Harmony UU Sermons

Upcoming sermons

05Jun

    Paths and Roads

    On Sunday, June 5th Tim will talk about the differences between paths and roads: two ways of moving through places, and two ways of thinking about our relationship with the

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    Previous sermons

    15May

      May 15: Build Your Own Theology

      On Sunday, May 15 Paul will lead us in another round of discussion from Build Your Own

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      01May

        Sunday, May 1st

        On Sunday, May 1st Gretchen will give the Harmony sermon. More details about the topic will be posted

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        17Apr

          Service Project: GLAD House

          For April’s service project, we will be putting together art kits for youth participating in Glad House services. The mission of GLAD House is to improve the lives of children and their families by breaking the cycle of addiction. Staff at the GLAD House regularly use art to engage the kids in

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          03Apr

            Honesty is the Best Policy and Other Lies

            Jeff Chambers is going to lie to you.  A lot.  And maybe, just maybe, that’s a good

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            20Mar

              Social Event at Mason Bowl

              Join us on March 20th from 10am to 12pm for our Harmony UU Social Event at Mason Bowl! Mason Bowl is located at 763 Reading Road (Mason). We will have 5 lanes reserved that morning for Harmony UU members. Bring money for your shoe rentals ($2.75/pair) and for any food items you choose to purchase

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              06Mar

                Burnout Be Gone

                Feeling burned out? After two years of Covid and a whole lotta dumpster fires, you’re not alone. Harmony member Susan Jackson may not have all the answers, but in this sermon, she’s going to share a few practical, simple, science-based burnout-busters based on the new book, The Awesome

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                20Feb

                  BYOT: February 2022

                  Join us for our next Build Your Own Theology discussion on Sunday, February

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                  03Jan

                    Life According to Lasso

                    Harmony members Julie Gebhart and Rob Rogan (in absentia) dive into themes seen throughout Ted Lasso, including hope, optimism, and the power of human connection. Join us as we explore the pros and cons of hope and possible consequences of pervasive

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                    19Dec

                      Harmony Holiday Song Fest

                      Join us on Sunday, December 19th for our annual holiday song festival. We need volunteers to sing or perform, so please email Dale if you’re willing to

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                      05Dec

                        Sunday, December 5th

                        Jeff Chambers is our sermon writer for Sunday, December 5th. More details

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                        19Nov

                          Build Your Own Theology

                          On Sunday, Nov. 21st, we’ll have our first Build Your Own Theology course as a Harmony Community. There’s nothing for you to do prior to coming. Just show up and participate in what will surely be a lively discussion about the nature of reality, our mortality, human nature, and the

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                          07Nov

                            Musings on Gratitude

                            On Sunday, November 7th, Jen will share with us her musings on

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                            17Oct

                              Amusement, Engagement, and Anger

                              On Sunday, October 17th, Tim will help us think about the effects of entertainment, news, and cultural polarization in a dopamine-drenched

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                              19Sep

                                An Anthology

                                On Sunday, September 19th Rob Rogan will offer a collection of several mini-subjects woven together to help us all explore how we live our

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                                05Sep

                                  Free Will: Do we have it? And what if we don’t?

                                  In this sermon, Paul Smith will take us through a thought experiment to help us determine if we have free will, and then discuss the social and ethical implications of not having as much free will as we typically think we

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                                  01Aug

                                    On Happiness, Failure, and Flow

                                    What is happiness? Why are some experiences exhilarating and meaningful, while others are monotonous and boring? How do we create the conditions for happiness, and how might those conditions change our day-to-day experience of the world? On Sunday, August 1st Tim will consider these questions and

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                                    18Jul

                                      Roll For Morals

                                      On Sunday, July 18 join Jeff Chambers on a journey of fun and self-exploration as he uses modern games to become someone completely

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                                      04Jul
                                        Fork with a measuring tape wrapped around tines

                                        Oppressive Weight: The Intersection of Diet Culture and Patriarchy

                                        In this sermon, Harmony member Julie Gebhart will explore the history of the “ideal female form” and how this ideal has been used to maintain power over women throughout recent history. Diet culture will be examined from a historical and personal lense, while listeners are encouraged to

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                                        20Jun

                                          Leaning Into “Liftoff”

                                          On June 20th, Jen Gillum will briefly discuss Melinda French Gates’ book The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. Jen’s dear friend (and Harmony guest speaker) Jody O’Dell will then share some of her experiences working as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2014-2016 in Swaziland

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                                          06Jun

                                            Income Inequality: An historical and ethical review

                                            Paul Smith will share a brief history of income inequality, followed by a look at what three of the world’s major religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) have to say about it from an ethical standpoint. He’ll then close with some thoughts and a challenge on what you can do about

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                                            02May
                                              Fruits and flowers

                                              Why Go Vegan?

                                              On Sunday, May 2nd, Megan will explore the three types of veganism as well as the impact of a plant-based diet on the individual and on the environment. We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If you’d like to join us on Sunday, just email us at info@harmonyuu.org and we’ll send you a

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                                              18Apr

                                                The Awards Culture in the Entertainment Industry

                                                Mass media including film, tv, and music has a strong impact on society.  Awards such as the Academy Awards and Golden Globes influence what gets produced.  There has been a mix of positive social outcomes from this as well as controversies.  Doren Cook would like to discuss her love of media,

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                                                04Apr

                                                  What is celebrated at Easter?

                                                  Three years ago, Karen Gottschall talked about the many traditions of spring that parallel Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This time, Sally will talk about what Unitarians and non-Christians see in the story of the Resurrection or, if you will, in its message of

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                                                  21Mar

                                                    Being spiritual but not religious?

                                                    Fighting the oppression of organized religion, or just too lazy to get up early on Sundays? On Sunday, March 21st Harmony member Dale Bodmer will help you think through questions of spirituality and religion. We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If you’d like to join us on Sunday,

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                                                    07Mar

                                                      Camping, Cookies, and Creed: How the Girl Scout Promise and Law Reflects UU Principles

                                                      Did you know that Sunday, March 7, 2021 is Girl Scout Sunday? In this sermon, Briella Chambers (she/her/hers) along with her parent Kim Chambers, will share how the Girl Scout Promise and Law reflects UU Principles. This is the final requirement for the UUA’s Religion In Life Program for

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                                                      21Feb

                                                        Reckoning with Infertility and Loss

                                                        Alexx Cook shares her personal experience with secondary infertility and miscarriage, and how it changed her perspective on connection, grief, and mental health. We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If you’d like to join us on Sunday, just email us at info@harmonyuu.org and we’ll

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                                                        07Feb

                                                          The Social Dilemma

                                                          Do you sometimes feel as though your social media platforms have completely overtaken your life, or the lives of your family? That is no accident. In this revealing sermon, Harmony members Emily and Jon King will discuss the social media landscape and the deliberate design choices behind them that

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                                                          06Feb

                                                            Sunday, February 6th

                                                            All of you have heard of the 7 UU principles. But have you heard of the 7 mycelium pillars that could greatly benefit your life? Discover the miraculous potential of mushrooms in creating a sustainable future and improving overall human

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                                                            17Jan
                                                              Where does hope come from, and what happens when it starts slipping away? A Detroit native shares her personal story of hope as it ebbs, flows, and evolves.

                                                              21 Reasons to be Hopeful in 2021

                                                              To help start 2021 off on a positive note, Paul Smith will share 21 insights from Steven Pinker’s new book Enlightenment Now showing how life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. Join us for a time of positive

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                                                              16Jan

                                                                Sunday Service – Bethany House

                                                                On Sunday, January 16th we will engage in our first service project of 2022—sorting and organizing donated items for the Bethany

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                                                                03Jan

                                                                  Taking a Personal Retreat

                                                                  We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If you’d like to join us on Sunday, just email us at info@harmonyuu.org and we’ll send you a link for our online Sunday

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                                                                  20Dec
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                                                                    Christmas in Harmony

                                                                    Please join us for a special morning of carols and stories led by Harmony’s music director, Dale Bodmer. We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If you’d like to join us on Sunday, just email us at info@harmonyuu.org and we’ll send you a link for our online Sunday

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                                                                    06Dec

                                                                      More Festivus for the Rest of Us

                                                                      There are some that celebrate Christmas, others who have Yuletide cheer, but Jeff will also discuss other holidays celebrated this time of year. We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If you’d like to join us on Sunday, just email us at info@harmonyuu.org and we’ll send you a link

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                                                                      01Nov
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                                                                        The Stoic Challenge

                                                                        The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher Calmer and More Resilient teaches us how to transform life’s stumbling blocks into opportunities. Not only can we overcome everyday obstacles―we can benefit from them, too. We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If

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                                                                        18Oct

                                                                          Humanism: What it was, and is, and isn’t

                                                                          On October 18th, join us for a historical look at Humanism, a detailed look at the Humanist Manifestos of 1933 and 1973, and how to tell if you’re a Humanist yourself. We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If you’d like to join us on Sunday, just email us at info@harmonyuu.org

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                                                                          04Oct

                                                                            What Living in a Pandemic Taught Me about Dystopian Fiction

                                                                            Tim has read countless dystopian novels about people living in disastrous moments on ruined worlds, and he’s thought about many of those stories in 2020. On Sunday, October 4th he will reflect on disaster stories, isolation, and the pandemic, asking how large problems and difficult times

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                                                                            03Oct

                                                                              Belonging, Becoming, Believing and Be-Loving: Reflections on a Spiritual Home by Guest Speaker Tom Lottman

                                                                              Well-being is a process of keeping in balance some basic human needs of belonging, becoming, believing and be-loving. This presentation will explore these drivers in our lives and how an imbalance or distortion in these forces can impair a sense of well-being. Then we will suggest how a spiritual

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                                                                              20Sep

                                                                                Unforgivable: A Look at Cancel Culture in America

                                                                                Freedom of speech and allowing space for a wide range of ideas is a cornerstone of a liberal society, however tolerance for a range of ideas seems to be decreasing. Is this lack of tolerance moving us toward accountability or giving more power to the “canceled”? Julie and Rob will work

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                                                                                06Sep

                                                                                  Modern Child Welfare and the Foster Care System by Doren Cook, LISW-S

                                                                                  Doren will give a brief explanation of what events and policies shaped child welfare law and how well it’s serving at-risk children. Do JFS social workers and foster parents deserve to be vilified as they often are, or should they be considered heroes? She will also discuss her experience as

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                                                                                  16Aug

                                                                                    The Enneagram

                                                                                    The Enneagram is a system of nine personality types that describe how people view, think, feel and interact with themselves, other people, and the world. This sermon will cover a brief description of the Enneagram and the nine personality types along with its history and application. Before the

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                                                                                    02Aug

                                                                                      Guest Speaker: Joan Van Becelaere

                                                                                      Rev. Joan Van Becelaere, the Executive Director of UU Justice Ohio, will be our guest speaker on Sunday, August 2nd. We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If you’d like to join us on Sunday, just email us at info@harmonyuu.org and we’ll send you a link for our online Sunday

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                                                                                      19Jul

                                                                                        The Imprint of Trauma: The Body Keeps the Score

                                                                                        This year has brought many “interesting” events to the world, and the hits just keep on coming. In this sermon, Kim Chambers (they/them/theirs) addresses the trauma that we have faced, the potential long-term effects of it, and how we can not just survive but thrive through 2020. Much

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                                                                                        05Jul

                                                                                          UUA and Me

                                                                                          Sally Gasior has been a member of Harmony UU for 5 years now, and she tells people she is a Universalist Unitarian, but she doesn’t know much about UUA as an organized “religion.” Do you? Let’s explore some of the Who, What, When, Where and Why of UUA’s history, structure as an

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                                                                                          21Jun

                                                                                            Small Things Often

                                                                                            On Sunday, June 21st Harmony member Barbara Bruce will describe changes we can make that are simple, free, easy, yet transformative in the areas of mind, body, and heart. We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If you’d like to join us on Sunday, just email us at info@harmonyuu.org and

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                                                                                            07Jun

                                                                                              Sunday, June 7

                                                                                              Please join us Sunday, June 7 at 10 am for our next sermon, “Looking Ahead in Harmony.” In looking ahead, how can we best continue to grow “in Harmony” during these ruptured times? We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If you’d like to join us on Sunday, just email us

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                                                                                              17May

                                                                                                Compassion in the Time of Trump

                                                                                                Who deserves basic human rights is up for debate, white supremacy is on the rise, and things feel dire. So how do we hold up our UU principle of seeking compassion in human relations, even when faced with people whose values we don’t share? Please note, that due to the unavoidable use of

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                                                                                                16May
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                                                                                                  Guest Speaker Michael Dowd

                                                                                                  On Sunday, May 16, guest speaker Rev. Michael Dowd will deliver a sermon on “The Purpose of Religion and Necessity of Science.” Since April 2002, Michael and his wife (UU science writer and fellow climate activist Connie Barlow) have traveled North America delivering talks in some 500

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                                                                                                  03May
                                                                                                    Fruits and flowers

                                                                                                    Fasting as a Physical, Mental and Spiritual Practice

                                                                                                    Intermittent Fasting (IF) has become quite the hot health and weight loss topic lately—with good reason. Cycling between periods of eating and not eating can help you shed surplus fat and gain mental clarity. IF may even help reverse or prevent serious chronic health conditions such as diabetes

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                                                                                                    19Apr

                                                                                                      Beware the Ides!

                                                                                                      On Sunday April 19th, Harmony member Jon King will discuss the origins of some superstitions, and how they can shape the way we live our lives. Both positively and negatively. We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If you’d like to join us on Sunday, just email us at info@harmonyuu.org

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                                                                                                      05Apr

                                                                                                        Social Distancing and Our Harmony Community

                                                                                                        On Sunday, April 5, Harmony co-founder Rob Rogan will lead us in conversation about social distancing and our community. We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If you’d like to join us on Sunday, just email us at info@harmonyuu.org and we’ll send you a link for our online Sunday

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