Sermons by Rev. Nelson Stover
An 11-month sermon series
Unitarian Universalists in Covenant
By Rev. F. Nelson Stover
During 2017, Rev. F. Nelson Stover (personal page) will deliver a series of sermons focusing on Opportunities open to covenanted groups of religious liberals. Each sermon will focus on a way that such a congregation might make substantial contributions to the enhancement of the quality of life for its individual members and of the larger community of which they are a part.
February 5 – Why Us?
This sermon will focus on the unique characteristics of a covenanted congregation of religious liberals that put such a group in an advantageous position to make a positive contribution to the enhancement of the quality of life for its individual members and of the larger community of which they are a part. When a liberal and open-minded approach is taken to traditional religious wisdom, past spiritual understandings have the possibility of empowering contemporary living. When individuals take seriously their covenant with each other, the world can see an embodiment of compassion in action. Youtube link.
March 5 – Standing Between Yesterday and Tomorrow
Sometimes individuals and groups become aware that they are standing in a twilight zone between habits and patterns of yesterday that are no longer adequate and understandings and convictions that enable a full participation in an unfolding future. Members of liberal religious communities draw on their spiritual depths to sense the direction of history and to build fresh interpretations and patterns of living. Youtube link.
April 2 – The Thoughtful Decision
Working together in covenant raises to self-consciousness the decision-making processes at the individual and collective level. In the 21st Century, the human species’ decisions are having increasing impact on the entire Planetary systems in ways never imagined in earlier times. This sermon will examine how a covenanted congregation functions as a portent of possibility for the larger society and its relationship to the Planet. Youtube link.