Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church Sermons and Services.
October 29, 2006 Sermon – Rev. Chuck Freeman: In the Spirit of Yahrzeit
Rev. Chuck Freeman: In the Spirit of Yahrzeit: This word literally means “time of [one] year”. In the Jewish faith, yahrzeit is the yearly ceremony to honor the death of a loved one. Mourners participate in various customs like reciting the Kaddish prayer, lighting a candle which burns for 24 hours, fasting, visiting the gravesite, […]
October 15, 2006 Sermon – Rev. Kathleen Ellis: The Cost Of Freedom
Rev. Kathleen Ellis: The Cost Of Freedom: I’m thinking of the freedoms most of us take for granted: freedom of religion, freedom to remain ignorant, freedom to protest, and so on. We’re free to choose, but what? And why? [20:24]
October 8, 2006 Sermon – Rev. Chuck Freeman: The Miracle Of Compassion
Rev. Chuck Freeman: The Miracle of Compassion: During Chuck’s chaplaincy days in the Texas Medical Center he was heart sick trying to minister to a young woman who was dying of cancer and her husband. In a flash his despair yielded a moment of insight regarding one of Jesus’ miraculous acts. The applications of this […]
October 1, 2006 Sermon – Rev. Kathleen Ellis: Pardon Me!
Rev. Kathleen Ellis: Pardon Me!: This evening marks the conclusion of Jewish High Holy Days, a period of atonement. In Judaism, if someone causes you harm, but sincerely apologizes and tries to make amends, you are religiously obligated to forgive. Without this apology, there is no such obligation. Today is the day to ask forgiveness […]
September 24, 2006 Sermon – Rev. Chuck Freeman: Root Power
Rev. Chuck Freeman: Root Power: One February evening in 1994 during Live Oak’s seedling days, the community decided to employ consensus as our governing model. Shared power and shared leadership has been at the root of our genius over the years. As we grow bigger branches, the consensus model is being stretched and challenged. How […]
September 17, 2006 Sermon – Ryan Valentine: Turning Public School Into Sunday School
Ryan Valentine: Turning Public School Into Sunday School: Long a contentious venue for church-state issues, public schools have become the front line in Texas’ “culture war”. The religious right is busy dreaming up new ways to introduce religious ideology into the classroom: creationism (or intelligent design) into biology textbooks; stripping out all disease prevention and […]