Disorienting Dilemmas

Rev. McKinley Sims, UU Church of the Restoration, Philadelphia, Pa. Disorienting dilemmas may be thought of as times when new information causes a person to call into question their values, beliefs, or assumptions. What are the disorienting dilemmas of our times and of our lives, and how are we to face them? (This service is the first of several online services this summer featuring sermons delivered by UU ministers from around the country.)

The Heart Is the Last Frontier

This sermon will be delivered by Sunnyhill member Lynne Heltman, a recent participant in Rev. Magaw’s sermon-writing class. With increasing awareness of structural racism following the reaction to George Floyd’s death a year ago, could it be that posting Black Lives Matter signs isn’t enough? Lynne explores this issue, using her multicultural experience at All Souls Church in Washington, D.C., to suggest another, more personal, path to achieving social justice. [Online only service.]

Let America Be America

Langston Hughes wrote a poem with this title in 1935 as a rallying cry for greater inclusion. 86 years later it has lost none of its power in calling for an as-yet unborn America that makes real the dream of justice and liberty for all. How can we help make this dream a reality in our own era?

Reaching Beyond Ourselves

The first of our UU Sources is “direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder . . . which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life.” Though transcendent experiences often feel unique, they are quite common and tie us inextricably to each other. [This service is the second of several online services this summer featuring sermons delivered by UU ministers from around the country.]

Bearing Witness

Description Coming Soon [This service will take place live on the Sunnyhill grounds and will also be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.]

Your Final Gift

Judie Spiegel, a graduate of Rev Jim’s 2020-21 sermon writing class. While dying is one of the only certainties of living, it is a topic most of us avoid. Sharing some of what she has learned in 35 years of hospice work and volunteering, Judie will tell some very personal end-of-life stories and invite you to begin thinking about sharing some of your own. Consider her sermon to be just the beginning of having conversations about what your own final gift might look like.