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Ep. 49 | History Class is Boring, and Other Deadly Truths

At our July 21st service, Harmony member Erin Kotch describes the shortcomings of modern history education in the U.S.  The reasons for these shortcomings are varied, but interrelated, and the sermon focuses on ways to course correct and tie historical knowledge to current events.

Ep. 39: Relationship Spaces

At our Sunday service on February 17, 2019, Harmony UU member Jon King discusses how our relationships can be complicated, and can sometimes feel overwhelming. But a simple, flexible metaphor can help us to put some sense of order to the clutter.  The spaces where our relationships live are different for each of us.  The sermon describes how to think of them in terms of physical spaces, and how that can help us all understand how we can manage them.

Ep. 38: Getting to Know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

At our Sunday service on February 3, 2019, Harmony UU member Doren Cook and her husband Steve present some of the history, beliefs, and organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The church began in 19th century America with six people and now has approximately 16 million members worldwide. The sermon will also touch on some modern issues, including the relationship with the LGBT community, Boy Scouts, politics, and why the word “Mormon” is now taboo.

 

Ep. 31: Finding Answers on the Road

So, why would a guy looking at middle age want to drive 3,000 miles in barely a week, looping through a huge swath of the parts of the country that generally don’t make it into National Geographic, camping along the way, with only his 13-year-old son for company?

Who knows? He sure didn’t until he got out there.

In this podcast from our August 5, 2018 service, Harmony UU member Jon King discusses the journey and the answers he found (and didn’t) on the road.

Read more about this service here:  https://harmonyuu.org/the-sermons/august-5-2018-service/

Ep. 9: Why Would a Practicing Catholic Attend UU Services Every Other Week?

This sermon, “Why Would a Practicing Catholic Attend UU Services Every Other Week?: Redux,” was originally delivered to the congregation of Harmony, a Unitarian Universalist Community, on May 21, 2017. It is published here with permission from the writer, with all rights reserved.

By Jon King

Good morning. I think most of you know me but for those who don’t, my name is Jon King. Before I begin I’d like to thank Dale once again for that performance. If it wasn’t clear, the opening song, “Catholic Blues,” was a Dale Bodmer original, written specifically for today, and it captures my feelings regarding the Catholic Church pretty succinctly. He even observed the importance of bingo and beer, the 8th and 9th sacraments, respectively.

And now, as a counterpoint to that…you get me.

By the title of the sermon, you can probably draw some conclusions about today’s discussion, and a good number have already seen a version of this that I did 3 years ago. I am a practicing Roman Catholic, and yet I come to Harmony at least once and usually twice a month for services. Now, to be sure, growing up Catholic doesn’t make me unique among this community. But remaining so is a bit unusual around here, and that has made me somewhat conflicted about my faith and what it means. I’d like to explore that with everyone today, in a personal way. And since this is an update, I’ll talk about how my relationship with both faiths has evolved over the last 3 years.

Read the full text of this sermon here.

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