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A Call to the Heart, Mind, and Spirit from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley Welcome to the UUCB Sermon and Personal Theology Podcast! We are sharing our weekly Sunday sermons from our called and visiting ministers, seminarians, and lay people of our congregation, along with the Sunday morning lecture series Personal Theology. Click on the name of the sermon or lecture below to read the text, listen to the podcast or watch the streaming video. You can also subscribe to our podcasts with iTunes® or a link on the Past Services and Personal Theology pages of uucb.org. If you are searching for a sermon and don’t find it here, please contact us. Our archives date back to 2007. You will need the date and/or name of the sermon(s) in order for us to locate it.
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  • 09/17/17--11:00: The Fundamentals of Caring
  • 11 a.m. What does it mean to be a "Welcoming Congregation" in these turbulent times? This week we will explore ways that we are called to care for one another as well as the immense responsibility of caring for our wider community and global village. What are ways that we live up to this call within and outside of these walls and how can we prepare ourselves to welcome the challenges that surely lay ahead?

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  • 09/24/17--11:00: It’s Not About Us
  • 11 a.m. Welcoming strangers is championed in many traditions, but it can be tough to put into practice. This week in worship we will consider how we can welcome others more fully by moving past our class and cultural assumptions and putting the needs of others first.

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  • 10/01/17--11:00: The Courage to Covenant
  • 11:00 a.m. Last year the Youth-Adult team focused on the promise that we make to each other and the promise we make between generations within our community. Join us as we explore the promise of covenant with UUCB’s Youth Adult Team. Middle and high schoolers are invited to remain in the service while children in elementary school will have their regular classes. Come explore this vital aspect of community and service!

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  • 10/15/17--11:00: To Fix or Fight the System?
  • 11:00 a.m. 158 years ago this week, in an attempt to arm slaves for revolt, John Brown led a raid on Harper’s Ferry. Of the six people who funded Brown’s raid, five were Unitarians. This week in worship we will seek wisdom and courage from our past as we consider today’s liberal and radical perspectives on how to build a better world. Middle and high schoolers are invited to stay for whole of worship while children in elementary school will join Rev. Christian in the Fireside Room for Children’s Chapel after the time for all ages.

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  • 10/22/17--11:00: Where the Heart Is
  • 11:00 Some of us have spent a lifetime searching for a place to call home, a sanctuary of respite in difficult times. Others have been lucky enough to have sweet memories of a childhood home or have created their own places of spiritual and emotional renewal. How does home nourish your spirit? How can we as a church community help people feel at home? Can we find the courage to offer sanctuary to others?

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    11:00 a.m. 500 years after Martin Luther courageously instigated the Reformation, religion in our world has begun another process of transformation. This week in worship we will imagine how religion might change in the centuries to come and Reverends Christian and Kristin will offer “the next 95 theses.”

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  • 11/05/17--11:00: Remembrance Sunday
  • 11 a.m. This Sunday we honor and remember those we have loved and lost. Everyone is invited to bring a picture or other small item that represents someone you wish to remember for the remembrance table.

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    11 a.m. What lets your soul take flight? For many, music does, and today will focus on music that lifts the heart and spirit. "Flight Song" by the young composer Kim Arensen includes thesewords: "Songs of lives unfolding fly over head, moving like the rise and fall of wings, music's fierce compassion flows..." And don’t forget to bring your food or financial donation to church because this Sunday is Food Truck Sunday!

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  • 11/19/17--11:00: Abundant Life
  • 11 a.m. Join us for this service for all ages including a story, harvest hymns, a sermon, and sharing cornbread as we give thanks for all manner of abundance in our lives.

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  • 12/03/17--11:00: Hurry Up and Wait
  • 11 a.m. This week begins a season of waiting and hoping before the joy of the winter holidays. In this service we will consider hope from a Buddhist perspective, and what hope has to offer us not just in a foretold future, but here and now.