2020 Sermons

  • “Paved With Good Intentions”

    History is full of good intentions and accidental negative impacts. Looking at the history of adoption of children in America, we consider how to grapple with an imperfect past as we plan for the future.

    Rev. Kent Doss
    September 20, 2020

  • “Where the River Begins - Water Communion”

    Normally this is the time of year when we return from Summer vacations and greet one another back to another bustling church year. Worshiping together in person is still a long-way off, but we will celebrate our connection to each other, to our congregation, and to the earth through a virtual water communion ritual.

    Rev. Kent Doss
    September 13, 2020

  • “Interdependently Yours”

    Our first and seventh principles are often seen as the foundation of our UU tradition. This Sunday, we look at the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and our profound interdependence through the lens of adoption. This is the first four sermons Rev. Kent will deliver as a part of his doctoral research that focuses on UU theology and adoption.

    Rev. Kent Doss
    September 6, 2020

  • "Delight in Creation"

    What are the delights in our lives and in our community? How do the small joys remind us of how the earth and the sky and all things living are blessed by a Spirit of Life? A life closely observed has a lot to teach us about the bonds that connect each to all. Bring your favorite summer reading book, a pen and paper to this online service inspired by Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights.

    Rev. Megan Visser
    August 30, 2020

  • "Exploring Creation Myths"

    Greg Cline explores creation myths of various faith traditions and what we can learn from them.

    Tapestry Member Greg Cline
    August 23, 2020

  • "The State of the Orange County Nonprofit Community - Adaptation and Resilience in Times of Crisis"

    Paul Bonfanti, a consultant for Non-Profit organizations, discusses the state of non-profit organizations in the wake of COVID-19.

    Tapestry Member Paul Bonfanti
    August 16, 2020

  • "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