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

October  |  Overcoming Evil

Sunday, October 20, 2019

"The Importance of Being an Emotional Person"
10:00 a.m. Traditional Service

Rev. Barbara Prose
Preached by Rev. John Wolf at his church in Meadville, PA

We need more anger.  We need more hate today.” The Rev Dr. John Wolf continued, We need more emotion today …. anger, hate, sympathy, love, compassion, and religious fervor.” 
What was Rev. Wolf referring to?  And why would he say such things? Join me for the next Throwback Sunday and hear a good word about human emotions. Certainly, it is the excess of emotion in religions and politics that brought many of us to All Souls, but a lack of emotion just as easily leads to evil, as an excess. As Artificial Intelligence (AI) creeps its way into our lives, let’s hear what Rev. Wolf had to say about being an emotional person and listen for its relevance in our lives today.     


"Bring More Happiness Into Your Life "
11:30 a.m. The Point, Humanist Hour

Victor Parachin, Guest Speaker

The Buddha spoke a great deal about happiness emphasizing that all beings are entitled to happiness. His teachings outline "user friendly" ways to cultivate happiness on a daily basis. 


11:30 a.m. Contemporary Service

Mariela Pérez-Simons, Intern Minister

Experiences of awe make us stop. They leave us spellbound and “captivated,” like being apprehended in the most delicious way. But what is awe? Awe is an emotional response, a feeling that arises from being in the presence of something larger than the self; something so much more expansive than our understanding; it’s mind-shattering in a way… And having our minds blown like that has many benefits, for our spirit, for our health, and for our community; come learn more. It’s going to be Awe-mazing!!!


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.