom in the Promised Land are themes of transformation common to all human lives. Audio of Sermon  

March 25, 2018  
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  
 "The unexamined life is not worth living."
10:30 Service: Flower Communion--        --Ellen Nielsen and the         Congregation     In this service we will celebrate the coming of spring.   Founder of the Unitarian movement in Czechoslovakia, Rev. Dr. Norbert Căpek began the Unitarian tradition of the flower communion to bring people closer to together.  The Gestapo imprisoned Căpek, who died at Dachau concentration camp in October 1942.   However, his message of hope and humanity lives on as we can see in the beauty and diversity of flowers the symbolic beauty and diversity of life.  Please bring a flower to share.   Audio of sermon

March 18, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "What is better today than in the good ole days?"
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey----- Viola Liuzzo: To Love is to Risk Losing Everything       Liuzzo, like James Reeb, is a Unitarian martyr of Selma, Alabama, and the Civil Rights Movement. She gave her life on March 25, 1965 for the cause of freedom and equality to African Americans  Audio of Sermon 

March 11, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "Solutions for a Separate Society"  
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey The Courage to Be: Risk, Vulnerability, and Authenticity    
To be vulnerable is to be authentic. For us as individuals to be vulnerable and authentic in a world that discourages these attributes is risky. It takes courage to be authentic in the world today.      Audio of Sermon

March 4, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  "Separate and Unequal - What Divides Us"?   
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey Purim, Esther, and the Courage of the Oppressed.        The Jewish holiday of Purim celebrates the story of Esther, the (secretly) Jewish queen to a Persian King who held her people in exile. Let’s explore the timeless themes of risk and courage among the marginalized.  Audio of Sermon

 February 25 , 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  "School Shootings". 
10:30 Service: —Dr. Charles Carroll, “The Journey to Inner Peace: The Challenges and the Glory”   Inner peace is one of the most valuable possessions. Yet, for many of us, inner peace is hidden below layers of preconceived notions, doubt, fear, and confirmation bias. While the journey can be difficult, the end makes it all worthwhile. We must be willing to continuously move forward and meet each challenge forthrightly.   Audio of Sermon

 February 18 , 2018
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey,   "Before the Mayflower"                          There is a robust history of people of color, including those present at Jamestown (an early settlement) and other frontiers of Colonial America before the migration of Pilgrims and others from England and Europe. My source is largely Leronne Bennett’s encyclopedia of Black History titled, “Before the Mayflower.”  Audio of sermon
SHARE-THE-PLATE— Meals on Wheels 

February 11, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  Immigration
10:30 Service: —Dr. Dan Gribbin, “Teaching Tolerance”.The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to instilling in the younger generation a sense of appreciation for the diversity in America. To equip young people with the tools to combat racism and bigotry, the SPLC has developed a curriculum for teachers called “Teaching Tolerance.” Within that curriculum are lessons for us all.   Audio of Sermon

 February 4 , 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "Scientific Truth".
10:30 Service:—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey,  The Implicit “We”                                                 If we are to become a radically hospitable and diverse congregation, we must be conscientious and intentional about exactly who is included in the “We.” Another way to put it: it is always good to check our assumptions and we must take care, as members of the dominant culture, not to appropriate cultural artifacts from cultures in which we have no experience.        Audio of Sermon

January 28, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  "The Value of Solitude"
10:30 Service:— Rev. James Shoopman, “The Care and Feeding of Your Local Pastor” The idea behind this sermon is that the relationship with the pastor takes careful nurture, like caring for a farm or a garden, calling for sunlight, water, fertilizer and so forth.  I do feel called to encourage loving and helpful relationships between clergy and congregations.    Audio of Sermon     

January 21 , 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "The Origin of Religion"
10:30 Service:— Rev. Janet Onnie, “Five Smooth Stones” (pulpit exchange)    Rev. Onnie is minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County and has been serving there since 2011.  She is president of the Florida chapter of the UU Ministers Association. Her undergraduate degree is from the Royal School of Music in London; she also was principal flutist for the Bermuda Philharmonic.  In 2008, Rev. Onnie earned a Masters of Divinity at the Florida Center for Theological Studies and had completed post-graduate work at the University of Chicago and at Starr King at the University of California-Berkeley.  Audio of Sermon  

January 14 , 2018
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Covenant: Walking Together Today”   Covenant simply means promise.  Our Unitarian Universalist history of being together in right relationship (whether successfully or not) is the foundation of our promise to one another.  What does this mean for us today?  What does it look like to live out a covenant of right relations in our congregation today?   Audio of Sermon 

January 7 , 2018
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Cambridge Platform: Origin of Our Covenantal Faith”  The Cambridge Platform originated in 1648; it was a document establishing the promise of strangers, one to another, who were to be together and worship together in the Colonial American wilderness. Let us explore the foundations covenant in Unitarian Universalism today.     Audio of Sermon   

December 31, 2017
10:30 Service:— Ellen Nielsen and the Congregation, "Concerns and Joys of 2017"            On the last day of 2017, we will look back at this eventful year and re-visit our most serious personal concerns and our greatest personal joys.  This service will include audience participation and brief periods of silent meditation as well as music of consolation and celebration.

December 24, 2017
10:30 Service:— Morning Service: Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Return to Light”      The Winter Solstice is behind us. The nights will continue to be long for a while each day will be a little bit longer going forward. How might we use this time of lingering darkness to prepare us for the return to light?Audio of Sermon     read by Gaia Davies

December 24— Evening Service (5 - 6 p.m.): Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Yule, Carols, and Candlelight”    We’ll light a yule log that Rev Kathy has used to celebrate many Christmas Eves. We’ll sing familiar carols and finish the service with “Silent Night” in candlelight.  The Alliance will serve a light supper after the service!  

 December 17, 2017
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Beware the Market God”    The organization behind our local F.A.I.T.H. chapter describes consumerism as the “market god.” We are all susceptible to its chant of BUY- BUY – BUY! and you will be HAPPY - HAPPY-! HAPPY!   How can we be vaccinated against this culturally ingrained imperative? Audio of Sermon

December 10, 2017
10:30 Service:— Howard Simon, “Defending Democracy & Human Rights in the Age of Trump”    As Executive Director of the Florida affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, Simon oversees its legal, public education, legislative lobbying, and membership and fund­raising programs.  Current ACLU litigation has blocked enforcement of two efforts by the Legislature to restrict women’s access to abortion and is working to end Florida’s Civil War-era lifetime voting ban of former felons.  On issues of the Muslim travel ban, the transgender military ban, rules to allow employers to deny coverage for contraceptives, discrimination against America’s immigrant communities and many others, as the Washington Post reported this Spring, “ACLU is leading {the…} resistance effort against Trump’s policies.”   Audio of speaker


December 3, 2017
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Candle in the Wind”                                               Every era has its anxious times; ours is no exception. Poverty, gun violence, global warming, the sand
seeming to shift under our feet, socially… these conditions which seem to be reinforced every day in the media, can cause us despair. How do we keep our candles lit in the fitful winds of this chaotic world?     Audio of sermon  

November 26.2017 
10:30 Service:—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “When Abundance Means Having Enough”       How much to we need in this life to be well and happy? How much do we deserve? How much will this earth yield? When does abundance mean too much? When does it mean having enough?   Audio of Sermon

November 19, 2017
10:30 Service:— Mark Jones, “Foster Care: A Child’s Perspective”.  Mark Jones has had a 27-year career in child welfare services.  Since 2010, he has served as the Chief Executive Officer for Community Partnership for Children.  In his role as CEO, he leads a staff of approximately 200 professionals in achieving permanency and safety for abused and neglected children  Audio of presentation

November 12, 2017
10:30 Service:—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “In Service to Our Country”      There exists in our country today much tension between patriotism, militarism, and the freedom to critique those isms. Let us examine those tensions while honoring those who have served us with their military service.   Audio of Sermon

 November 5, 2017
10:30 Service:—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Grace Happens”  I’m not a bumper-sticker kind of person but I recently put one on my car that says Grace Happens because it is an important aspect of my theology. I believe this not because I believe in an all-powerful deity who showers rose petals upon my path in life but because in a seemingly disinterested universe, more good things happen to us every day than we realize. How can we take more notice of the abundance of grace in our lives?   Audio of Sermon

October 29, 2017
10:30 Service:—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “All Souls’ Sunday”This will be a ceremonial service in which we honor and remember loved ones who have died. Come prepared with the names of those you wish to honor.          Audio of Sermon

October 22, 2017
10:30 Service:Water Communion with Ellen Nielsen and members of the Congregation     The water communion is a representation of our connectedness to one another. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources and joining together to celebrate our place on this planet.  During the service, members of the congregation are invited to come to the front, pour a small amount of water into a common bowl, and speak briefly about where the water came from.  The mingled waters represent our coming together again after a summer which, for many of us, may have involved travel.

October 15, 2017
10:30 Service:
— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “A Welcoming Congregation”    The work of welcome is never done.  Welcoming Congregations can learn more about how to be truly welcoming to all people by renewing their commitment.  This sermon begins our process of re-certifying our congregation as a Welcoming and Safe Space for the LGBTQ community.  Audio of sermon

October 8
, 2017
10:30 Service: — Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Radical Hospitality, Part Two:  A Friendly Emptiness"       Is it possible to be overly welcoming?  What does it mean to create a space where a newcomer can feel comfortable in making it their own? How do we avoid assimilation so we don't miss the gifts of strangers?     
Audio of Sermon   

October 1, 2017
0:30 Service:—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Radical Hospitality, Part One:  Welcoming the Stranger” Simply put, “radical” means that we welcome and accept into our midst anyone, anyone who comes to our congregation's door.  We are not there yet, but let’s look at what it means to be truly, deeply hospitable to the world.  We'll start with the best exemplar of radical hospitality, Abraham of the Book of Genesis and see why it was so important to be hospitable to strangers in a hot, semi-arid land.  Audio of Sermon

September 24, 2017 
10:30 Service: —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Power of Story: Do Our Narratives Need Changing?"    In many ways, our personal narrative - the story of who we are and what we believe - is shaped by our family of origin and by our early experiences in life. These influences can profoundly affect how we see ourselves and how we view the world. How then would we rewrite those narratives in a way that allows our most authentic selves to shine?  Audio of Sermon

September 17, 2017 
10:30 Service: —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, "Micah and the Second Principle"  Our congregation is a founding member of F.A.I.T.H., a local community action group. F.A.I.T.H.'s method of action is inspired by the biblical prophets Micah and Nehemiah. Let's explore how these prophets of old were calling their people to justice in the same way our Second Principle calls us to work for justice, equity, compassion in our human relationships.  Audio of Sermon


September 3, 2017
10:30 Service: : — Dan Gribbin, “Gatsby and the American Dream”                                             At a time when income disparity seems to have driven America’s politics further to the right than most of us are comfortable with, it seems fitting to consider F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work “The Great Gatsby” (1925), a fascinating tale in which the very rich, the nouveau riche, and the working class end up colliding tragically.  We will also look at “Babylon Revisited” (1931), a short story in which Fitzgerald seems to be recounting the emotional and spiritual impact of his own fall from glittering grace in the Jazz Age.       Audio of presentation     

August 27, 2017
10:30 Service  “It’s Time to Talk about White Supremacy.” --Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey:    I will talk not only about blatant, easy-to-see White Supremacy but also to the more subtle, not-so-obvious structures of our society in which we unwittingly collude with White Supremacy. It may be uncomfortable but I promise that to learn how to challenge the status quo will be to care for your souls because racism, prejudice, and intolerance hurt all of us; the collective freedom and liberation from soul-crushing oppression and hate will benefit us all.  Audio of Sermon 

August 20, 2017 10:30 Service: “The Need for Fallow Fields” --Pastor Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey
Share-the-Plate Offering with Girls on The Run  Audio of Sermon

August 13, 2017
10:30 Service  Susan Garrison, “On Storytelling”        When you set out to be a "teller", it stops being about you. A story about storytelling seems like one way to share what it is like to a carrier of tales. Welcome, all.  Audio of Sermon

 August 6, 2017
10:30 Service: Chester Wilson, “Civic Engagement: Mileposts on My Spiritual Journey” 
We have a civic duty and responsibility to the community we serve, to each other, and to ourselves.  Dr. Wilson will touch on the impact of the services we provide to others and as well as how we can go beyond where we currently are by doing more.
Audio of Sermon
July 30, 2017   10:30 Service: Evan Rivers & Dan Gribbin will coordinate, “Pete Seeger and the Folk Revival”  Pete Seeger contributed to American culture in so many ways that it seems like sacrilege to pin him down to one of his roles.  He influenced our generation as a musician, singer, songwriter, civil rights advocate, environmentalist, and, perhaps above all, teacher.  He taught us how to stand up for a better America, a better world.  We will celebrate his life and legacy in a service led by Evan Rivers and Dan Gribbin.  Audio of Sermon

July 23, 2017 
10:30 Service:  Evan Rivers, Ellen Nielsen, Jon Sandberg, and Others, “Social Justice Through Poetry and Music          ”Since the time of Homer’s Odyssey, poetry has had the power to inspire action. Come enjoy and hopefully, be inspired to work for social justice in our community and in the larger world.   Audio of Sermon

July 16, 2017
10:30 Service:  Cliff Jackson, “Near-life Experiences”  We are all probably aware of near-death experiences, which often have a profound effect on the lives of those involved. They are rare. Far more frequently events happen that have profound effects on our lives. When we live now based events from the past or a projected a future, I call them Near Life Experiences. I'll share how to recognize them and how to deal with them.  Audio of Sermon

 July 9, 2017
10:30 Service:  Dr. William Lazarus, “Adam & Eve: The Story Behind the Myth”    Although the biblical story of Adam and Eve serves as the cornerstone of Western religion and the starting point of human history, it has rarely been examined from linguistic and historical perspectives.  A fresh examination.  Audio of Sermon  

July 2, 2017

10:30 Service: — Ellen Nielsen and others, “From Many, One”                      For the July 4th weekend, our Worship Committee is planning to celebrate our country’s diversity.  Members of our congregation will tell personal or family stories about immigration.  Audio of Sermon

June 25, 2017 
10:30 Service: Jofre Miller "The Essence of Compassion"      Examples and conflicts in compassion. Audio of Sermon

June 18, 2017
10:30 Service:  Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Humor as Transcendence"               Humor, particularly ironic humor can be a conveyance of wisdom and a catalyst for spiritual insight. Join us as we celebrate Father's Day with a few laughs.    Audio of sermon

 June 11, 2017
10:30 Service:—Rev. Scott Alexander, Are You Rich or Poor in Social Capital?  Many commentators believe that the fabric of American social unity–our community connectedness one to another–is becoming increasingly threadbare. This decline is seen as a threat to the health and well-being of not only our local communities but of the nation itself.  Do be with us as we reflect on the 
all important wealth (and richness) created by “social capital” 
Rev. Alexander has served as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, and he will be trading June 11th pulpits duties with our own Rev. Kathy.  Audio of Sermon

June 4, 2017
10:30 Service: Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Work of Play”    
Human beings are made for play and unlike other animals, humans never outgrow their need for play.  Play is the exuberant expression of our being and points us to our true selves.                   Audio of Sermon

 May 28, 2017
10:30 Service:——Ted Mashburn,  "From Fundamentalism to Freedom: How I Changed My Mind”      Dr. Ted Mashburn, professor of philosophy and theology at the University of Mobile, describes his life journey within Christianity: “I’ve known for a long, long time—nearly 45 years—that my views were very different from the tradition that birthed, educated, and now even employs me.”  Dr. Mashburn is making a special trip from Alabama on May 27-28 to share his ideas with us.  Please welcome him with your hospitality.       Audio of Sermon        

 May 21, 2017
10:30 Service:——Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Mixed Blessings”  It has been said that often when we claim to be “blessed” we are actually proclaiming our privilege. How do we distinguish blessings which are unearned and un-asked from those which arise from material wealth and station in life? Also, blessings often arise from sorrow and vice versa. How do we recognize this phenomenon when it happens and how can we stay buoyed in life when the universe seems so indifferent to our pain? Audio of  Sermon

May 14, 2017
10:30 Service:——Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Gaia: Mother of Us All                         With Earth Day and environmental consciousness not far behind us, let’s examine some of the ways in which we revere and revile our Mother Earth and how she nurtures, teaches, and punishes us in our human naiveté.    Audio of Sermon


 May 7, 2017
10:30 Service:——Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Original Blessing”   Matthew Fox, a Dominican Priest, was defrocked in 1993 for claiming that all people are born in Original Blessing, not sin and that all of creation is the original blessing of an immanent God. Perhaps more of a factor in his ex-communication is Fox’s attempt to theologically reconcile science and religion.  Fox’s Creation Spirituality will be the springboard for this month’s worship theme of “Blessing.”  Audio of Sermon  

April 30 2017
10:30 Service:—  Dan Kerr, “Why It’s Important to be a UU Now”   Today we are struck by the question:  Why don’t neighbors live peacefully together without the threat of terrorism, bigotry, hatred, and isolationism?   What can we do about a world in such turmoil?  The answer lies in who we are as Unitarians.  Instead of a sermon this Sunday, our choir will share five readings with the congregation, followed by singing five new anthems, describing the five steps of Unitarian Universalism that can lead us to counter the negative world we live in. Audio of Sermon

April 23, 2017
10:30 Service:—  
 Kurtland Davies, “How to be a More Effective Activist”  Are you spending a lot of time working on social justice or environmental issues but not seeing many results? Feeling   frustrated?  Here are two ideas that may help: 
(1) Know yourself.  (2) Know that there is no enemy.     Audio of Sermon 

 April 16 (Easter Sunday)
10:30 Service:—  — Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, "Rolling Away the Stone"   We humans tend to bury a lot of emotions within ourselves which we deem undesirable such as shame, hurt, bitterness, and envy. Keeping them buried can hurt us. What's in the tomb of our hearts and can we roll away the stone on what in us needs airing?    Audio of Sermon

 April 9 (Palm Sunday)
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Of Palm Fronds and Ashes" The Lenten Season is one of fasting, contemplation, and atonement - all of which says no to a consumerist society. What can we learn from the practice?  Audio of Sermon
Share-the-Plate with F.A.I.T.H.
April 2, 2017
10:30 Service—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Gospel of Thomas"    A look at the non-canonical, enigmatic sayings of Jesus.        Audio of Sermon        

 March 26, 2017
10:30 Service:— Sheila McMahon, Women’s History Month - - -We will celebrate the lives of two women who contributed to bettering the lives of many Americans.        During New York’s 1933 Catholic Worker Movement, Dorothy Day declared "Feed the poor and they call you a saint.  But ask why are the poor not being fed, and they call you a Communist!"       Born in 1858 into a socially prominent Philadelphia family, Katherine Drexel was destined to be a debutante. Instead, she dedicated her life and fortune to the material and spiritual well-being of underprivileged Blacks and Native Americans.   Audio of Service

March 19, 2017
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey:  , “The Stuff of Hope, Part II: The Tragic Gap”   Audio of Sermon                Share the plate with Family Renew. 

March 12, 2017
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey:  , “The Stuff of Hope, Part I: Radical Hope”   Audio of Sermon

Second Sunday with Rev Kathy

March 5, 2017

10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew RickeyIs it possible or even advisable to tell our absolute truth 100% of the time? How much subjectivity is in "the truth"? What do our lies say about ourselves?    Audio of Sermon

 February 26, 2017
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “A Spirit of Resistance”      Resistance will be the first of spiritual values which we will explore in worship and in newly formed Soul Matters groups. Rev Kathy will consider what it means to be a person of resistance.             Audio of Sermon

February 19, 2017—
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “A Hidden Wholeness”                     This is the title of Quaker teacher, Parker Palmer's book on living authentically.  It is the basis for our small group ministry or "Soul Matters" groups which will launch this month.   Audio of Sermon                                           
                                                               SHARE-THE-PLATE— Meals on Wheels   

February 12 ,2017
10:30 Service:— —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, Stewardship Sunday, “Generosity as a Spiritual Practice”   What happens when we give of ourselves from the heart?  What does it mean to give gratuitously?  How might committing Random Acts of Generosity transform us?  Rev. Kathy will explore these questions in connection with spiritual growth.  Audio of sermon        Second Sunday with Rev Kathy

 February 5, 2017
10:30 Service:— —Dr. Chester Wilson, “Achieving Social Justice”                             Dr. Wilson is VP of Quality Assurance for SMA Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. and also Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice for Bethune-Cookman University.  He has been dynamically engaged in the community and also has been active as a trainer and a mentor.    Audio

January 29, 2017
10:30 Service:— Dan Gribbin, “The Blues and the American Spirit”    Gribbin traces the blues from work songs and field hollers through Leadbelly, who was a repository for these songs and who gave white America its first experience with Delta Blues, helping them to connect with the descendants of slaves.  While gospel music inspired African-Americans to endure the hardships, the Blues laid the groundwork for epic social change.   Audio of Sermon

January 22, 2017
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Black American Experience: Bryan Stevenson on Justice & Mercy”
The last in a sermon series trying to understand how African-Americans experience our society - Stevenson, an African American attorney tells his compelling story of saving an innocent man from the death penalty in his book,Just Mercy. In the process, Stevenson uncovers a conspiring political machine attempting to maintain the status quo of oppression for impoverished Black Americans.  Audio of Sermon

January 15, 2017
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Black American Experience: Ta’Nehisi Coates”         Continuing in a sermon series trying to understand how African-Americans experience our society. Coates is an award-winning writer for “The Atlantic.” He wrote the book, Between the World and Me, a very personal account of his attempt to explain to his young son the social liabilities inherent in having a black body.         Audio of sermon 

January 8, 2017
10:30 Service:—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, The Black American Experience: The New Jim Crow”   
First in a sermon series on trying to understand “how African-Americans experience our society; Rev Kathy explores three influential books on structural racism in our country. The series begins with a book by Michelle Alexander titled The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in Age of Colorblindness. Alexander, an African American attorney, provides a clear account of the often-unseen structures of racism which exist in our judicial system.  Note: Alexander’s book is a congregational read which will be discussed from 10 a.m. to noon on three Saturdays, January 14, 21, 28  
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January 1, 2017
10:30 Service:— Harry White and others, “Social Justice Issues for 2017”presented by Ellen Nielsen, Harry White and 
Leslie VanWinkie SukhijaOur congregation will participate with members of our newly revitalized Social Justice Committee, who will share their perspectives on some specific issues that deserve our attention during the new year. Audio of Presenters

December 25, 2016  Christmas Day
10:30 Sermon—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “A Story of Expectation”         Sophia Lyons Fahs, 20th century Unitarian educator said this about the nativity: "Each night a child is born is a holy night." Rev. Kathy will recast the Christmas story as a contemporary one emphasizing the extraordinary that can be found in the ordinary.   Audio of Sermon

 December 24th       Candlelight Christmas Eve service: begins at 5 p.m.

Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey,  A Christmas Truce

 December 18th 2016
10:30 Sermon—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey and Deb Hanson, Intergenerational Service   A Story about Hanukkah

December 11, 2016
10:30 Sermon-  Rev. James Shoopman, “Christmas Spirit or Christmas Madness?”  

While the commercial drive to buy more than we can afford for everyone on our “list” is a kind of madness that can inflict real self-harm, it can also be a celebration of the remarkable human capacity for joyful generosity.  If you must go broke, there are worse ways than by showering those around you with gifts, so long as they are sincere expressions of love and appreciation. 
 Audio of Sermon

December 4, 2016 

 10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Gratitude: A Birth Story”  Rev. Kathy tells the story of the birth of her first child and what broke her heart open to joy and gratitude.    Audio of Sermon    

November 27, 2016
10:30 Service:--
 Rev. David Keck, “Diversity as a Pathway to Depth”                                                                                                        Rev. Keck,  chaplain at Embry-Riddle University, will speak on lessons from his interfaith chaplaincy.  As he explains, conversations with people of very different religious traditions helps us to deepen our own understanding of our personal beliefs.  Learning about another religion respectfully allows us to refine our understanding of why we believe what we believe.
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November 20, 2016
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Making Our Food Visible”                    When we sit down to a meal, what do we really know about it?  Where did those vegetables come from? What methods were used to grow them?  Who harvested them?  Who brought them to market?  And with your pot roast, even more provocative questions arise.   audio of sermon


November 13, 2016
 10:30 Service:—  Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, "Post-Election Blues"        
Once upon a time in our two-party system, there was civility, compromise, and sometimes points of agreement across the aisle on Capitol Hill. Obviously, this is not so today. If
polarization of political values threatens the functioning of our democracy is reconciliation imperative.
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November 6, 2016 

.10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “A Remarkable Journey: The                                                                  Story of a Resistance Fighter”                 As a young adult, I had the privilege of knowing Elisabeth Sevier who, as a teen, joined the French Resistance during World War II.    Audio of Sermon


October 30, 2016 
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, "Choosing the Ancestors”             This is our All Souls Day service where we will honor our family members who have passed on from this life. Pastor Kathy will share stories of her illustrious South Georgia/Florida family and what it means to choose from the ancestors what makes you who you are today.
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October 23, 2016

10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, "Afraid of the Dark”    As we approach the autumnal equinox and Halloween, what better way to celebrate the coming darkness than by exploring the shadow side of the human psyche where there's only one thing to be afraid of . . . ourselves: Booo! 
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 October 16, 2016

10:30 Service:Forough Hosseini, “Giving Back to the Community”             Iranian-American businesswoman Forough Hosseini began the Hosseini Family Foundation to help local underprivileged children stay in school by providing after-school programs that follow students through high school and beyond.  Her many awards for community service include the prestigious Herbert M. Davidson Award for Outstanding Community Service for contributions to education. 

Audio of Presentation 

  October 9, 2016 

 10:30 Service:—Pastor Kathy Tew Rickey, "The Water We Swim In"  

          This service will be dedicated to our annual Water Communion ceremony. Bring a small amount of water which represents a place you've visited or an event which took place over the last year that is especially meaningful to you – your sharing should be not so much a travel log as an opportunity to share from your heart the moments of grace which touch your life.

October 2, 2016
 10:30 Service:—David Williamson, “Keeping Religion out of Government              Why must we keep religion out of our government?    Founder of the Central Florida Freethought Community, David Williamson will discuss the question of religious freedom in the US and even in Volusia County.  CFFC is a local chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which focuses on maintaining the wall of separation between state and church as well as on building a secular community for non-theists.  Ordained by the Humanist Society, David is a Humanist Celebrant, a designation awarded to ambassadors of humanism, individuals who serve as leaders, ceremony officiants, and scholars of humanism.   
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 September 25, 2016
10:30 Service:— September 25th—Pastor Kathy Tew Rickey, “Thus Do We Covenant”     If covenant means promise, what do we promise to each other in this congregation?  To our neighboring UU congregations? To our Association of UU congregations (the UUA)? How does our congregational mission and vision play into that understanding? 

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September 18, 2016
10:30 Service:— Pastor Kathy Tew Rickey, “Making Our Own Days Glad”
The first Universalist minister to preach on American soil was John Murray of the 18th century. He is associated with our first and probably last Unitarian Universalist miracle. Let's hear his story.   Audio of Sermon

September 11, 2016

10:30 Service:— Pastor Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Meaning of Membership”        Would you believe it if I told you that Unitarians were once Puritans? Would you believe that Puritans were concerned first with their community relationships and second with establishing their churches? What does this mean to us today in terms of being members of UUCOB?
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September 4, 2016
10:30 Service:— Dan Gribbin, -- “Grace in the Stories of Flannery O’Connor    ”Flannery O’Connor wrote about the South as she experienced it after World War II.  A devout Catholic who corresponded with some of the leading theological figures of her day, O’Connor used her fiction to explore issues regarding her own faith, and social issues raised by life in the South.  The results are thought-provoking and often hilarious.  This talk traces the Unitarian Universalist concept of the worthiness of all people (universal grace) in two of O’Connor’s best stories, “Revelation” and “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.”

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August 28, 2016
10:30 Service:—Pastor Kathy Tew Rickey, "Bread and Roses"          As we anticipate another Labor Day Weekend of mini-vacations and retail super-sales, let us honor those who have gone before us in fighting for reasonable wages, humane working conditions, and the right to more than just barely making a living.  
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August 21, 2016
10:30 Service:Pastor Kathy Tew Rickey, “Ending Well, Beginning Well"
Our human lives are defined by numerous beginnings and endings, endings and beginnings. Recognizing and honoring life's transitions are good for the psyche yet in our contemporary culture we tend to ignore them. How can we be more cognizant of our own life passages?  Audio of Sermon 

August 14, 2016
10:30 Service:Dr. James Shoopman, "The Persuasive Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s inspirational sermons, intended to bring hope and inspire courage in his immediate audience of African American church members, persuaded large numbers of Americans from all races to support the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Dr. Shoopman is Associate Professor of Humanities and Communication at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, where he teaches Ethics, Comparative Religions and Holocaust Studies, and (like Dr. King) he is an ordained Baptist Minister.   Audio of Sermon

August 7, 2016
10:30  Sermon:—Kurtland Davies, “Opening Our Hearts to Nature”      As human beings, we seem to only save what we love.  We only love what we know intimately.   How do we become intimate with nature?   Kurtland will share ideas about integrating nature into our lives and hearts.  Audio of Sermon

July 31, 2016
10:30 Service:— Linda Kalaydjian, “Animal Intelligence/Animal Rights”      We will hear some of what our own pets, and scientific research subjects, as well as performing and farm animals would surely tell us if they could speak for themselves to impact our food, entertainment and pet purchases.                                           

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July 24, 2016
10:30 Service:—Rev. Joe Wolfe, " My Prison Ministry"                                           
Rev. Wolfe experiences in prison, his escape attempts and years in solitary confinement led him to the five powerful mystical experiences—The Five Signs—that transformed his life.  In this inspiring inside talk with an agnostic’s journey from victim turned victimizer to victor, we journey along with him from skepticism to trust—in the potentiality of each and every individual.

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July 17,2016

10:30 Service:— Susan Garrison, “Our Feathered Friends”   It has been said, that once you really see and know birds, you are never alone.  Through music, meditation, conversation, and a brief message, we will explore the winged and wild world of birds, our relationship with them, and what they can teach us.  Come with an open mind and a willing heart.  You may never look at our feathered friends quite the same way again. 
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 July 10, 2016

10:30 Service:— Dan Gribbin, “Unitarianism & American Transcendentalism”  Save

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July 3, 2016
10:30 Service: “The Original Americans" This unusual “4th of July” service celebrating Native Americans will include our RE children as well as contributions from Marion Ahlstedt and Dan Gribbin as well as Preston and Susan Garrison.

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June 26, 2016
10:30 Service:   Rita Scheeler, “My Story”      It seemed simple, but how wrong could I be!  
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 19, 2016
10:30 Service:  Cliff Jackson, Dennis Alsobrook and Roger Patterson    “ On  Father’s  Day”   Three members of our congregation tell us about fatherhood and its personal meaning for  them.

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June 12, 2016
10:30 Service:  Rev. Lyn Plumb  “Final Blessings”             On this, her last Sunday in this congregation, Rev. Lyn will lift up all the things accomplished this year, and for your whole interim time, and give you some final blessings and things to remember for your future.  
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June 5, 2016
10:30 Service: 
Rev. Lyn Plumb, "A House for  Hope”         Basing her sermon on a recent book by two prominent UU’s, Rev. Lyn will explore just what possibilities might be on the horizon for the future of our denomination in the 21st century.  What is enduring and beneficial to hold onto?  What new attributes and identities might we need to create and hone for ourselves to stay alive and vital.    
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May 30, 2016
10:30 Service:–   “Memorial Day " Rev. Lyn will raise up all the issues that our veterans face after they come home, both from what she herself has seen and what other professionals have documented.  What is the price so many veterans pay and what implications does it have for us all.      Audio of Sermon

May 22,  2016

10:30 Service: Michael Kane -- “Sangha: The Importance of a Supportive Community”    
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May 15,  2016
10:30 Service:  Rev. Lyn Plum    “The Lost Language” (Marketplace sermon)   Topic choice of Bill Ternent                             Audio of Sermon

May 8,  2016
10:30 Service Ministerial Candidate:  Kathryn Tew Rickey  
"Where Have All the Goddesses Gone?" –  In our Western Culture, we are almost devoid of mother archetypes as represented in myths, legends, and stories of the immortal. How does the absence of goddesses in our western psyches affect who we are individually and collectively?
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May 1,  2016
10:30 Service  Ministerial Candidate:  Kathryn Tew Rickey    "Riding Out the White Water" –    Life without rough spots is rare. We know this yet when we see rapids ahead, we often panic and try to do everything we can to avoid riding out the roiling waters. When we enter into rough waters in a state of panic, we are a danger to ourselves and to others who might be sharing a raft with us. How then can we prepare ourselves to navigate the white waters of life?                      Audio of Sermon

 April 24, 201610:30 Service:—  Our Fifth Principle—Celebrating Our Democratic Process"          Let us take some time to affirm and celebrate "the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process" as we prepare to make decisions that will affect our congregation for the next year.  This service will include music by our choir and will be shorter than usual, to allow us to begin our Annual Meeting by 11:30. 

April 17, 2016   
10:30 Service:—  Rev. Lyn Plum and CUUPS—“Celebrating Earth Day"             More than ever, we all need to both celebrate and be involved in the caring of our earth’s health and wellbeing.  Our stalwart CUUPs group will raise our spirits and there will be readings— and singing. Come and be inspirited and renewed in this special Sunday service.


April 10,2016
10:30 Service:
 —  Rev. Lyn Plumb and Search Team— “Preparing for Our ministerial Candidate”  As the time approaches for the arrival of this congregation’s final candidate, how can we best prepare ourselves to be in an open and welcoming mindset, both hopeful and confident, discerning and embracing,  for the congregation’s future?  We’ll have time for a panel discussion on this topic as well. 


April 3, 2016
10:30 Service:— Flower Communion— Please Bring a Flower to Share           Here in Central Florida, spring already is in full bloom, and to celebrate the season, we’ll hold our annual Flower Communion service, led by Ellen Nielsen.  This service will celebrate the life of Norbert Căpek, who founded the Unitarian movement in Czechoslovakia.   It will also include special music by Martha Brandt, Brian Bielick, and Aanya Attri.   Audio of Choir


March 27, 2016
10:30 Service: Rev. Lyn Plumb and Deb Hanson, Easter Intergenerational Service: Let us celebrate this joyous holiday with song and readings, and participatory opportunities that bring together all our generations.

March 20, 2016
10:30 Service:  Rev. Lyn Plumb, “Not Hell but Hope”  Our Universalist founding father, Rev. John Murray, offered the Americans the belief of universal salvation for everyone, and not the possibility of hell.  He believed that hope always rises.  Come learn how the history of his own life and times underscores this idea of focusing on hope and not succumbing to a hell of any kind.
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March 13, 2016
10:30 Service: "Bread & Roses--Celebrating Women's History”       Women from our congregation will collaborate to honor women who inspired         and shaped the women's rights movement in the United States.
A Woman Who Inspired Me by Susan Garrison & Jean Scott

March 6, 2016
10:30 Service: 
 — Rev. Lyn Plumb, “Creating a Healthy Congregation”          What goes into forming and maintaining a healthy, vibrant congregation that all can be proud to call their own beloved community?  Rev. Lyn will “prime the pump,” as it were, to lead into the formal discussion of the various nuances to answering this question that will follow after the service.  All are invited to be there, be heard, and to hear what others have to say on the topic.                        

Audio of Sermon
February 28, 2016
10:30 Service:  —Rev. Lyn Plumb, “The Individual AND the Common Good”
We tend to be a people of individualistic inclinations, or so say many pundits.  What does this inclination mean for the common good of all, of placing the well-being of the whole in highest esteem?  Can we consider how to meld the two into a harmonious whole?  Audio of Sermon

February 21,2016 
10:30 Service:  —Dan Gribbin, “The Meaning of a Life”  We aspire to find meaning in our lives, but what, exactly, are the factors that contribute to a meaningful life for each of us?  To answer that question, I draw upon my own experience of my grandmother's life and upon the life of a man who spent seven years in solitary confinement, where he did discover the direction for a meaningful life.  Viktor Frankl's notion of three approaches to meaning lies at the heart of this talk.  Audio of sermon     

February 14, 2016
10:30 Service:   —Rev. Lyn Plumb, “Where Caring and Love are.”   
                 We will delve into the life and times of Saint Valentine, raising up what the meaning  his life has morphed into, and how it may be pertinent to our concept of love and caring for us personally and collectively today.  
Choir and minister Ubi Caritas               Sermon 

February 7,  2016
10:30 Service:  Rev. Lyn Plumb, “The Pursuit of Happiness”  Just what does this mean, first mentioned in our founding fathers’ Declaration of Independence?  What may it mean for us now, over two hundred years later?  Rev. Lyn will explore various meanings and understandings of this rather elusive but persistent pursuit.   Audio of Sermon 

January 31, 201610:30 Service:– Kurtland Davies, “Beyond Stewardship”   
A call to move back to a time in our history when we were in kinship with each other and nature.     
 Audio of Sermon

January 24, 2016
10:30 Service:  Rev. Lyn Plumb –“Scarcity vs. Abundance”   Do we operate, run our lives, around a concept of scarcity, of fear that there is not enough – of anything – or around a concept of abundance, of openness to all life’s possibilities?   We will ponder these questions.  

Audio of service

January 17, 2016
10:30 Service:  Martin Luther King,Jr. Celebration    The choir will sing three anthems in response to readings by Dr. King on meeting hatred with love, on refusing to allow critics to dictate delays in seeking justice, and on the dream of an America that provides for all of its citizens the opportunity for a life unblighted by the shadow of prejudice.
Audio of Service 
Share the plate:  We share our offering with Second Harvest.     

January 10, 2016 
10:30 Service:   Rev. Lyn Plumb,  “Fierce   Grace”    Present-day spiritual guru Ram Das has coined this term as a way to describe how to deal with difficult times in our lives.  Rev. Lyn will explore how this idea can be helpful for us UU’s when we find ourselves in times of loss, pain and even despair.  
Audio of Sermon  

January 3, 2016
10:30   Service: Rev. Lyn Plumb, “Covenant: From Sinai to Ormond Beach”   The history of the concept of covenant, that is sacred promises, in both Judaic and Christian  traditions can give us insights into what this word has evolved to mean for us UU's today and why it is becoming more and more important for us today."
Audio of sermon

Choir and minister Ubi Caritas               Sermon 

February 28, 2016
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic:
"What is a Liberal Education?".
10:30 Service:  —Rev. Lyn Plumb, “The Individual AND the Common Good”
We tend to be a people of individualistic inclinations, or so say many pundits.  What does this inclination mean for the common good of all, of placing the well-being of the whole in highest esteem?  Can we consider how to meld the two into a harmonious whole?  

Audio of Sermon 

March 6, 2016
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic:"Principles Before Personalities"
10:30 Service: 
 — Rev. Lyn Plumb, “Creating a Healthy Congregation”          What goes into forming and maintaining a healthy, vibrant congregation that all can be proud to call their own beloved community?  Rev. Lyn will “prime the pump,” as it were, to lead into the formal discussion of the various nuances to answering this question that will follow after the service.  All are invited to be there, be heard, and to hear what others have to say on the topic.                        
Audio of Sermon

10:30 Service: —  Rev. Lyn Plumb and Search Team— “Preparing for Our Ministerial Candidate”  As the time approaches for the arrival of this congregation’s final ministerial candidate, how can we best prepare ourselves to be in an open and welcoming mindset, both hopeful and confident, discerning and embracing,  for the congregation’s future?  We’ll have time for a panel discussion on this topic as well.

 December 27, 2015

10:30  Service:  “Looking Back at 2015 --Congregation participates w. Ellen Nielsen   In an informal Quaker-style service, we'll share our best memories of the last year and blow away (literally!) the memories and bad karma we don't want to carry with us into the new year

Thursday, December 24   5 p.m.
 Christmas Eve Service --Congregation participates  Rev. Lyn Plumb

Come to celebrate a UU Christmas of carols, candles, readings and good cheer.  Light refreshments and loving fellowship time will follow the brief service. Audio of Sermon

 December 20, 2015
10:30  Service:  Rev. Lyn Plumb, CUUPS, Deb Hanson, “A Winter Solstice Celebration”   During this intergenerational service, we will learn and lift up ancient, pre-Hebraic traditions celebrated this time of year.  Come and participate in honored rituals, songs and stories all expressing the universal themes of hope in the midst of darkness, joy in the midst of despair. 
  Audio of Sermon 

December 13, 2015
10:30 Service -  Kay Kummerow, “Alfred Adler, the Crucial C’s & Our UU”  The psychological principles of Alfred Adler are soul mates for Unitarian Universalists. Bettner & Lew's Crucial C’s (connect, capable, count & courage) are aspects of Adlerian psychology important for our UU community. 
Audio of Service

 December 6, 2015
10:30 Service - Rev. Lyn Plumb, “Let Us Make No Prisons”   
After the Paris attacks, we again find ourselves endeavoring to extricate truth from  misinformation and misunderstanding, to manage our fear for both ourselves and others and to decide on ways to most effectively deal with the threats, perceived or real, around us.  How can our UU values and principles help us make no narrow “prisons” of our minds during this most disturbing time?
 Audio of sermon

November 29, 2015 

10:30  Service – Rita Scheeler, "LGBT Rights--We're Not Finished Yet"   The Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision was welcome, but many issues remain for the LGBT community.   

November 22, 2015

10:30  Service Rev. Lyn Plumb and Debbie Hanson,“The Guest at Your Table” |
At this Thanksgiving time, we will celebrate an intergenerational service where our children will remain with us in the sanctuary for the whole service and ably assist various adults in introducing the UU Service Committee’s fundraising “Guest at Your Table” program.  Be there to learn about this important social justice program and how you can contribute to it                                               Audio

November 15, 2015 

10:30  Service —Rev. Lyn Plumb,  Civility: Where Art Thou?”    One hears tales where incivility seems to be raising havoc, anger, retaliation and generally ill-feelings in our world today.  Where might it happen even close to home, and more importantly, what can all of us do to strive to be in right relation with each other?       Audio of Sermon 

November 7, 2015      

10:30  Service Pierre Louis, "How to be a Gentleman, When the Rest of the World is Wearing Baggy Pants"     The presentation centers on how to maintain a level a civility, inclusiveness, and respect in today's society.Louis is a decorated US Marine Corps Officer and a Gentleman.  Retiring after a distinguished 21 years in the Marines, he became Youth Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs for over 200 at-risk youth in Daytona Beach. 



November 7, 2015   Service at UUCOB

Pierre Louis, "How to be a Gentleman, When the Rest of the World is Wearing Baggy Pants"    

November 1, 2015

10:30  Service — Rev. Lyn Plumb,   All Souls Day Memorial Service         Let us remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones in our lives the Mexican way, the "Day  of the Dead"— celebrated two days after All Hallows' Eve.  Many people feel this day is more lighthearted, more accepting and more engaging— not somber and heavy.   Rev. Lyn will invite everyone to bring pictures or mementoes of departed loved ones to be put in a place of honor, and during the service, and then to light candles in their memory.   Be prepared for much brightness and even some Spanish singing. 

Audio of Sermon

October 25, 2015
10:30  Service —Rev. Lyn Plumb, “E Pluribus Unum”                                          From many, one.  What exactly has this motto meant both historically and in our present times, as it is found on our dollar bills, and in our government and community circles, including our own congregation?

Audio of Sermon    

October 18, 2015
10:30  Service —Rev. Lyn Plumb, A Sense of Belonging”  

How important is a sense of belonging in life, in your community and in our congregation?  How can we foster it?  Some questions Rev. Lyn will ponder.

       AUDIO of Sermon

Sunday, October 11, 2015 

10:30  Service —Rev. James Shoopman, “Ways of Thinking Ethically” 

A quick tour of influential ethical theory over the centuries – from the classical period to the Enlightenment to talk about Bentham and Kant, and then another leap to the 20th century, when we return to the classics and the religions for a bit of Virtue theory.

Audio of Sermon

Sunday, October 4, 2015

10:30 Service:—Congregation Participates Water Communion

Many of our members are returning from their summer travels, and this service welcomes them home.  Please bring water you have collected on your travels, or water that represents your travels, or water that is precious to you in some way, even if you’ve stayed at home this summer.


September 27, 2015 

10:30 Service:Rev. Lyn Plumb, “Pilgrimage to the Wise”

Come hear some insights, and hopefully some wisdom, I gleaned from my pilgrimage to Israel this past year.   A land both millennia years old and mere decades young in our modern times, Israel is both intriguing and mystifying, wondrous, and fragile. Audio

 September 20, 2015
10:30 Service:   Rev. Lyn Plumb,  “At – One- Ment"  

In honor of the Jewish High Holidays, Rev. Lyn will emphasize all the myriad meanings and insights for our own lives that the Jewish Yom Kippur, or day of making atonement and asking forgiveness for our transgressions, can offer to us.Audio

September 13, 2015

10:30 Service: Rev. Lyn Plumb, “The Power Beyond Measure”   

As I, Rev. Lyn, and you, beloved congregation, begin our time together, let us ponder the uses of power, both for the good and otherwise, and how we may view ourselves as having an awesome “power beyond measure.”Audio

September 6, 2015

10:30 Service: Congregation participates, “The Best Job I Ever Had”    

In honor of Labor Day, we’ll celebrate work and the role it plays in our lives.  Our four speakers include Rita Scheeler, Terry Terranera, Amanda Attri, and Jofre Miller with special music from Dan Gribbin and Bruce Nelson.  Audio

August 30, 2015      George Griffin, “The ACLU: Its Role and Relevance”      

A founding member of the Volusia/Flagler chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), George Griffin has been president of the organization for many years.  He and his wife Davie have been involved with civil liberty projects in our area, including efforts to restore civil rights to over a million disenfranchised Floridians.        Audio

August 23, 2015   Bill Lazarus, “Who’s Afraid of the Anti-Christ?” 

Almost every famous person in history has been labeled the anti-Christ, a concept mired in mysticism and mythology for millennia.  This presentation will finally shred the mystique and end the confusion. 


 August 16, 2015 :  Rita Scheeler, “The Four Agreements”   

The Four Agreements, by Dr. Miguel Ruiz, takes us back thousands of years to Mexico’s ancient civilization.   The Toltec people were scientists and artists who explored spiritual knowledge.  Ancient Toltec wisdom offers us today a practical code of conduct that can help us live our lives with unconditional love, gratitude, and respect, for ourselves and for others. 


August 9, 2015  Celebration of Our RE Children Program

The program will emphasize music as a potential inspiration throughout our lives. Mother Debbie Hanson and daughter Michelle will provide our music for this special Sunday. 


August 2, 2015  Congregation participates in the Flower Communion 

 The Flower Communion is an honored UU tradition, originally created in the 1930s by Rev. Norbert Capek         for his Unitarian congregation in Prague, Czechoslovakia.   Capek later died at the hands of the Nazis in 1942.              The annual ritual celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community.


July 26, 2015  Sheila McMahon--"My Family Story"   

Sheila McMahon will tell us about her struggles growing up as an Irish Catholic in New York City, giving credit to the grandmothers, teachers and others  who helped her find her way through life. 


July 19, 2015
Judy Evers --- “Guardian ad Litem Volunteers”  

Judy Evers, from the Florida GAL program, will explain how volunteer guardians ad litem advocate for abused and neglected children in the family court system.

July 12, 2015
Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “A Question Box Sermon”

Rev. Roshaven will answer questions submitted the morning of July 12th. If you have a question about some topic that he hasn’t addressed before or would like him to amplify on something he said earlier, this is your last chance as it is his last Sunday in our pulpit.  

July 5, 2015  — Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “Reclaiming Our Democracy”

Sam Daley-Harris, author of Reclaiming Our Democracy, has helped ordinary citizens save millions of lives through Results, an advocacy organization he created.  In 1990, Results generated 90 editorials and played a pivotal role in tripling our government’s investment in the child survival fund from $25 million to $75 million. With continued work, the fund has grown to $600 million annually.   Now those are results!   Most people see working to end global poverty and ensure a stable climate as a fool’s errand.  Learn how Sam Daley-Harris has helped thousands of ordinary citizens to move from despair to effective action.                                                Audio       



June 28— Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “God, a Biography”   


Jack Miles, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book, God, a Biography, invites us to reflect on the uniqueness of the God found in the Tanakh, the Jewish scriptures.  God as revealed in the scripture is difficult to know. He has no past.  He doesn't talk to himself but only to humankind.  Aside from the account of creation, there are no stories of God acting by himself.  God's only way of pursuing an interest is by interacting with humankind. Again and again, God seems displeased, but sometimes it seems that it is only through being surprised that he can learn what it is he does want.  One scholar suggests that God is like a director of a play whose actors never seem to get it right. He is frustrated with them but doesn't seem to know beforehand what getting it right would look like.  Finally, the actors seem to stumble into the right way, and God is satisfied, at least for the moment.  One might imagine that the point of the play is for humankind to become the image of God 

   Audio of sermon                  Written Version 

June 21—Father’s Day Participatory Service

The service will be a look at fathers and fatherhood from the perspectives of four of our members. 

Audio of Participants  Renny Roker, Carolyn West, Aman Sukhija & Bob Palmer


June 14, 2015 ----Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “Be the Change You Want to See"                  


“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the of the world change towards him. . . .  We need not wait to see what others do.”  – Gandhi


Audio of Sermon

June 7, 2015—Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, "The  Larger Circle"                                      

I believe we live and move in a system so vast that it is beyond imagining, let alone understanding. The connections that caused the universe to come into being and later enabled our distant ancestors in the web of life to move from single cells to multi-cellular creatures, to move from the sea to the land, to move from walking on all fours to creatures with opposable thumbs who are capable of foreseeing one’s death were woven on a loom whose warp is all time and whose woof is all space.

Audio of Sermon




 May 31, 2015

  Service: --Dan Gribbin  “What Constitutes Our Community?”

 Robert Putman’s study Our Kids: the American Dream in Crisis documents the effects of “the neglect of the commons” –the lack of citizen engagement in our civic life.  When children, especially from low income families, lack mentors and guidance, they are especially vulnerable, and our society as a whole will suffer.


May 24, 2015    

Rev. Craig C. Roshaven:  Looking Forward. What’s next?  Last Sunday’s vote on Rev. LaGrave was difficult in many ways. How do we as a congregation respond to it? What are we called to do at this time?    


May 17, 2015

Service: May 17 – Rev. Michelle La Grave "Call Me Beloved”  

Reflections on a week journeying into the heart and spirit of a community.


 May 10, 2015

Service: --- Rev. Michelle LaGrave  "And Be Holy"- 

What role might the Hebrew scriptures or the Christian Bible play in contemporary Unitarian Universalism?  A metaphorical look...


 May 3, 2015

 Service:— Rev. Craig C. Roshaven: A Leap of the Imagination.  

America is a leap of the imagination. From its beginning people have had only a persistent idea of what a good country should be….The truth is, it always has been a bit of a guess. No one has ever known for sure whether a country based on such an idea is really possible, but again and again we have leaped toward the idea and hoped.”" –Ian Frazier


April 26, 2015 -  

 Service April 26— Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “The Faith of the Free”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The equality of all men, not just the men of this new nation, but all men was a heady thing to assert in 1776. The Declaration was not just a Declaration of Independence but a declaration of faith—faith in humanity.


April 19, 2015

10:30 Service:  Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “The Grace of Gratefulness” 

There are two meanings of grace, one ordinary and the other theological.  In an ordinary context, grace means beauty or charm of form or expression or movement. In a theological context it means unmerited favor, a divine inspiration or divine influence acting in one to make one pure and strong.  Or the condition of a person thus influenced as alluded to in Leonard Cohen’s song Suzanne:  “And you want to travel with her and you want to travel blind and you know that you can trust her for she's touched your perfect body with her mind.” Sounds like grace to me.

Audio of Sermon


April 12, 2015 

10:30 Service: Christina Ryter, “Putting an End to Sex Trafficking” 
Cristina Ryder is an ESOL teacher who has been working in Thailand to combat the child sex trade. Back in the US for a few weeks, Cristina is addressing groups such as ours to raise awareness about this problem.  

 Audio of Sermon

 April 5, 2015

10:30 Service: — Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, Easter Sunday—“I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel To Be Free”

By all accounts, Jesus was remarkably free. His freedom enabled him to do the opposite of what was expected:  He had a wandering ministry tied to no one place; he sat down to eat with tax collectors; he healed on the Sabbath; he asked a Samaritan woman for water; and he overturned the tables of merchants in the Temple.

Audio of Sermon:

March 29, 2015

10:30 Service — Rev. James Shoopman, “The Quality of Heroes: Biblical vs. Greco-Roman”      

 Our modern conception of heroism seems to be a combination of the qualities of heroes whose stories appear in the Bible and in Greek and Roman texts.  

  Audio of Sermon     

March 22, 2015

10:30 Service — Dan Kerr, “Where Am I and How Did I Get Here?”

 Reflections on a journey—from a devout practicing Catholic for five decades to an active Unitarian.  Some remarkable changes in values and beliefs have led to a number of spiritual revelations.     

Audio of Sermon

March 15, 2015

10:30 Service — Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “The Meaning of Worship”

Audio of Sermon      

March 8, 2015

10:30 Service — Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “Selma, Lord, Selma” 

On March 7, 1965, six hundred unarmed African-American marchers attempted to begin a fifty mile march from Selma to Montgomery.  Alabama state troopers and county sheriff deputies viciously attacked them with billy clubs and tear gas. Fifty years later, we will commemorate the courage and resolve of those marchers and the ones who followed.  The sermon title is from Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil-Rights Days.   

Audio of Sermon

 March 1, 2015 

10:30 Service — Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “The Gospel of Jesus”  

What was the Gospel, the Good News that Jesus proclaimed?  Could it have any relevance to our lives today? 

Audio of sermon

February 22, 2015 

10:30 Service — Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “Science and Spirituality”

Do science and spirituality intersect?  If so, how and where? Just as important may be the question:  where are they separate? 
Audio of Sermon

February 15, 2015  

10:30 Service — Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “What is Marriage For?” 

It’s wonderful that marriage is now an option for almost all of us. But some of us, especially those of us who have been married before and are now single, are reluctant to get married in the first place. They question the value and the purpose of marriage.  What is marriage for?    
Audio of Sermon

February 8, 2015  

Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “Spiritual but not Religious?” 

A comment I’ve heard more than once during the recent discussions about possibly changing our name is “I don’t want anything in our name that sounds religious.”  Religion, sometimes deservedly so, has been getting a bad rap for some time now. An increasing number of people consider themselves to be “spiritual but not religious.” What does it mean to be Religious? 

Audio of Sermon

Emerson Divinity School Address

Rev. Lillian Daniel’s Huffington Post article: Spiritual But Not Religious? Please Stop Boring Me.

February 1, 2015

Rev. Michael Dowd, “Ecology is the New Theology”

The Rev. Michael Dowd is an evolutionary theologian, bestselling author, and evangelist for Big History and an honorable relationship to the future. He and his wife, Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer and evolutionary educator, permanently travel North America.

Audio of sermon

January 25, 2015—Dr. Bruce Bromley, “The Reconnection” 

As described in a book by Dr. Eric Pearl, reconnection involves the dynamics of healing others and healing yourself.   Through a career involving teaching, research and clinical services, Dr. Bromley has come to realize the value of reconnective healing and of putting Dr. Pearl’s ideas into practice. 

Audio of service

January 18, 2015— Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “Black Lives Matter” 

 I’ve come to believe that our criminal justice system systematically treats black men as if they had little worth and aren’t worthy of respect.  All across the country men and women have arrived at a similar conclusion and are marching, organizing, and speaking out in opposition to our system of injustice. 

Audio of Sermon

January 11, 2015— Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “Science as a Moral Pursuit”

Science is a moral pursuit. “…its emphasis on truth-seeking, impartiality and rationality privileges collective well-being above all else.”  Piercarlo Valdesolo

Audio of Sermon

“Tell Me a Story” is a 3 min. excerpt from a Radiolab podcast from Krulwich’s 2008     Commencent Speech at Caltech. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015—Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “Sharing Hopes and Dreams for 2015”         A participatory service: members share their goals, hopes, and dreams for the coming year

Audio of Sermon    


December 28, 2014 –Richard Peppers, “When Words Speak Louder than Actions”

The right word in a tense, potentially unpleasant situation can alter the situation.  Simply saying the words of thanks, of love, and of forgiveness can transform an end- of-life situation, overcoming the effects of hurtful actions earlier in life.  Words matter, as emphasized by Dr. Byock in his book The Four Things That Matter Most which helped to inspire this presentation. 
Audio of  Presentation

December 21, 2014-- Rev. Craig C. Roshaven,  “The Hopes and Fears of All the Years”  

 “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee  tonight” This is from the popular Christmas carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” composed by George Brooks, an Episcopalian Priest, in 1865. What are your hopes and fears this year?  
 Audio of Sermon

December 14, 2014 –Rev. Craig C. Roshaven,  “The Spirit of Wisdom”          

“I called on God and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her to scepters and thrones, and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her.  All good things came to me along with her, and in her hands uncounted wealth.”  - Song of Solomon 
Audio of Sermon

December 7, 2014— Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “Can Your Faith Save You?”

Can your faith—not Unitarian Universalism—but your faith, save you?  Being part of a religious community can help one develop such a faith, but it isn’t sufficient. Just being a member, even an active member, isn’t enough. Such a faith doesn’t just happen. You don’t catch it like a cold. It has to be nurtured and guarded. It requires attention.  It requires effort. 

Audio of sermon.

November 30, 2014
“Extra Grace Required”  -- Rev. Craig Roshaven

The holiday season is upon us. We all love our families.  We want to love our brothers and sisters, respect our parents, and cherish our children.  But some people, even or perhaps even especially, those in our own families, can be difficult to love. With such people it might be said that a measure of extra grace is required. 

Audio of Sermon

Reading resources For "Extra Grace Required" from Rev. Roshaven

 November 23, 2014
“Beyond Categorical Thinking”  --Rev. Mary Johnson  

Beyond Categorical Thinking is a highly recommended part of the ministerial search process. In finding the person who would be the best match for our minister, we could potentially overlook or let biases keep us from finding the best individual. 

Audio of sermon

November 16, 2014
“Transgender Awareness”  --Rita Scheeler & Robyn Kelly  
On November 16th we will be celebrating Transgender Awareness Week.  This week leads up to the Day of Remembrance that memorizes those who have lost their lives due to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.   Robin Kelly and Rita Scheeler will talk about the lives of Trans community members from young to old.

Audio of sermon

November 9, 2014
“More Like Us”  --Rev. Craig Roshaven  

During the late 1980’s when our trade deficit with Japan was growing larger every year, many believed that America would inevitably decline in the face of superior Japanese practices.  Jared Taylor grew up in Japan as a missionary’s son, fluent in Japanese. He tells of a conversation with another American Japan-hand, who  marveled at how much the Japan had wrought in so short a time.  “Do you think we need to be more like the Japanese?” Taylor asked.  “Hell, no,” his friend replied.  “We need to be more like us.” 
          Audio of sermon 

 November 2, 2014
“All Souls Day: As We Remember Them”  --Rev. Craig C. Roshaven   

On this All Souls Day we will remember our loved ones and others who have gone before.  We will invite everyone to light a candle and speak the name or names of those they wish to remember. “So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.” –Roland B. Gittlesohn  
          Audio of sermon 

October 26,2014
 “A Place at the Table”  --Rev. Craig Roshaven 
Everyone deserves a place at the table.  Unfortunately our fears and stereotypes act to prevent some people from taking their rightful place.  If we are to truly welcome everyone we must have the courage to admit, to ourselves at least, that our hearts often lag behind our heads.
            Audio of sermon

 October 19, 2014
“A Faithful Response to Global Climate Change”      --Rev. Craig Roshaven
Human activity is changing climates all around the world. Changes in climates threaten the lives and livelihood of people all over the world.
           Audio of sermon 

 October 12, 2014
“Where is your Jerusalem?” --Rev. Craig Roshaven 

Jerusalem is all the rationalizations we make, all the “if onlys” all the “laters” we promise to our children which never seem to come, all the “when I get around to its” that we always seem to be promising to ourselves and others.  To enter Jerusalem is to follow the nagging voice of conscience, to resist turning your head and pretending not to see, to not let yourself off the hook by telling yourself nothing you could do would make a difference anyway. Where is your Jerusalem?
           Audio of sermon 

October 5, 2014
“Dance Like Nobody’s Watching” --Rev. Craig Roshaven  
          Audio of sermon 

Sept. 28, 2014
Rev. Troy Ray “Homeless Services in Our Area”    
          Audio of sermon 

September 21, 2014 Rev. Craig Roshaven   “The Spiritual Discipline Against Resentment" 
      Audio of Sermon 

September 14, 2014 
Rev. Craig Roshaven -         “If Religion Is the Answer, What Is the Question?”

September 7, 2014  
“Special Tribute to Pete Seeger”  --Rev. Craig Roshaven, Dan Gribbin, and  Evan Rivers
    Audio of tribute     


 August 31, 2014

 Mark Lane, “Starting from Here: Florida from Daytona Beach”   

Award-winning Daytona Beach News-Journal columnist gives his take on recent events in Florida politics and culture, all   with a humorous twist.  

Audio of Sermon 

 August 24, 2014 

Cathy Giordano, “Motto for Life"                               

Deconstructing Happiness: The 15 Rules of Happiness -- A review of philosophy, science, literature, and the wisdom of famous people on the subject of happiness distilled into 15 rules.”  

Audio of Sermon   by Cathy Giordano 

August 17, 2014  

 Cliff Jackson, “Unsung Heroes”                                  
The importance of "the beloved community" and ways to build it in our  church and in the world

Audio of presentation    Unsung Heroes

August 10, 2014 — “Why I Come to UU”

Four of our UU members, Amanda Attri, Pat Maden, Jenny Nazak, and Tim Wixted, will participate in the service, giving their special insights into the value of UU to them personally.     

Audio of Sermon    Why I Come to UU

August 3, 2014

 Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, “Why Church?” 
Some people question the need for churches.  They ask “What       difference do  we hope to make?” My answer is “All the difference in the world.” 

    Audio of sermon              

 July 27, 2014 – “Are you ready to embrace your Brothers and                                      Sisters”            Renny Roker

 Audio of sermon 

July 20, 2014

10:30 Service:  Dan Gribbin   “Our Spiritual Self-Esteem”                                                 Share the Plate with Halifax Urban Ministries                

 Audio for July 20 service:

July 13, 2014 –“Independence Day and Religious Freedom”      --Bill Lazarus  

Bill has written 14 books related to religious history.  He has been teaching English to international students at  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  

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July 6, 2014 – “What Patriotism Means to Me”     --Congregation participates 

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June 29, 2014
10:30 Worship: Reverend Craig C. Roshaven "Upside and Downside of Getting Older"

Gail Sheehy wrote her 1976 book Passages when she was in her 30’s. She had difficulty then imagining life after the age of 50.  However, herself now well over age 50, she has revised her sense of the stages of life.

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 June 22, 2014
The Value of Volunteering
Doug Hall  

Volunteering and a willing attitude can lead to positive discoveries about yourself and the world around you.  Blinded at 8-year-old, Doug retired after 29 years at the Dept. of Education; he’s now a full-time volunteer. 

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June 15, 2014
Gifts of Our Fathers - Our Participatory Service.
 Reverend Craig C. Roshaven  

What did your father tell you, that has stayed with you throughout your life? Was there a lesson from him, a story, or a moment that helped to make you who you are? Join us as three members of the Society share stories about some of the gifts they received from their fathers. 

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June 8, 2014

    May Your Pillow Catch Fire       
 Reverend Scott Alexander

One of the most important spiritual (and ethical) possessions any human being can have is active empathy for others.  This has been confirmed by the social scientists who study altruism and compassion, especially the work of Dr. Samuel Oliner, an amazing holocaust survivor.  

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June 1, 2014
The Tooth that Nibbles at the Soul 
Rev. Craig C. Roshaven,

Emily Dickinson’s poem # 501 ends with this line: “How do you seek to still the Tooth that nibbles at your soul?” 

Audio:   The Tooth that Nibbles at the Soul

May 25, 2014

Walking the Camino of Santiago de Compostela
Dr. Casey Blanton

For centuries, pilgrims have walked “The Way” following in the footsteps of the Apostle St. James across northern Spain.  Dr.  Blanton, author and retired humanities professor from Daytona State College, will reflect on her two summers spent walking “the Camino.” 

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May 18, 2014
Robert Frost through UU Eyes
Doug Worthington 

Through examining  three of Frost’s poem, Doug  Worthington will touch on the challenges of being a UU, on spirituality and Pantheism, on the nourishment of our Sunday mornings together, and on the challenges of doing more than just talking about social justice. 

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May 11, 2014
Mama’s Day – a Mother’s Day for the Rest of Us
Rev. Craig C. Roshaven                    

Mother’s Day was originally founded as an antiwar rallying cry by Unitarian Julia Ward Howe. Mother’s Day can be more than a day for flowers and breakfast in bed. With “Mama’s Day”, we hear a call to honor all those who mother, especially those who bear the brunt of hurtful polices or who are weighed down by stigma in our culture.
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May 4, 2014
I Have Been to the Mountaintop (and No One Was There)
Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, 

 Imagine we are living in Greece during the time when everyone knew the Gods live on Mount Olympus.  But what would happen if one of us managed to climb Mount Olympus and discovered that there were no Gods? 
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April 27, 2014
Earth Day Celebration
Kurtland Davies and the Green Team

Since the first Earth Day in 1970, celebrations have promoted environmental awareness and respect for life on our planet. Our Green Team presentation will focus on personal transformation in connection with nature. 
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April 20, 2014
The Miracle of Easter
 Rev. Craig C. Roshaven

The miracle of Easter is that so many of us still believe, despite the horrors of history, despite the crucifixion, that the power of God’s love can be made manifest here and now and that nothing can stop its unfolding

April 13, 2014
A Sense of the Holy
 Rev. Craig C. Roshaven

Despite the real diversity that exists in our congregations, there is a center to our faith that bindsus together. What, then, is this center? In 1995, a convocation of Unitarian Universalist ministers answered this question:
“The enduring center of our faith is a profound sense of the holy and a critical trust in the power of reason.”

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April 6, 2014

Celebrating Our Community:  The Flower Communion 
Rev. Craig C. Roshaven

The Flower Communion Service was created by the Rev. Norbert Capek in Prague,Czechoslovakia. All areinvited to bring a flower and place it in a vase, signifying your choice to join with others in the community.  

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March 30, 2014
The New Jim Crow 
Rev. Craig C. Roshaven

"Now and then, a book comes along that might, in time, touch the public and educate social commentators, policymakers, and politicians about a glaring wrong that we have been living with, that we also somehow don't know how to face. the New Jim such a book" - The New York Review of Books

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 March 23, 2014
Has Anything Become Clear to You? 
Rev. Marni Harmony

 In this time of transition there's always a lot of waiting and uncertainty. We'll focus on the importance of waiting well and creatively. Rev. Harmony is the UUA Ministerial Settlement Representative assigned to our congregation during our upcoming search process for a settled Unitarian Universalist minister.  

Audio: Has Anything Become Clear to You?

March 16, 2014
Lessons From the Holocaust

Rev. James Shoopman 

Dr. Shoopman is Assistant Professor of Humanities, Ethics, and Comparative Religion at Embry-Riddle University. His undergraduate degree is from Stetson University, his M. Div. from New Orleans Seminary , and his Ph.D. in Humanities and Religious studies from Florida State University.  

Audio:  Lessons from the Holocaust

March 9, 2014

Taking the War Out of Glamour 
Rev. Craig C. Roshaven

In considering how difficult it is to stop the irrationality of war, William James wrote,"the Military party denies neither the bestiality nor the horror, nor the expense; It only says that these things tell but half the story. It only says that war is worth them. So long as antimilitarists moral equivalent of war...they fail to realize the full inwardness of the situation." In today's sermon, we shall attempt to realize the full inwardness of war in an effort to stop it.

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March 2, 2014

Just Imagine 
Rev. Craig C. Roshaven

We can believe in our message of hope, the dignity of every person, and the potential of the free human spirit but unless it is held up by stewardship it simply won't be expressed. Stewardship requires that we give more than a token pledge. Stewardship requires us to reflect on what we might have to give up in order to support our vision of the congregation we can be. Stewardship requires that we commit our treasure as well as our hearts.

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February 23, 2014
The Meaning of the Covenant
Rev. Craig C. Roshaven

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 February 16,2014
A Vision of Justice
 Rev. Craig C. Roshaven

True of compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar.  It comes to me that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring." the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Audio: A Vision of Justice

February 9, 2014
Love and Marriage 
Rev. Craig C. Roshaven

We have assembled here to be witnesses to the marriage of this couple here standing. We celebrate with them the binding of their love and friendship with spoken words and the giving of symbols, for this is the ancient and hallowed custom of humankind.

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February 2, 2014
Spiritual Teachings of Earth Centered Tradition 
Rev. Craig C. Roshaven

In 1995, a sixth source was added to the Principles and Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association. It states that the living tradition shared by UUs draws from "Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.”

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