Past Worship Services & Sermons

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Sunday, February 12, 2017: "LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART (AND WHY IT WOULD BE GOOD)"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Today's sermon takes its questions from Valentine's Day's celebration of Devoted Love and Evolution Day's celebration of the birthday of Unitarian Charles Darwin.  Our questions are, To be? or not to be? - or, put another way,  What is the singular most Divine or Holy Word of Creation?   


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Sunday, January 29, 2017: "HINDU AND BUDDHIST WAYS OF KNOWING TRUTH: Why Believe?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Worship Leader: Michael Pohl

What ways of developing or choosing beliefs do the Vedic religions of Hinduism and Buddhism offer as having Authority?  How dependable are they in helping us find truth and live wisely and well?


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Sunday, January 22, 2017: " DUTY OR LIBERATION? Drawing Beliefs About Morality from Hinduism and Buddhism"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Worship Leader: Beate Hughes-Brown

A faith system is composed of beliefs about Reality (or, Being), Morality A (or, Behaving), and Authority (or, Believing) that gude our choices for making life its best possible.  What do the Vedic religions of Hinduism and Buddhism offer to help increase our understanding about Morality?  Given Reality, does it matter how you live?  What is the best way?


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Sunday, January 15, 2017: "Strangers in Strange Lands: The World-Wide Neighborhood of the Peace Corps"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Paul Burnore

Since the Peace Corps was created in 1961, Americans have volunteered to travel to distant lands to help people they don’t know. Most volunteers come back just as changed as any changes they may have made.  This service will feature three reflections on Peace Corps service by UUSP members Brenda Freedland (Chile 1967-69), Sally Carville (Swaziland 1992-94), and Rosemary Yaco (Togo, 1983-86).

UUSP Returned Peace Corps Volunteers:
Name                           Country of service             Years                         Job
Brenda Freedland                Chile                           1967-69          Community Development
Jack Donovan                  Micronesia                      1967-68                     Teacher
Diane Williams                   Somalia                         1969                  English Teacher
                                           Kenya                            1970                  English Teacher
Paul Burnore                     Thailand                         1971-73             University teacher
                                        Kazakhstan                      1992-95              Country Director
                                        Khyrgyzstan                     1993            Country Director (temporary)
Rosemary Yaco                   Togo                             1983-86                   Teacher
Sally Carville                    Swaziland                        1992-94                   Teacher
                                          Guyana                           2012-14                   Teacher

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Sunday, January 8, 2017: "WHAT IS EXISTENCE? ART THOU THAT? Drawing Beliefs about Reality from Hinduism and Buddhism"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

What beliefs do the Vedic religions of Hinduism and Buddhism offer to help increase our understanding about Reality?  Are you one with everything, or one with nothing? Whence comes your life power and potential? What is this world in which you live? If your beliefs about Reality and Life set the context for choosing your best way to live, does increasing your understanding of Reality seem like a good idea?