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Sermons by Laity and guest preachers

Sermons by laity and guest ministers are listed below, in reverse chronological order. Sermons can be read online, or printed out.

If you would like a hard copy of one of these sermons or would like a copy of a sermon no longer on the website, please visit or call the Church office at (212) 535-5530.

Coming of Age, Again 

Tracy Sprowls
August 19, 2018

Call the Midwives: Feminist Saints 

Rev. Marti Keller
August 12, 2018

Habits of the Heart 

Tracy Sprowls
July 29, 2018

Exquisite Interruption 

Pamela Patton
July 22, 2018

Abiding Love 

Rev. Jennifer Kelleher
July 15, 2018

Is God Watching? 

Laura Pedersen
July 1, 2018

Courage and Convictions 

David Robb
June 24, 2018

You Have to be Carefully Taught 

Petra Thombs
June 17, 2018

The Beauty We Do 

Tracy Sprowls
June 10, 2018

The Other America 

David Robb
May 27, 2018

Who Are We (and Why Are We Here)? 

Li Yu, President, Board of Trustees
January 28, 2018

Justice Doesn't Have a Snooze Button 

Tracy Sprowls
August 27, 2017

Take, Eat... All of You 

Shari Halliday-Quan
August 20, 2017

Collective Liberation 19th Century Style: The Ministry of Joshua Young 

Karen G. Johnston
August 6, 2017

Embracing Emotional Freedom as Spiritual Practice 

Blanca Rodriguez
July 30, 2017

A Unitarian Universalist in the White House? 

Tracy Sprowls
July 23, 2017

The Work of Being The Light 

Rebekah Montgomery
July 16, 2017

Why Church? 

Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward
July 9, 2017

The Right Choice 

Laura Pedersen
June 25, 2017

Anger Management 

David Robb
June 18, 2017

Capable of Love 

Tracy Sprowls
June 11, 2017

My Memories of War (and Peace) 

Mark Belletini
May 28, 2017

To Be Defined 

Pamela Patton
May 14, 2017

Who/se Are We? 

Rev. Audette Fulbright
April 30, 2017

We Do Not Stand, We Move 

Rev. Audette Fulbright
May 23, 2017

A Spiritual Teacher for Our Present Days 

Rev. Mark Belletini
March 19, 2017

Draw the Circle Wide 

Rev. Tracy Sprowls
All Souls Interim Minister for Religious Education
February 19, 2017

Giving and Forgiving 

C. Kirkman
January 29, 2017 - Lay Sunday

What The Living Do 

Pamela Patton
January 1, 2017

The Road To and From Cahokia 

Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini
November 27, 2016

Spirituality of Suffering 

Blanca Rodriguez
August 28, 2016

The Whole Truth 

Laura Pedersen
August 21, 2016

No Mud, No Lotus 

Tracy Sprowls
All Souls Interim Minister for Religious Education
August 14, 2016

Looking for the Helpers: The Ministry of Fred Rogers 

Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward
All Souls Program Director for Advocacy and Outreach
July 31, 2016

Bowing Toward Justice 

Rachael Hayes
July 3, 2016

The Hard Part of Privilege 

Cory Labanow
June 26, 2016

Love and Fear 

David Robb
June 19, 2016

The Mayfly and the Bird 

Pamela Patton
May 29, 2016

Sacred Rest 

Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward
All Souls Program Director for Advocacy and Outreach
May 22, 2016

Living Into My Deepest Humanity 

Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward
All Souls Program Director for Advocacy and Outreach
April 3, 2016

What Are We Doing Here? 

Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, OH
February 28, 2016

It's Our Responsibility 

Victor Fidel, President, Board of Trustees
In honor of Lay Sunday
January 31, 2016

The Power of Art to Change People 

Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez October 11, 2015

The Good Life

Laura Pedersen September 6, 2015

Control is Good, Trust is Better

Blanca I Rodríguez  August 30, 2015
The Hub service Reflections on the theme "Standing on the Side of Love"
Marion W. and Sabrina Alano  August 9, 2015 

Naught Be All Else to Me

David McClean
July 19, 2015 

Stay Woke 

Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward
July 12, 2015 

Loving the Hell Out of the World 

Rev. Michael Tino
July 5, 2015
What Kind of Church Does our World  Need Us to Be?  Cory Labanow  June 28, 2015 


Rev. David J. Robb
June 21, 2015 

What's In It For Me?

Carol Emmerling
June 14, 2015 

As We Remember Them

Stephanie Gannon
May 24, 2015 

Not to be Served, But to Serve

 Victor Fidel
 January 25, 2015
Why We Need a "Theialogy" of Magnanimity, Now David McClean August 24, 2014
Towards a Theology on Immigration Rights Blanca Rodriguez August 3, 2014
{My}Sacred Space Carol Emmerling July 27, 2014
Stand Still Pamela Patton July 20, 2014
Desire as Moral Compass Rev. Tet Gallardo June 29, 2014
What's Your Story? Laura Pedersen June 22, 2014

The Poignancy of Impermanence

Rev. David J. Robb
June 15, 2014
Prayer Rev. Tet Gallardo February 2, 2014


Pamela Patton December 1, 2013

From Beacon Hill, Onward

David McClean August 25, 2013

Healing Through Deep Love and Understanding

Blanca Rodriguez August 18, 2013

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
 *Watch the sermon and skit on Youtube - click here

Cory Labanow July 21, 2013

What Was the Question?

Rev. David Robb June 23, 2013

Building Forth

Walter LeFlore
April 28, 2013 

Intentionally Yours

Peter Green
January 27, 2013

Why We Love Vampires

Margot Adler
October 25, 2012

Is Your Life Worth Dying For? The Legacy of Forrest Church

Dan Cryer
August 19, 2012

The Elephants in the Church  

Cory Labanow

July 29, 2012

Rehearsing the Beloved Community   

Taryn Strauss, Director of Religious Education

July 1, 2012

Dancing with My Dad         

Carol Emmerling, All Souls Lay Worship Associate

June 17, 2012

At the Beginning Daniel Gregoire September 4, 2011
Breaking the Silence Carol Emmerling, All Souls Lay Worship Associate August 29, 2010
Fellowship Samira Kawash, All Souls Lay Worship Associate August 8, 2010
Standing in the Need of Prayer William G. Sinkford, Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR May 9, 2010
Religion Beyond Belief Peter Morales,
UUA President
April 11, 2010
Out of the Nest Nancy Northup, Chair of the Board of Trustees January 31, 2010
Our Story William G. Sinkford January 3, 2010
In the Spirit of Love William G. Sinkford, UUA President 2001-2009 October 11, 2009
There's Something About You I Don't Like About Me Sarah Lammert, Minister, First Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, New Jersey July 13, 2008
Wooden Spoons, Iron Pans, Violins and You Rob Eller Isaacs, Co-Minister, Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota May 11, 2008
Practicing Our Humanity George Collins, Chair of the Board of Trustees January 27, 2008
Grace Will Lead Me Home Judy Chang, Chair of the Board of Trustees January 28, 2007
Mad Hatters and Airline Chatters Kenneth Beldon, Lead Minister, WellSprings Congregation, Chester County, PA August 6, 2006
Hope and Commitment Judith Samuelson, Chair of the Board of Trustees January 30, 2005
A Long Day in School George Dorsey, Chair of the Board of Trustees January 25, 2004
Finding Faith in Strange Places Cheryl M. Walker July 6, 2003

We Can't Quit Now C. Welton Gaddy Oct. 20, 2002
Only Moderately Wrecked—Reflections on Healing Kelly Murphy Mason Aug. 4, 2002
Inner Challenges Kristina Testa-Buzzee, Chair of the Board of Trustees Jan. 27, 2002
Leaves—A Reading Marietta Moskin Dec. 30, 2001
Opening Words Alan Jones Sept. 23, 2001
I Hope You Dance Mary-Ella Holst August 12, 2001

Harry Potter and the Church of All Souls

Julie Brannan, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Jan. 28, 2001

Stage Fright

Rosemary G. Frances

Sept. 3, 2000

Leap of Faith

Alison Miller

Aug. 27, 2000

Where Bridges Begin

Nancy Palmer Jones

July 30, 2000

Living Outside the Box

Deborah Buresh, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Jan. 30, 2000

Let Love Be Your Guide

Terry Ward

Sept. 5, 1999

Let It Be a Dance

Nancy Palmer Jones

Aug. 22, 1999

You Can't Have It All But...

Mary-Ella Holst

Aug. 8, 1999

Is There a Balm in Gilead?

Terry Ward

July 25, 1999

A Sense of Boundless Offering

Nancy Palmer Jones

July 4, 1999

Kami O'Keeffe, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Jan. 17, 1999
Nancy Palmer Jones
Aug. 23, 1998
Nancy Palmer Jones
July 5, 1998
John A. Buehrens, President, UUA
May 31, 1998
Cameron Bossert
Apr. 19, 1998
Jeffrey Friedlander, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Jan. 25, 1998
C. William Bechman, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Jan. 28, 1996


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