Sermon Archive – Audio
April 28, 2019 “John Fetzer & the Quest for the New Age” with Brian Wilson
March 31, 2019 “Women of UUCC” led by Mary Roscoe
March 3, 2019 “Work of HeART” with Rev. Gy
February 17, 2019 “Black History in UU” with Jacquis Robertson
February 10, 2019 “Roots” with Nick Sienkiewicz
February 3, 2019 “Roots” with Rev. Gy
January 20, 2019 “Do Dreams Come True?” Rev. Gy ponders aloud the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.in her own unique way, as she does.
January 6, 2019 “Letter to Self with Rev. Gy
December 30, 2018 “Empty Hands” and Burning Bowl Ceremony Rev. Gy leads us in our annual UUCC Burning Bowl Ceremony.
December 16, 2018 “Giving With a Twist” with Rev. Gy
December 2, 2018 “C’mon and Celebrate!” We look back on this past year and celebrate all we’ve done. This was a collaborative talk including all the team leaders. Find out about who we are and how we do things here, and how you could get involved, too.
November 18, 2018 Bread Ceremony Rev. Gy leads us in a Bread Ceremony, a UU tradition. In sharing bread, we celebrate the earth that feeds and nourishes us, and our connection to her and to each other.
October 7, 2018 “Blue Boat Home” Rev. Gy shares with us today.
September 23, 2018 “I Might Be a Hindunitarian” Fred Stella examines the relationship between the Unitarian Universalists and the growth of Hinduism in the US since the middle of the 19th century through today.
September 16, 2018 “A Story of Inclusion” Alicia Johnston shares her story of transformation from a religiously conservative and closeted queer person to a more expansive and affirming spirituality. Along the are lessons learned about compassion, inclusion, and the importance of working for equality.
September 2, 2018 “Suicide Prevention Basics” Tanequa Hampton and Kirsten Smith of Gryphon Place cover the basic signs present in individuals contemplating suicide, what to do if you or someone suspects that an individual is contemplating suicide, and ways to obtain more information to become suicide safer. September is Suicide Prevention Month.
August 12, 2018 “No Promises” Rev. Gy shares with us today. (This recording includes the meditation preceding the sermon.)
August 5, 2018 “New Beginnings” with Rev. Gy shares with us today.
June 17, 2018 “The Antidote for Division” Guest speaker Rev. Larry Farris Speaks about the role of art and creativity in our identity and spiritual lives, and how they can renew us for our work in these divided and perilous times.
June 10, 2018 The Children of UUCC This is an intergenerational service led by the youth of UUCC and hosted by Jacquis Robertson, Director of Religious Education at UUCC.
June 3, 2018 “Somewhere Under the Rainbow” Guest speaker Jay Maddock, Executive Director of OutFront Kalamazoo
May 27, 2018 “Flower Communion” Rev. Gy leads the congregation in the annual UU Flower Communion
May 20, 2018 “Us, Now” Rev. Gy returns from vacation and weaves together her thoughts on technology, ancient Hebrew, and the balance of rationalism and mysticism. All this is in relation to who we wish to become in the world.
May 13, 2018 “Mother Jones – The Most Dangerous Woman in America” Mary Roscoe directs a play during this Sunday’s service, written by David Christie, featuring some of our own UUCC members! On Mother’s Day, we learn about this most amazing mother! (This recording is like listening to live radio theater!)
May 6, 2018 Poetry Sunday Hosted by Mary King, members of the congregation read some of their favorite poems.
April 22, 2018 “Earth Day, with Art Toy” Dr. Art Toy, owner of Four Elements Energy Inc., came to speak about the current capabilities of sustainable energy technologies, and the challenges it is facing in the State of Michigan.
April 15, 2018 “Life, Love, and Laughter” With a guitar in his hand and a story in his ear, guest speaker and singer/songwriter Steve Barber will share songs and stories of “Life, Love, and Laughter”.
February 18, 2018 “How our UU Principles Guide Us” Rev. Gy discusses the history of racism in the US and how it became an institution.
February 4, 2018 “When Will You Give Me a Grandbaby?” Rev. Gy discusses how Christian teachings influence world population growth and how we might re-think it.
January 28, 2018 “The Responsibility of Society to Pass Policies that End Poverty”Rev. Edward Pinkney, a civil rights activist from Benton Harbor, MI. Sharing his experiences, thoughts, and visions.
January 21, 2018 “Michigan Immigrant Rights” Guest speaker, Susan Reed from the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center
January 14, 2018 “Letter to Self “ Rev. Gy talked about how our attitudes and aspirations are relative to the times in which they occur. The congregation wrote letters to themselves to be read later.
January 7, 2018 “My Trip to Puerto Rico” Nichole Najar describes the personal impact of her service trip to Puerto Rico to help the people recover from the devastating hurricane damage. Even without the visual benefit of her slide show, Nichole’s message comes through powerfully.
To listen to older sermon recordings, go to the Sermon Archive page.
December 31, 2017 “Burning Bowl” Rev. Gy inspires us to identify what thoughts and memories are not serving us well, and to let them go. The congregation wrote these down on paper and burnt them in the flame.
December 10, 2017 “Christmas, Early” Rev. Gy will do the Christmas Eve service in partnership with People’s Church in Kalamazoo, so she shared a special Christmas message with our congregation today.
December 3, 2017 “A Season of Endings and Beginnings” Rev. Larry Farris, guest speaker
November 26, 2017 “Guest at Your Table” Rev. Gy explained the UU Service Committee’s program and why it is of value to use it during the next month.
November 19, 2017 “Our New Vision and Mission” Rev. Gy and the Committee on Ministry shared the process that was used to create the church’s new vision and mission statements, and unveiled the results.
November 12, 2017 “How could so many murder so many?” Robert Weir discussed how the Nazi German atrocities could have been accepted by the German people, and what it tells us about human nature. Could the same thing happen today?
NOTE: in September and October, our audio recording system suffered some technical issues, and we did not capture good recordings. This is the reason for a gap in the timeline.
August 13, 2017 Rev. Gy responded to the recent violence in Charlottesville, NC at a White Supremacy rally.
August 6, 2017 Rev. Gy’s topic was “Are the Gays and Trans People Really That Bad?”
July 23, 2017 Rev. Gy spoke about Global Warming and what we as Unitarian Universalists must do.
July 17, 2017 Rev. Gy spoke on “A Holistic Approach to Life”
June 18, 2017 Rev. Gy walked through her own spiritual journey and her current personal theology.
June 11, 2017 Rev. Gy — “Other or Not?”
June 4, 2017 Rev. Gy — “Legitimate”
May 28, 2017 Rev. Gy spoke this Memorial day weekend on the “Greatest Sacrifice”
May 21, 2017 Rev. Gy presented part II of “Healthy Congregations
May 14, 2017 Joe Brown discussed the Kalamazoo Urban Alliance, and put it into terms of “What Would Your Mother Do?” Would your mother encourage you to volunteer to improve the lives of those around us?
May 7, 2017 Rev. Gy spoke on “The Need for Freedom”
April 30, 2017 Robert Weir spoke on the ongoing battle for civil rights in the United States.
April 23, 2017 Nate Fuller, of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, spoke about climate justice.
April 16, 2017 Rev. Gy spoke on Easter Sunday about “Hope Springs Eternal”.
April 9, 2017 Rev. Gy led a discussion of two videos demonstrating how a church dealt with change and conflict.
April 2, 2017 Rev. Gy spoke on “Intention”. Do we really understand one another’s motivation and intention when they do what they do?
March 26, 2017 This was a lay-led service about the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC).
March 12, 2017 Rev. Gy continues discussing a view of abundance, rather than scarcity.
March 6, 2017 Rev Gy. talks about viewing your life and your church through the lens of Abundance.
February 26, 2017 Regena Nelson and Charlae Davis discuss ISAAC, the Kalamazoo interfaith organization.
February 19, 2017 The “Build Your Own Theology” class presents their conclusions.
February 12, 2017 Rev. Gy Ludvig-McCartney in a conversation about her past and her way forward into UU Ministerial Fellowship.
February 5, 2017 Rev. Gy Ludvig-McCartney spoke on the seventh UU Principle, “Respecting The Interdependent Web of All Existence”
January 29, 2017 Rev. Larry Farris, guest minister, spoke on “Pilgrimage as Spiritual Discipline”
January 22, 2017 Rev. Gy spoke on “Living By Default or By Design”
January 8, 2017 Rev. Kayle Rice speaking about the Black Lives Matter movement for UUs.
Christmas Eve, 2016 Our own Rev. Gy and People’s Church’s Rev. Rachel led a joint service.
December 18, 2016 Fred Stella spoke on the topic, “I Think I’m a Hindunitarian”
December 11, 2016 Rev. Gy Ludvig-McCartney spoke on the sixth UU principle,”The Goal of World Community…”
December 4, 2016 Rev. Gy Ludvig-McCartney spoke on the fifth UU principle, “The Right of Conscience and the Use of the Democratic Process…”
November 27, 2016 Rev. Kayle Rice spoke on “Re-membering Beloved Community”
November 20, 2016 Eric Nelson spoke on “Compassion in a Divided World”
November 6, 2016 Rev. Gy Ludvig-McCartney spoke on the fourth UU principle, “A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning”
October 16, 2016Rev. Gy Ludvig-McCartney spoke on the second UU principle, “Justice, Equity, and Compassion in Human Relations”
October 9, 2016Rev. Gy Ludvig-McCartney spoke on the first UU principle, “The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person”