At our Fire Communion service this past January, Tony gave a sermon titled “As If.” Two small words, two small syllables, four single letters–yet large in meaning. Well, this Fathers’ Day Tony will give a sermon on two other small words: “As Is”–also large in … read more.
Speaker: Rev. Tony Larsen
On this LGBTQ+ Sunday, Tony’s sermon will explore the paradox of being a safe haven for non-conforming people, while also being a target for those who oppose such openness. As someone once put it: “To be a church is to comfort the afflicted and afflict … read more.
A couple UCN members were discussing a photograph Dean Johnson had taken of a frozen “teardrop” (an icicle formation) reflected in a pool of water. Someone wanted to see it up close and asked, “How big is the teardrop?” Later, Tony mentioned that that could … read more.
We will have an abbreviated service this Sunday. Tony’s sermon will be on the topic: How would you explain UUism to a stranger in 30-40 seconds (the time it would take to get from one floor to another)? Although each person’s explanation is unique to … read more.
On this Mothers’ Day, Tony’s sermon will tie together a Buddhist “savior” figure (a Bodhisattva) with clothespins, a Patrick Henry speech, a nun’s outfit, and lessons he learned from his mother on how to be (and how not to be) a happy human.
Sunday service timeline:
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In the fall (September 27th), Tony gave a sermon on the 250th anniversary of the founding of Universalism in America by the Rev. John Murray (actual date: October 2, 1770). This Sunday will be the 250th birthday of the Rev. Hosea Ballou (actual date: April … read more.
This Sunday we celebrate Buddha’s Birthday with candles, sweet tea, flowers, and incense. Tony’s sermon will explore what the central figures in Buddhism and Christianity had in common. (And, of course, what they did not.) One of the interesting take-aways from this exploration may be … read more.
On this Easter Sunday, Tony will explore the story of the disciples who “encountered” Jesus on their way to Emmaus, after his death on the cross–but through some very human experiences, including those of the physicist Richard Feynmann, a New York medical student, a UU … read more.
On this Sunday (the first day of Pesach, or Passover), Tony will help us explore the Jewish story of redemption from slavery in the Book of Exodus. Some questions to consider: Did this story actually happen? If so, was it around the time of the … read more.
On this Sunday before the beginning of spring, Tony’s sermon will explore early Easter/Eostre/Ostara traditions celebrating the equinox, and what they might mean for us today. In other words, he says, what is “springing” up for you? ~Intergenerational Sunday
read the full sermon here