Upcoming Worship Services
September 1-22 :“Paupers Upon the Treasure Trove” Diana Eck, professor of comparative religion at Harvard, delivering the sermon at 2007 installation of the Rev. Dr. Galen Guengerich as senior minister at the Unitarian Church of All Souls in Manhattan, said of our movement: “You are, in my estimation, the church of the new millennium. In this era, Unitarian Universalism is not the lowest common denominator, but the highest common calling. . . . In a world divided by race and by religion and ideology, the very presence of a church like this, committed to the oneness of God, the love of God, the love of neighbor and service to humanity, is a beacon.The Unitarian [Universalist] theology, and yes you have one, does not reduce the mystery of the divine, the transcendent, but amplifies it, broadens it to include the investigation of the many, many ways in which the divine is known and yet unknown. . . . The world is in need of your theology.” In this four-week series will will stop acting like “pauper sitting upon the richest treasure trove in American theological history” by revisiting and refreshing three of the most famous Unitarian sermons, and by hearing All Souls members John Murphy, Richard Propes, and Hannah Wagner share the theology and practices that move them forward. This series also features music from UU composers Jason Shelton, Edvard Grieg, Vincent Persichetti, and Bela Bartok.
Sept 1: “My UUism; Your UUism”: This month we will explore the big theological ideas in Unitarian Universalism by returning so some of the most famous sermons, but the ideas that matter are the ones that are most central to our own ordinary and extraordinary lives. Come hear some of our All Souls members share the theological tenets that mean the most to them, and how they are in their lives.
Sept 8: “The Baltimore Address 2019”: In 1819, William Ellery Channing claimed the slur “Unitarian”, proclaiming distinct theological sources and establishing the grounding propositions of Unitarianism. 200 years later, how can we recenter Channing’s message? What is our radical and real message to our times? Rev. Anastassia preaching.
Sept 15: “The Transient and Permanent in Unitarian Universalism”: Theodore Parker was almost excluded from Unitarian ministerial fellowship due his radically liberal theology as expressed in his 1841 sermon “The Transient and Permanent in Christianity”. This sermon, radical at the time, now is the articulation of Christianity that most Unitarian Universalists would now agree with. What did Parker say? What practice prompted his clergy colleagues to stick with him, even as they disagreed with and even feared his message? Rev. Anastassia preaching.
Sept 22: “Headed to Hell”: In 1907, Dr. Frank Scott Corey Wicks, All Souls’ longest serving minister, delivered a sermon “Good Men In Hell”, that was reprinted the next day in the Indianapolis Star and published and reprinted by the American Unitarian Association over thirty times. It was among the most widely circulated Unitarian sermons, and posited the idea that the Unitarian mandate was to go to troubled places and be with troubled people. Where would we go and whom would we be with if we lived this mandate today? Rev. Anastassia preaching.