Video of Recent Sermons
Practically Praying - March 24, 2019
Rev. Bruce Beisner --- The traditional definition of prayer is that it is a practice which connects us with the holy and the transcendent. Such practice takes many forms within the world’s diverse religious traditions and is teachings about how and when and why to pray are passed down from generation to generation. How do UUs pray? Do UUs pray at all? If we don’t pray, what are we missing? How might we The traditional definition of prayer is that it is a practice which connects us with the holy and the transcendent. Such practice takes many forms within the world’s diverse religious traditions and is teachings about how and when and why to pray are passed down from generation to generation. How do UUs pray? Do UUs pray at all? If we don’t pray, what are we missing? How might we re-imagine this central religious practice to fit our personal theologies? Our services on March 24 will include a Share the Plate Offering to support the Armand Bayou Nature Center.e this central religious practice to fit our personal theologies?
The Revelation of Lovecraft -- March 17, 2019
Randy Partain -- When we look through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist values, we might discover insights in the strangest places. H. P. Lovecraft's short story “The Hound” is a great example. What meaningful life lessons can we learn from a tale of decadent graverobbers (other than not to be one)? Randy Partain is a candidate for the Unitarian Universalist ministry. He is also the founding minister of the Church of Cosmic Indifference, a Cosmicist Humanist virtual church that merges Lovecraftian fiction of the Cthulhu Mythos with Humanist values. And, yes, he knows just how bizarre that is.
To Judge and Love --- March 10, 2019
Johnny Peden---Unitarian Universalism teaches us to try to have respect for different ideas, beliefs and ways of thinking. We’re a religion of affirmation rather than condemnation. But are there limits to what we can accept and affirm? How do we learn to judge actions and not people? Johnny Peden is a member of BAUUC and a former Baptist minister. He is a professional wedding officiant and performs hundreds of ceremonies each year for couples of all genders throughout the greater Houston area.
The Joy in the Journey -- March 3, 2019
Rev. Bruce Beisner---We live in times when we all seem to be stressed, worried and divided. Finding a little joy in the simple gifts of life and creating a space to celebrate the awe and wonder we feel is vital to surviving and thriving spiritually. Rev. Bruce will explore the power of joy to fill us with an abundant attitude and empower us to remain hopeful about the future.
How Shall We Live - February 24, 2019
Rev. Helen De Leon ---Over the last several years, BAUUC has been pleased to grow in our connections with our Presbyterian neighbors through our shared participation in the interfaith organization “Family Promise.” On February 24, we will welcome Rev. Helen Deleon, the Associate Pastor of Webster Presbyterian Church, to be our guest preacher. An accomplished storyteller and committed social justice advocate, Rev. DeLeon is a graduate of McCormick Seminary in Chicago and earned her Masters degree in social work from the University of Chicago. She was ordained into the Presbyterian ministry in 2003.
Putting Our Money Where Our Heart Is -- February 17, 2019
Rev. Bruce Beisner--Our friendly neighborhood Spiderman learned that “with great power comes great responsibility.” In our beloved church community, we are blessed to be free to create worship, education and outreach which connects to our passions and the needs of the world right now. Our ministries are powered by your generosity, your participation and your passion. With this freedom and this power comes responsibility. As we each plan how we will financially support our church for the coming year, we’ll celebrate the goodness we are creating together and the life we share.