Speaker: Kent Matthies

Memories Making Us, Rev. Kent Matthies

What is the earliest memory of your life? What is one of your favorite memories to share?  Why do you love to tell it? Who we are is shaped less by all the events of our lives, than by the highlighting of key moments. How you remember … read more.

When We Can’t Forgive, Rev. Kent Matthies

Today we celebrate the High Holy Days. Jewish tradition encourages people to greet the New Year with serious introspection, self-evaluation and prayer.  Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor, tremendous writer and a world leader, said that he could not forgive the crimes committed by the Nazis. What happens … read more.

We the People, Rev. Kent Matthies, Mark Daugherty and the USG Choir

Democracy is the fifth principle of Unitarian Universalism: “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” As we approach an historically important national election, we explore our deep connections and commitments to democracy.

Imperfect Joy, Rev. Kent Matthies

One of the great joys of summer is reading a good book. I recommend “The Heroine’s Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Erin Blakemore. Two of the chapters “Happiness” and “Indulgence” explore classic novels, which include female characters finding joy in the … read more.

Unplugged Summer and Beyond, Rev. Kent Matthies

This sermon was rescheduled and reframed from when Rev. Kent originally intended to preach it on Father’s Day.  Due to the Orlando shootings that Sunday’s message was changed.  Today we explore the relationship between technology and living a good life.  Computers and screens often increase … read more.

Dad’s Smart Phone, Rev. Kent Matthies

On this Father’s Day we explore the relationship between technology and living a good life.  Computers and technology often increase information, effectiveness and joy.  However, they often cloud decision-making, and impede building healthy relationships, and finding calm.  A great Father’s Day gift for everyone is … read more.

Made a Decision, Rev. Kent Matthies

This morning we explore the compatibility of the 3rd step of Alcoholics Anonymous with Unitarian Universalist life.  Made a decision to turn our will and lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.  At first examination this step often causes consternation and … read more.

Touching the Word, Rev. Kent Matthies

Do you remember when speed-reading was a new thing?  An early pioneer was Evelyn Wood in 1959.  In hindsight we see this was an early rendition in a society that would come to crave and demand fast everything: from food to internet service.  But speed … read more.