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Archive of Sunday Sermons

In addition to sermons by settled and interim ministers, the archive includes guest and lay-led services. In particular, it is our tradition that most summer services are organized by the Worship Associates with lay speakers, some of which are represented in the archive.

2016

Dec 25All-ages Christmas Day celebration! by Carla Miller, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration; with Mary Tyrtle Rooker, Worship Associate.
Christmas Day 2016 falls on a Sunday​, offering an additional opportunity for holiday worship. Our Christmas morning service will be centered in story ​ and your favorite carols.
Dec 24Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols by The Rev. Evan Keely; with Abby Wester, Worship Associate
A service of readings and song for Christmas Eve.
Dec 24Christmas Eve Family Service by The Reverend Evan Keely, Interim Minister; with Beth Charbonneau, Worship Associate; and the Childrens Choir
A Christmas Eve celebration for all ages.
Dec 18Rock of Ages by The Reverend Evan Keely, Interim Minister; with Beth Charbonneau, Carol Carter Walker and Abby Wester, Worship Associates; and the Choir
This winters Choir Sunday will feature a new cantata, composed for the PBUUC choir, that explores the ancient story behind the celebration of Hanukkah, which begins this year on December 24.
Dec 11Let Us Pray by The Reverend Evan Keely, Interim Minister; with Carla Miller, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration; and Will Snyder, Worship Associate
Prayer means many different things. What might it mean for us?
Dec 4A Sign of the Times by The Reverend Evan Keely, Interim Minister; with Carla Miller, Dir. of Multigenerational Religious Exploration; and Carol Carter Walker, Worship Associate
We have a new sign at the front of our church, an important act of witness. Yet it is also a reminder to us as a faith community of our calling.
Nov 27Love. Organize. Resist. by The Reverend Evan Keely, Interim Minister; with Mary Tyrtle Rooker, Worship Associate
We don`t have a choice: we need to make sense of the reality we inhabit and our role in it.
Nov 20Giving, Giving, Giving Thanks! by The Reverend Evan Keely, Interim Minister; with Carla Miller, DMRE; Beth Charbonneau, Worship Associate; the Children`s Choir; and Beech Tree Puppets.
Join us for a multigenerational celebration of gratitude.
Nov 13Enduring the Practical by Rev. David Gatton, guest speaker; with Paul Wester, Worship Associate; and the combined choirs of PBUUC and Universalist National Memorial Church (UNMC)
Our lives are lived between the practical and the ideal, yet at times the practical seems difficult to endure. The election that just ended is but one example. But the human race, when successfully founding new institutions, or nations, or movements, seems to find ways to endure the practical while gaining their souls. How?
Nov 6The Teenager Who Changed the Times: Portrait of a Young Bob Dylan by Rev. Evan Pritchard, guest speaker; with Carol Carter Walker, Worship Associate; and Carla Miller, DMRE
In this timely and very musical worship service, Interfaith Minister, Reverend Evan Pritchard, will lead us on a journey into the mind of a most audacious young man who felt he had nothing to lose, Robert Zimmerman. His story reminds us that greatness, like fear, is a choice we make. (Find out more about Rev. Pritchard in this month`s BRANCHES)
Oct 30What Are We? by The Reverend Evan Keely, Interim Minister; with Carla Miller, DMRE
This season of the year, holidays and holy days like Samhaim, All Hallows Eve (Halloween), All Saints and All Souls invite us to reflect on the complexities of our identities, individually and communally. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume to this multigenerational worship service.
Oct 23Boxed In - Beyond Categorical Thinking by Amanda Schuber, BCT Workshop Facilitator; with the PBUUC Ministerial Search Committee
There is both safety and isolation in the boxes that define us; but are we brave enough to peer out of those boxes and explore our lives and our community on a deeper level? (Lunch and workshop to follow immediately after service. See this months MSC article for more information.)
Oct 16What Compels Us? by The Reverend Evan Keely, Interim Minister; with the PBUUC Transition Team; the PBUUC Choir; and the Childrens Choir
Last spring, congregants were invited to participate in Compelling Conversations in which we explored together our hopes and dreams for our churchs purpose and its future. Whats next?
Oct 9A Clean Heart by The Reverend Evan Keely, Interim Minister; with Beth Charbonneau, Worship Associate;
True knowledge of the self can be fraught with pain when we know we have fallen short of being our best selves.
Oct 2Interesting Times by The Reverend Evan Keely, Interim Minister; with Carla Miller, DMRE; Will Snyder, Worship Associate; the Chalice Dancers; and the Choir.
Reflections on the upcoming elections.
Sep 25Tilling Our Common Ground by Guest Worship Leader, UU singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight with Carol Carter Walker, Worship Associate.
Andrew McKnight, former environmental engineer turned award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist from the foot of northern Virginias Blue Ridge. His music and messages are infused with great reverence and warmth for the human journey and our place on this magnificent blue ball. In addition to his performing and recording career, our fellow UU has devoted much of his energy and passion to causes and issues dear to our faith.
Sep 18There Came Out This Calf by The Reverend Evan Keely, Interim Minister; with Van Summers, Worship Associate.
We all have things that we turn to that may soothe us in the moment, but which point us away from our true selves and our core values. Being honest with ourselves is the key to liberation.
Sep 11A Fervent Love of Truth by The Reverend Evan Keely, Interim Minister; with Carol Boston, Worship Associate; and the Choir
Whats religious about religious education?
Sep 4Bread and Roses by The Reverend Evan Keely, Interim Minister, with Will Snyder, Worship Associate
One of the great advances of modern civilization is a shift in attitudes toward labor, seeing it more an more as imbued with dignity. But there is still more work to be done to give labor its due.
Aug 28The Sense of Wonder Flowing by The Rev. Evan Keely with Beth Charbonneau, Worship Associate; and the Chalice Dancers
Learning is hard work, and it goes on throughout life. Thats also cause for celebration.
Aug 21Send Me! by The Rev. Evan Keely with Carol Carter Walker, Worship Associate
When we feel a sense of calling, the only way to be true to ourselves is to say yes.
Aug 14From Opening to Endgame by The Rev. Evan Keely with Van Summers, Worship Associate
Chess can teach us a great deal about how to live. *** NOTE: While the final coat on the newly refinished Meeting House floor is drying, Sunday Services will be held in the Kelley Room this Sunday. ***
Aug 7Cleansing and Worship by Sarah Shannon-Firestone with Noel Monardes, Worship Associate
Many religions discuss the importance of cleaning our physical space in order to prepare ourselves spiritually for a new start. Jews do this in preparation for Passover in the spring and Rosh Hashanah in the fall. Many Pagans do it for Imbolc in preparation for the start of spring, and Catholics do it at the beginning of Holy Week in preparation for Easter. This August, we have many reasons to clean PBUUC in preparation for a new start. This fall, in addition to welcoming everyone home for the start of the school year, we will be welcoming a new Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration and looking for a new minister. We have been working hard to prepare ourselves mentally and emotionally for this fresh start. Lets prepare our physical space as well. After the cleaning, we will celebrate with a potluck lunch! *** Reminder: For Sundays Service please dress in comfortable clothing appropriate for cleaning. Also remember to bring cleaning supplies and/or something for the potluck after the service. ***
Jul 31Building Community Together by Celinda Marsh, Worship Leader, and Will Snyder, Worship Associate
How is community built? How can we support the transformation from fragmentation to healthy and authentic communities? Celinda will reflect on these themes from Peter Blocks Community: The Structure of Belonging, including their relevance to Paint Branch.
Jul 24After The Banner by Diversity/Anti-Racism Transformation Team (DARTT), Worship Leaders, with Carol Carter Walker, Worship Associate
In June, the congregation voted to place a Black Lives Matter banner in a visible space on church property. This service will explore what else we are not only willing but yearning to do as a congregation in our quest for Beloved Community.
Jul 17Johrei by Neil Davidson, Worship Leader, and Noel Monardes, Worship Associate
Johrei is a spiritual healing technique from the Japanese tradition that involves channeling light and energy to others. It also involves facing challenges as opportunities for purification, and engaging in practices to foster beauty in the environment. Find out more during the service and join practitioners, if you wish, for individual Johrei sessions during the Enrichment Hour.
Jul 10Time and Culture by Ebony Contreras, Worship Leader, and Van Summers, Worship Associate
Since the Mayans first developed three different calendars, notions of time and time management have had a cultural component. What does the way we regard time tell us about our culture? Whats the relationship between time and power? Time and balance? Time and our values?
Jul 3Hymn Sing by David Chapman, Director of Music, and Beth Charbonneau, Worship Associate
Have a favorite hymn that you havent heard in a while or want to hear again? Submit your request from either the gray or teal hymnals upon arrival for our service of song and see if yours will be pulled out of the hat. All voices are welcome, and this intergenerational service will also feature a Kids Pick hymn.
Jun 26Night of Power by The Rev. Evan Keely; with Will Snyder, Worship Associate
The Islamic observance of Lailat al-Qadr has a message for all humankind.
Jun 19Never Turning Back by The Rev. Evan Keely; with Noel Monardes, Worship Associate;
In our horror and anguish in the face of brutal cruelty, we reaffirm our commitment to be a loving, welcoming, justice-seeking people of faith.
Jun 12Choir Sunday by PBUUC Choir led by David Chapman, Music Director and pianist; with Carol Carter Walker, Worship Associate
The Paint Branch Choir brings the message through music.
Jun 5How do you measure a year in the life? by Dayna Edwards, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration; with Rev. Evan Keely; Mike McMenamin, Worship Associate; and Special Music by the Childrens Choir and UU4ix.
We will consider this important question from the musical RENT as we bring the year of Religious Exploration to a close.
May 29It Is Not Done by The Rev. Evan Keely; with Carol Boston, Worship Associate
As another year elapses in the longest war in U.S. history, we pause to reflect on the many meanings of Memorial Day.
May 22Our Lives Made Whole by The Rev. Evan Keely; with Beth Charbonneau, Worship Associate; Dayna Edwards, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration
A great contribution of religious liberalism has been our insistence on teaching that human sexuality is a gift to be embraced with responsibility, justice and compassion.
May 15Youth Sunday: Change by The PBUUC Youth Group; with Sophie Bernheisel, Worship Associate; Dayna Edwards, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration; and the Childrens Choir
The PBUUC Youth provide reflections and performances inspired by the topic of Change.
May 8American Patriotism, Exceptionalism and the UU First Principle by The Rev. Evan Keely; with Van Summers, Worship Associate; and the Choir
If we as UUs believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person, how can we hold out the notion that we as Americans are better than others, no, the best? How can we be UU patriots and exceptionalists and act out of our first principle? Can these ideas be reconciled?
May 1Dancing the Elements by The Paint Branch Chalice Dancers, Sharon Werth - Director; with The Erika Thimey Dance & Theater Co. and Carol Boston, Worship Associate
Join us for a celebration of the divine that dances and sings through all of creation the earth, the air, the fire, and the water in us all.A Multigenerational Service that will culminate in a Maypole Dance in our Outdoor Classroom.
Apr 24Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples by Paula Palmer, Director, Toward Right Relationship Project, Boulder Friends Meeting; The Reverend Evan Keely, Interim Minister; Carol Carter Walker, Worship Associate; and Dayna Edwards, Director, Multigenerational Religious Exploration
We will hear about how the United Nations provides avenues for Indigenous Peoples to seek justice, defend their rights, and pursue development goals in keeping with their values, beliefs, and traditions.
Apr 17To Live and Die with Honor by The Rev. Evan Keely; with Will Snyder, Worship Associate
The ancient story that is commemorated at the Jewish festival of Passover is filled with universal themes of the human struggle for freedom.
Apr 10Flower Communion by Dayna Edwards, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration; with Noel Monardes, Worship Associate; and the Choir
Our faiths tradition of a flower ceremony is a wonderful celebration of spring -- and of much more. This All-Ages Service will include a flower communion, so bring your flowers to share.
Apr 3Find Your Purpose at PBUUC by The PBUUC Worship Associates
Marge Owens won this service by the Worship Associates at the church auction and chose our topic. The WAs will reflect on how Paint Branch and a purposeful life intersect. We will learn about Marges grounding in the UU movement and her long service to both PBUUC and the larger world of social justice. The congregation will also have an opportunity to reflect on the topic.
Mar 27An Inconvenient Tomb by The Rev. Evan Keely; with Van Summers, Worship Associate; Dayna Edwards, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration; the Chalice Dancers; and the Choir
A celebration for all ages of Easter`s timeless and universal themes of rebirth and renewed possibilities.
Mar 20Holy, Holi, Holy by The Rev. Evan Keely; with Beth Charbonneau, Worship Associate; Dayna Edwards, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration; and the New Way Band
This year, the Hindu festival of Holi and the Christian observance of Holy Week coincide. They both have something to teach us.
Mar 13What is Your Ministry? by Rev. Bruce Marshall; The Rev. Evan Keely; Will Snyder, Worship Associate; and the Choir
Everyone can have a ministry. Not just those who are ordained, also lay people. Everyone can respond to the sense of something more to existence that may call us to service, to creativity, to a spiritual journey, to a mission. But not all ministries are the same. What is yours? ### Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night ###
Mar 6Zen Ties by Dayna Edwards, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration; with Noel Monardes, Worship Associate; and the Children`s Choir
Let`s celebrate the ways that multigenerational relationships can change us for the better at any age.
Feb 28Engage! by The Rev. Evan Keely; with Carol Carter Walker, Worship Associate; and Dayna Edwards, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration
How do we make connecting in a loving, committed way a spiritual discipline?
Feb 21Stand By This Faith - Commitment Sunday by The Rev. Evan Keely; with Beth Charbonneau, Worship Associate; Dayna Edwards, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration; the Chalice Dancers; and the Choir
Our Universalist foremother Olympia Brown told us, There is nothing in all the world so important as to be loyal to this faith.
Feb 14High Office by The Rev. Evan Keely; with Van Summers, Worship Associate
As the long season of the 2016 contest for the Oval Office continues to unfold, we might pause to reflect on what the role of the President of the United States means -- and what it doesnt.
Feb 7Who Speaks for Whom? Moral Dimensions of the Right to Communicate by Carolyn Byerly; with Carol Boston, Worship Associate; Dayna Edwards, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration
Join PBUUCs Carolyn Byerly, professor of communication and media studies at Howard University, in an exploration of how media trends affect our ability to hear and learn from diverse voices.
Jan 31Question Box by The Rev. Evan Keely; with Carol Carter Walker, Worship Associate; Dayna Edwards, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration; and the Choir
One of the most important and highly valued aspects of our faith is our encouragement of one anothers questions.
Jan 24Our Lives Made Whole by The Rev. Evan Keely; with Beth Charbonneau, Worship Associate; Dayna Edwards, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration
A great contribution of religious liberalism has been our insistence on teaching that human sexuality is a gift to be embraced with responsibility, justice and compassion.
Jan 17Maladjusted by The Rev. Evan Keely; with Worship Associate Noel Monardes; and the Choir
We cant accept the status quo if it means tolerating injustice. Our challenge is to organize resistance and effect constructive change.
Jan 10Adventuring by The Rev. Evan Keely; with Van Summers, Worship Associate; and Dayna Edwards, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration
A new year is a good time to reassess our willingness to take risks for the things we most care about.
Jan 3Rhapsody in (New) by Guest preacher Anthony Jenkins;with Carol Boston, Worship Associate; and Dayna Edwards, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration.
Anthony Jenkins (UUCCs Intern Minister) will help to usher us into 2016 with a sermon lifting up forgiveness and renewal - not just in the new year, but in every new moment. He will dive into some of the revelations that unfolded for him inside a year-long chaplaincy internship at Johns Hopkins, and invite us to consider a practice of restorative release as a New Years resolution.

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