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All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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'MASKS' - A homily by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2020 12:36

The homily was delivered on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Many people around the world have taken to wearing masks. Masks are being worn in the hopes that they will keep us safe from the coronavirus. However, people also wear masks for other reasons. Join me to explore the use of various kinds of masks with the idea that on the other side of this pandemic, perhaps, we can also take off some of the other masks we tend to wear in public. There is something about this current crisis that reminds us of our vulnerability and the preciousness of life and relationships. A mask today might allow us to be in each other’s presence, whereas another mask we wear might serve to hide parts of us from one another. Let’s be thoughtful about the masks we wear and allow them to serve us. We can also be courageous in taking off our masks at the right time and in the right circumstances. This Sunday also marks the 25th anniversary of the tragic Oklahoma City Bombing. Rev. Barbara Prose and our worship, music and communications teams have created a tribute to honor the anniversary in our services. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS HOMILY ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST OR SURVIVAL OF THE FRIENDLIEST?' - A sermon by Mariela Pérez-Simons (Virtual Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2020 29:15

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Pérez-Simons, Intern Minister. The recording includes a pastoral-care message from Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION “Survival of the fittest” has always been a deeply misunderstood concept, but now, after decades of research by sociologists and evolutionary biologists, a new picture of human nature has emerged, showing how human beings—in order to survive as a species—had to learn to cooperate. While we can act in selfish ways, there’s well-researched evidence that shows how we are actually wired for goodness and how altruism is part of our true nature. While our culture has an impact on our personality, there are deeper, ancient forces working through us, propelling us toward goodness, love, and collaboration. This Sunday, our ministerial intern, Mariela Pérez-Simons, makes a passionate case for cultivating altruistic love and compassion for our well-being and the well-being of others. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE ART OF INTIMACY: SELF, STORY, AND UNIVERSE' - A service by Kelli McLoud-Schingen, Mariela Pérez-Simons, and Rev. Barbara Prose (Virtual Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2020 30:20

The service was held on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Kelli McLoud-Schingen, Guest Speaker, Mariela Pérez-Simons, Intern Minister, and Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION Our celebration of Women’s History Month continues. “Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.” —The Zen master Dogen (1200-1253), founder of the Sōtō school of Zen On this Sunday, as we delve into the concept of the Divine Feminine, we will be exploring how we can cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Intimacy with our feelings, with the earth, with one another, with spirit, with the soul, with our heartbeat… and perhaps even with the virus itself. Because we already have the impulse to connect, intimacy allows us to move from division to wholeness… We are invited to get closer and closer until we realize that we are, in fact, not separate but a part of everything. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERVICE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING' - Virtual Service

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2020 53:45

The service took place on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister, Mariela Pérez-Simons, Intern Minister. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERVICE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'AUTHENTICITY AND PERSONAL AUTHORITY' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2020 42:18

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Authority is one of the most needed and yet intimidating words in the English language. Authority must first come from your human essence. You share and/or delegate portions of your authority in life, but never all of it. We learn to honor our authorship of our own lives and our authority to live based on our assignment in life. Join us as we explore ways to reclaim our authenticity and personal authority! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'RECLAIMING WISE WAYS' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2020 23:11

The message was delivered on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION There is a positive death movement happening. It involves talking openly about our bodies: how we age, get sick, and die. It includes practices like: death doulas, death dinners, death care guides and more. For so long, our culture has kept death hidden from us. Here at All Souls, we face death openly, as a way to honor our lives. We have a hospice choir and honor our dead in moving memorial services that celebrate life. I hope you’ll join me, SpiritSong, our Life Decisions Team and Nicole Ogundare, our Life Events Coordinator, as we explore who has the authority to make decisions about our lives – and our deaths. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FREEDOM AND THE QUEST FOR WHOLENESS' - A sermon by Mariela Pérez-Simons (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2020 28:38

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 1, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Pérez-Simons, Intern Minister. DESCRIPTION “What a long time it can take to become the person one has always been,” says the writer and teacher Parker Palmer. This sermon is inspired by Palmer’s words. I want to explore the ways in which the human soul goes into “hiding” because of acculturation, oppression, or trauma. Psychologists have a term for it, disassociation, and some indigenous cultures call it “the loss of soul” while offering options for healing, such as “soul retrieval” journeys. Join me to look at the ways we can free our truest, most authentic selves and lead lives of presence and wholeness. As Zora Neale Hurston once said, “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT CAKE WOULD JESUS BAKE?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2020 21:36

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION There is a long history of using the Bible to further discrimination. During the years of legalized slavery, many Christians used biblical explanations to justify their “right” to own slaves. Today religious freedom is, again, being weaponized as a tool of discrimination and political gain by those who want to deny the rights of LGBT people, women, Muslims, immigrants and others. As All Souls stands firmly on the side of freedom of religion, what do we have to say to those who are using such language in ways that harm others? As we continue to celebrate black history and our theme of “choosing freedom” let’s look to the past to see how we can live more freely and stand on the side of liberty in our own times. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE WORLD NEEDS YOUR COURAGE' - A message by Jan Peppler, Ph.D. (Humanist Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2020 24:01

The message was delivered on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Jan Peppler, Ph.D., Guest Speaker, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Courage isn’t reserved for the few. Every day we are each face the need to be courageous in both small and big ways. The courage to step up, to surrender, to do the right thing, to choose love over fear, and—perhaps scariest of all—the courage to be the person we are meant to be. This is what the world needs more than anything: You. Authentic, Courageous, You. ABOUT Dr. Peppler is the founder of the Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological RoundTable of Ketchum, Idaho, and co-chair of Goddess Studies for the American Academy of Religion Western Region. Her background includes social services, teaching, counseling, therapeutic massage, and sacred ceremonies. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FREEDOM FIGHTS' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2020 22:34

The message was delivered on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.” These words from Fredrick Douglass seem quite fitting for the current state of the American republic. We are a county that was founded on the principle of freedom and yet freedom, and its synonym liberty, have often been a source of conflict and confusion throughout the American experiment in democracy. Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is celebrated on Monday, once wrote: “We all declare for liberty, but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.” Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass were both fighting for the freedom of people to be able to benefit from their own labor. Their opponents were fighting for the freedom to benefit from someone else’s labor. Despite their diametrically opposing definitions and goals, each side claimed to be fighting for freedom. As a community of free-thinkers we can learn a lot from this history about the nature of our own freedom today. Join me as we continue to explore this month’s theme of Choosing Freedom and celebrate Black History Month in a way that uplifts and enlightens us all. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CITY OF LIGHT' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2020 24:55

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION In an election year, 32 years ago, John Wolf preached this sermon and said, “If the people of this country do not feel manipulated, if their basic instincts for fair play and for justice are not confounded, then something ominous has to have happened. Human nature being what it is, as Emerson says, we have a natural affinity for truth. But we smother those natural instincts when we are so offended by what we hear being said that we despair that anything we do makes any difference, that the truth doesn’t matter, that the powers that be are in control and the ends justify the means. And when no one rises up to challenge the offenses, apathy can turn to bitterness. And bitterness easily turns to hate.” Sound familiar? Join me this President’s Day weekend, to hear how John found his way, from there, or here—back to faith, hope and love—back to freedom, reason and tolerance. We have lived through perilous times before. No one said it better than the poet Langston Hughes, who John quotes in this sermon. “We the people must redeem America. We the people must redeem the land, the mines, the plants, the rivers. The mountains and the endless plain. All, all the stretch of these great states. And the faith, the great faith we have lost—and make America America again!” SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BEING MINDFUL OF BEING WHITE' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2020 25:18

The message was delivered on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Talking about race and racism is often so painful, we want to avoid the conversation. Still, in the depths of our being, we understand that none of us will be free, until all of us are free. If we are white, that often means learning how to talk about race and how to listen to talk about race, without shutting down or acting out. This Sunday, holding a deep awareness of our own basic goodness, we will explore how becoming more mindful of being white leads to liberation. I hope you’ll join me as we explore a daily practice for freedom as a year-round response to our nation’s celebration of black history month. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ANGELIC SERVICE: REMEMBERING HER WORK' - A sermon by Arthur F. Carter, Jr., Ph.D. (Traditional Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2020 35:24

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Arthur F. Carter, Jr., Ph.D., Guest Minister. DESCRIPTION Successful organizations, institutions, and movements often have visionary leadership. When these entities fail, onlookers frequently point to leadership as the locus of failure. While not the source of hierarchy, this tendency supports top-down views of the world. Many well-intended persons regularly evaluate success from top to bottom: how does the economy work for the wealthy; how do educational systems work for the majority of students with resources; how safe is our city for the mobile, the educated and the employed? This re-reading of Mark 14.3-9 suggests that the woman who anoints Jesus with perfume reminds us how dangerously susceptible we are to replicate the systems of oppression that we claim to denounce. Mark remembers this woman as an angelic worker; her presence and actions critique our prominent top-down approaches to identity-making and history-writing. The good news (Gospel), however, is that Jesus saw her, affirmed her work, and remembers her name; The good news (Gospel) is, thus, also that each day is our own opportunity to free her story from shackled, top-down mentalities, model her labor amidst unjust systems of oppression and exploitation, and commemorate those unnamed, un-titled angels [messengers] who sustain our pursuits of love, justice, and faith. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CHOOSING FREEDOM' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2020 28:35

The message was delivered on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Janis Joplin famously sang: “Freedom is just another word for ‘nothing left to lose.” I would contest that we all have things to lose. How do our attachments keep us from being free? What is the right relationship to have between freedom and attachment? How and when must we choose freedom over everything else? Taking inspiration in part from the remarkable story of Harriet Tubman, the worship team and I have created a service that we hope will prompt us all to live more freely. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FREEDOM OF CHOICE' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2020 39:19

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Freedom is a commodity. Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession or privilege life can offer. Freedom is the power to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. The act of Freedom isn't for cowards. It takes courage to be free and a little "crazy" too. Join in February at All Souls as we present and perform freedom to choose who we are and how we express that honestly, earnestly, and authentically! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CHOOSING FREEDOM' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2020 24:23

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Janis Joplin famously sang: “Freedom is just another word for ‘nothing left to lose.” I would contest that we all have things to lose. How do our attachments keep us from being free? What is the right relationship to have between freedom and attachment? How and when must we choose freedom over everything else? Taking inspiration in part from the remarkable story of Harriet Tubman, the worship team and I have created a service that we hope will prompt us all to live more freely. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'HERE COMES THE SUN (DOO-DUN-DOO-DOO)' - A sermon by Mariela Pérez-Simons (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2020 25:00

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Pérez-Simons, Intern Minister. DESCRIPTION Throughout history, human beings have felt a sacred kinship to the sun—being the bestower of life and light. For instance, sun-worshipers such as the priests of the Incas used to blow kisses to the rising sun during religious ceremonies. Join our ministerial intern, Mariela Pérez-Simons, on this special SUNday as she shares new reasons to have reverence for the sun. One specific reason to love the sun is proper sun exposure can boost our nervous and immune systems! We will also get a boost from the uplifting music of The Beatles. Sing with us, “Here Comes the Sun (doo-dun doo doo.)" You won't want to miss Beatles SUNday! *Music: YAVE; Dionne Lambert, soloist; Rick Fortner, piano; Recco Bennett, bass; Matt Edwards, drums   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE UNIVERSE IS CORRECTING ITSELF!' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2020 47:56

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION It is a main, and sometimes impossible, challenge to change what someone else created, we can only manage it as responsibly as we can. However we can change and/or save what we have created using our own innate abilities to imagine and re-imagine it creatively. We save creation by saving ourselves and save ourselves by saving creation. We must do what we can and the universe (God) will do what we can't! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BLACK POWER, WHITE BACKLASH' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2020 31:29

The message was delivered on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION THROWBACK SERMON SUNDAY 
Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Throwback from Rev. Dr. John Wolf, 1966 In 1966, a young Dr. John B. Wolf spoke to All Souls in Tulsa about Black Power in no uncertain terms. A year earlier Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had spoken to the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in a message titled “Don’t Sleep Through the Revolution.” These were some of the most divisive and crucial times of the Civil Rights movement that put non-violence to the test. It is hard to imagine any other white preacher in Tulsa saying what Dr. Wolf said that day. Come here his words and my commentary that make them even more relevant for our times today. Join us on MLK Sunday to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in music and words.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BLACK POWER, WHITE BACKLASH' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2020 30:59

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION THROWBACK SERMON SUNDAY 
Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Throwback from Rev. Dr. John Wolf, 1966 In 1966, a young Dr. John B. Wolf spoke to All Souls in Tulsa about Black Power in no uncertain terms. A year earlier Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had spoken to the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in a message titled “Don’t Sleep Through the Revolution.” These were some of the most divisive and crucial times of the Civil Rights movement that put non-violence to the test. It is hard to imagine any other white preacher in Tulsa saying what Dr. Wolf said that day. Come here his words and my commentary that make them even more relevant for our times today. Join us on MLK Sunday to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in music and words.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SAVING CREATION: OUR PLANETARY CHARGE' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2020 39:21

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Saving Creation may possibly be the number one planetary charge and challenge of the 21st century. We are obviously too late to save some of it, but we're never too late to begin to more aggressively correct what we have insulted and assaulted on the planet's natural virtue, value, and valor. Creation can be describe as anything invented, concocted or even imagined. It is the action or process of bringing something into existence. Correction means to free from error or inaccuracy, in accordance with fact, clarity and truth in a sense, science. Faith is an ethereal aspect of life, but in fact it's a more presenting and sometimes pressing reality in life and of it. We may not be able to save what "God" created in nature, but we certainly can change what we as humans have created that has destroyed some of what God is perceived to have created. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'#DoDemocracy' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2020 30:59

The message was delivered on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Did you know that nearly 91,000 people were removed from the voter rolls in Oklahoma this past April? Jason Nichols, an instructor of political science at Northeastern State University, and former mayor of Tahlequah recommends we all double check our registration with our county election board to be sure we will able to vote in upcoming elections. One of the fundamental principles of our faith is the democratic process and the foundation of all our freedoms is our right to vote. Our justice team and ACTION leaders are inviting you to join with other local organizations and with congregations nationwide in voter registration, protecting voting rights and Get-Out-the-Vote drives. There are over 50 million people in the U.S.A. who are eligible to vote but who are not registered, and millions of registered voters who are infrequent voters.  This Sunday, on the same Sunday as the UUA launches their #VOTELOVE campaign, we will launch our own campaign here at All Souls, #VOTELOVEBEYONDBELIEF. I need to know I have done all I can do to make our democracy strong. Let’s learn how to do democracy together.  You’re invited! #DODEMOCRACY   #VOTELOVEBEYONDBELIEF  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'#DoDemocracy' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2020 28:47

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION Did you know that nearly 91,000 people were removed from the voter rolls in Oklahoma this past April? Jason Nichols, an instructor of political science at Northeastern State University, and former mayor of Tahlequah recommends we all double check our registration with our county election board to be sure we will able to vote in upcoming elections. One of the fundamental principles of our faith is the democratic process and the foundation of all our freedoms is our right to vote. Our justice team and ACTION leaders are inviting you to join with other local organizations and with congregations nationwide in voter registration, protecting voting rights and Get-Out-the-Vote drives. There are over 50 million people in the U.S.A. who are eligible to vote but who are not registered, and millions of registered voters who are infrequent voters.  This Sunday, on the same Sunday as the UUA launches their #VOTELOVE campaign, we will launch our own campaign here at All Souls, #VOTELOVEBEYONDBELIEF. I need to know I have done all I can do to make our democracy strong. Let’s learn how to do democracy together.  You’re invited! #DODEMOCRACY   #VOTELOVEBEYONDBELIEF  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'GRATEFULNESS AND GREAT FULLNESS' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2020 28:09

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Brother David Stendal-Rast, a Benedictine monk has observed: "Ninety-nine percent of the time we have an opportunity to be grateful for something. We just don’t notice it. We go through our days in a daze." We often don’t realize what we have until it’s gone. It’s often after a relationship ends that we realize how much it meant to us or when we leave a job or when our children go away to school or when our health changes and we realize we’ve taken it for granted. How can we appreciate what we have now in this moment and not when we come to die, realize we have not lived? Join me to experience the profound joy and gratitude of this moment and this life and share tools for living with presence and purpose. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHERE DO WE COME FROM?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2020 28:50

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION We are in the third decade of the 21st century. We’ve split the atom, discovered quarks and the most microscopic of things. We have telescopes that let us peer into the ageless past. Yet there are still people who think that everything there is to know about life and spirituality and truth is written down in the Bible. Not just any people think this, but people at the highest level of our government and military and judicial systems who get their values from reading the Bible literally. As we enter the 2020’s, I want to explore how we can celebrate the marvel of creation and how we can save and preserve it, but I also want to discuss how we can live with people who think they know the Truth and who want to impress there version of it upon the rest of us? There is an anti-scientific and anti-intellectual movement that threatens our way of life. We need to pay attention to who is going on our school boards and city counsel and courts. We need to have a fire in our belly about what’s happening in this world. I feel some fire burning inside and out as we enter this new decade and I hope you do too. We need new ways to interpret religion and community and to figure out how to live upon this earth. It is great to be a part of this church at this time in this place – with you. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'I'M TIRED OF THIS CHURCH' - A sermon by Rev. Carmen White-Janak (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2019 59:54

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 29, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Carmen White-Janak, Guest Minister. DESCRIPTION 2009 through 2019 closes out a decade. A decade where many travelers on their journey have chosen conformity over releasing old patterns, habits, and pathologies, leaving them tired and weary. My message, "I’m Tired of This Church," is an exploration of what’s possible when we give ourselves permission to step into greater possibility by not conforming to what’s always been. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IMAGINE YOUR FUTURE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2019 22:12

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 29, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION On this final Sunday of the year (and of the decade) I will share both evocative and practical tools to visualize your future. Discover innovative ways to bring the right things into your life in the coming weeks and year and decade. We are about to enter the 20’s, on the calendar, but what decade of your life are you in? Do you have a vision of what you hope for yourself and the world? Come explore possibilities both extravagant and real. I have some colorful and creative suggestions that may help you bring your imagined and hard to imagine future into reality. Isn’t this the time to do it? What will you do with the abundant possibilities that are before you? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'PREGNANT WITH SPIRIT' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2019 32:13

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Last year on the Sunday before Christmas, the hilarious and talented Dionne Lambert joined me on the chancel for a short skit of God talking to his angel Gabrielle (Gabriela in this case) about whether or not to go down to Earth as a human being in the incarnation of Jesus. We will reprise this provocative and heartwarming dramatization of the tensions, struggles, doubts and hopes of a "God in heaven" making the tremendous decision to become human and walk the Earth. It is truly a story about our own lives as much as it is a way of understanding a God of incarnation. If you’ve never seen this skit, you will love it! If you saw it last year, we have a few new surprises in store. The message following the skit will offer hope, joy and spirit for the holidays. Come experience the spirit and carry it home. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'COMFORT AND JOY: STORIES OF WELCOME AND HOSPITALITY' - A sermon by Mariela Pérez-Simons (Traditional Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2019 21:29

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Pérez-Simons, Intern Minister. DESCRIPTION On this special Sunday before Christmas, Mariela will speak of the Latin-American tradition Las Posadas and will share stories of hospitality from her own life. All are invited to see hospitality as a spiritual practice—as an opportunity to encounter the mystery and wonder of life that presents itself when we open our doors and our hearts. This will be an uplifting multigenerational and multi-sensory service. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SEEK YE (YOU) FIRST (MATTHEW 6:33)' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2019 36:49

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Humans are born into an ongoing personal and collective anxiety to experience their own natural divinity or "power" as a species. We often call this "seeking" God, seeking Source or seeking the Force. I like to refer to this Self Actualization. By nature we are seekers and survivalists, simultaneously. The two traits are inseparably connected and in some ways are powerfully identical. We all want to last forever or for as long as we can, adding years to life and life to our years. Let's learn to recover and recapture our divine DNA and release its fuller manifestation in, to, through and as us living out our immeasurable and immortal potential. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'A LOVE AFFAIR WITH LIFE' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2019 24:14

The message was delivered on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Humanist author Michael Werner writes: “For all the talk about reason and science, Humanism is really about a passionate love affair. It is a love affair with life, not a mythical hereafter. Humanism is a love affair with a progressive vision of civilization in which each of us can add to our growing library of wisdom, our evolving knowledge of what there is and what is truly important. None of the great achievements in history would have been possible without a love of the adventure of learning and the adventure of creating a better life. Our great cultural achievements in science, art, music, literature, philosophy, history, psychology, and political thought all inform each other and have been born of that long Humanist tradition.” How are you passionately in love with life? Does your love affair with this world need rekindling? *Music: Rick Fortner SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ELASTIC HEARTS AND PINCUSHION SOULS' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2019 21:39

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION My throwback sermon to Rev. Wolf was the fourth in a series describing the pathway from Vision to Mission. It is poignant and powerful message of love beyond belief and I look forward to sharing it with you. Here’s a taste, “Deep within the understanding of a congregation is a sharing of two worlds – one of things as they are, the other of things as they ought to be - and loving them both. This is the capacity to see the divine in the human.” I invite you to join me, as John’s words are sure to help us all prepare a place in our hearts for the simple miracles of this season. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SHAPING CHANGE' - A sermon by Rev. Yadenee Hailu (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2019 30:58

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Yadenee Hailu, Assistant Minister. DESCRIPTION Octavia Butler, an accomplished and prophetic black, queer, American, science fiction writer proposed in one trilogy, god is change. And change is inevitable. From marginalized communities and people we have the vital opportunity to learn and remember skills of resilience, transformation, and healing to not only survive but shape change. Our power and hope is in how we practice shaping it towards our values rooted in liberation.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE ILLUSIONS THAT DIVIDE US' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2019 28:48

The message was delivered on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION “The Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table, Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able, Lighting trees in darkness, learning new ways from the old, and Making sense of history and drawing warmth out of the cold.” —lyric from Dar Williams' "The Christians and the Pagans," Mortal City album, 1996   This lyric reminds me of the underlying unity that is the spirit of All Souls. We can we find common ground across our religious differences in ways that make the holidays a time of connection and love rather than separation and judgement. Rick Fortner will accompany my message with his version of Dar Williams song, The Christians and the Pagans. *Music: Sarah Tirrell, Mike Pryor, Rick Fortner SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE ILLUSIONS THAT DIVIDE US' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2019 25:26

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION “The Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table, Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able, Lighting trees in darkness, learning new ways from the old, and Making sense of history and drawing warmth out of the cold.” —lyric from Dar Williams' "The Christians and the Pagans," Mortal City album, 1996   This lyric reminds me of the underlying unity that is the spirit of All Souls. We can we find common ground across our religious differences in ways that make the holidays a time of connection and love rather than separation and judgement. Rick Fortner will accompany my message with his version of Dar Williams song, The Christians and the Pagans. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SHAPING CHANGE' - A message by Rev. Yadenee Hailu (Humanist Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2019 21:38

The message was delivered on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Yadenee Hailu, Assistant Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Octavia Butler, an accomplished and prophetic black, queer, American, science fiction writer proposed in one trilogy, God is change. And change is inevitable. From marginalized communities and people, we have the vital opportunity to learn and remember skills of resilience, transformation, and healing to not only survive but shape change. Our power and hope is in how we practice shaping it towards our values rooted in liberation. Let’s harmonize our efforts together uplifting wisdom and tools from the LGBTQIA community on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2019.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'YOUR INFINITE SELF' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2019 39:46

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION “The curative force in psychotherapy is man’s tendency to actualize himself, to become his/her potentialities.” —Carl Rogers  This desire to become more of what you already are—to be actually, factually, functionally and punctually YOU—unedited and unaudited, the raw, rare, rough as well as a refined and more unlimited you. Join us in December for the theme of Seeking God/Source. Reconnect with the inner source or force, indeed the gene, genius or even “genie” you were born with. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SHAPING CHANGE' - A sermon by Rev. Yadenee Hailu (Traditional Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2019 16:12

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Yadenee Hailu, Assistant Minister. DESCRIPTION Octavia Butler, an accomplished and prophetic black, queer, American, science fiction writer proposed in one trilogy, God is change. And change is inevitable. From marginalized communities and people, we have the vital opportunity to learn and remember skills of resilience, transformation, and healing to not only survive but shape change. Our power and hope is in how we practice shaping it towards our values rooted in liberation. Let’s harmonize our efforts together uplifting wisdom and tools from the LGBTQIA community on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2019.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL SUNDAY

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2019 37:56

The service took place on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. DESCRIPTION Come together in gratitude to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday at All Souls! Our Cherub, Children’s, Youth, and all Adult Choirs will share their gifts of song. Families and children are encouraged to bring fresh foods for the traditional children’s procession of giving to the cornucopia. All food collected will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERVICE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SOUL MATES VS. SOUL TIES' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2019 37:34

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION A Soul Mate is described as a person with whom one has a feeling of deep or natural affinity. This may involve similarity, love, romance, platonic relationships, comfort, intimacy, sexuality, spirituality, compatibility and trust. Soul Ties are connections from one person's soul to (or into) another person's soul. They are emotional bonds that form an attachment, whether for good or for bad. Join me Sunday for a healthy discussion on the good, the bad and the ugly around unhealthy covenants.     SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ANCIENT WISDOM | MODERN SCIENCE' - A message by Mariela Pérez-Simons (Humanist Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2019 34:50

The message was delivered on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Pérez-Simons, Intern Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION This Sunday, at The Point, we will explore the place where ancient wisdom and modern science meet, the place where the yearnings of the human soul can be met, and where we find the right conditions for the flourishing of life! *Music: Shalem Joy Baissa (soloist), Rick Fortner (piano) SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT A CHURCH IS AND WHAT IT ISN'T' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2019 22:07

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION All Souls is known for our ministers preaching impactful sermons that benefit our church and Tulsa community. In preparation for our Centennial in 2021 we are bringing some of those amazing sermons back! Join Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar as he reimagines Rev. Dr. John Wolf's sermon from 1960 and how it applies to the church we know today.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'A PLACE OF PROMISE' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2019 25:35

The message was delivered on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION We promise not because we are all good, but because we all suffer. At the heart of All Souls is a promise we make to each other. In a highly individualistic and materialistic culture like ours, to covenant with others is counter-cultural. Why do we bind our lives with people who are not family and who may be quite different from ourselves? When we show up for each other what happens to our fears, our hopes and our dreams? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:  

'QUEERING OUR COVENANTS' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2019 33:22

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION Jesus was born into a closed, covenanted community and spent his years of ministry queering that covenant. Could members of the community work on the sabbath? Yes! Could their fellowship include women? Yes! Could their communities include sex workers and tax collectors? Yes! Were touch and intimacy allowed? Yes! The concept of covenant is powerful enough to create exclusive and inclusive communities. As our covenant here at All Souls expands and queers itself, we need tools to keep the circle whole. This Sunday, join me as we explore the power of apology and other tools to help us heal and return to and/or create right relationship. “When you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24) SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:  

'A PLACE OF PROMISE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2019 23:27

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION We promise not because we are all good, but because we all suffer. At the heart of All Souls is a promise we make to each other. In a highly individualistic and materialistic culture like ours, to covenant with others is counter-cultural. Why do we bind our lives with people who are not family and who may be quite different from ourselves? When we show up for each other what happens to our fears, our hopes and our dreams? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:  

'THE POWER OF AGREEMENT' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2019 41:06

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION The words covenant, coven, convene, and convention derive from the same root. They all refer to agreement of coming together— entering contract and contact with others in a cooperative, committed and devoted manner. Symphoneo is the Greek word for agreement, which we also get the word symphony. It doesn't mean to sound the same. It doesn't even mean to sound alike. It simply means to sound together. All month we are exploring the theme of covenant. As in the tradition of our church, we honor our covenant as it is read aloud at every services. In covenant together, we encourage, enjoy and lovingly make our force of a positive and powerful forward thrust of common growth and personal expansion. *Music: Majeste Pearson, solo; David B. Smith, keyboards; Matthew Edwards, drums SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:  

'THE ART & POWER OF APOLOGY' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2019 30:11

The message was delivered on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Apologies can restore dignity and self-respect, repair harm, assure both parties that they have shared values, create renewed safety and new, shared meaning in relationships. Empathy, guilt and shame—our conscience—propels us forward; while fear of feeling vulnerable, of never being forgiven, of losing the relationship, losing respect, or losing our self-image or even our “self” holds us back. In our community, where our covenant—the promise which binds us together rather than a creed,—the art of apology is an essential tie and tool. Join me Sunday to explore the power of apology to restore right relationships in covenanted communities. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:  

'WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CALLED OUT?' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald L. Davis (Traditional Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2019 28:25

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION The Greek word for church is ecclesia. This word translates to "called out." So we know we are called out to do justice work. But we are also called out to listen for ways to be in covenant. Our covenant is recited every Sunday, but how are you doing covenant? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:  

'GOOD AND EVIL. ENEMIES OR COOPERATIVE FRIENDS?' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2019 39:02

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Good and Evil were somehow created by the "Sky God" of Hebrew scripture, and yet everything "God" created is said in scripture to have been good. If this is true, even allegorically, that would mean evil is nothing more or less than good extorted, contorted, and distorted! Join me as I continue to explore the good in evil and the evil in good SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:  

'HARRY POTTER AND THE SACRED SPARK!' - A sermon by Mariela Perez-Simons (Traditional Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2019 26:53

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Perez-Simons, Intern Minister. DESCRIPTION The dancer Martha Graham once said: “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and since there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique; if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost." Inspired by this quote, we will talk about the sacred life force (or spark) that runs through each of us, and we’ll explore the practices, beliefs, and systems that, like the dementors in Harry Potter, drain the vitality from our lives. Come experience an uplifting and inspiring service that will help us reclaim passion and vibrancy in our lives. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:  

'AWE-MAZING!' - A sermon by Mariela Perez-Simons (Contemporary Service)

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2019 23:05

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Perez-Simons, Intern Minister. DESCRIPTION Experiences of awe make us stop. They leave us spellbound and “captivated,” like being apprehended in the most delicious way. But what is awe? Awe is an emotional response, a feeling that arises from being in the presence of something larger than the self; something so much more expansive than our understanding; it’s mind-shattering in a way… And having our minds blown like that has many benefits, for our spirit, for our health, and for our community; come learn more. It’s going to be Awe-mazing!!! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:  

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