2020 Sermons

  • "Creating Dividing Lines"

    Sometimes, humans create systems for including and excluding individuals based upon divisions that are just made up. This Sunday, we think about how lines, created by the human mind, form national borders that cause decisive impacts upon the lives of millions. What other arbitrary divisions do humans create that have a profound influence the happiness and well-being of individuals, for better or worse? As UUs, how do we recognize and deal with these man-made divisions?

    Roger Greene
    August 9, 2020

  • "Better Angels Of Our Nature"

    Using a phrase from President Abraham Lincoln’s Inaugural Address in 1861, Rev. Tom will also turn to our Unitarian Universalism as a religion of “ever-evolving love” for grounding and guidance during this time of a raging pandemic and savage racism. Additionally, he draws strength from the witness of his 22-year-old grand-daughter teaching ESL in South Korea: “2020 will be the year that we woke up!” So might it be!

    Rev. Tom Owen-Towle
    August 2, 2020

  • "Beguiled By Beauty"

    “The beauty and resilience of the world are a sign of hope even when things are difficult” says theologian Wendy Farley. This beauty is beyond what we ordinarily think of as “pretty.” It is the deep creativity and abundance of things and, as human beings, we participate in that. Spiritual life is about connecting with this deep source of beauty and love.

    Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube
    July 26, 2020

  • "How Much Doing Good is Good Enough?"

    As we watch the news, we see so many good and important causes to which we could contribute our time, talent and treasure. How do we decide when we've contributed enough?

    Tapestry Member Rona Henry
    July 19, 2020

  • "Rooted Together"

    The natural world is a beautiful teacher of the harmony surrounding us -- and the harmony possible in community. What truth and connection might we find just outside our back doors? How might we learn some powerful lessons from the buzzing bees and the sprouting leaves? This Sunday, we’ll consider how we are "Rooted Together," examining how the spirit of life works within us and around us when we most need it.
    Liz Murphy is a recent graduate of the Claremont School of Theology and is a candidate for ministry with the Unitarian Universalist Association. She’s currently the intern minister at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, CA. She previously worked as a chaplain intern at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and as the Interfaith Programs Assistant at the University of Southern California's Office of Religious Life. Originally from Pittsburgh, she moved to Los Angeles in 2017 with her wife, Hilary.

    Elizabeth Murphy, Intern Minister at Throop UU
    July 12, 2020

  • "Can’t We All Just Get Along?"

    There is no EZ Pass to Racial Harmony.  In keeping with this month's theme of harmony, Celia's sermon emphasizes that there is no way to have lasting harmony within ourselves or among people when we have not done the hard work to heal the wounds. Even though we tried to run away from the history, the history is still happening.  This has become a call to reclaim our highest level of humanity: our morality.

    Tapestry member Celia Young
    July 5, 2020