Sermons and Messages

Every week our ministers and guest speakers wrestle with important issues of life and death, faith, hope, and love. Though All Souls is active year round, from September through May, our congregation is organized around nine theological themes. 

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Upcoming Sermons, Services, and Talks

November  |  Seeking God/Source

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Christians and Pagans
Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar
10:00 a.m. Traditional Service
11:30 a.m. The Point, Humanist Hour

“The Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table, Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able, Lighting trees in darkness, learning new ways from the old, and Making sense of history and drawing warmth out of the cold.” —lyric from Dar Williams' "The Christians and the Pagans," Mortal City album, 1996  

This lyric reminds me of the underlying unity that is the spirit of All Souls. We can we find common ground across our religious differences in ways that make the holidays a time of connection and love rather than separation and judgement. Rick Fortner will accompany my message with his version of Dar Williams song, The Christians and the Pagans.  


Shaping Change 
Rev. Yadenee Hailu
11:30 a.m. Contemporary Service

Octavia Butler, an accomplished and prophetic back, queer, American, science fiction writer proposed in one trilogy, god is change. And change is inevitable. From marginalized communities and people we have the vital opportunity to learn and remember skills of resilience, transformation, and healing to not only survive but shape change. Our power and hope is in how we practice shaping it towards our values rooted in liberation. 


Monthly Themes

Though All Souls is active year round, from September through May, our congregation is organized around nine theological themes.

These themes provide a shared focus, giving our congregation the opportunity to gain greater clarity, meaning, and depth. Seriously engaging in these themes could transform your life!

Go deeper with our three year cycle of themes:

  1. Don’t miss your favorite service on the First Sunday of each month. A minister will introduce the theme. Additional services throughout the month may deal with different aspects of the theme as do our weekly Children's Chapel services and Children's and Youth programs.
  2. Attend our adult programming classes and events, Wednesday ConnectionsOnce a month our ministers hold a "Theme Talk" where they will offer their insights into to the theme and invite conversation.
  3. Check out All Souls exclusive blog, Engage in religiously liberal content curated from the heartland.  

Check out the UUA's article, Monthly Themes Help the Congregation Go Deeper about All Souls.