Harmony UU Sermons

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    Building Your Own Theology

    Join us on Sunday, August 21st for our next Building Your Own Theology

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      Guest Speaker Michael Dowd

      On Sunday, August 7th we will welcome guest speaker Michael Dowd to Harmony. Michael is a bestselling eco-theologian, TEDx speaker, and pro-science, pro-future advocate whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on

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        Summer Service Project

        On Sunday, July 17th we will clean up the flower beds around Lakeview as part of our Summer service project. Bring your gardening gloves and join us. Email info@harmonyuu.org for more

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          Curiosity, Creativity and Exploration—Live Like a Kid

          On Sunday, July 3rd, Jamey will give us strategies for reclaiming a child-like enthusiasm for life amidst a post-pandemic

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            Sunday Social Event: Picnic!

            For the second quarter social event, we’ll be having a picnic at Schappacher Park from 10:00am-12:00pm! We’ll provide donuts, bagels/cream cheese, yogurt, and fruit. Please bring your own drink. Email info@harmonyuu.org for more

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              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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                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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                  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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                    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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                      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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                        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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                          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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                            BYOT: February 2022

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

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                              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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                                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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                                  Sunday, December 5th

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

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                                    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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                                      Musings on Gratitude

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

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                                        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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                                          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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                                            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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                                              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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                                                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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                                                  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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                                                    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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                                                      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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                                                        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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                                                          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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                                                            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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                                                              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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                                                                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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                                                                  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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                                                                    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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                                                                      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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                                                                        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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                                                                          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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                                                                            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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                                                                              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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                                                                                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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                                                                                  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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                                                                                    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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                                                                                      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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                                                                                        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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                                                                                          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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                                                                                            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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                                                                                              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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                                                                                                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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                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                        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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