“Better Angels” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
The congregation voted to hear this “Golden Oldie” again (previously shared in June of 2013).
It is always easy to despair of the present age, which consistently appears corrupt and degenerate beyond any previous time. And yet, if some historical observers are to be believed, our inherent near-sightedness may be making us oblivious to genuine progress, and needlessly discouraged about the possibility of improvement in the human condition. There is good news to be taken into account, which this sermon invites us to consider.
“Of Miracles” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
All the classical secular Christmas stories of our culture have to do with miracles, when that term is properly understood. Today we celebrate the holiday season as a time of transformation of the human spirit. We will share flowers of joy and concern.
“Crown of Light: Solstice Celebration for All Ages” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
Today we celebrate the wheel of the year, and the powers of women, grain, cats, and the returning light, with the legend of Santa Lucia. We will also celebrate generosity by bringing gloves, hats and scarves for our Mitten Tree, and the Choir and Children’s Choir will sing. The young ladies of the religious education program are invited to wear white tops — blouses, tee shirts, or turtlenecks will all work — to facilitate their participation in the pageant.
“Unitarian Universalism Made Real” with Shawna Foster
We value ourselves as a people that prove our religion through action.
Join human rights activist and former intern minister, Shawna Foster,
as she reveals how we are making ourselves real in this world by
creating ever-lasting peace. Find out how Unitarian Universalism is an
answer beyond the extremes of pacifism and war, and how you are a part of this
“Annual Bread-Sharing” with Barbara Griggs
On this Sunday, at the beginning of the traditional holiday season, join us for the annual bread-sharing service, celebrating the joy of sharing and caring for each other and the larger world. This intergenerational service will reflect on some of the teachings of Universalist writer Louisa May Alcott.
“Offering Thanks” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
The practice of gratitude is an important component of human wholeness; how do the mythologies of both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving serve to remind us of this important truth, and call us to celebrate our communities of memory and promise?
“Sharing the Flame” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
Both ideals and communities must be shared if they are to remain alive. Today we honor the young people who have become our newest chalice lighters, welcome with rejoicing those who have recently become members of All Souls, and celebrate the growth of our teen Coming of Age class. The choir will sing.
“A House of the Holy” with Rev. Thom Belote
A church is both a home of the human and a house of the holy; this service will focus on the latter part of this saying. Rev. Thom Belote, minister of our neighbor UU Church, will explore ways in which the church can afford us a new understanding and an experience of the holy, as well as ways of approaching the church that cut us off from the holy. This Sunday Rev. Kendyl will be in the pulpit at the Shawnee Mission UU Church.
“Requiem” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons and the All Souls Choir, directed by Anthony Edwards
The Dia de los Muertos as it is celebrated in Mexican cities concludes with the music of a traditional solemn requiem at the Cathedral. The All Souls choir has put great effort into one of the modern era’s most lovely pieces, the Requiem by John Rutter. We will begin with a reflection on the tender connection that persists between the living and the departed, and then lift our hearts into the beauty of music.
“The Flame of Heresy” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
460 years ago on this day, Miguel Serveto Conesa Reves Villanueva was executed by burning at the stake in Geneva, Switzerland, for the crime of writing and publishing a book of heresy. Michael Servetus, as he is more commonly known to us today, is widely regarded as one of the founders of Unitarianism. What, if anything, still connects our 21st century movement to his fatal ideas?