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Sermons, Sunday services, and other events from the Unitarian Church in Charleston. Our faith, Unitarian Universalism is a spiritually alive and justice-centered religion. Unitarian Universalists search for truth along many paths. Instead of centering our religion on specific beliefs, we gather around shared moral values that include the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
||CleanBreathing the Same Air – Sundara Balasubramanian||This service, delivered by Sundara Balasubramanian on Sunday, March 15, 2015, is entitled "Breathing the Same Air". Sundara Balasubramanian, a researcher of cell biology, yoga and ancient Tamil texts, grew up in India and has been living in the US for ..||3/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Sin of Wages||In preparation for the Charleston Area Justice Ministry Rally on Monday, March 23, we consider the social and spiritual dimensions of a living wage. What is labor worth? How do honest work and reasonable compensation give dignity to the human experience?||3/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMercy Street||Where is mercy found and what does the search entail? Concluding the month's theme of mercy, we look to the poetry of Ann Sextonand the lyrics of Peter Gabriel for inspiration. Delivered by Reverend Danny Reed on May 25, 2014. -||5/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEaster – It Goes On||Sermon delivered on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 by Reverend Danny Reed. Easter is often a complicated season for adherents of liberal religion, but life goes on. In a time of international terrorism and war,||4/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean5 Smooth Stones – Guest Sermon by Jim Key||The sermon delivered on March 23, 2014, was by our guest speaker Jim Key. Jim Key was elected moderator of the UUA at the 2013 General Assembly. He has served our faith from the ground up—helping to found a new congregation in Beaufort, SC,||3/25/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRedemption and Vision||Theologian Martin Buber said, “We can be redeemed only to the extent to which we see ourselves.” Agree? Disagree? Whatever your view, can we accept that seeing ourselves for who are and not who we present, or even pretend,||3/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanYou’re Not The Boss of Me||We say that a difficult person “has issues with authority.” We challenge a decision we find suspect with the query, “by whose authority?” A man who takes charge is praised as a leader while often, an equally assured woman is considered bossy. So,||2/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanOrigins – Celebrating Darwin Week||To commemorate Darwin Week in Charleston, Reverend Danny Reed explores the tension between scientific discovery and religious aspiration. Must the two be in conflict? Why is this still an issue? This sermon was delivered on February 9, 2014. -||2/10/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Possible Dream – Stewardship Sunday||With this service on Sunday, February 2, 2014, we launch this year’s stewardship season and consider again how we support our church and how our church supports us. What do we dream for our church? For our families? For our world?||2/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWe Are Not Rags||In the last of three sermons generally addressing “creation,” Reverend Danny looks to author Anne Lamott and her latest book, “Stitches,” to remind us of how we attempt and evolve, fail and grow, heal and learn. Of what fabrics,||1/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFreedom Songs, from Civil War to Civil Rights||This church service we commemorated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the help of guest Natalie Daise. This was a musical presentation of freedom through a-cappella music and stories about the origin of the music.||1/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanImprovisational Theology – Jazz Sunday||Jazz is characterized by its improvisational nature. Songs certainly possess structure, a beginning and an end, but the way through can be wonderfully circuitous and creative. With the spirited help of church member Steve Simon and his band the Kings o...||1/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFor All This – The New Year||We enter the new year with hope for all that we might yet accomplish, and perhaps with resignation for dreams unfulfilled. Is the new year like a fresh canvas awaiting our creation? Is it more like an assignment imposed upon us to complete?||1/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Spiritual Test – Guest Minister Reverend Neal Jones||Sunday Service, October 20, 2013. The Reverend Neal Jones has been the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia since 2004. With a background in clinical psychology and pastoral counseling,||10/27/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanYour Presence Is Enough||Our guest preacher this Sunday, May 5th, is Rabbi Stephanie Alexander. Charleston's first female rabbi, Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, received her B.S. from Tulane University. She earned ordination, and a Masters degree from Hebrew Union College,||5/5/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIt Is Desire That Saves||Under the category of “things we seldom discuss,” let’s take up the concept of salvation. Are there ways a compassionate approach can save us and others? How? From what? This sermon was delivered by Rev Danny Reed on Sunday, April 28, 2013.||4/28/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEarth Day Service 2013||In this service, members of the Green Sanctuary Committee and Rev. Reed explored the practice of ethical eating—recognizing the moral dimensions of our food choices and the consequences of the ways we raise, purchase, and consume our food.||4/21/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanCompassionate Emancipation||In our message this Sunday we continued the theme of compassion with Cookie Washington speaking on “Compassionate Emancipation.” Cookie talked about emancipating herself from mental slavery and wounding to a place of compassion for herself and othe||4/20/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAnd Peace on Earth||The commercialization of Christmas leaves us with a sweet story, but one that rings hollow without any emphasis on its more radical undertones. The Christmas story is, at heart, an upheaval of social order, a reordering of priorities,||12/4/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanVulnerability – This Will Break Your Heart by Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink||We yearn for love and connection. We pray for peace and justice. However, pursuing these ends might leave us brokenhearted. This morning we consider the risks and merits of putting ourselves out there. What does vulnerability have to do with the spirit...||11/25/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThanksgiving Harvest Sunday||A service of gratitude and a celebration of Thanksgiving, complete with cider and cornbread prepared by the church children and youth.||11/19/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanGracious and Spacious||Sometimes circumstances make gratitude easy. Sometimes gratitude is a decision we make despite circumstances.||11/12/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Presidency and the Free Church||Just days before election day, we recall former U.S. Presidents with historical connections to the Free Church and remember the value of our freedom, our legacy and our vote. This stirring sermon was delivered by the Reverend Danny Reed on November 4,||11/5/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWells We Did Not Dig||A celebration of souls and saints - those who came before and the ones we are becoming. What is our duty to the past and the present? How can our dreams and passions outlive us? From what wells do we drink? This service,||10/29/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanVoices of Remembrance – Stories of Those Who Came Before||“It seems as if the human mind, growing nearer to the leading simple truths of religion as it witnesses the ordeal of Death, buries its dogmas and formulas in the dust with the departed, and " worships in spirit." This only do I desire,||10/22/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
Sunday in Charleston
It is great to be able to hear the church in Charleston even when I am not there. Love Rev Danny's humanity and sense of humor. A great, clear listen. Now we need to get more of the fantastic choir on there!
Great UU sermons!
Rev. Danny Reed does great sermons - definitely worth a listen whether or not you're a Unitarian Universalist. There's something for everyone in each sermon.
Rev. Danny Reed delivers fantastic sermons! They are best when you can sit in the fabulous Unitarian Church in Charleston, but the podcast series is a great second choice.
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