Sermon Code (the green letters after some sermon titles):
Sermons for people from Christian backgrounds,
helping them to make the transition from Christian roots to UUism.
Subjects appropriate for group discussion, panels, etc.
We all have experiences, thoughts, questions, & stories on these themes.
These subjects are so current and perhaps controversial
that the local news media might be invited to cover the event.
Sermons especially appropriate for a Sunday
on which you intend to advertise for visitors from the general public,
people who have never before attended a UU service.
These talks presuppose no previous knowledge of UU thinking or traditions.
And they address subjects already alive in the minds
of people on the verge of becoming Unitarian Universalists.
you click a title that appears in
you will see a synposis and/or outline of that sermon
---and sometimes the complete text of that sermon.
the following list were the table of contents
of a magazine,
which articles would you turn to immediately?
2. Spirituality for Humanists: Six Capacities of Our Human Spirits D O
3. Ways to Expand Our Spirits
4. Looking for the Meaning of Life
WHAT IS SPIRITUALITY?
1. Beyond the Life
of the Body, the Heart, & the Mind .
2. Ways to Expand
Our Spirits .
3. Self-Transcendence, Self-Criticism, & Altruism .
4. Freedom:Transcending Enculturation and Choosing for Ourselves .
5. Creativity: Making Something Genuinely New .
6. Love: The I-Thou Encounter, Discovering Other Persons of Spirit .
Disclosure of Existential Anxiety
and other Manifestations of Our Existential Predicament .
8. Glimpses of Joy and Fulfillment .
1. Our Existential Predicament and Its Solution
2. Loneliness of Spirit: Deeper than the Reach of Love
3. Being Depressed in Spirit: Deeper than Psychological Depression D
4. Existential Anxiety: Angst D
5. Existential Guilt: Deeper than Pangs of Conscience C D
Existential Understanding of Death:
A Phenomenology of Ontological Anxiety
2. Emerging (or Recovering) from Conventional Religious Beliefs C D O
3. The College Campus as Our Mission Field
4. An Existential
Interpretation of Christian
Demythologizing the New Testament C O
5. Christmas without
How Did the Birth-of-Christ Narratives Arise? C N O
6. The Logic of Belief: Science/Pseudo-Science, Critical Inwardness/Dogma C
Rule-Morality to Rational Ethics:
Debating the Ten Commandments C D
8. Why I Am A Unitarian Universalist
9. The Next 1,000
Years of Spiritual Progress:
The Future of Unitarian Universalism
and the Unitarian-Universalist Movement
WHICH GODS DO NOT EXIST?
11. No Gods Created the Universe
12. No Gods Wrote Holy Books
13. No Gods Can Save Us from Death
14. No Gods Are Watching Our Behavior
15. No Gods Are All-Powerful
Seven Pre-Existing Needs and How to Transcend Them D
21 Ways to Become Less Dependent and More Authentic D
4. Romantic Jealousy: Cause and Prevention D
5. Romantic Love is a Hoax! Exploring Emotional Programming D N
6. Designer Marriage: Write Your Own Relationship Contract
7. Sources of Sexual Fantasies D N
8. I-It Sex versus I-Thou Sex: How Spirit Can Transform Sex D
9. A New Way of Loving: Non-Comprehensive Relationships D
10. I AM a Women's
Libber—But I'm Not a Woman!
Men's Place in the Women's Movement D N
11. Masculinity/Femininity: Loving Beyond our Gender-Personalities D N
12. Four Ways to Achieve Same-Sex Marriage D N
13. The Future of Love & Marriage D
and the Unitarian Universalist Movement D N
2. Becoming More Authentic: The Positive Side of Existentialism
3. Simplify, Simplify: The Advantages of Voluntary Poverty D N
4. Turning Points in the Second Half of Life D
5. New Meanings for the
Second Half of Life:
Re-Creating Ourselves after Children and Work D
2. The Right to Die: Voluntary Death and Merciful Death D N
3. Ten Safeguards for Life-Ending Decisions D N
4. Three Differences between Irrational Suicide and Voluntary Death D N
5. The One-Month-Less Club: Live Well Now and Omit the Last Month D N
6. Your 'Living Will': Decide Your Ethics and Write Your Medical Directive D
7. When is a Person? Pre-Persons and Former Persons D N
8. The Living Cadaver: Medical Uses of Permanently Unconscious Bodies D N
9. Twelve Ways to Reduce Health-Care Costs D N
10. Scientific and Philosophical Questions about Life after Death C D
4. Let's License Parents—And Solve Many Problems at Once D N
5. To What Degree Are We Still Racist? D
6. Religious Cults and Street Gangs D
7. The War on Drugs: The New Prohibition? D N
8. Prison Reform: 3 Kinds of Sentences and 10 Levels of Prison D N
9. The Reversible
Replacing Social Security, Welfare, & Deductions D N
10. Disarming America: Let's Eliminate All Private Guns D N
All subjects can be adjusted to
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