Sermons and Services


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October 13, 2019

9:15 Discussion Topic:' "Can you name anything you are really happy about?”.Topic Leader: Phil Elliot 
10:30 Service — Rev. Kathy Rickey, “As The Spirt Moves”                           Once again, we will let inspiration be our guide — to allow the spirit to move within and see what bubbles up.   Audio of Sermon          

October 6, 2019

 9:15 Discussion Topic:  'Water" topic leader Ellen Nielsen
10: Service -- Ellen Nielsen, Jenny Nazak and the Congregation,  The water communion represents our connection to one another.  During the service, members of the congregation are invited to come to the front, pour a small amount of water into a common bowl, and speak briefly about where the water came from.   The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources and joining together to celebrate our place on this planet.  The service will include a short message by Jenny Nazak, “Water: Connecting Us All.”  Sermon by Jenny

September 29 , 2019

9:15 Discussion Topic: "Immigration” Topic Leader: Tom Hilburn 
10:30 Service– Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, "Expectations for a Sweet New Year"       
The Jewish New Year begins at sundown, September 29. Jews celebrate with food, candle-lighting and prayer. At this service we will reflect on our expectations for the year and partake in a sampling of apples and honey.  Audio of Sermon

September 22 , 2019
10:30 Service–   Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Expectation: The Lens on Our Reality”          Anias Nin, borrowing from the Talmud said “We do not see things as they are; we see them as we are.”         Our knowledge — particularly how we know things — combined with our individual experiences in life, can profoundly affect our perceptions  Audio of Sermon

September 15,  2019
9:15 Discussion Topic:|"Are Conservatives welcome in UUism?".Topic Leader: Dan Kennedy|
10:30 Service– Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Expectations and Right Relationship”                                      What can we rightfully expect of one another in our relationships, especially when a relationship presents a challenge to a covenanted community?  Let’s examine what disruptive behavior is and how to address it with compassion and with boundaries. Audio of Sermon

 Share the Plate:   The Great Kids Explorer Club

 September 8, 2019

9:15 Discussion Topic:"End of Life Preparations"  by Harry White
10:30 Service– Cliff Jackson and others,  “SUSSI”       Two years ago, only two members of our congregation went to SUUSI, but this year there were ten of us.  What is now the Southeastern Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute began in 1950.  Now, over 1000 UU’s of all ages meet at the retreat in western North Carolina each summer.  A number of our  participants will share their experiences of this year’s SUUSI.    Audio of Sermon

September 1 , 2019

9:15 Discussion Topic: “Cybersecurity”  Harry White to lead
10:30 Service– Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Meaning of a Life’s Work”                    Our society puts much value on the work we do and what we produce; culturally, few other aspects of our lives give as much meaning and worth than the sum of a life’s work.  This Labor Day weekend, let’s examine the qualitative, perhaps even spiritual aspects of our working lives  Audio of Sermon

 August 25, 2019

10:30 Service–   Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “What Does Right Relationship Look Like?”       Human relationships are complicated to say the least.  The irony is that the more we love each other or the closer we are to each other, the easier it is to make mistakes and hurt each other.  Let’s examine the pitfalls of being in close relationship and loving one another as family, friends, or lovers. Audio of Sermon

August 18,  2019

9:15 Discussion Topic: "Getting Weapons of War off the Market"
10:30 Service– Rev. Dr. James Shoopman, “Making a Life of Meaning”          Even in the pleasant world of Florida suburbs, people inevitably encounter pain, discouragement and reminders of their own mortality.  In the face of these forces, Dr. Shoopman will share some thoughts on how we can all find joy, hope and wonderful moments of daily happiness as we live a life of meaning.    Audio of Sermon          

Share  the plate with Journey’s End Animal Sanctuary

 August 11 , 2019

9:15 Discussion Topic: Pensions
10:30 Service–Mark Spivey, "Death as a Way of Life"Exploring the nature of death "as it really is" in order to develop a fearless passion for living your best life.Audio of Sermon by Rev Kathy  
Noon  2nd Sunday Conversation with Rev. Kathy in minister's office

August 4, 2019

9:15 Discussion Topic: “The Nature and Practice of Science”
10:30 Service– Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Goodbye Sweet Lady”    From my experience as a hospital chaplain, I would like to share a touching story about dying with dignity.  Audio of Sermon

July 28, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "Is animal research Justified and Ethical".
10:30 Service: — Kurtland and Gaia Davies, “Caregiver Burnout: Being of Service Without Killing Yourself”         Flight attendants tell you to put your own oxygen mask on before you help someone else.  Why?   Because a dead helper is not a good helper!   We UU’s are famously service-oriented.  All over the world, we have caring ministries and community service projects.  However, as caregivers and community service leaders, we can sometimes reach the point of burn-out.  Gaia and Kurtland know this feeling well:  "This late in our lives, we are surprised to find that we are still learning how to manage expectations, define boundaries, know our limits and recognize our need for self-care.  Come along with us on our journey  Audio of Sermon

 July 21, 2019

9:15 Discussion Group Topic: Artificial Intelligence
10:30 Service: — Rita Schleer, “The Plight of the LGBT Elderly"   The plight of the LGBTQ elderly as they face new forms of discrimination in retirement.      Audio of Sermon

SHARE THE PLATE OFFERING – Helping Victims of Human Trafficking

 July 14, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  "Global Warming". Topic Leader: Reinhold Schlieper
10:30 Service: — Dan Gribbin, “Nature and the American Spirit”                        Dan’s presentation will feature a slide show centered on beautiful natural sites in our immediate geographical area.  Prior to the show, he will talk about inspirational American writers who have incorporated the spirit of nature into their works.  Members of the congregation will be encouraged to identify their favorite spots to appreciate the beauty of nature.  Audio of Sermon

July 7, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:"Democratic Socialism vs Democratic Fascism"
10:30 Service: Mike & Gini Downey, “Blue and Red Make Purple”     Partisan identification now can drive a bigger wedge between Americans than race, gender, religion or levels of education.  Like a virus, this divide now takes place in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces and yes, even in our places of worship.  Gini and Mike will share some personal experience and insights into how to think critically about our politics and how we can agree to disagree civilly by applying our UU values and principles to our interactions and conversations. Audio of Sermon

  June 30, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic: "My Big Idea"
10:30 Service: — Jenny Nazak, “Environmentalism as a Spiritual Practice    Conservation habits can become spiritual experiences, helping us become better, kinder people.Audio of Sermon

June 23, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic:"The Mystery of Existence"
10:30 Service: —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Born to be Free”   This is my wait-and-see-what-bubbles-up sermon – not tied to a worship theme or fettered by any agenda, this is my free-will offering sermon before going on study-leave for the month of July.  Audio of Sermon 

June 16, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic: "The rest of my Life"

10:30 Service:  “A Panel Tribute to Father’s Day”  Three of our members will share their experiences of Father’s Day from the perspective of a daughter, a father, and a grandfather. Barbara Sandberg  Dan Kerr  Cliff Jackson

June 9, 2019 

9:15 Discussion Group, Topic: "The Frustrations Associated with Technology" 
10:30 Service: 
—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey ,“What Does Beauty Require of Us?”
Beauty has a dark side, especially when the benchmarks for beauty are hijacked in self-interest and greed. Moreover, if we grasp for or try to hang on to beauty, it often eludes us in one way or another. How then should we approach the beautiful things in life?   Audio of Sermon 

  June 2, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic: "An Event that changed Your Whole Life” 
10:30 Service: —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey,  “Beauty and the Beholder”   Where do we find beauty – in nature, art, flora, or fauna? Is there anything we experience as humans through touching, tasting, seeing, smelling, or hearing – is there anything that is universally beautiful? Or is beauty truly in the eyes of the beholder only?   Audio of Sermon

 May 26, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic: "Pay It Forward”
10:30 Service: Ellen Nielsen and others, “Remembering War; Dreaming of Peace”     This service, coordinated by Ellen Nielsen, will feature a collage of music and short readings which commemorate the sacrifices of those who have died in war and express the dream of a future free of war. Music and Readings

 May 19, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic: "The US Education System"

10:30 Service : Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Courage It Takes to Be Curious” Being curious about something requires a certain amount of not-knowing and sometimes requires us to be on the edge of the unknown in an unflinching way.  Audio of Sermon

May 12, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic:"Social Justice & Politics”10:30 Service: Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “A Mother’s Day Tribute to Julia Ward Howe”  Julia Ward Howe was a 19th Century Unitarian who penned the Battle Hymn of the Republic  Audio of Sermon  

May 5, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic: How to be a friend.
10:30 Service: —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Who Moved My Cheese”?                                                                                                     This is a story about the problem of being risk-averse. This can happen when our sense of curiosity is dulled by complacency. Let’s explore what a healthy curiosity can do for us. Audio of Sermon 

 Recognition of 15 year members during service: Gaia and Kurtland Davies and Donald Kennedy

April 28, 2019

 9:15 Discussion Group, Topic:How to deal with Sadness 10:30 Service:  Cliff Jackson, “How to Change Your World” 
For most of his life, Cliff was a collector of interesting aphorisms:  Gandhi's "Be the change you want to see in the world" etc.   They were great to insert in conversations or to muse about how wonderfully concise they were.  However, at one point in his life, things changed.  Cliff began to apply some of these gems of wisdom moment by moment.  Aman Motwane says it best, "When You Change How You See the World, Whole World Changes."  Let’s borrow from the TED talks theme of “Ideas Worth Sharing.”  TED talk speakers learn not just to tell their stories— but to re-live them.  We too can change our perspective and change our world         Audio of Presentation   

 Apri 21, 2019

9:15 Discussion Group, Topic: How to be Happy
10:30 Service: —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, Easter Sunday, “Candle on the Water"                        :  What or who are the guiding lights in our lives?  If you find  yourself adrift in fear and confusion, what anchors you?  What comforts you?  What gives you courage   Audio of Sermon  
April 14, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic: "Survival of the Fittest or Survival of the most co-operative"
10:30 Service:  Ellen Nielsen and the Congregation, Palm Sunday, a UU Flower Communion           In this service we will celebrate the coming of spring.   Founder of the Unitarian movement in Czechoslovakia, Rev. Dr. Norbert Căpek began the Unitarian tradition of the flower communion to bring people closer to together.  The Gestapo imprisoned Căpek, who died at Dachau concentration camp in October 1942.   However, his message of hope and humanity lives on as we can see in the beauty and diversity of flowers the symbolic beauty and diversity of life.  More about Rev Norbert Capek   Please bring a flower to share (preferably one of the many native Florida flowers that are blooming now)

 April 7, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic: "Free Will, Genetics or Destiny”
10:30 Service: —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “If Not Now, When?  If No Us Who? Our Social Justice work at UUCOB must be more than charity and compassion. We must do good works, as well.  In this month of April, our worship theme is “Wholeness.”  Let’s explore the action piece of justice and how we can make our justice work in the community complete. Audio of Sermon  

March 31, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic: Why am I a Unitarian Universalist?
10:30 Service: Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey,  “Going Home: The Hero’s Journey”        Is retirement the end of our life’s journey or are there more adventures ahead?  For those who are far from retirement, are you imagining a return home from the adventures of adulthood?  What’s your plan for getting “Closer to Home” (American rock band Grand Funk Railroad, 1970). 
Audio of Sermon

  March 24, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic: Are all cultures and societies of equal value?10:30 Service: Dr. Ted Mashburn, “Two Sons and a Request”                                      The Biblical text of Matthew 21:28-32 includes one of the most provocative parables Jesus ever offered.  He observes that the most “religious” people are not so religious and the least religious people really are religious.  Perhaps the French philosopher, Pascal, was correct when he wrote: “There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.”    Audio of Presentation 

  March 17, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic: "The Deficit" |
10:30 Service : Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey,   “On the Run: A Journey of Restlessness”       If you’ve read the bookChocolat or seen the movie, you’ll know what’s coming — when we have trouble setting down roots, might we be running from something?  Or, we discover a more difficult question—are we running from ourselves?   Audio of Sermon

March 10, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic:  Healthcare for All
10:30 Service: Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Need to Wander”    Sometimes a good long walk or a slow ride to nowhere can clear our heads.  We’ll examine this subject with inspiration from Rebecca Solnit’s book, Wanderlust.    Audio of Sermon      

 March 3, 2019
 9:15 Discussion Group, Topic: "Healing the Divide”.
10:30 Service: —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey,  “The Journey of Leaving”.          Our first and necessary journey is that of leaving the nest. We all must learn to fly. But there are times in our adult lives when we find leaving a necessity – perhaps an unsatisfactory job or career, an incompatible relationship, a home or homeland which is oppressive or harmful. This journey can be one of the most difficult. Let’s explore why and how we can help ourselves or a friend or loved one through this difficult journey toward becoming whole.    Audio of Sermon

 February 24, 2019|
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: What is a National Emergency?
10:30 Service: Dr. Timothy Bartik, "Can Economics be Moral?"                              A sound economy depends on society providing adequate public goods, and restricting harmful side-effects of business activity. A sound economy also rests on restricting the market power of the largest businesses. Broadly shared prosperity requires attention to income distribution, not just the size of the economic pie.  Audio of Sermon


February 17, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:Great Movies
10:30 Service:  Dan Gribbin, “Huck Finn and Our Racial Divide”
When Mark Twain published his novel Huckleberry Finn in 1885, he posed a moral challenge for Huck.  To satisfy the legal requirements and prevailing morality of the day, Huck would be required to turn in Jim, a runaway slave.  But what to do with a runaway slave who has become your friend and protector?  It’s tempting to look back at the law and the church those many years ago and to say that we’ve come a long way—that Huck would not have to agonize over such a decision today.  But how far have we come?  How safe would Jim be in 2019 America?  Under what norms do we attempt to operate today as a diverse society?   Audio of Sermon

February 10, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "Does Past Racism Ever Expire"
10:30 Service: Rev. Kathy Rick, "The Truth in Stories"                                      Let's explore a beguiling book by Louise Erdrich, The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, where fact, fantasy, and miracles combine to yield profound truths about what it is to be human.  Audio of sermon

 February 3, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group Topic "What is the Truth?”
10:30 Service: Rev. Kathy Rickey, "Howard Thurman: The Man Behind the Men of the Civil Rights Movement"   In reading his book, Jesus and the Disinherited
, one can see Howard Thurman's influence on Martin Luther King, Jr. and other prominent Civil Rights activists of the 1960’s.  Audio of Sermon|

 January 27, 2019 

9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "The Dangers of Complacency"
10:30 Service: Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “As the Spirit Moves”  The possibilities are endless at this point, so I’m going to wait and see what percolates for this last Sunday in January.  Audio of Sermon 

January 20, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "Walls"
10:30 Service: — Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay, “Creating Harmony:  Learning to Disagree without Distancing” This sermon in song can remind us of our congregational goal of maintaining right relations in our dealings with each other.  Audio of presentation 

January 13, 2019

9:15 Discussion Group Topic:"What is a good friend?”
10:30 Service: —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “On the Edge of the Unknown: Where Possibility Lives”  Working as a chaplain in a Level II Trauma Center, you can imagine the multitude of patient/family crises I witnessed where I could not know what was going to happen in the next second, minute, hour.  Standing in that place without assumption or prediction and staying in the moment, open to all possibilities, was where the chaplain had to be; it was challenging.  But if we learn how to be open to possibility in certain moments, even in our daily relationships, we can become better friends, partners, parents, co-workers, and co-members.Audio of Sermon

January 6, 2019
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:“New Year’s Resolutions.”
10:30 Service: Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Nexus of Crisis and Possibility” As I write this description it is a few days before Christmas and the government is shutting down, the Dow keeps falling, and Lady Liberty is in heart failure. My future feels uncertain, yet the truth is, it’s always uncertain, no matter what. Let’s explore what’s happened since the latter days of 2018 and look for opportunity and possibility in 2019 Audio of Sermon

  December 30, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:" Ways to relieve stress”.
10:30 Service: Ellen Nielsen, “Joys and Concerns at the End of the Year”
As 2017 draws to an end, we will look back at this eventful year and re-visit our most serious personal concerns and our greatest personal joys.  This service will include participation from our members and friends, brief periods of silent meditation as well as music of consolation and celebration. 

December 23, 2018|
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:"The book that had the most influence on my life.”
10:30 Service:  Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Mystery, Wonderment, and Light: ‘Tis the Season”       In the culture of our Western Hemisphere, December is filled with holy days full of light, mystery, and wonder: Hanukkah, Solstice, Yuletide, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Stories from each tradition will be told and sung and celebrated.Audio of Sermon

December 16, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic:"Should the President be Subject to the Law?"
10:30 Service: Ben Tousley, “Simple Gifts”    
Folksinger and inspirational speaker Ben Tousley will be speaking on appreciating life in all its simplicity. Audio 

  December 9, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "Concepts of God"
10:30 Service: Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Embracing the Mystery”  In our lived experience on this earth, there will always be that which cannot be adequately described in words. In addition, our knowledge and our ability to know will always be limited, even if you are Richard Dawkins. As rationalists, how then to we embrace the mystery of not knowing. Audio of Sermon

December 2, 2018

 9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  White Privilege:
10:30 Service:   
Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Hanukkah  Begins!” 
 to be an intergenerational service with the Youth RE featured.  Audio of Sermon. 

 November 25, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic:"My Happiest Time”.
10:30 Service:  Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “As the Spirit Moves”   The liminal space between Thanksgiving and all that the month of December brings us provides an opportunity to be still and listen. Let’s see what comes of the still, small voice that can be difficult to hear in the din of the winter holidays.Audio of Sermon

 November 18, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:"Hopes for the New House of Representatives”
10:30 Service:  Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Harvest, Memory, and Gratitude”

For me, November is all about these three things that are both concrete and intangible – the harvest of food and of living; the memory of experience and the objects which enshrine them; the gratitude expressed in a thank you and that expressed in a gift. What will you bring to your table this Thanksgiving in the way of harvest, memory, and gratitude? Audio of Sermon

SHARE THE PLATE— Room at the Inn 

 November 11, 2018

 9:15 Discussion Group Topic:The Election
10:30 Service:  – “Transcendental Experiences” by pulpit guest, Christine Dance          Audio of Sermon

November 4, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  The Power of Propaganda
10:30 Service:  
Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, All-Souls Service and Memory Tree.          To celebrate All Souls Day, our members and friends are invited to participate in a ceremonial service to honor and remember loved ones who have died.  Come prepared with the names of those you wish to honor. Audio of  Sermon

October 28, 2018 

9:15 Discussion Group Topic: Immigration, Refugees, and Globalization
10:30 Service:
 —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Sanctuary: The Cup of Our Community”  
I often hold up my cupped hands to refer to the “Cup of Our Community.”  Let’s explore what that means in terms of this month’s worship theme 
Audio of Sermon

October 21, 2018 

9:15 Discussion Group Topic: Gillum versus DeSantis 
10:30 Service: —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Sanctuary Movement”  What can we learn from our fellow UU congregations that provide actual sanctuary to persons fleeing deportation? audio of sermon
SHARE THE PLATE— Sophie's Circle

October 14, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  The Value of Silence
10:30 Service:   The Reverend Jill McAllister,    Audio of Sermon
              Afternoon Installation Service & Reception 5:30 p.m

October 7, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic:“Florida:  Industrial Development or Quality of Life

10:30 Service:  Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Creating Sanctuary           How can we create a worry-free, grounded, and renewing space for ourselves in a world which often feels like anything but?  Based on a book by Terry Hershey called Sanctuary: Creating a Space for Grace in Your Life Audio of Sermon

September 30, 2018

9:15 Discussion Topic: "Kavanaugh"
10:30 Service —Water Communion with Ellen Nielsen and our Congregation      The water communion represents our connectedness to one another.  The mingled waters represent our coming together again and symbolize our shared faith coming from many different sources — joining together to celebrate our place on this planet.  During the service, members are invited to pour a small amount of water into a common bowl and speak briefly about where their water came from. Audio of audience participation

 September 23, 2018

9:15 Discussion Topic:"How to End Racism”.
10:30 Service —George Griffin, “Florida’s Constitution: Amendments and Civil Liberties”   Voters will have a lot of decisions to make concerning the various proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution that will appear on this November’s mid-term ballot.  The American Civil Liberties Union tries to remain neutral on most amendment issues except for those that directly affect civil rights or civil liberties.  We will examine the four amendments (#4, #6, #8 and #11) where the ACLU has taken a specific position.  Audio of Presentation

September 16, 2018
10:30 Service —Rev. Kathy Tew Ricky, “Vision: Imagination of the Heart”.                     Bishop Carlton Pearson says, “Sight is external. Vision comes from within . . .  Sight sees reality, but vision sees truth and connects them in profoundly harmonizing and synchronizing ways . . .”  Let us explore the connections between sight and vision, reality and truth. Audio not available due to mechanical failure.      

September 9, 2018

 9:15 Discussion Topic: "Forgiveness or Revenge" 
10:30 Service—Rev. Kathy Tew Ricky, “Whence Our Call to Justice?”                We will explore our Unitarian Universalist sources which call us as a congregation to be justice seekers. This service will also include F.A.I.T.H. Credentialing and Commissioning Ceremony.   F.A.I.T.H. director Jessica Robillard, will speak briefly on the justice work of Volusia’s only direct-action network.     Audio of Sermon    

September 2, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic:"The Importance of the Arts in Today’s World”
10:30 ServiceRev. Kathy Tew Ricky, “A Sweet New Year”.                                     The celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins on September 9.  The first day of the new program year for our congregation is September 2. Let’s celebrate both with an apple communion and imagining a sweet new year at UUCOB     Audio of Sermon    

August 26, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:"Our Spiritual Journey”.
10:30 ServiceRev. Kathy Tew Ricky, “The Keystone Principle"                            Rev. Francis Manly, a colleague of mine from upstate New York, did a brilliant analysis of our Seven Principles, using the metaphor of an archway as the structure of our UU religion.  In this way, the Fourth Principle—   “We affirm and promote the responsible search for truth and meaning”—is the keystone of the arch.  I will discuss this principle as Unitarian Universalism’s keystone, holding our other principles in place.  Audio of Sermon   The Keystone Principle

August 19, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:"Are there any Universal values?”.
10:30 Service: Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “As the Spirit Moves"                             A former mentor and UU minister reserved an occasional Sunday for ATSM - to preach on something that “the spirit” so moved in her. It was a chance for her to escape the confines of a pre-arranged title or theme. Since we have no monthly worship theme for August, I am taking the opportunity to preach on something which I will discern through contemplation, being open to what moves me in the moment. Do UUs pray?  Audio of Sermon

 August 12, 2018
10:30 Service: James Purdy, “Actual Innocence: When Justice Fails”.                    DNA has been used to prove the innocence of convicted defendants.  This presentation examines actual cases of wrongfully convicted defendants from several States, including Florida, and highlights some of the causes for these wrongful convictions.   Audio of Sermon

August 5, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: A Poem, Book or Story that may impact others10:30 Service:  Evan Rivers & Dan Gribbin, “The Inspirational Music of Peter Mayer”   By now our congregation is familiar with Peter Mayer's music, such as "Blue Boat Home" and “Holy Now."   Peter's songs are always engaging and the lyrics always uplifting with recognizably UU themes.  This Sunday the choir will join Evan in "Church of the Earth," and a musical sermon will feature a number of Peter's songs that you may not have heard. Audio of musical sermon

 July 29, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "Globalization, Nationalism and Personal Identity”10:30 Service:   Cliff Jackson, “Aden's Introduction to Jonathan Livingston Seagull”.                                                                                                                  Life sends us challenges, and usually we have no choice in what comes our way.  Cliff has always enjoyed solving puzzles.  Recently his daughter asked for help with a challenge with his grandson.  Pieces of that puzzle, a grandson, an illness, a Soul Matters packet, a dusty little book and a trip to the beach come together to show a clear path for a new way forward.  We may not have a choice in what comes our way, but we do have a choice in how we live with it. Audio of Sermon

 July 22, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: Survival of the fittest or cooperation.
10:30 Service.     Rita Scheeler, “Living Deliberately”     Living “deliberately” is about making thoughtful decisions about how you want to live your life.  This message will be based on the works of Harry Palmer, whose books have been translated in 30 languages and sold thousands of copies worldwide.  Audio of presentatio 

July 15 , 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic“How do you get a fresh start in America?”
10:30 Service. Poetry can inspire the creative impulse and awaken spiritual voices, especially works of unconventional poets such as e. e. cummings.   Dan Gribbin, Ellen Nielsen and Patty Tugas share some of their poetic insights influenced by the language of the spirit.   Audio of Poetry presentation

July 8, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: “It CAN Happen Here!”.
10:30 Service. Dan Gribbin, “To Be a Friend”                                             
From “buddy” movies to Facebook, we encounter in every corner of popular culture the idea of friendship.  And, indeed, most of us can claim to have at least a couple of dozen pretty good friends whom we would feel comfortable inviting over to the house or dining out with them.  But when we ponder the old adage “a friend in need is a friend indeed,” we get closer to the deeper meaning of friendship.  How often have we truly needed a friend to be there for us?  How often have we been there for a friend? Audio of Presentation  

July 1, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:"My Journey"    
10:30 Service:—  Ellen Nielsen, “The Peace Movement: An American Tradition”.     Ellen Nielsen will present a brief historical overview of the peace movement in the United States, focusing on two individuals, Thoreau, who refused to pay taxes to support the Mexican War in 1849, and Kathy Kelly, a contemporary peace activist.    Evan Rivers will provide special music. Audio of Pulpit presentation

June 24, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:"How Our Thinking Changes as We Age"   
10:30 Service: — Cliff Jackson and others, “Lessons in Compassion”      Linda Sanders and D
ennis Alsobrook  will share their thoughts and experiences of giving or receiving compassion. Those moments of giving or receiving compassion are often profoundly memorable. We often share the native American parable of the two wolves, the good wolf and the bad wolf fighting in each of us. The one that wins is the one that we feed.  Sharing and remembering our experiences of compassion is feeding the good wolf. Audio of Sermon

June 17, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  "Comparing Females and Males"
10:30 Service: — Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Honoring Our Fathers” Let us examine the complexity of fatherhood and the traditional hero role of being a dad.    Audio of Sermon 

June 10, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: Religions and Superstition   
10:30 Service: — Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Work of Our Congregation”.  Let us look back in celebration of the good works of UUCOB both within and outside or walls.   Audio of Sermon

June 3, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:   Public Education 
10:30 Service: Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The End of Innocence?”  At a time when it is deadlier to be a child in American than to serve in the military, what is happening to our children’s sense of innocence?    Audio of Sermon 

May 27, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:   "Income for All"
10:30 Service: Memorial Day Celebration---- Dan Kerr and our Choir – Through music, we will pay tribute to the men and women who have served their country in the military.      But beyond that, we will be paying tribute to some ordinary people who were placed in extraordinary circumstances, heroes who risked their lives in the service of others  Audio of one songcomment at end

May 20, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "The Art of Teaching"
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey   A Third Way”     In a world that craves the balance of the binary — good/bad, black/white, win/lose, right/wrong —  there is a potential for creating the ternary or “third way” which can bring about a completely new realm of possibility. In doing so, where before there were only dialectics, we can now find the potential for creating Beloved Community.  The Third Way is inspired by the ideas of the well-known ecumenical teacher Fr. Richard Rohr.    Audio of Sermon 
May 13, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: " Truth, Lies and Language in This Era "
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey “Balancing Act: The Material and The Spiritual”    If you look closely at a statue of the Hindu god, Ganesha (elephant head/human body) you’ll notice one of his feet is on the ground while the other is raised and facing outward.  This placement symbolizes having one foot in reality and one foot in the spiritual world, suggesting that the wise person is of this earth, yet not entirely of this earth. What might this mean for UU’s?   Should we as humans be concerned only with objective reality? As UU’s are we not called to seek the intangibles of truth and meaning in our lives?  How might this play out for us individually and in our congregational life together?     Audio of Sermon

May 6, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "Laughter is the Best Medicine"
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey , “To Save or Savor the World?”  A famous passage from E.B. White explores choosing between saving the world or savoring it; he quips, “This makes it hard to plan the day.”  This month, our worship theme is Balance.  What does balance mean in the context of a spiritual value or practice?  What does it look like or feel like to be “balanced?”  Would you choose to save or to savor?    Audio of Sermon

 April 29, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "Seven Things I have learned inSeven Decades"  
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey   “Emergence, Part II: A Theology for Our Time”                                                      We’ll explore a non-dualistic concept of God, the Universe, and Everything via Quantum Physics and Process Theology. Based on the book, A God That Could Be Real—not as complicated as it sounds, honest!      Audio of Sermon 

April 22, 2018 
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:   "Syria - Just War"
10:30 Service —Earth Day Celebration,  “Healthy Hammock, Healthy UU”                               Over the years, what is happening in our little woodland backyard reflects what is happening in our U.U. community and vice-versa.  Kurtland Davies shares a few ideas about how to keep them both healthy.   Audio of sermon

 April 15, 2018 
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:    "The 2018 Election".
10:30 Service— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Emergence, Part I: A Theology for Our Time”                    We’ll explore a non-dualistic concept of God, the Universe, and Everything via Quantum Physics and Process Theology. Based on the book, A God That Could Be Real - not as complicated as it sounds, honest!   Audio of Sermon

April 8, 2018 

10:30 Service: —Dr. Ted Mashburn, “Jesus and a Sabbath Controversy.” “Strange Things Happen on the Sabbath: Shabbat Shalom”     Mashburn, long-time professor at the University of Mobile, serves as Chairman of the Humanities Division, and is currently Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  He will discuss ideas in Luke: 13-14 “But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and thou shalt be blessed, for they cannot recompense thee.  For thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”  Audio of Sermon

 April 1, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  "The Value of Apology" 
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey 
 “Emergence: Wandering as Transformation”       Within the ancient Hebrew story of escape from slavery in Egypt and deliverance to freedom in the Promised Land are themes of transformation common to all human lives. Audio of Sermon  

March 25, 2018  
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  
 "The unexamined life is not worth living."
10:30 Service: Flower Communion--        --Ellen Nielsen and the         Congregation     In this service we will celebrate the coming of spring.   Founder of the Unitarian movement in Czechoslovakia, Rev. Dr. Norbert Căpek began the Unitarian tradition of the flower communion to bring people closer to together.  The Gestapo imprisoned Căpek, who died at Dachau concentration camp in October 1942.   However, his message of hope and humanity lives on as we can see in the beauty and diversity of flowers the symbolic beauty and diversity of life.  Please bring a flower to share.   Audio of sermon

March 18, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "What is better today than in the good ole days?"
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey----- Viola Liuzzo: To Love is to Risk Losing Everything       Liuzzo, like James Reeb, is a Unitarian martyr of Selma, Alabama, and the Civil Rights Movement. She gave her life on March 25, 1965 for the cause of freedom and equality to African Americans  Audio of Sermon 

March 11, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "Solutions for a Separate Society"  
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey The Courage to Be: Risk, Vulnerability, and Authenticity    
To be vulnerable is to be authentic. For us as individuals to be vulnerable and authentic in a world that discourages these attributes is risky. It takes courage to be authentic in the world today.      Audio of Sermon

March 4, 2018

9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  "Separate and Unequal - What Divides Us"?   
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey Purim, Esther, and the Courage of the Oppressed.        The Jewish holiday of Purim celebrates the story of Esther, the (secretly) Jewish queen to a Persian King who held her people in exile. Let’s explore the timeless themes of risk and courage among the marginalized.  Audio of Sermon

 February 25 , 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  "School Shootings". 
10:30 Service: —Dr. Charles Carroll, “The Journey to Inner Peace: The Challenges and the Glory”   Inner peace is one of the most valuable possessions. Yet, for many of us, inner peace is hidden below layers of preconceived notions, doubt, fear, and confirmation bias. While the journey can be difficult, the end makes it all worthwhile. We must be willing to continuously move forward and meet each challenge forthrightly.   Audio of Sermon

 February 18 , 2018
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey,   "Before the Mayflower"                          There is a robust history of people of color, including those present at Jamestown (an early settlement) and other frontiers of Colonial America before the migration of Pilgrims and others from England and Europe. My source is largely Leronne Bennett’s encyclopedia of Black History titled, “Before the Mayflower.”  Audio of sermon
SHARE-THE-PLATE— Meals on Wheels 

February 11, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  Immigration
10:30 Service: —Dr. Dan Gribbin, “Teaching Tolerance”.The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to instilling in the younger generation a sense of appreciation for the diversity in America. To equip young people with the tools to combat racism and bigotry, the SPLC has developed a curriculum for teachers called “Teaching Tolerance.” Within that curriculum are lessons for us all.   Audio of Sermon

 February 4 , 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "Scientific Truth".
10:30 Service:—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey,  The Implicit “We”                                                 If we are to become a radically hospitable and diverse congregation, we must be conscientious and intentional about exactly who is included in the “We.” Another way to put it: it is always good to check our assumptions and we must take care, as members of the dominant culture, not to appropriate cultural artifacts from cultures in which we have no experience.        Audio of Sermon

January 28, 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic:  "The Value of Solitude"
10:30 Service:— Rev. James Shoopman, “The Care and Feeding of Your Local Pastor” The idea behind this sermon is that the relationship with the pastor takes careful nurture, like caring for a farm or a garden, calling for sunlight, water, fertilizer and so forth.  I do feel called to encourage loving and helpful relationships between clergy and congregations.    Audio of Sermon     

January 21 , 2018
9:15 Discussion Group Topic: "The Origin of Religion"
10:30 Service:— Rev. Janet Onnie, “Five Smooth Stones” (pulpit exchange)    Rev. Onnie is minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County and has been serving there since 2011.  She is president of the Florida chapter of the UU Ministers Association. Her undergraduate degree is from the Royal School of Music in London; she also was principal flutist for the Bermuda Philharmonic.  In 2008, Rev. Onnie earned a Masters of Divinity at the Florida Center for Theological Studies and had completed post-graduate work at the University of Chicago and at Starr King at the University of California-Berkeley.  Audio of Sermon  

January 14 , 2018
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Covenant: Walking Together Today”   Covenant simply means promise.  Our Unitarian Universalist history of being together in right relationship (whether successfully or not) is the foundation of our promise to one another.  What does this mean for us today?  What does it look like to live out a covenant of right relations in our congregation today?   Audio of Sermon 

January 7 , 2018
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Cambridge Platform: Origin of Our Covenantal Faith”  The Cambridge Platform originated in 1648; it was a document establishing the promise of strangers, one to another, who were to be together and worship together in the Colonial American wilderness. Let us explore the foundations covenant in Unitarian Universalism today.     Audio of Sermon   

December 31, 2017
10:30 Service:— Ellen Nielsen and the Congregation, "Concerns and Joys of 2017"            On the last day of 2017, we will look back at this eventful year and re-visit our most serious personal concerns and our greatest personal joys.  This service will include audience participation and brief periods of silent meditation as well as music of consolation and celebration.

December 24, 2017
10:30 Service:— Morning Service: Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Return to Light”      The Winter Solstice is behind us. The nights will continue to be long for a while each day will be a little bit longer going forward. How might we use this time of lingering darkness to prepare us for the return to light?Audio of Sermon     read by Gaia Davies

December 24— Evening Service (5 - 6 p.m.): Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Yule, Carols, and Candlelight”    We’ll light a yule log that Rev Kathy has used to celebrate many Christmas Eves. We’ll sing familiar carols and finish the service with “Silent Night” in candlelight.  The Alliance will serve a light supper after the service!  

 December 17, 2017
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Beware the Market God”    The organization behind our local F.A.I.T.H. chapter describes consumerism as the “market god.” We are all susceptible to its chant of BUY- BUY – BUY! and you will be HAPPY - HAPPY-! HAPPY!   How can we be vaccinated against this culturally ingrained imperative? Audio of Sermon

December 10, 2017
10:30 Service:— Howard Simon, “Defending Democracy & Human Rights in the Age of Trump”    As Executive Director of the Florida affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, Simon oversees its legal, public education, legislative lobbying, and membership and fund­raising programs.  Current ACLU litigation has blocked enforcement of two efforts by the Legislature to restrict women’s access to abortion and is working to end Florida’s Civil War-era lifetime voting ban of former felons.  On issues of the Muslim travel ban, the transgender military ban, rules to allow employers to deny coverage for contraceptives, discrimination against America’s immigrant communities and many others, as the Washington Post reported this Spring, “ACLU is leading {the…} resistance effort against Trump’s policies.”   Audio of speaker


December 3, 2017
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Candle in the Wind”                                               Every era has its anxious times; ours is no exception. Poverty, gun violence, global warming, the sand
seeming to shift under our feet, socially… these conditions which seem to be reinforced every day in the media, can cause us despair. How do we keep our candles lit in the fitful winds of this chaotic world?     Audio of sermon  

November 26.2017 
10:30 Service:—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “When Abundance Means Having Enough”       How much to we need in this life to be well and happy? How much do we deserve? How much will this earth yield? When does abundance mean too much? When does it mean having enough?   Audio of Sermon

November 19, 2017
10:30 Service:— Mark Jones, “Foster Care: A Child’s Perspective”.  Mark Jones has had a 27-year career in child welfare services.  Since 2010, he has served as the Chief Executive Officer for Community Partnership for Children.  In his role as CEO, he leads a staff of approximately 200 professionals in achieving permanency and safety for abused and neglected children  Audio of presentation

November 12, 2017
10:30 Service:—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “In Service to Our Country”      There exists in our country today much tension between patriotism, militarism, and the freedom to critique those isms. Let us examine those tensions while honoring those who have served us with their military service.   Audio of Sermon

 November 5, 2017
10:30 Service:—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Grace Happens”  I’m not a bumper-sticker kind of person but I recently put one on my car that says Grace Happens because it is an important aspect of my theology. I believe this not because I believe in an all-powerful deity who showers rose petals upon my path in life but because in a seemingly disinterested universe, more good things happen to us every day than we realize. How can we take more notice of the abundance of grace in our lives?   Audio of Sermon

October 29, 2017
10:30 Service:—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “All Souls’ Sunday”This will be a ceremonial service in which we honor and remember loved ones who have died. Come prepared with the names of those you wish to honor.          Audio of Sermon

October 22, 2017
10:30 Service:Water Communion with Ellen Nielsen and members of the Congregation     The water communion is a representation of our connectedness to one another. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources and joining together to celebrate our place on this planet.  During the service, members of the congregation are invited to come to the front, pour a small amount of water into a common bowl, and speak briefly about where the water came from.  The mingled waters represent our coming together again after a summer which, for many of us, may have involved travel.

October 15, 2017
10:30 Service:
— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “A Welcoming Congregation”    The work of welcome is never done.  Welcoming Congregations can learn more about how to be truly welcoming to all people by renewing their commitment.  This sermon begins our process of re-certifying our congregation as a Welcoming and Safe Space for the LGBTQ community.  Audio of sermon

October 8
, 2017
10:30 Service: — Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Radical Hospitality, Part Two:  A Friendly Emptiness"       Is it possible to be overly welcoming?  What does it mean to create a space where a newcomer can feel comfortable in making it their own? How do we avoid assimilation so we don't miss the gifts of strangers?     
Audio of Sermon   

October 1, 2017
0:30 Service:—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Radical Hospitality, Part One:  Welcoming the Stranger” Simply put, “radical” means that we welcome and accept into our midst anyone, anyone who comes to our congregation's door.  We are not there yet, but let’s look at what it means to be truly, deeply hospitable to the world.  We'll start with the best exemplar of radical hospitality, Abraham of the Book of Genesis and see why it was so important to be hospitable to strangers in a hot, semi-arid land.  Audio of Sermon

September 24, 2017 
10:30 Service: —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Power of Story: Do Our Narratives Need Changing?"    In many ways, our personal narrative - the story of who we are and what we believe - is shaped by our family of origin and by our early experiences in life. These influences can profoundly affect how we see ourselves and how we view the world. How then would we rewrite those narratives in a way that allows our most authentic selves to shine?  Audio of Sermon

September 17, 2017 
10:30 Service: —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, "Micah and the Second Principle"  Our congregation is a founding member of F.A.I.T.H., a local community action group. F.A.I.T.H.'s method of action is inspired by the biblical prophets Micah and Nehemiah. Let's explore how these prophets of old were calling their people to justice in the same way our Second Principle calls us to work for justice, equity, compassion in our human relationships.  Audio of Sermon


September 3, 2017
10:30 Service: : — Dan Gribbin, “Gatsby and the American Dream”                                             At a time when income disparity seems to have driven America’s politics further to the right than most of us are comfortable with, it seems fitting to consider F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work “The Great Gatsby” (1925), a fascinating tale in which the very rich, the nouveau riche, and the working class end up colliding tragically.  We will also look at “Babylon Revisited” (1931), a short story in which Fitzgerald seems to be recounting the emotional and spiritual impact of his own fall from glittering grace in the Jazz Age.       Audio of presentation     

August 27, 2017
10:30 Service  “It’s Time to Talk about White Supremacy.” --Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey:    I will talk not only about blatant, easy-to-see White Supremacy but also to the more subtle, not-so-obvious structures of our society in which we unwittingly collude with White Supremacy. It may be uncomfortable but I promise that to learn how to challenge the status quo will be to care for your souls because racism, prejudice, and intolerance hurt all of us; the collective freedom and liberation from soul-crushing oppression and hate will benefit us all.  Audio of Sermon 

August 20, 2017 10:30 Service: “The Need for Fallow Fields” --Pastor Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey
Share-the-Plate Offering with Girls on The Run  Audio of Sermon

August 13, 2017
10:30 Service  Susan Garrison, “On Storytelling”        When you set out to be a "teller", it stops being about you. A story about storytelling seems like one way to share what it is like to a carrier of tales. Welcome, all.  Audio of Sermon

 August 6, 2017
10:30 Service: Chester Wilson, “Civic Engagement: Mileposts on My Spiritual Journey” 
We have a civic duty and responsibility to the community we serve, to each other, and to ourselves.  Dr. Wilson will touch on the impact of the services we provide to others and as well as how we can go beyond where we currently are by doing more.
Audio of Sermon
July 30, 2017   10:30 Service: Evan Rivers & Dan Gribbin will coordinate, “Pete Seeger and the Folk Revival”  Pete Seeger contributed to American culture in so many ways that it seems like sacrilege to pin him down to one of his roles.  He influenced our generation as a musician, singer, songwriter, civil rights advocate, environmentalist, and, perhaps above all, teacher.  He taught us how to stand up for a better America, a better world.  We will celebrate his life and legacy in a service led by Evan Rivers and Dan Gribbin.  Audio of Sermon

July 23, 2017 
10:30 Service:  Evan Rivers, Ellen Nielsen, Jon Sandberg, and Others, “Social Justice Through Poetry and Music          ”Since the time of Homer’s Odyssey, poetry has had the power to inspire action. Come enjoy and hopefully, be inspired to work for social justice in our community and in the larger world.   Audio of Sermon

July 16, 2017
10:30 Service:  Cliff Jackson, “Near-life Experiences”  We are all probably aware of near-death experiences, which often have a profound effect on the lives of those involved. They are rare. Far more frequently events happen that have profound effects on our lives. When we live now based events from the past or a projected a future, I call them Near Life Experiences. I'll share how to recognize them and how to deal with them.  Audio of Sermon

 July 9, 2017
10:30 Service:  Dr. William Lazarus, “Adam & Eve: The Story Behind the Myth”    Although the biblical story of Adam and Eve serves as the cornerstone of Western religion and the starting point of human history, it has rarely been examined from linguistic and historical perspectives.  A fresh examination.  Audio of Sermon  

July 2, 2017

10:30 Service: — Ellen Nielsen and others, “From Many, One”                      For the July 4th weekend, our Worship Committee is planning to celebrate our country’s diversity.  Members of our congregation will tell personal or family stories about immigration.  Audio of Sermon

June 25, 2017 
10:30 Service: Jofre Miller "The Essence of Compassion"      Examples and conflicts in compassion. Audio of Sermon

June 18, 2017
10:30 Service:  Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Humor as Transcendence"               Humor, particularly ironic humor can be a conveyance of wisdom and a catalyst for spiritual insight. Join us as we celebrate Father's Day with a few laughs.    Audio of sermon

 June 11, 2017
10:30 Service:—Rev. Scott Alexander, Are You Rich or Poor in Social Capital?  Many commentators believe that the fabric of American social unity–our community connectedness one to another–is becoming increasingly threadbare. This decline is seen as a threat to the health and well-being of not only our local communities but of the nation itself.  Do be with us as we reflect on the 
all important wealth (and richness) created by “social capital” 
Rev. Alexander has served as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, and he will be trading June 11th pulpits duties with our own Rev. Kathy.  Audio of Sermon

June 4, 2017
10:30 Service: Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Work of Play”    
Human beings are made for play and unlike other animals, humans never outgrow their need for play.  Play is the exuberant expression of our being and points us to our true selves.                   Audio of Sermon

 May 28, 2017
10:30 Service:——Ted Mashburn,  "From Fundamentalism to Freedom: How I Changed My Mind”      Dr. Ted Mashburn, professor of philosophy and theology at the University of Mobile, describes his life journey within Christianity: “I’ve known for a long, long time—nearly 45 years—that my views were very different from the tradition that birthed, educated, and now even employs me.”  Dr. Mashburn is making a special trip from Alabama on May 27-28 to share his ideas with us.  Please welcome him with your hospitality.       Audio of Sermon        

 May 21, 2017
10:30 Service:——Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Mixed Blessings”  It has been said that often when we claim to be “blessed” we are actually proclaiming our privilege. How do we distinguish blessings which are unearned and un-asked from those which arise from material wealth and station in life? Also, blessings often arise from sorrow and vice versa. How do we recognize this phenomenon when it happens and how can we stay buoyed in life when the universe seems so indifferent to our pain? Audio of  Sermon

May 14, 2017
10:30 Service:——Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Gaia: Mother of Us All                         With Earth Day and environmental consciousness not far behind us, let’s examine some of the ways in which we revere and revile our Mother Earth and how she nurtures, teaches, and punishes us in our human naiveté.    Audio of Sermon


 May 7, 2017
10:30 Service:——Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Original Blessing”   Matthew Fox, a Dominican Priest, was defrocked in 1993 for claiming that all people are born in Original Blessing, not sin and that all of creation is the original blessing of an immanent God. Perhaps more of a factor in his ex-communication is Fox’s attempt to theologically reconcile science and religion.  Fox’s Creation Spirituality will be the springboard for this month’s worship theme of “Blessing.”  Audio of Sermon  

April 30 2017
10:30 Service:—  Dan Kerr, “Why It’s Important to be a UU Now”   Today we are struck by the question:  Why don’t neighbors live peacefully together without the threat of terrorism, bigotry, hatred, and isolationism?   What can we do about a world in such turmoil?  The answer lies in who we are as Unitarians.  Instead of a sermon this Sunday, our choir will share five readings with the congregation, followed by singing five new anthems, describing the five steps of Unitarian Universalism that can lead us to counter the negative world we live in. Audio of Sermon

April 23, 2017
10:30 Service:—  
 Kurtland Davies, “How to be a More Effective Activist”  Are you spending a lot of time working on social justice or environmental issues but not seeing many results? Feeling   frustrated?  Here are two ideas that may help: 
(1) Know yourself.  (2) Know that there is no enemy.     Audio of Sermon 

 April 16 (Easter Sunday)
10:30 Service:—  — Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, "Rolling Away the Stone"   We humans tend to bury a lot of emotions within ourselves which we deem undesirable such as shame, hurt, bitterness, and envy. Keeping them buried can hurt us. What's in the tomb of our hearts and can we roll away the stone on what in us needs airing?    Audio of Sermon

 April 9 (Palm Sunday)
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Of Palm Fronds and Ashes" The Lenten Season is one of fasting, contemplation, and atonement - all of which says no to a consumerist society. What can we learn from the practice?  Audio of Sermon
Share-the-Plate with F.A.I.T.H.
April 2, 2017
10:30 Service—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Gospel of Thomas"    A look at the non-canonical, enigmatic sayings of Jesus.        Audio of Sermon        

 March 26, 2017
10:30 Service:— Sheila McMahon, Women’s History Month - - -We will celebrate the lives of two women who contributed to bettering the lives of many Americans.        During New York’s 1933 Catholic Worker Movement, Dorothy Day declared "Feed the poor and they call you a saint.  But ask why are the poor not being fed, and they call you a Communist!"       Born in 1858 into a socially prominent Philadelphia family, Katherine Drexel was destined to be a debutante. Instead, she dedicated her life and fortune to the material and spiritual well-being of underprivileged Blacks and Native Americans.   Audio of Service

March 19, 2017
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey:  , “The Stuff of Hope, Part II: The Tragic Gap”   Audio of Sermon                Share the plate with Family Renew. 

March 12, 2017
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey:  , “The Stuff of Hope, Part I: Radical Hope”   Audio of Sermon

Second Sunday with Rev Kathy

March 5, 2017

10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew RickeyIs it possible or even advisable to tell our absolute truth 100% of the time? How much subjectivity is in "the truth"? What do our lies say about ourselves?    Audio of Sermon

 February 26, 2017
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “A Spirit of Resistance”      Resistance will be the first of spiritual values which we will explore in worship and in newly formed Soul Matters groups. Rev Kathy will consider what it means to be a person of resistance.             Audio of Sermon

February 19, 2017—
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “A Hidden Wholeness”                     This is the title of Quaker teacher, Parker Palmer's book on living authentically.  It is the basis for our small group ministry or "Soul Matters" groups which will launch this month.   Audio of Sermon                                           
                                                               SHARE-THE-PLATE— Meals on Wheels   

February 12 ,2017
10:30 Service:— —Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, Stewardship Sunday, “Generosity as a Spiritual Practice”   What happens when we give of ourselves from the heart?  What does it mean to give gratuitously?  How might committing Random Acts of Generosity transform us?  Rev. Kathy will explore these questions in connection with spiritual growth.  Audio of sermon        Second Sunday with Rev Kathy

 February 5, 2017
10:30 Service:— —Dr. Chester Wilson, “Achieving Social Justice”                             Dr. Wilson is VP of Quality Assurance for SMA Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. and also Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice for Bethune-Cookman University.  He has been dynamically engaged in the community and also has been active as a trainer and a mentor.    Audio

January 29, 2017
10:30 Service:— Dan Gribbin, “The Blues and the American Spirit”    Gribbin traces the blues from work songs and field hollers through Leadbelly, who was a repository for these songs and who gave white America its first experience with Delta Blues, helping them to connect with the descendants of slaves.  While gospel music inspired African-Americans to endure the hardships, the Blues laid the groundwork for epic social change.   Audio of Sermon

January 22, 2017
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Black American Experience: Bryan Stevenson on Justice & Mercy”
The last in a sermon series trying to understand how African-Americans experience our society - Stevenson, an African American attorney tells his compelling story of saving an innocent man from the death penalty in his book,Just Mercy. In the process, Stevenson uncovers a conspiring political machine attempting to maintain the status quo of oppression for impoverished Black Americans.  Audio of Sermon

January 15, 2017
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Black American Experience: Ta’Nehisi Coates”         Continuing in a sermon series trying to understand how African-Americans experience our society. Coates is an award-winning writer for “The Atlantic.” He wrote the book, Between the World and Me, a very personal account of his attempt to explain to his young son the social liabilities inherent in having a black body.         Audio of sermon 

January 8, 2017
10:30 Service:—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, The Black American Experience: The New Jim Crow”   
First in a sermon series on trying to understand “how African-Americans experience our society; Rev Kathy explores three influential books on structural racism in our country. The series begins with a book by Michelle Alexander titled The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in Age of Colorblindness. Alexander, an African American attorney, provides a clear account of the often-unseen structures of racism which exist in our judicial system.  Note: Alexander’s book is a congregational read which will be discussed from 10 a.m. to noon on three Saturdays, January 14, 21, 28  
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January 1, 2017
10:30 Service:— Harry White and others, “Social Justice Issues for 2017”presented by Ellen Nielsen, Harry White and 
Leslie VanWinkie SukhijaOur congregation will participate with members of our newly revitalized Social Justice Committee, who will share their perspectives on some specific issues that deserve our attention during the new year. Audio of Presenters

December 25, 2016  Christmas Day
10:30 Sermon—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “A Story of Expectation”         Sophia Lyons Fahs, 20th century Unitarian educator said this about the nativity: "Each night a child is born is a holy night." Rev. Kathy will recast the Christmas story as a contemporary one emphasizing the extraordinary that can be found in the ordinary.   Audio of Sermon

 December 24th       Candlelight Christmas Eve service: begins at 5 p.m.

Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey,  A Christmas Truce

 December 18th 2016
10:30 Sermon—Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey and Deb Hanson, Intergenerational Service   A Story about Hanukkah

December 11, 2016
10:30 Sermon-  Rev. James Shoopman, “Christmas Spirit or Christmas Madness?”  

While the commercial drive to buy more than we can afford for everyone on our “list” is a kind of madness that can inflict real self-harm, it can also be a celebration of the remarkable human capacity for joyful generosity.  If you must go broke, there are worse ways than by showering those around you with gifts, so long as they are sincere expressions of love and appreciation. 
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December 4, 2016 

 10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Gratitude: A Birth Story”  Rev. Kathy tells the story of the birth of her first child and what broke her heart open to joy and gratitude.    Audio of Sermon    

November 27, 2016
10:30 Service:--
 Rev. David Keck, “Diversity as a Pathway to Depth”                                                                                                        Rev. Keck,  chaplain at Embry-Riddle University, will speak on lessons from his interfaith chaplaincy.  As he explains, conversations with people of very different religious traditions helps us to deepen our own understanding of our personal beliefs.  Learning about another religion respectfully allows us to refine our understanding of why we believe what we believe.
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November 20, 2016
10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “Making Our Food Visible”                    When we sit down to a meal, what do we really know about it?  Where did those vegetables come from? What methods were used to grow them?  Who harvested them?  Who brought them to market?  And with your pot roast, even more provocative questions arise.   audio of sermon


November 13, 2016
 10:30 Service:—  Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, "Post-Election Blues"        
Once upon a time in our two-party system, there was civility, compromise, and sometimes points of agreement across the aisle on Capitol Hill. Obviously, this is not so today. If
polarization of political values threatens the functioning of our democracy is reconciliation imperative.
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November 6, 2016 

.10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, “A Remarkable Journey: The                                                                  Story of a Resistance Fighter”                 As a young adult, I had the privilege of knowing Elisabeth Sevier who, as a teen, joined the French Resistance during World War II.    Audio of Sermon


October 30, 2016 
10:30 Service:Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, "Choosing the Ancestors”             This is our All Souls Day service where we will honor our family members who have passed on from this life. Pastor Kathy will share stories of her illustrious South Georgia/Florida family and what it means to choose from the ancestors what makes you who you are today.
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October 23, 2016

10:30 Service:— Rev. Kathy Tew Rickey, "Afraid of the Dark”    As we approach the autumnal equinox and Halloween, what better way to celebrate the coming darkness than by exploring the shadow side of the human psyche where there's only one thing to be afraid of . . . ourselves: Booo! 
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 October 16, 2016

10:30 Service:Forough Hosseini, “Giving Back to the Community”             Iranian-American businesswoman Forough Hosseini began the Hosseini Family Foundation to help local underprivileged children stay in school by providing after-school programs that follow students through high school and beyond.  Her many awards for community service include the prestigious Herbert M. Davidson Award for Outstanding Community Service for contributions to education. 

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  October 9, 2016 

 10:30 Service:—Pastor Kathy Tew Rickey, "The Water We Swim In"  

          This service will be dedicated to our annual Water Communion ceremony. Bring a small amount of water which represents a place you've visited or an event which took place over the last year that is especially meaningful to you – your sharing should be not so much a travel log as an opportunity to share from your heart the moments of grace which touch your life.

October 2, 2016
 10:30 Service:—David Williamson, “Keeping Religion out of Government              Why must we keep religion out of our government?    Founder of the Central Florida Freethought Community, David Williamson will discuss the question of religious freedom in the US and even in Volusia County.  CFFC is a local chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which focuses on maintaining the wall of separation between state and church as well as on building a secular community for non-theists.  Ordained by the Humanist Society, David is a Humanist Celebrant, a designation awarded to ambassadors of humanism, individuals who serve as leaders, ceremony officiants, and scholars of humanism.   
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 September 25, 2016
10:30 Service:— September 25th—Pastor Kathy Tew Rickey, “Thus Do We Covenant”     If covenant means promise, what do we promise to each other in this congregation?  To our neighboring UU congregations? To our Association of UU congregations (the UUA)? How does our congregational mission and vision play into that understanding? 

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September 18, 2016
10:30 Service:— Pastor Kathy Tew Rickey, “Making Our Own Days Glad”
The first Universalist minister to preach on American soil was John Murray of the 18th century. He is associated with our first and probably last Unitarian Universalist miracle. Let's hear his story.   Audio of Sermon

September 11, 2016

10:30 Service:— Pastor Kathy Tew Rickey, “The Meaning of Membership”        Would you believe it if I told you that Unitarians were once Puritans? Would you believe that Puritans were concerned first with their community relationships and second with establishing their churches? What does this mean to us today in terms of being members of UUCOB?
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September 4, 2016
10:30 Service:— Dan Gribbin, -- “Grace in the Stories of Flannery O’Connor    ”Flannery O’Connor wrote about the South as she experienced it after World War II.  A devout Catholic who corresponded with some of the leading theological figures of her day, O’Connor used her fiction to explore issues regarding her own faith, and social issues raised by life in the South.  The results are thought-provoking and often hilarious.  This talk traces the Unitarian Universalist concept of the worthiness of all people (universal grace) in two of O’Connor’s best stories, “Revelation” and “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.”

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August 28, 2016
10:30 Service:—Pastor Kathy Tew Rickey, "Bread and Roses"          As we anticipate another Labor Day Weekend of mini-vacations and retail super-sales, let us honor those who have gone before us in fighting for reasonable wages, humane working conditions, and the right to more than just barely making a living.  
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August 21, 2016
10:30 Service:Pastor Kathy Tew Rickey, “Ending Well, Beginning Well"
Our human lives are defined by numerous beginnings and endings, endings and beginnings. Recognizing and honoring life's transitions are good for the psyche yet in our contemporary culture we tend to ignore them. How can we be more cognizant of our own life passages?  Audio of Sermon 

August 14, 2016
10:30 Service:Dr. James Shoopman, "The Persuasive Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s inspirational sermons, intended to bring hope and inspire courage in his immediate audience of African American church members, persuaded large numbers of Americans from all races to support the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Dr. Shoopman is Associate Professor of Humanities and Communication at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, where he teaches Ethics, Comparative Religions and Holocaust Studies, and (like Dr. King) he is an ordained Baptist Minister.   Audio of Sermon

August 7, 2016
10:30  Sermon:—Kurtland Davies, “Opening Our Hearts to Nature”      As human beings, we seem to only save what we love.  We only love what we know intimately.   How do we become intimate with nature?   Kurtland will share ideas about integrating nature into our lives and hearts.  Audio of Sermon

July 31, 2016
10:30 Service:— Linda Kalaydjian, “Animal Intelligence/Animal Rights”      We will hear some of what our own pets, and scientific research subjects, as well as performing and farm animals would surely tell us if they could speak for themselves to impact our food, entertainment and pet purchases.                                           

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July 24, 2016
10:30 Service:—Rev. Joe Wolfe, " My Prison Ministry"                                           
Rev. Wolfe experiences in prison, his escape attempts and years in solitary confinement led him to the five powerful mystical experiences—The Five Signs—that transformed his life.  In this inspiring inside talk with an agnostic’s journey from victim turned victimizer to victor, we journey along with him from skepticism to trust—in the potentiality of each and every individual.

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July 17,2016

10:30 Service:— Susan Garrison, “Our Feathered Friends”   It has been said, that once you really see and know birds, you are never alone.  Through music, meditation, conversation, and a brief message, we will explore the winged and wild world of birds, our relationship with them, and what they can teach us.  Come with an open mind and a willing heart.  You may never look at our feathered friends quite the same way again. 
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 July 10, 2016

10:30 Service:— Dan Gribbin, “Unitarianism & American Transcendentalism”  Save

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July 3, 2016
10:30 Service: “The Original Americans" This unusual “4th of July” service celebrating Native Americans will include our RE children as well as contributions from Marion Ahlstedt and Dan Gribbin as well as Preston and Susan Garrison.

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