Worship

Each day, we face the mysteries and the possibilities of our human existence.  A good worship service confronts those same realities, providing a vocabulary and a living example for how to respond to our human condition:  lament, celebrate, receive and carry forth.  Worship both reflects and shapes our lives.

Worship at its best connects with our whole being: head, heart and spirit.  It evokes our deepest feelings and places them in the context of our highest ideals.  It engages our curiosity and our compassion, our intellect and our emotion.  By combining music and art, movement, silence and the spoken word, worship connects us with each other and with that which we consider holy.

As the centerpiece of our gathered community, worship demonstrates who we are and how we wish to be in the world.  It is therefore important to include our children in our services, at least periodically.  It is also important to include lay voices in each service, from the pulpit and in the pews.  Worship is a place for beauty to blossom in the world, visually, musically and spiritually.

“Thank you for the small miracles you have fostered in my life through your sermons.  Each one is a gift.  Each one sparks joy in me.”
–Stephanie, CCUU

For examples of my sermons, please select “Sermons” from the “So May We Categorize” drop-down menu, at the middle right.

Experience:

As of October, 2012, I have delivered approximately 300 distinct sermons, in approximately 400 worship services (often conducting the same basic service twice or thrice in a weekend, and re-using some sermons in multiple services) in 43 venues in eight states (all UU-affiliated except Suttons Bay Congregational):

All Souls Community Church, in Grand Rapids, MI (10, 2005, seven in summer 2005, 2006, 2008)

Benzie County UUs in Honor, Michigan [satellite of UUCGT] (8, 2006-2009)

Berrien UU Fellowship, in St. Joseph, MI  (9, 19 September 2004 – 08 May 2005)

Beverly Unitarian Church, in Beverly, IL  (1, 23 January 2005)

Bradford Community Church UU, in Kenosha, WI  (1, 13 November 2005)

Countryside Church UU, in Palatine, IL  (7,  23 October 2005 – 30 July 2006)

First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, in Shaker Heights, OH  (6, 13 July 2003 – 17 August 2003)

First Unitarian Church of Hobart, IN (35, Aug - Oct 2012)

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, OH  (7, 14 January 1998 – 08 July 2001)

First Universalist Church of Lyons, OH (1, 21 November 2010)

Fusion television program, Rockford, IL  (1, aired 27 June 2004)

Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, in Grosse Pointe, MI (1, 23 January 2011)

Heartland District Annual Meeting & Spring Conference, in Grand Rapids, MI (1, 30 March 2007)

Heritage Universalist Unitarian in Cincinnati, OH  (2, 2005, 2009)

Kent Unitarian Universalist Church in Kent, OH (1, 06 March 2011)

Meadville Lombard Theological School Vespers, in Chicago, IL  (4, 2003 – 2005)

North Shore Unitarian Church, in Deerfield, IL  (1, 15 August 2004)

Olmsted Unitarian Universalist Congregation, in North Olmsted, OH (2, 15 October 2000 & 05 August 2001)

Paint Creek UU, in Rochester, MI (1, 15 May 2011)

People’s Church, in Kalamazoo, MI  (1, 28 November 2010)

People’s Church UU, in Ludington, MI  (10, 07 November 2010 and Jan-Apr 2011)

Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregation, in Grayslake, IL (1, 29 May 2005)

Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, in Chicago, IL (1, 07 July 2003)

Southeast UU Summer Institute (SUUSI), in Radford, VA (2, 20 July 2007 & 20 July 2011)

Suttons Bay Congregational Church in Suttons Bay, MI (1, 11 July 2010)

Third Unitarian Church in Chicago, IL  (1, 28 Oct 2007)

Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing, in Lansing, MI (1, 18 July 2010)

Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, OH (1, 06 Mar 2011)

Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, in Rockford, IL  (7, 04 July 2004 – 29 August 2004)

Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills, in Pittsburgh, PA (1, 03 March 2005)

Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, in Urbana, IL (1, 11 August 2002)

Unitarian Universalist Church of West Lafayette, in West Lafayette, IN  (1, 10 Feb 2008)

Unitarian Universalist Church West, in Brookfield, WI  (1, 05 September 2004)

Unitarian Universalist Community Church, in Danville, IN (2, 05 April 2009 & 29 August 2010)

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne, in Fort Wayne, IN  (1, 22 March 2009)

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse, in Traverse City, MI (119, 2006-2010)

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Petoskey, MI (6, Nov 09 – May 11)

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rock Valley, in Rockton, IL (1, 15 May 2005)

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the New River Valley, in Blacksburg, VA  (1, 20 July 2008)

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kokomo, in Kokomo, IN  (1, 24 February 2002)

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland, in Midland, MI (1, 16 March 2008)

Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, in Geneva, IL (11, ten 9/28/03-7/18/04 & 5/30-31/10)

Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, in Oneonta, NY (1, 25 Oct 2009)

For examples of my sermons, please select “Sermons” from the “So May We Categorize” drop-down menu, at the middle right.

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