2012 Sermons

2012 Sermons

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Note: A printed sermon is the documents from which the sermon is preached.  However, each preached sermon is different than the document, sometimes more than other times.

December 24, 2012: Joseph The Good Father A sermon by by Rev. David M Bryce

December 16, 2012: Tragedy In Newtown A sermon by by Rev. David M Bryce

December 09, 2012: Advent A brief homily by by Rev. David M Bryce

December 02, 2012: Hanukkah 2012 Hanukkah is a celebration of religious freedom.  It is important to all of the Abrahamic Faith traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Baha’i) because if the Maccabee rebellion had failed, none of these religions would exist; nor would our Unitarian Universalism. A sermon by by Rev. David M Bryce

November 25, 2012: A Celebration Of Life One of my favorite hymns includes the line “For all that is our life we sing our thanks and praise”.  I don’t know if I can be thankful for everything in life, but I can be thankful for much in life.  As, I believe, can we all. A sermon by by Rev. David M Bryce

November 18, 2012: Thanksgiving, 2012: Sharing Our Bounty:  A sermon by by Rev. David M Bryce We have much even when we have little.  We have much of things, but we also have much of presence, fellowship, love to give.

November 04, 2012: New Member Sunday 2012 Today we celebrate new members entering into our community.  But we also celebrate the community itself and the ongoing connection we feel with one another.

 

October 28, 2012: Death With Dignity  A sermon by by Rev. David M Bryce On the ballot this Election Day will be a proposal to allow people the right to end their lives under certain conditions (e.g., if they have a terminal illness with less than six months to live).  What are the moral questions involved, and what are the religious factors in making both the decision of whether to ends ones life and the decision of how to vote on this question? [powerpress url=”http://uubelmont.org/wordpress-dev2/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2012.10.21.2.sermon.mp3″]Click the triangle to play the audio, or download audio file

 

October 14, 2012: Association Sunday  Our Unitarian Universalist Association serves us in many ways.  But, to paraphrase a former President, “Ask not what you Association can do for you; ask what you can do for your Association.”  Today we celebrate our UU history and support our Association.  Half of the cash in today’s plate collection will be given to the UUA. A sermon by by Rev. David M Bryce
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October 07, 2012: Where Do I Search For Truth? A sermon by by Rev. David M Bryce[powerpress url=”http://uubelmont.org/wordpress-dev2/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2012.10.07.2.sermon.mp3″]Click the triangle to play the audio, or download audio file

 

September 23, 2012: Forgiving the Unforgivable  A sermon by by Rev. David M BryceSome acts are so terrible, and the pain of them runs so deep, that forgiving those who have committed them against us seems impossible.  Can we ever forgive the people who have done these things?  Can we ever forgive ourselves if we have done these things?  Can we be forgiven by others, by God or by the universe for all of our actions?[powerpress url=”http://uubelmont.org/wordpress-dev2/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2012.09.23.1.sermon.mp3″]Click the triangle to play the audio, or download audio file

 

September 16, 2012:  Equinox: How to live in balance    A sermon by by Rev. David M Bryce The Equinox is a brief moment when the Equator of the Earth tilts directly towards the sun.  This brings a moment of balance and equality between day and night, light and dark.  How do we find that balance in our personal lives?[powerpress url=”http://uubelmont.org/wordpress-dev2/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2012.09.16.1.sermon.mp3″]Click the triangle to play the audio, or download audio file

 

June 03, 2012: On Human Nature  It has been said that liberals (religious and otherwise) are naïve about human nature, overly optimistic and fail to see the “beast within”.  I choose optimistic realism.A sermon by by Rev. David M Bryce

 

May 27, 2012: Waiting For The Spirit    In the book of Acts, on Pentecost “tongues of flame” descended upon the disciples and they spoke in many different languages. There have been times in my life when words have come from me that I did not expect. Are there hidden truths within us waiting to pour forth? A sermon by by Rev. David M Bryce

 

March 18, 2012: Excellence in Life (text coming soon) Preached by David Bryce and Doug Burden
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March 04, 2012: The Hidden Self (text) A sermon by by Rev. David M Bryce
We live in a time when people are open about many things, witness the success of self-revealing talk shows and the public interest in the personal lives of celebrities and politicians.  And revelations of identity have helped to bring about social change.  Is it ever right to hide part of one’s self?[powerpress url=”http://uubelmont.org/wordpress-dev2/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2012.03.04.2.sermon.mp3″]Click the triangle to play the audio, or download audio file

 

February 26, 2012:  A sermon by by Rev. David M Bryce In the Chandogya Upanishad, a father teaches his son about nature and the divine nature.  In revealing the divine within nature, he repeatedly says to his son, “Thou art that”.  There are some implications if we are, indeed, that.

 

February 19, 2012: Utopian Interruptions (text) Rev. Victor Carpenter, Minister Emeritus[powerpress url=”http://uubelmont.org/wordpress-dev2/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2012.02.19.2.sermon.mp3″]Click the triangle to play the audio, or download audio file

 

February 12, 2012: Love’s Question (text) Rev. Doris Hunter[powerpress url=”http://uubelmont.org/wordpress-dev2/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2012.02.12.2.sermon.mp3″]Click the triangle to play the audio, or download audio file

 

February 05, 2012: What We Mean To The World (text)
What are the values of Unitarian Universalism and of this congregation that we want to see lived out in the world around us? How shall we see that they are? [powerpress url=”http://uubelmont.org/wordpress-dev2/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2012.02.05.1.sermon.mp3″]Click the triangle to play the audio, or download audio file

 

January 29, 2012: The Free And Responsible Search For Truth And Meaning (text)
A sermon by by Rev. David M BryceFor each of us religious exploration is a lifelong experience. Each stage of life, each day, brings new circumstances and so new learning. What am I learning today?

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January 22, 2012: Just Imagine: Visions of Partnership (text) preached by Livia Racz[powerpress url=”http://uubelmont.org/wordpress-dev2/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2012.01.22.1.sermon.mp3″]Click the triangle to play the audio, or download audio file

 

January 15, 2012: Radical Message of Dr. King (text) [powerpress url=”http://uubelmont.org/wordpress-dev2/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2012.01.15.2.readings+sermon.mp3″]Click the triangle to play the audio, or download audio file  A sermon by by Rev. David M Bryce

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