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"I Can See Clearly Now" with Randy Lewis

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This message was delivered on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Randy Lewis in the 10 am service. Description: Our lives are made up of stories. Every day we are telling stories to ourselves about ourselves and others. Stories about what will happen to us in the future, and who we were in the past. Some of these stories define us, for better or worse, but how do we know they are true? What if we want to break out of an old story? What if we want to write a new one? It is so crucial when we are writing stories about ourselves and our world that we are compassionate. We never know what other people have been through or what is in their hearts now, and we often negate or forget parts ourselves — the difficult parts we might want to gloss over as well as the beautiful parts of us that we sometimes struggle to embrace. SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: WANT TO LISTEN? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST:  GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Instagram: All Souls Church Website:

"It's Time to Dream Again" with Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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This message was delivered on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar in The Point Humanist Hour service. Description: As the world continues to open back up following the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all left to reckon with everything we have been putting off.  That might mean something literal like getting married, or switching jobs, or maybe it's something simultaneously more abstract and closer to home for us, like feeling our feelings.  We often live our lives attempting to buffer difficult feelings — to insulate ourselves from the uncertainties and pain that life brings.  But we not only fail to stop pain, we also numb our joy when we do this.  What would it look like if we decided not to buffer these experiences, but to embrace them? SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: WANT TO LISTEN? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Instagram: All Souls Church Website:

"The Power of Imagination" with Carlton D. Pearson

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This message was delivered on Sunday, September 4, 2022 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Carlton D. Pearson in The Point Humanist Hour service. Description: Our imaginations are our gateway into our worlds. Our past, present, and future all has to go through an interpretive lens that we get to choose. We always have the opportunity to reimagine our relationships to ourselves and each other, and to imagine a different world that maybe just doesn't exist yet. Sometimes when we feel stuck in our own lives or in the stories others have about us, it's time to imagine a new story about ourselves... a story with an unwritten ending. SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: WANT TO LISTEN? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Instagram: All Souls Church Website:

"Kindness is Contagious" with Randy Lewis

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This message was delivered on Sunday, August 28, 2022 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Randy Lewis in The Point Humanist Hour service. Description: What does it mean to have emotional intelligence, and how might we increase it? Why would we even want to? This Sunday, Randy Lewis explores what it means to practice kindness as a serious business that has consequences in our own lives and those around us. But in order to this, it's important to be transparent with ourselves about how we really feel about the people around us. By internally addressing what we really think, we can slowly change our thought patterns into something truly helpful. SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: WANT TO LISTEN? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF:  or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Instagram: All Souls Church Website:

"Risking Freedom" with Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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This message was delivered on Sunday, August 21, 2022 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar in The Point Humanist Hour service. Description: Salman Rushdie, who has spoken twice at All Souls in Tulsa, was violently attacked, on stage, last week. One of our congregation’s middle school girls had to be escorted out of a Public School Board meeting this summer by police because adults, wearing red, white and blue, were aggressive and hostile toward her for expressing her view that our schools should support LGBTQ students. Our state has passed laws making it illegal to have an abortion or to teach history that might make someone uncomfortable. College professors, comedians and commentators are being “cancelled” for expressing their perspectives. All Souls stands in a centuries-long religious tradition that has seen God (and the good) in history to be present in the unfolding of freedom. Examples include: the freedom of the Jews, and anyone, from slavery, freedom of Christians to worship, freedom of scientists, freedom of speech, freedom to marry and more. What’s happening to freedom and what have our forebears done before and what should we do now about it? SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: WANT TO LISTEN? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Instagram: All Souls Church Website:

"Watch What You Watch" — a message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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This message was delivered on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar in The Point Humanist Hour service. Description: How are you feeling right now? Happy, anxious, depressed, or maybe even numb? Or perhaps there is a fear or uncertainty of what will happen when we really let our feelings reach the surface. Sometimes we aren't even aware of what we're feeling, but it still follows us. This Sunday, Rev. Marlin explores what it means to become aware of our own awareness. Reflecting on his time on sabbatical, Marlin encourages us to pay more attention to what we pay attention to, and in that space we will find a rich quality of life that is worth it. SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: https://www.youtube.com/user/allsoulsunitarian WANT TO LISTEN? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/all-souls-unitarian-church/id193096943   GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: http://www.allsoulschurch.org/GIVE or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Instagram: All Souls Church Website:

"Six Degrees of Gratitude" — a message by Rev. Barbara Prose

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This message was delivered on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Rev. Barbara Prose Description: "One expression I will take with me when I leave All Souls is 'I appreciate you.' It’s one of the ways I’ve learned to say thank you here. Those words express that what someone just did or said—or simply who they are—makes a difference in my life and in the life of the church. Now, if I were to try to thank each and every one of you individually, our Sunday service would last all weekend and still be incomplete. Much as author AJ Jacobs discovered when he tried to thank every person involved with his morning cup of coffee, I’ve discovered that each and every act of generosity, kindness, and service, is linked to at least 1000 other acts of service, kindness and generosity. So I need your help. And am inviting you to attend church this Sunday, so you can thank people too – and be thanked yourself!"

"RESPECTING ALL OF YOU" — a message by Rev. Tamara Lebak

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This message was delivered on Sunday, July 31, 2022 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Rev. Tamara Lebak Description: Maybe there is a part of you that wants to come to church and a part of you that wants to stay home. Maybe there is a part of you that wants to flee the country and a part of you that wants to firmly plant yourself in the resistance. Maybe there is a part of you who is skeptical of everything and a part of you that has experienced something truly mystical in nature. I certainly have all of these parts. What does it mean that we have these parts? How do we balance the tension between our polarized parts? How do we navigate respecting all the parts of ourselves to take our next right step? Join me as I explore the respect through the construct of multiplicity of self, an indigenous concept that has been pathologized by academia and demonized by the culture of the Christian church.

'THE GOSPEL OF INCLUSION' — a message by Carlton D. Pearson

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This message was delivered on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Carlton D. Pearson. Description: What does it mean to become more inclusive toward ourselves? As we venture into radical inclusivity, sometimes we are surprised to find old parts of our stories coming back to make us feel guilt, shame, or self-loathing that we thought we had left behind. This Sunday, Carlton explores what it means to move past a kind of militaristic kind of love and step into a more compassionate and real form of *liking* ourselves.

'BOUND TO RESPECT' — a message by Cory Lovell

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This message was delivered on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Cory Lovell. Description: We are living through times that will ask more of us and challenge our faith in ways we never imagined but now can't possibly ignore. The values of Unitarian Universalism call upon us to be compassionate, innovative, and steadfast even amidst such unpredictability. By rooting ourselves in respect for our tradition's past, respect for the sobering and complicated reality of our present, and respect for a more hopeful future... we can meet the moment with love and courage.

'NO GREATER LOVE' — a message by Randy Lewis

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This message was delivered on Sunday, July 10, 2022 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Randy Lewis. Description: This Sunday, Randy Lewis explores what it means to try to love another person when we don't even know what it means to love ourselves. The golden rule tells us to "do unto other as we would have done unto us," but many people treat themselves with no love at all. Through growing in our self-love, we become strong to love others beyond belief.

'WE DISSENT' — a message by Barbara Prose

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This message was delivered on Sunday, July 3, 2022 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Barbara Prose. Description: Our country stands on the edge of a precipice. It feels impossible that on the weekend that our nation celebrates its 246th birthday, some of the freedoms and rights we hold dear have been taken away and other rights and freedom are so vulnerable. In these extraordinary and urgent times, we declare that we dissent. Those who pursue authoritarian forms of power also provoke violence, spread disinformation, politicize independent institutions, corrupt elections and target vulnerable or marginalized communities. Voices of people in Oklahoma who are not being represented by local or national leaders must be heard across our nation as we insist on the importance of the separation between church and state and share our understanding of a God who always stands on the side of freedom and equality.

'I'M HERE AND I'M QUEER' — a message by Randy Lewis

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This message was delivered on Sunday, June 29, 2022 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Randy Lewis. Description: This Sunday, Randy Lewis, Sabbatical Minister reflects on the enduring meaning of LBGTQ Pride in America and in his own life, and leads us to think more dynamically about cultural progress in our current age, when the Supreme Court has just overturned Roe v. Wade and many other crucial civil liberties are either absent or threatened. The civil rights era never ended.

'YOU ARE INCLUDED' — a message by Carlton D. Pearson (Humanist Service)

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This message was delivered on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa Oklahoma by Carlton D. Pearson. Description This Sunday, on both Father's Day and Juneteenth, Carlton Pearson explores what it means to reckon with our fraught histories surrounding inclusion. Some of us are victims of exclusion — maybe in our own lifetimes, or maybe through our inherited histories, such as native black Americans that are descended from slavery. Maybe we ourselves have excluded others in our pasts. This Sunday, Carlton seeks a way to let go of our stories that no longer serve us while also seeking full disclosure of our painful pasts.

'IS PEACE POSSIBLE?' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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This message was delivered on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry in The Point Humanist Hour Service. Description: This Sunday, Rev. Barbara reflects on the chaotic moment we are living in and asked the question, "Is peace even possible right now?" What would it look like for us to choose peace at a moment like this, and should we? Channeling Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, Rev. Barbara explores an active understanding of peace that empowers us toward change rather than neutralizes us in the face of danger. Instead of waging war, we can wage peace!

'MASKS' - A homily by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Many people around the world have taken to wearing masks. Masks are being worn in the hopes that they will keep us safe from the coronavirus. However, people also wear masks for other reasons. Join me to explore the use of various kinds of masks with the idea that on the other side of this pandemic, perhaps, we can also take off some of the other masks we tend to wear in public. There is something about this current crisis that reminds us of our vulnerability and the preciousness of life and relationships. A mask today might allow us to be in each other’s presence, whereas another mask we wear might serve to hide parts of us from one another. Let’s be thoughtful about the masks we wear and allow them to serve us. We can also be courageous in taking off our masks at the right time and in the right circumstances. This Sunday also marks the 25th anniversary of the tragic Oklahoma City Bombing. Rev. Barbara Prose and our worship, music and communications teams have created a tribute to honor the anniversary in our services. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS HOMILY ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST OR SURVIVAL OF THE FRIENDLIEST?' - A sermon by Mariela Pérez-Simons (Virtual Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Pérez-Simons, Intern Minister. The recording includes a pastoral-care message from Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION “Survival of the fittest” has always been a deeply misunderstood concept, but now, after decades of research by sociologists and evolutionary biologists, a new picture of human nature has emerged, showing how human beings—in order to survive as a species—had to learn to cooperate. While we can act in selfish ways, there’s well-researched evidence that shows how we are actually wired for goodness and how altruism is part of our true nature. While our culture has an impact on our personality, there are deeper, ancient forces working through us, propelling us toward goodness, love, and collaboration. This Sunday, our ministerial intern, Mariela Pérez-Simons, makes a passionate case for cultivating altruistic love and compassion for our well-being and the well-being of others. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE ART OF INTIMACY: SELF, STORY, AND UNIVERSE' - A service by Kelli McLoud-Schingen, Mariela Pérez-Simons, and Rev. Barbara Prose (Virtual Service)

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The service was held on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Kelli McLoud-Schingen, Guest Speaker, Mariela Pérez-Simons, Intern Minister, and Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION Our celebration of Women’s History Month continues. “Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.” —The Zen master Dogen (1200-1253), founder of the Sōtō school of Zen On this Sunday, as we delve into the concept of the Divine Feminine, we will be exploring how we can cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Intimacy with our feelings, with the earth, with one another, with spirit, with the soul, with our heartbeat… and perhaps even with the virus itself. Because we already have the impulse to connect, intimacy allows us to move from division to wholeness… We are invited to get closer and closer until we realize that we are, in fact, not separate but a part of everything. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERVICE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING' - Virtual Service

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The service took place on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister, Mariela Pérez-Simons, Intern Minister. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERVICE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'AUTHENTICITY AND PERSONAL AUTHORITY' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Authority is one of the most needed and yet intimidating words in the English language. Authority must first come from your human essence. You share and/or delegate portions of your authority in life, but never all of it. We learn to honor our authorship of our own lives and our authority to live based on our assignment in life. Join us as we explore ways to reclaim our authenticity and personal authority! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'RECLAIMING WISE WAYS' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION There is a positive death movement happening. It involves talking openly about our bodies: how we age, get sick, and die. It includes practices like: death doulas, death dinners, death care guides and more. For so long, our culture has kept death hidden from us. Here at All Souls, we face death openly, as a way to honor our lives. We have a hospice choir and honor our dead in moving memorial services that celebrate life. I hope you’ll join me, SpiritSong, our Life Decisions Team and Nicole Ogundare, our Life Events Coordinator, as we explore who has the authority to make decisions about our lives – and our deaths. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FREEDOM AND THE QUEST FOR WHOLENESS' - A sermon by Mariela Pérez-Simons (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 1, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Pérez-Simons, Intern Minister. DESCRIPTION “What a long time it can take to become the person one has always been,” says the writer and teacher Parker Palmer. This sermon is inspired by Palmer’s words. I want to explore the ways in which the human soul goes into “hiding” because of acculturation, oppression, or trauma. Psychologists have a term for it, disassociation, and some indigenous cultures call it “the loss of soul” while offering options for healing, such as “soul retrieval” journeys. Join me to look at the ways we can free our truest, most authentic selves and lead lives of presence and wholeness. As Zora Neale Hurston once said, “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT CAKE WOULD JESUS BAKE?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION There is a long history of using the Bible to further discrimination. During the years of legalized slavery, many Christians used biblical explanations to justify their “right” to own slaves. Today religious freedom is, again, being weaponized as a tool of discrimination and political gain by those who want to deny the rights of LGBT people, women, Muslims, immigrants and others. As All Souls stands firmly on the side of freedom of religion, what do we have to say to those who are using such language in ways that harm others? As we continue to celebrate black history and our theme of “choosing freedom” let’s look to the past to see how we can live more freely and stand on the side of liberty in our own times. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE WORLD NEEDS YOUR COURAGE' - A message by Jan Peppler, Ph.D. (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Jan Peppler, Ph.D., Guest Speaker, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Courage isn’t reserved for the few. Every day we are each face the need to be courageous in both small and big ways. The courage to step up, to surrender, to do the right thing, to choose love over fear, and—perhaps scariest of all—the courage to be the person we are meant to be. This is what the world needs more than anything: You. Authentic, Courageous, You. ABOUT Dr. Peppler is the founder of the Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological RoundTable of Ketchum, Idaho, and co-chair of Goddess Studies for the American Academy of Religion Western Region. Her background includes social services, teaching, counseling, therapeutic massage, and sacred ceremonies. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FREEDOM FIGHTS' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.” These words from Fredrick Douglass seem quite fitting for the current state of the American republic. We are a county that was founded on the principle of freedom and yet freedom, and its synonym liberty, have often been a source of conflict and confusion throughout the American experiment in democracy. Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is celebrated on Monday, once wrote: “We all declare for liberty, but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.” Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass were both fighting for the freedom of people to be able to benefit from their own labor. Their opponents were fighting for the freedom to benefit from someone else’s labor. Despite their diametrically opposing definitions and goals, each side claimed to be fighting for freedom. As a community of free-thinkers we can learn a lot from this history about the nature of our own freedom today. Join me as we continue to explore this month’s theme of Choosing Freedom and celebrate Black History Month in a way that uplifts and enlightens us all. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CITY OF LIGHT' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION In an election year, 32 years ago, John Wolf preached this sermon and said, “If the people of this country do not feel manipulated, if their basic instincts for fair play and for justice are not confounded, then something ominous has to have happened. Human nature being what it is, as Emerson says, we have a natural affinity for truth. But we smother those natural instincts when we are so offended by what we hear being said that we despair that anything we do makes any difference, that the truth doesn’t matter, that the powers that be are in control and the ends justify the means. And when no one rises up to challenge the offenses, apathy can turn to bitterness. And bitterness easily turns to hate.” Sound familiar? Join me this President’s Day weekend, to hear how John found his way, from there, or here—back to faith, hope and love—back to freedom, reason and tolerance. We have lived through perilous times before. No one said it better than the poet Langston Hughes, who John quotes in this sermon. “We the people must redeem America. We the people must redeem the land, the mines, the plants, the rivers. The mountains and the endless plain. All, all the stretch of these great states. And the faith, the great faith we have lost—and make America America again!” SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BEING MINDFUL OF BEING WHITE' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Talking about race and racism is often so painful, we want to avoid the conversation. Still, in the depths of our being, we understand that none of us will be free, until all of us are free. If we are white, that often means learning how to talk about race and how to listen to talk about race, without shutting down or acting out. This Sunday, holding a deep awareness of our own basic goodness, we will explore how becoming more mindful of being white leads to liberation. I hope you’ll join me as we explore a daily practice for freedom as a year-round response to our nation’s celebration of black history month. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ANGELIC SERVICE: REMEMBERING HER WORK' - A sermon by Arthur F. Carter, Jr., Ph.D. (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Arthur F. Carter, Jr., Ph.D., Guest Minister. DESCRIPTION Successful organizations, institutions, and movements often have visionary leadership. When these entities fail, onlookers frequently point to leadership as the locus of failure. While not the source of hierarchy, this tendency supports top-down views of the world. Many well-intended persons regularly evaluate success from top to bottom: how does the economy work for the wealthy; how do educational systems work for the majority of students with resources; how safe is our city for the mobile, the educated and the employed? This re-reading of Mark 14.3-9 suggests that the woman who anoints Jesus with perfume reminds us how dangerously susceptible we are to replicate the systems of oppression that we claim to denounce. Mark remembers this woman as an angelic worker; her presence and actions critique our prominent top-down approaches to identity-making and history-writing. The good news (Gospel), however, is that Jesus saw her, affirmed her work, and remembers her name; The good news (Gospel) is, thus, also that each day is our own opportunity to free her story from shackled, top-down mentalities, model her labor amidst unjust systems of oppression and exploitation, and commemorate those unnamed, un-titled angels [messengers] who sustain our pursuits of love, justice, and faith. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FREEDOM OF CHOICE' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Freedom is a commodity. Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession or privilege life can offer. Freedom is the power to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. The act of Freedom isn't for cowards. It takes courage to be free and a little "crazy" too. Join in February at All Souls as we present and perform freedom to choose who we are and how we express that honestly, earnestly, and authentically! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CHOOSING FREEDOM' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Janis Joplin famously sang: “Freedom is just another word for ‘nothing left to lose.” I would contest that we all have things to lose. How do our attachments keep us from being free? What is the right relationship to have between freedom and attachment? How and when must we choose freedom over everything else? Taking inspiration in part from the remarkable story of Harriet Tubman, the worship team and I have created a service that we hope will prompt us all to live more freely. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CHOOSING FREEDOM' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Janis Joplin famously sang: “Freedom is just another word for ‘nothing left to lose.” I would contest that we all have things to lose. How do our attachments keep us from being free? What is the right relationship to have between freedom and attachment? How and when must we choose freedom over everything else? Taking inspiration in part from the remarkable story of Harriet Tubman, the worship team and I have created a service that we hope will prompt us all to live more freely. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'HERE COMES THE SUN (DOO-DUN-DOO-DOO)' - A sermon by Mariela Pérez-Simons (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Pérez-Simons, Intern Minister. DESCRIPTION Throughout history, human beings have felt a sacred kinship to the sun—being the bestower of life and light. For instance, sun-worshipers such as the priests of the Incas used to blow kisses to the rising sun during religious ceremonies. Join our ministerial intern, Mariela Pérez-Simons, on this special SUNday as she shares new reasons to have reverence for the sun. One specific reason to love the sun is proper sun exposure can boost our nervous and immune systems! We will also get a boost from the uplifting music of The Beatles. Sing with us, “Here Comes the Sun (doo-dun doo doo.)" You won't want to miss Beatles SUNday! *Music: YAVE; Dionne Lambert, soloist; Rick Fortner, piano; Recco Bennett, bass; Matt Edwards, drums   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BLACK POWER, WHITE BACKLASH' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION THROWBACK SERMON SUNDAY 
Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Throwback from Rev. Dr. John Wolf, 1966 In 1966, a young Dr. John B. Wolf spoke to All Souls in Tulsa about Black Power in no uncertain terms. A year earlier Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had spoken to the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in a message titled “Don’t Sleep Through the Revolution.” These were some of the most divisive and crucial times of the Civil Rights movement that put non-violence to the test. It is hard to imagine any other white preacher in Tulsa saying what Dr. Wolf said that day. Come here his words and my commentary that make them even more relevant for our times today. Join us on MLK Sunday to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in music and words.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE UNIVERSE IS CORRECTING ITSELF!' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION It is a main, and sometimes impossible, challenge to change what someone else created, we can only manage it as responsibly as we can. However we can change and/or save what we have created using our own innate abilities to imagine and re-imagine it creatively. We save creation by saving ourselves and save ourselves by saving creation. We must do what we can and the universe (God) will do what we can't! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BLACK POWER, WHITE BACKLASH' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION THROWBACK SERMON SUNDAY 
Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Throwback from Rev. Dr. John Wolf, 1966 In 1966, a young Dr. John B. Wolf spoke to All Souls in Tulsa about Black Power in no uncertain terms. A year earlier Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had spoken to the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in a message titled “Don’t Sleep Through the Revolution.” These were some of the most divisive and crucial times of the Civil Rights movement that put non-violence to the test. It is hard to imagine any other white preacher in Tulsa saying what Dr. Wolf said that day. Come here his words and my commentary that make them even more relevant for our times today. Join us on MLK Sunday to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in music and words.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'#DoDemocracy' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Did you know that nearly 91,000 people were removed from the voter rolls in Oklahoma this past April? Jason Nichols, an instructor of political science at Northeastern State University, and former mayor of Tahlequah recommends we all double check our registration with our county election board to be sure we will able to vote in upcoming elections. One of the fundamental principles of our faith is the democratic process and the foundation of all our freedoms is our right to vote. Our justice team and ACTION leaders are inviting you to join with other local organizations and with congregations nationwide in voter registration, protecting voting rights and Get-Out-the-Vote drives. There are over 50 million people in the U.S.A. who are eligible to vote but who are not registered, and millions of registered voters who are infrequent voters.  This Sunday, on the same Sunday as the UUA launches their #VOTELOVE campaign, we will launch our own campaign here at All Souls, #VOTELOVEBEYONDBELIEF. I need to know I have done all I can do to make our democracy strong. Let’s learn how to do democracy together.  You’re invited! #DODEMOCRACY   #VOTELOVEBEYONDBELIEF  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SAVING CREATION: OUR PLANETARY CHARGE' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Saving Creation may possibly be the number one planetary charge and challenge of the 21st century. We are obviously too late to save some of it, but we're never too late to begin to more aggressively correct what we have insulted and assaulted on the planet's natural virtue, value, and valor. Creation can be describe as anything invented, concocted or even imagined. It is the action or process of bringing something into existence. Correction means to free from error or inaccuracy, in accordance with fact, clarity and truth in a sense, science. Faith is an ethereal aspect of life, but in fact it's a more presenting and sometimes pressing reality in life and of it. We may not be able to save what "God" created in nature, but we certainly can change what we as humans have created that has destroyed some of what God is perceived to have created. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'#DoDemocracy' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION Did you know that nearly 91,000 people were removed from the voter rolls in Oklahoma this past April? Jason Nichols, an instructor of political science at Northeastern State University, and former mayor of Tahlequah recommends we all double check our registration with our county election board to be sure we will able to vote in upcoming elections. One of the fundamental principles of our faith is the democratic process and the foundation of all our freedoms is our right to vote. Our justice team and ACTION leaders are inviting you to join with other local organizations and with congregations nationwide in voter registration, protecting voting rights and Get-Out-the-Vote drives. There are over 50 million people in the U.S.A. who are eligible to vote but who are not registered, and millions of registered voters who are infrequent voters.  This Sunday, on the same Sunday as the UUA launches their #VOTELOVE campaign, we will launch our own campaign here at All Souls, #VOTELOVEBEYONDBELIEF. I need to know I have done all I can do to make our democracy strong. Let’s learn how to do democracy together.  You’re invited! #DODEMOCRACY   #VOTELOVEBEYONDBELIEF  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'GRATEFULNESS AND GREAT FULLNESS' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Brother David Stendal-Rast, a Benedictine monk has observed: "Ninety-nine percent of the time we have an opportunity to be grateful for something. We just don’t notice it. We go through our days in a daze." We often don’t realize what we have until it’s gone. It’s often after a relationship ends that we realize how much it meant to us or when we leave a job or when our children go away to school or when our health changes and we realize we’ve taken it for granted. How can we appreciate what we have now in this moment and not when we come to die, realize we have not lived? Join me to experience the profound joy and gratitude of this moment and this life and share tools for living with presence and purpose. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHERE DO WE COME FROM?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION We are in the third decade of the 21st century. We’ve split the atom, discovered quarks and the most microscopic of things. We have telescopes that let us peer into the ageless past. Yet there are still people who think that everything there is to know about life and spirituality and truth is written down in the Bible. Not just any people think this, but people at the highest level of our government and military and judicial systems who get their values from reading the Bible literally. As we enter the 2020’s, I want to explore how we can celebrate the marvel of creation and how we can save and preserve it, but I also want to discuss how we can live with people who think they know the Truth and who want to impress there version of it upon the rest of us? There is an anti-scientific and anti-intellectual movement that threatens our way of life. We need to pay attention to who is going on our school boards and city counsel and courts. We need to have a fire in our belly about what’s happening in this world. I feel some fire burning inside and out as we enter this new decade and I hope you do too. We need new ways to interpret religion and community and to figure out how to live upon this earth. It is great to be a part of this church at this time in this place – with you. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'I'M TIRED OF THIS CHURCH' - A sermon by Rev. Carmen White-Janak (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 29, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Carmen White-Janak, Guest Minister. DESCRIPTION 2009 through 2019 closes out a decade. A decade where many travelers on their journey have chosen conformity over releasing old patterns, habits, and pathologies, leaving them tired and weary. My message, "I’m Tired of This Church," is an exploration of what’s possible when we give ourselves permission to step into greater possibility by not conforming to what’s always been. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IMAGINE YOUR FUTURE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 29, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION On this final Sunday of the year (and of the decade) I will share both evocative and practical tools to visualize your future. Discover innovative ways to bring the right things into your life in the coming weeks and year and decade. We are about to enter the 20’s, on the calendar, but what decade of your life are you in? Do you have a vision of what you hope for yourself and the world? Come explore possibilities both extravagant and real. I have some colorful and creative suggestions that may help you bring your imagined and hard to imagine future into reality. Isn’t this the time to do it? What will you do with the abundant possibilities that are before you? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'PREGNANT WITH SPIRIT' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Last year on the Sunday before Christmas, the hilarious and talented Dionne Lambert joined me on the chancel for a short skit of God talking to his angel Gabrielle (Gabriela in this case) about whether or not to go down to Earth as a human being in the incarnation of Jesus. We will reprise this provocative and heartwarming dramatization of the tensions, struggles, doubts and hopes of a "God in heaven" making the tremendous decision to become human and walk the Earth. It is truly a story about our own lives as much as it is a way of understanding a God of incarnation. If you’ve never seen this skit, you will love it! If you saw it last year, we have a few new surprises in store. The message following the skit will offer hope, joy and spirit for the holidays. Come experience the spirit and carry it home. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'COMFORT AND JOY: STORIES OF WELCOME AND HOSPITALITY' - A sermon by Mariela Pérez-Simons (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Pérez-Simons, Intern Minister. DESCRIPTION On this special Sunday before Christmas, Mariela will speak of the Latin-American tradition Las Posadas and will share stories of hospitality from her own life. All are invited to see hospitality as a spiritual practice—as an opportunity to encounter the mystery and wonder of life that presents itself when we open our doors and our hearts. This will be an uplifting multigenerational and multi-sensory service. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SEEK YE (YOU) FIRST (MATTHEW 6:33)' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Humans are born into an ongoing personal and collective anxiety to experience their own natural divinity or "power" as a species. We often call this "seeking" God, seeking Source or seeking the Force. I like to refer to this Self Actualization. By nature we are seekers and survivalists, simultaneously. The two traits are inseparably connected and in some ways are powerfully identical. We all want to last forever or for as long as we can, adding years to life and life to our years. Let's learn to recover and recapture our divine DNA and release its fuller manifestation in, to, through and as us living out our immeasurable and immortal potential. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'A LOVE AFFAIR WITH LIFE' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Humanist author Michael Werner writes: “For all the talk about reason and science, Humanism is really about a passionate love affair. It is a love affair with life, not a mythical hereafter. Humanism is a love affair with a progressive vision of civilization in which each of us can add to our growing library of wisdom, our evolving knowledge of what there is and what is truly important. None of the great achievements in history would have been possible without a love of the adventure of learning and the adventure of creating a better life. Our great cultural achievements in science, art, music, literature, philosophy, history, psychology, and political thought all inform each other and have been born of that long Humanist tradition.” How are you passionately in love with life? Does your love affair with this world need rekindling? *Music: Rick Fortner SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ELASTIC HEARTS AND PINCUSHION SOULS' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION My throwback sermon to Rev. Wolf was the fourth in a series describing the pathway from Vision to Mission. It is poignant and powerful message of love beyond belief and I look forward to sharing it with you. Here’s a taste, “Deep within the understanding of a congregation is a sharing of two worlds – one of things as they are, the other of things as they ought to be - and loving them both. This is the capacity to see the divine in the human.” I invite you to join me, as John’s words are sure to help us all prepare a place in our hearts for the simple miracles of this season. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE ILLUSIONS THAT DIVIDE US' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION “The Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table, Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able, Lighting trees in darkness, learning new ways from the old, and Making sense of history and drawing warmth out of the cold.” —lyric from Dar Williams' "The Christians and the Pagans," Mortal City album, 1996   This lyric reminds me of the underlying unity that is the spirit of All Souls. We can we find common ground across our religious differences in ways that make the holidays a time of connection and love rather than separation and judgement. Rick Fortner will accompany my message with his version of Dar Williams song, The Christians and the Pagans. *Music: Sarah Tirrell, Mike Pryor, Rick Fortner SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SHAPING CHANGE' - A sermon by Rev. Yadenee Hailu (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Yadenee Hailu, Assistant Minister. DESCRIPTION Octavia Butler, an accomplished and prophetic black, queer, American, science fiction writer proposed in one trilogy, god is change. And change is inevitable. From marginalized communities and people we have the vital opportunity to learn and remember skills of resilience, transformation, and healing to not only survive but shape change. Our power and hope is in how we practice shaping it towards our values rooted in liberation.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE ILLUSIONS THAT DIVIDE US' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION “The Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table, Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able, Lighting trees in darkness, learning new ways from the old, and Making sense of history and drawing warmth out of the cold.” —lyric from Dar Williams' "The Christians and the Pagans," Mortal City album, 1996   This lyric reminds me of the underlying unity that is the spirit of All Souls. We can we find common ground across our religious differences in ways that make the holidays a time of connection and love rather than separation and judgement. Rick Fortner will accompany my message with his version of Dar Williams song, The Christians and the Pagans. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'YOUR INFINITE SELF' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION “The curative force in psychotherapy is man’s tendency to actualize himself, to become his/her potentialities.” —Carl Rogers  This desire to become more of what you already are—to be actually, factually, functionally and punctually YOU—unedited and unaudited, the raw, rare, rough as well as a refined and more unlimited you. Join us in December for the theme of Seeking God/Source. Reconnect with the inner source or force, indeed the gene, genius or even “genie” you were born with. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SHAPING CHANGE' - A message by Rev. Yadenee Hailu (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Yadenee Hailu, Assistant Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Octavia Butler, an accomplished and prophetic black, queer, American, science fiction writer proposed in one trilogy, God is change. And change is inevitable. From marginalized communities and people, we have the vital opportunity to learn and remember skills of resilience, transformation, and healing to not only survive but shape change. Our power and hope is in how we practice shaping it towards our values rooted in liberation. Let’s harmonize our efforts together uplifting wisdom and tools from the LGBTQIA community on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2019.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SHAPING CHANGE' - A sermon by Rev. Yadenee Hailu (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Yadenee Hailu, Assistant Minister. DESCRIPTION Octavia Butler, an accomplished and prophetic black, queer, American, science fiction writer proposed in one trilogy, God is change. And change is inevitable. From marginalized communities and people, we have the vital opportunity to learn and remember skills of resilience, transformation, and healing to not only survive but shape change. Our power and hope is in how we practice shaping it towards our values rooted in liberation. Let’s harmonize our efforts together uplifting wisdom and tools from the LGBTQIA community on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2019.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL SUNDAY

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The service took place on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. DESCRIPTION Come together in gratitude to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday at All Souls! Our Cherub, Children’s, Youth, and all Adult Choirs will share their gifts of song. Families and children are encouraged to bring fresh foods for the traditional children’s procession of giving to the cornucopia. All food collected will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERVICE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SOUL MATES VS. SOUL TIES' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION A Soul Mate is described as a person with whom one has a feeling of deep or natural affinity. This may involve similarity, love, romance, platonic relationships, comfort, intimacy, sexuality, spirituality, compatibility and trust. Soul Ties are connections from one person's soul to (or into) another person's soul. They are emotional bonds that form an attachment, whether for good or for bad. Join me Sunday for a healthy discussion on the good, the bad and the ugly around unhealthy covenants.     SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ANCIENT WISDOM | MODERN SCIENCE' - A message by Mariela Pérez-Simons (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Pérez-Simons, Intern Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION This Sunday, at The Point, we will explore the place where ancient wisdom and modern science meet, the place where the yearnings of the human soul can be met, and where we find the right conditions for the flourishing of life! *Music: Shalem Joy Baissa (soloist), Rick Fortner (piano) SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT A CHURCH IS AND WHAT IT ISN'T' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION All Souls is known for our ministers preaching impactful sermons that benefit our church and Tulsa community. In preparation for our Centennial in 2021 we are bringing some of those amazing sermons back! Join Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar as he reimagines Rev. Dr. John Wolf's sermon from 1960 and how it applies to the church we know today.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'A PLACE OF PROMISE' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION We promise not because we are all good, but because we all suffer. At the heart of All Souls is a promise we make to each other. In a highly individualistic and materialistic culture like ours, to covenant with others is counter-cultural. Why do we bind our lives with people who are not family and who may be quite different from ourselves? When we show up for each other what happens to our fears, our hopes and our dreams? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'QUEERING OUR COVENANTS' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION Jesus was born into a closed, covenanted community and spent his years of ministry queering that covenant. Could members of the community work on the sabbath? Yes! Could their fellowship include women? Yes! Could their communities include sex workers and tax collectors? Yes! Were touch and intimacy allowed? Yes! The concept of covenant is powerful enough to create exclusive and inclusive communities. As our covenant here at All Souls expands and queers itself, we need tools to keep the circle whole. This Sunday, join me as we explore the power of apology and other tools to help us heal and return to and/or create right relationship. “When you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24) SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'A PLACE OF PROMISE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION We promise not because we are all good, but because we all suffer. At the heart of All Souls is a promise we make to each other. In a highly individualistic and materialistic culture like ours, to covenant with others is counter-cultural. Why do we bind our lives with people who are not family and who may be quite different from ourselves? When we show up for each other what happens to our fears, our hopes and our dreams? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE ART & POWER OF APOLOGY' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Apologies can restore dignity and self-respect, repair harm, assure both parties that they have shared values, create renewed safety and new, shared meaning in relationships. Empathy, guilt and shame—our conscience—propels us forward; while fear of feeling vulnerable, of never being forgiven, of losing the relationship, losing respect, or losing our self-image or even our “self” holds us back. In our community, where our covenant—the promise which binds us together rather than a creed,—the art of apology is an essential tie and tool. Join me Sunday to explore the power of apology to restore right relationships in covenanted communities. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE POWER OF AGREEMENT' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION The words covenant, coven, convene, and convention derive from the same root. They all refer to agreement of coming together— entering contract and contact with others in a cooperative, committed and devoted manner. Symphoneo is the Greek word for agreement, which we also get the word symphony. It doesn't mean to sound the same. It doesn't even mean to sound alike. It simply means to sound together. All month we are exploring the theme of covenant. As in the tradition of our church, we honor our covenant as it is read aloud at every services. In covenant together, we encourage, enjoy and lovingly make our force of a positive and powerful forward thrust of common growth and personal expansion. *Music: Majeste Pearson, solo; David B. Smith, keyboards; Matthew Edwards, drums SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CALLED OUT?' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald L. Davis (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION The Greek word for church is ecclesia. This word translates to "called out." So we know we are called out to do justice work. But we are also called out to listen for ways to be in covenant. Our covenant is recited every Sunday, but how are you doing covenant? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'GOOD AND EVIL. ENEMIES OR COOPERATIVE FRIENDS?' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Good and Evil were somehow created by the "Sky God" of Hebrew scripture, and yet everything "God" created is said in scripture to have been good. If this is true, even allegorically, that would mean evil is nothing more or less than good extorted, contorted, and distorted! Join me as I continue to explore the good in evil and the evil in good SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'HARRY POTTER AND THE SACRED SPARK!' - A sermon by Mariela Perez-Simons (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Perez-Simons, Intern Minister. DESCRIPTION The dancer Martha Graham once said: “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and since there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique; if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost." Inspired by this quote, we will talk about the sacred life force (or spark) that runs through each of us, and we’ll explore the practices, beliefs, and systems that, like the dementors in Harry Potter, drain the vitality from our lives. Come experience an uplifting and inspiring service that will help us reclaim passion and vibrancy in our lives. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'AWE-MAZING!' - A sermon by Mariela Perez-Simons (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Perez-Simons, Intern Minister. DESCRIPTION Experiences of awe make us stop. They leave us spellbound and “captivated,” like being apprehended in the most delicious way. But what is awe? Awe is an emotional response, a feeling that arises from being in the presence of something larger than the self; something so much more expansive than our understanding; it’s mind-shattering in a way… And having our minds blown like that has many benefits, for our spirit, for our health, and for our community; come learn more. It’s going to be Awe-mazing!!! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BRING MORE HAPPINESS INTO YOUR LIFE' - A message by Rev. Dr. Victor M. Parachin (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Victor M. Parachin, Guest Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION The Buddha spoke a great deal about happiness emphasizing that all beings are entitled to happiness. His teachings outline "user friendly" ways to cultivate happiness on a daily basis. *Music: Rick Fortner SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING AN EMOTIONAL PERSON' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION Preached by Rev. John Wolf at his church in Meadville, PA. “We need more anger. We need more hate today.” The Rev Dr. John Wolf continued, “We need more emotion today …. anger, hate, sympathy, love, compassion, and religious fervor.”  
What was Rev. Wolf referring to? And why would he say such things? Join me for the next Throwback Sunday and hear a good word about human emotions. Certainly, it is the excess of emotion in religions and politics that brought many of us to All Souls, but a lack of emotion just as easily leads to evil, as an excess. As Artificial Intelligence (AI) creeps its way into our lives, let’s hear what Rev. Wolf had to say about being an emotional person and listen for its relevance in our lives today.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT'S GOOD (GOD) ABOUT EVIL, AND EVIL ABOUT GOOD (GOD)?' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION I am intrigued with the scriptural passage that forbids us humans to eat from the tree (truth) of the knowledge (science) of both good and evil. Evidently, both were somehow created by the "Sky God" of Hebrew scripture, and yet everything "God" created is said in scripture to have been good. If this is true, even allegorically, that would mean evil is nothing more or less than good extorted, contorted, and distorted. Join me on Sunday, I will share my thoughts on the "good" or God in "evil" and the evil in "good" or God! What if they're not so much enemies, but cooperative friends? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ALL THERE IS' - A message by Yadenee Hailu (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Yadenee Hailu, Assistant Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Duality is a terrifying loop to get stuck in, and yet when so much pain and tragedy is all around us it’s hard not to see all the evil. What else is there if not frustration and cynicism? How do we not swing from despair to apathy or tunnel vision based bliss? Let us uncover and practice together sustainable ways of being where in our lifetime overcomes evil.  *Music: Cynthia Simmons Taylor, vocal solo; Tommy Poole, saxophone; Nathan Eicher, bass; Chris Peters, drums; Rick Fortner, piano. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SPIRITUAL TREASON: THE RISKS OF BEING A BORDER-WALKER' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION There is a lot of talk of treason these days! It is a word that means betraying your country. By many it is considered one of the worst crimes someone can commit. What about spiritual treason? How does someone betray their spirit? What are the elements and consequences of spiritual treason? Is it a high crime or a misdemeanor? Perhaps the most important question is, “Are you being true to your own heart?”  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'NONMALEFICENCE' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, October 6, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION As agnostics, atheists and humanists, it feels so good to let go of inherited or culturally imposed beliefs about a punishing God, and to embrace our inherent worth and dignity. The next step – which sometimes lasts a lifetime -  is a struggle to accept our human responsibility for evil in the world. This Sunday we will explore the principle and practice of non-harm as a response to modern day evils. Primum non nocere, first do no harm, is central in the Hippocratic oath taken by physicians, in the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, and in the yoga sutras. If you were to practice non-harm for a month, a week, or a day …. how would your choices change?  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ECSTATIC WORSHIP' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 6, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Come experience and learn about ecstatic worship. I will be drawing on stories and photos from three years of travel on a mountain bicycle around Asia, the Middle-East and Europe in my early 20’s as I explore the ecstatic in worship.  Why are people drawn to transcendence and what are some of the diverse and colorful ways people find it? I’ll share stories of Sufi mystics who dance into a trance and Hindu holy men, called Sadhus, who use drugs as a way to connect to the god Shiva. I will also draw parallels to Christian Pentecostalism and the Great Awakening of Christianity in the 18th and 19th centuries in America. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'OVERCOMING THE ENEMY IN ME' - A sermon by Yadenee Hailu (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 6, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Yadenee Hailu, Assistant Minister. DESCRIPTION Evil is in how systems and institutions build and repeat un-(w)holy roles for people. Evil that comes from within me, is when voices and expectations in myself perpetuate images and roles for myself which are (you guessed it) not whole. Let's make beautiful the art of healing- which is found in reclaiming worth, dignity, interconnection, and agency... again, again, and again.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE REFRESHING SALT OF BROKEN TEARS' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION While pondering the skills needed to fulfill a vision, I became curious about what makes a vision fulfilling—as in, truly satisfying and full. How do we know a vision is a whole and nourishing one? Also, when can we reap the benefits of our grand visions while remaining honest? It isn't sustainable (for me) if rewards are only at the end. I need sustenance for the here and now! We will reflect on what traditions and personal experience reveal are our accessible means to nourishment through our (w)holy visions and the power we have to heal and grow towards a fulfilling communal vision. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'DO YOU SEE WHAT I FEEL?' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION The late Helen Keller, who was born blind said: "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." I call that sleep walking, which is basically eyes wide shut not wired shut! It is said that there are three kinds of people: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened! Vision isn't just sight, it is feeling and being. It is emotion, devotion and often commotion. Vision can be disturbing, interrupting and even disruptive. Be willing to be disturbed in order to work and walk out the vision. Team work makes the dream work! Join me on Sunday for a healthy discussion on feeling as well as seeing the vision! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE REFRESHING SALT OF BROKEN TEARS' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION While pondering the skills needed to fulfill a vision, I became curious about what makes a vision fulfilling—as in, truly satisfying and full. How do we know a vision is a whole and nourishing one? Also, when can we reap the benefits of our grand visions while remaining honest? It isn't sustainable (for me) if rewards are only at the end. I need sustenance for the here and now! We will reflect on what traditions and personal experience reveal are our accessible means to nourishment through our (w)holy visions and the power we have to heal and grow towards a fulfilling communal vision. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'COMING HOME TO OUR SENSES' - A message by Mariela Perez-Simons (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Perez-Simons, Intern Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Our senses are the bridge between our outer world and our inner realms; they can also be a grounding vehicle that can sustain us through the most trying of circumstances. Drawing from neuroscience, Buddhism, indigenous cultures, and my own lived experiences, I will explore the ways of being that promote human flourishing, resilience, and altruism. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FEED A NOURISHING VISION' - A sermon by Yadenee Hailu (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Yadenee Hailu, Assistant Minister. DESCRIPTION While pondering the skills needed to fulfill a vision, I became curious about what makes a vision fulfilling—as in, truly satisfying and full. How do we know a vision is a whole and nourishing one? Also, when can we reap the benefits of our grand visions while remaining honest? It isn't sustainable (for me) if rewards are only at the end. I need sustenance for the here and now! We will reflect on what traditions and personal experience reveal are our accessible means to nourishment through our (w)holy visions and the power we have to heal and grow towards a fulfilling communal vision. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHEN THINGS FALL APART' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, September 15, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION What do you do when things are falling apart? Forests burning in the Amazon and hurricanes blowing through and up from the Bahamas, stir up our anxieties and awaken our fears. Learning how to stay present with our emotions is one way to weather the storms of our times and our personal lives. When we accept that there’s no place to run to, we can learn to stay present to what is, and find freedom and joy in the here and now. If you’re struggling to keep up with the news, wondering whether it’s even worth it to try, or feeling overwhelmed by your life and/or the world’s challenges, please join me at The Point. We have what we need to face our lives and these times, right inside of us. *Music: Tommy Poole (saxophone), Rick Fortner (piano) SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE FOOLISH WISDOM OF FAITH' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 15, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Third Sunday Throwback Sermon Series: Beginning in September, once a month, the ministers are selecting sermons from the historic ministers of All Souls and giving them new life by reworking them with their contemporary perspective for living in the 21st century. As All Souls approaches its 100th year, we will be offering a special “throwback” message at the Traditional service on the 3rd Sunday of each month. In the coming year, come hear the words of John Wolf, Brent Smith, Robert Sonen, Suzanne Meyers, Alfred Von Stilli, and other luminaries, who shepherded this religiously liberal church through some of the most significant events of the 20th century. Find out what they were saying then and what it means for us today. --------------------------------------------- On the third Sunday in September in 1955, Rev. Robert W. Sonen (All Souls Sr. Minster 1944-1959) delivered a powerful sermon from the All Souls pulpit titled, “The Foolish Wisdom of Faith”. Kicking off the new Third Sunday Throwback Sermon Series, I will deliver a version of his message updated with a contemporary perspective and my own thinking on the subject. Rev. Sonen is known as one of the best preachers who served as Senior Minister of All Souls. In this message he takes up the topic of faith and why we lose our faith and what kinds of faith we are smart to maintain. Even in 1955, the concept of faith was controversial in a Unitarian church. It was the same year that the first McDonalds was opened; Chuck Berry recorded his first song; Emit Till was murdered; Dwight Eisenhower was the president, and a few months later, in December, Rosa Parks was arrested on a bus in Montgomery.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ONE COMMUNITY, MANY PATHS' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Some people want to understand how Humanists and Naturalists, Christians, Jews and Buddhists and people of multiple faiths and philosophies have created such a vibrant congregation together in the heart of the Bible Belt. It’s not always easy to explain, but I’ll give it a go on Sunday. It seems as if humanity is at a spiritual crossroads in which one fork leads to more fear and division and the other leads to more love and greater cooperation. In an effort to grow love and cooperation All Souls has discovered that in a pluralistic society different spiritual languages and styles of services are helpful to various people to open doors to an experience of wholeness and love beyond belief. With our summer series over, All Souls returns this week to three Sunday services. Each service provides a different spiritual language and style and yet in their own ways each lifts up enduring wisdom and offers love beyond belief. In whichever style or language, a primary aim of All Souls is to freely cultivate compassion, courage and connection in individuals and the human family. There will be a children’s story at the Traditional Service at 10:00 am. If you’ve been gone over the summer, Welcome Home! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FULFILLING VISION' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ONE COMMUNITY, MANY PATHS' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Some people want to understand how Humanists and Naturalists, Christians, Jews and Buddhists and people of multiple faiths and philosophies have created such a vibrant congregation together in the heart of the Bible Belt. It’s not always easy to explain, but I’ll give it a go on Sunday. It seems as if humanity is at a spiritual crossroads in which one fork leads to more fear and division and the other leads to more love and greater cooperation. In an effort to grow love and cooperation All Souls has discovered that in a pluralistic society different spiritual languages and styles of services are helpful to various people to open doors to an experience of wholeness and love beyond belief. With our summer series over, All Souls returns this week to three Sunday services. Each service provides a different spiritual language and style and yet in their own ways each lifts up enduring wisdom and offers love beyond belief. In whichever style or language, a primary aim of All Souls is to freely cultivate compassion, courage and connection in individuals and the human family. There will be a children’s story at the Traditional Service at 10:00 am. If you’ve been gone over the summer, Welcome Home! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'KEEP HOPE ALIVE' - A message by Carlton D. Pearson (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, September 1, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION How should we try to relate to what feels totally “other?” Can black or ethnic “under-privilege” relate to white privilege, and vice versa? Does the Trading Places idea work in such a setting? How about humanist mindsets with super-human mindsets? Something is futile when it becomes incapable of producing any useful result—it’s pointless. We mustn’t allow any situation to reduce our hopes to such a state. In the words of Jessie Jackson, we must “keep hope alive.’” Thomas Edison said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Here at All Souls, we aim to make it work best for all of us. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'KEEP HOPE ALIVE' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 1, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION How should we try to relate to what feels totally “other?” Can black or ethnic “under-privilege” relate to white privilege, and vice versa? Does the Trading Places idea work in such a setting? How about humanist mindsets with super-human mindsets? Something is futile when it becomes incapable of producing any useful result—it’s pointless. We mustn’t allow any situation to reduce our hopes to such a state. In the words of Jessie Jackson, we must “keep hope alive.’” Thomas Edison said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Here at All Souls, we aim to make it work best for all of us. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE COST OF FREEDOM: WOODSTOCK REMEMBERED 50 YEARS AFTER' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. *Music: Booker Gillespie, Majeste Pearson, Dionne Lambert, Eric Himan's Band, Tommy Poole, Rick Fortner, David B. Smith SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE COST OF FREEDOM: WOODSTOCK REMEMBERED 50 YEARS AFTER' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. *Music: Booker Gillespie, Majeste Pearson, Dionne Lambert, Eric Himan's Band, Tommy Poole, Rick Fortner, David B. Smith SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SAVORING & SERVING' - A message by Mariela Perez-Simons (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Perez-Simons, Intern Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Celebrate the start of the school year! We welcome our families, commission our teachers, and bless our students! Parents and caregivers, tour our intentionally-inclusive church school program and meet the teachers! *Music: Thomas Farnan-Williams, solo; Rick Fortner, piano SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SAVORING & SERVING' - A sermon by Mariela Perez-Simons

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Mariela Perez-Simons, Intern Minister. DESCRIPTION Celebrate the start of the school year! We welcome our families, commission our teachers, and bless our students! Parents and caregivers, tour our intentionally-inclusive church school program and meet the teachers! *Music: Thomas Farnan-Williams, solo; Rick Fortner, piano SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHO'S A HERETIC?' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Our church is being seen on “the big screen” in theaters across the country in the feature documentary, 'American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel'. It’s certainly nothing new for Unitarians and Universalists to be accused of heresy for embracing a scientific and evolutionary worldview and for asking questions about doctrines that are considered unquestionable by some. Yet, as one watches the film the question arises “Who are the heretics in this story?” The folks who tend to call progressive religious thinkers “heretics” are shown to have strayed quite far from the foundations of Christianity. In the spirit of our summer series, Trading Places, I will explore what it’s like to be on both sides of the heresy debate. I like to think if Jesus were to come back today he would feel more welcome at All Souls than at a lot of the churches that believe they are waiting for and working for Him. Whether you are a Humanist, a Buddhist, Jewish, UU, a progressive Christian or none of the above, you will find yourself in this story. *Music: YAVE Ensemble; Rick Fortner, piano/vocals SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHO'S A HERETIC?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Our church is being seen on “the big screen” in theaters across the country in the feature documentary, 'American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel'. It’s certainly nothing new for Unitarians and Universalists to be accused of heresy for embracing a scientific and evolutionary worldview and for asking questions about doctrines that are considered unquestionable by some. Yet, as one watches the film the question arises “Who are the heretics in this story?” The folks who tend to call progressive religious thinkers “heretics” are shown to have strayed quite far from the foundations of Christianity. In the spirit of our summer series, Trading Places, I will explore what it’s like to be on both sides of the heresy debate. I like to think if Jesus were to come back today he would feel more welcome at All Souls than at a lot of the churches that believe they are waiting for and working for Him. Whether you are a Humanist, a Buddhist, Jewish, UU, a progressive Christian or none of the above, you will find yourself in this story.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHO'S A HERETIC?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Our church is being seen on “the big screen” in theaters across the country in the feature documentary, 'American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel'. It’s certainly nothing new for Unitarians and Universalists to be accused of heresy for embracing a scientific and evolutionary worldview and for asking questions about doctrines that are considered unquestionable by some. Yet, as one watches the film the question arises “Who are the heretics in this story?” The folks who tend to call progressive religious thinkers “heretics” are shown to have strayed quite far from the foundations of Christianity. In the spirit of our summer series, Trading Places, I will explore what it’s like to be on both sides of the heresy debate. I like to think if Jesus were to come back today he would feel more welcome at All Souls than at a lot of the churches that believe they are waiting for and working for Him. Whether you are a Humanist, a Buddhist, Jewish, UU, a progressive Christian or none of the above, you will find yourself in this story.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'MOVING IN A FORWARDLY DIRECTION' - A message by Laurel Carbone (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Laurel Carbone, Congregant, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Everyone has failed at some point in their life. Failure can be demoralizing, but it doesn't have to be where we stay. If we ask ourselves to keep moving forward, we're honest with ourselves and others, and we handle ourselves with grace, we can move into a place of healing. There will be people and societal messages along the way that work against your progress, but there will also be helpers. Always look for the helpers, and where you can, be a helper. Laurel will share her journey of moving from an abusive childhood to being a felon in prison to being a licensed attorney. (Comments regarding her abusive childhood will be kept brief and only used to provide context.) *Music: Sarah Maud, soloist; Jordan Hehl, bass; Matt Edwards, drums; Rick Fortner, piano. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CAN YOU FEEL ME?' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION "Just walk a mile in his moccasins. Before you abuse, criticize and accuse. If just for one hour, you could find a way. To see through his eyes, instead of your own muse." —Excerpt from Judge Softly, Mary Lathrap, 1895  An early form of trade was to barter, trading goods or services without the use of money. What are the values and virtues you trade that don't involve money and that you consider more valuable than money? Virtue has value that money cannot buy or pay for. Compassion is identifying with the pain or passion of someone else and tends to go deeper than love—love cares, but doesn't always feel. Nothing enhances relationships more than allowing compassion to be the primary virtue that buoys and buttresses our connection to the social, moral, and spiritual base and balance of community.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FRIEND TO FOE AND BACK AGAIN' - A message by Yadenee Hailu (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Yadenee Hailu, Assistant Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION This summer I had the honor of co-chairing the Right Relationship Team at General Assembly in Spokane and visiting my family in Ethiopia. My role changed drastically in these two locations, but I found a unique trend that wove the contrasting trips together. I could speak in great lengths about my love of the UU church or my roots in Ethiopia. However that would be much less helpful than the real, vulnerable, gritty, messy, tiring work of honestly engaging one's communities' shadow sides and all. What posture can aid us in maneuvering the inevitable embarrassment of not the 'other' but how our own community acts? Let's unpack our responsibility in holistic engagement with our friends turned foe. *Music: Booker Gillespie (vocals) & Myron Oliver (saxophone) with Rick Fortner (piano), Matt Edwards (drums) SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FRIEND TO FOE AND BACK AGAIN' - A sermon by Yadenee Hailu

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Yadenee Hailu, Assistant Minister. DESCRIPTION This summer I had the honor of co-chairing the Right Relationship Team at General Assembly in Spokane and visiting my family in Ethiopia. My role changed drastically in these two locations, but I found a unique trend that wove the contrasting trips together. I could speak in great lengths about my love of the UU church or my roots in Ethiopia. However that would be much less helpful than the real, vulnerable, gritty, messy, tiring work of honestly engaging one's communities' shadow sides and all. What posture can aid us in maneuvering the inevitable embarrassment of not the 'other' but how our own community acts? Let's unpack our responsibility in holistic engagement with our friends turned foe. *Music: Booker Gillespie (vocals) & Myron Oliver (saxophone) with David B. Smith (keys), Rick Fortner (piano), Matt Edwards (drums) SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'AMERICAN HERETICS' - A message by Carlton D. Pearson (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION I never thought anybody would ever attribute the word “heresy”, “heretic” to me. It was just wasn’t in my mind at all. It just means choice or opinion, or to choose differently from others, “heresies” in Hebrew/Greek. So, the whole idea of getting out the traditions of the traded down ideologies and ideas, and developing an independent way of thinking, is dangerous. Join me in The Point, Humanist Hour as I trade places from my traditional pulpit to talking about my experience and the subject matter in the documentary, American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel. *Music: Majeste Pearson, vocal solo; David B. Smith, piano SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHITESPACE: THE SABBATICAL MOMENTS IN OUR DAILY LIVES' - A message by Rabbi Michael Weinstein

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The message was delivered on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rabbi Michael Weinstein, Senior Rabbi, Temple Israel. DESCRIPTION As we are engaging in the idea of trading places, really what this means is that we are adding tension to our lives. Let’s move from a place of ordinary to that of extraordinary, as we move toward intentional sacredness in our lives. With these summer months comes a sense of transition. With sabbaticals and vacations, we return refreshed. How quickly that feeling diminishes, as we return to our daily schedules and practices; the daily grind! WhiteSpace provides us with the opportunity to return refreshed, and continue to feel refreshed, with the new year before us. ABOUT Rabbi Michael Weinstein assumed the role of Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel in July of 2018, when he moved to Tulsa with his family. Michael was ordained as Rabbi in 2010.    Rabbi Weinstein has served congregations in the greater Boston, Atlanta, and Washington DC communities, in addition to spending time working in the Jewish Day School and Jewish Federation environments. Rabbi’s professional interests are relationship based, in the areas of community organizing, engagement, and creating a welcoming community.    SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS MESSAGE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BEYOND ENEMIES AND OTHERS' - A message by Rev. Diana K. Davies (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Diana K. Davies, Lead Minister, First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION In early September of 2004, I was doing research in Moscow. It was a time of high tension. Two Russian planes had been blown up and a major Moscow subway station had been the site of a deadly terror attack. According to the Russian press, three Chechen women – roommates – were responsible for the plane and subway bombings. But there was a fourth roommate, believed to be at large in Moscow, who had gone missing. It turned out that I bore a resemblance to that woman. Everywhere I went, I was met with glares, stares, and harsh words. Back home in the post-9/11 U.S., the mainstream press and popular culture depicted terrorists as people who looked very different from me. So, it was a shock to find myself in the role of the feared “other,” presumed guilty, presumed to be a terrorist. I’ll share what I learned through this experience, as well as the questions that it raised for me about the legacy of violence, the tragedy of “othering,” and how we might move beyond fear.  *Music: Riley Kern, piano and vocal solo; Rick Fortner, piano SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FEWER WALLS, MORE TABLES' - A reflection by Riley Kern

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The reflection was delivered on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Riley Kern, All Souls member and former Evangelical minister. DESCRIPTION Anyone who has made an intentional change in religious belief and practice has undoubtedly experienced the difficulties in navigating religious boundaries. Leaving one's tradition is rarely met with encouragement, and entering another often involves distrust and tests of sincerity. What would happen if we created communities of belief and practice with fewer walls and more tables? Can a tradition be faithful and have "open borders?" Riley will share his story of moving from fundamentalism to Unitarianism, and his experience of entering this "beyond belief" community. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS REFLECTION ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'I SEE YOU' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION As a boy I used to wish I had the power to become invisible. Some people in our society feel invisible and when they are seen, other people often wish they were not. Walking in another’s shoes is not really possible in every situation. I decided to spend a night in a homeless shelter and some time on the streets with people who do not have homes in our community. I certainly cannot say I experienced what it is like to be homeless. Yet, I’ll share what I did experience and what it taught me about life, belonging, community and home. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'REINVENTING OURSELVES' - A message by Steven L. Williams (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Steven L. Williams, Pastoral Care Chaplain, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION We humans frequently reinvent ourselves, living many lives in one lifetime, trading places with ourselves as we go. Our institutions (like churches) change as we do. With self and world constantly shifting, how do we know what is passing and what is permanent? How do we embrace what we are becoming, while also affirming what we once were? How do we stay connected to each other as we change? And, when it’s time to trade places again, how do we do so with grace and love for ourselves and others? I have traded places in this church many times in my journey from infant in the nursery to minister in the pulpit, and in the process, I’ve learned some valuable lessons about transition and adaptation. Please join me on June 23 for my last sermon as your Pastoral Care Chaplain, as I prepare to trade places once more. *Music: YAVE, Rick Fortner SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'REINVENTING OURSELVES' - A sermon by Steven L. Williams

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Steven L. Williams, Pastoral Care Chaplain. DESCRIPTION We humans frequently reinvent ourselves, living many lives in one lifetime, trading places with ourselves as we go. Our institutions (like churches) change as we do. With self and world constantly shifting, how do we know what is passing and what is permanent? How do we embrace what we are becoming, while also affirming what we once were? How do we stay connected to each other as we change? And, when it’s time to trade places again, how do we do so with grace and love for ourselves and others? I have traded places in this church many times in my journey from infant in the nursery to minister in the pulpit, and in the process, I’ve learned some valuable lessons about transition and adaptation. Please join me on June 23 for my last sermon as your Pastoral Care Chaplain, as I prepare to trade places once more. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LIKE FATHER LIKE DAUGHTER' - A message by Carlton D. Pearson (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Until recently, Majeste was commonly known as Carlton Pearson’s daughter. High profile parents often shadow their children and create energy the offspring must manage. These days, it’s not so much that Majeste is the preacher’s daughter, but the other way around. Carlton gets asked if he is Majeste’s father more than her being asked “aren’t you Carlton Pearson’s daughter?” And he’s loving it. They’ve traded places, but not spaces, in each other’s life. *Music: Majeste Pearson, vocals, Majeste Pearson, vocals, David B. Smith, piano/background vocals SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHO'S MY FATHER?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION In preparation for a Father’s Day message, I have decided I will let my daughter be “Daddy for a Day.” I’m still not sure what to expect. Will we be eating waffles for dinner and pizza for breakfast? Will I be told to go to bed at 8:30 p.m. and finish my broccoli before I leave the table? More importantly, what will it reveal about each of us and our family roles as we swap places for 24 hours? It is said that somewhere just beyond our comfort zone is the learning zone. I expect to be over the edge of comfort and I look forward to sharing what I learn. *Music: Brooklyn Benway, soloist; Steven Hardwick, vocals/guitar; Rick Fortner, piano/vocals SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BREAKING THROUGH' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose & Rev. Gerald L. Davis (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, and Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Rev. Gerald Davis has been learning to maneuver with a walking stick for the visually impaired. Learning to walk with this type of aid is a high risk and greatly rewarding skill. In the spirit of our Trading Places series, I stepped into Rev. Davis's shoes. Working and walking along side Rev. Davis this month, I’ve experienced what breaking through feels like. Breaking through is taking risks, relying on physical and spiritual senses we've ignored, and learning to trust ourselves in new ways. If you are feeling stuck in any part of your life, this Trading Places Sunday is for you. Rev. Davis and I will share why we believe that there is no challenge you can’t face. *Music: Rick Fortner, piano, Matt Edwards, percussion, Josh Massad, percussion, Zachary Avery, singing bowls SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BREAKING THROUGH' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose & Rev. Gerald L. Davis

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, and Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Rev. Gerald Davis has been learning to maneuver with a walking stick for the visually impaired. Learning to walk with this type of aid is a high risk and greatly rewarding skill. In the spirit of our Trading Places series, I stepped into Rev. Davis's shoes. Working and walking along side Rev. Davis this month, I’ve experienced what breaking through feels like. Breaking through is taking risks, relying on physical and spiritual senses we've ignored, and learning to trust ourselves in new ways. If you are feeling stuck in any part of your life, this Trading Places Sunday is for you. Rev. Davis and I will share why we believe that there is no challenge you can’t face.    SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'AN AMERICAN LEGACY' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar & Hank Fincken (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, and Hank Fincken, Actor, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION In both services this Sunday, performer Hank Finken will bring to life the historic figure of Francisco Pizarro González in an unforgettable way. We will share commentary and discussion based on his epic and brutal story. Born in Spain, Francisco was poor, illegitimate, and had few prospects for success. Yet, he died in the Americas with power, status and wealth. His change of circumstances came at the cost of the destruction of the Incan Empire and many lives. To those who criticized him he would say, “I am told that God sits on a throne made of gold. Then I honor him in imitation. If you disagree, then abandon your life of soft pleasure and commit to the god of your choosing. I chose mine and he has given me a continent, riches and a name that will be remembered for all history.”  His is a story of overcoming, of success and failure, of war and deceit, of conquest and conversion. Be careful of the goals you set or the “God” you choose to believe in. Francisco’s appearance is courtesy of Tulsa Chautauqua. Special thanks to the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum for hosting Tulsa Chautauqua on the theme From Pizarro to Picasso: Hispanic Legacy in America Today, June 4 through 8. Learn more at tulsahistory.org. *Music: Andrew Michael, guitar   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LEAPING TOWARDS TRUTH' - A message by Em Kianka (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Em Kianka, Intern Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION There are so many different reasons why it can be so hard to trust ourselves and to take leaps of faith—leaving behind perfectionism, "what if's," fears, and anxieties—towards accepting who we are and ultimately to our freedom. No matter how comfortable we are or become with ourselves, we never quite evolve past the leap it takes to trust that small but true inner voice that speaks to who we are and listen to the call of our heart. So, how do we leap? What does it mean to recognize, listen, and honor our own inner voice of truth? *Music: Kara Staiger, soloist, Rick Fortner, piano SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LEAPING TOWARDS TRUTH' - A sermon by Em Kianka

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Em Kianka, Intern Minister. DESCRIPTION There are so many different reasons why it can be so hard to trust ourselves and to take leaps of faith—leaving behind perfectionism, "what if's," fears, and anxieties—towards accepting who we are and ultimately to our freedom. No matter how comfortable we are or become with ourselves, we never quite evolve past the leap it takes to trust that small but true inner voice that speaks to who we are and listen to the call of our heart. So, how do we leap? What does it mean to recognize, listen, and honor our own inner voice of truth? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'POLARIZED PERSPECTIVES' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Something I read in the New York Times struck me as a truth we are facing today. “...toxic anonymity of virtual interaction through social media, ...we have the ingredients for a culture polarized by the perception that we are good and virtuous, while they are inhuman and evil.” Media culture today allows people to live in “thought silos” where their ideas are rarely challenged. Relationships between people with different opinions are becoming more rare and more difficult. As we say “Congratulations!” to our graduates, I ask myself if we've prepared them to be disrupters of this new paradigm? Have we taught them to listen and engage across social, political, and cultural differences? Let's talk about what role religious liberals can play in promoting freedom and open discourse. This is not a simple subject, but it may be central to the future of our democracy and our search for the truth. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LIVE YOUR TRUTH' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION As we celebrate graduates this Sunday, there is something to be said about living our truth, post-graduation. High school grads will step into the world as their true selves, finding their way. Older grads will embark on their genuine paths. I charge our grads and community to stay fluid and flexible us room to grow and learn. Staying fluid and flexible enables us to influence and even change truth as we know it, experience it and perceive it. That’s what fascinates me most about the concept to truth. It’s malleable to our own understanding and relationship with it. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'POLARIZED PERSPECTIVES' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Something I read in the New York Times struck me as a truth we are facing today. “...toxic anonymity of virtual interaction through social media, ...we have the ingredients for a culture polarized by the perception that we are good and virtuous, while they are inhuman and evil.” Media culture today allows people to live in “thought silos” where their ideas are rarely challenged. Relationships between people with different opinions are becoming more rare and more difficult. As we say “Congratulations!” to our graduates, I ask myself if we've prepared them to be disrupters of this new paradigm? Have we taught them to listen and engage across social, political, and cultural differences? Let's talk about what role religious liberals can play in promoting freedom and open discourse. This is not a simple subject, but it may be central to the future of our democracy and our search for the truth. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'GOD AS MOTHER' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION In the west, God is usually referred to as the Father. In some traditions, God is also consider the Son. What if we imagine God as Mother? The images we have for the divine have a significant impact on how we see the world. This Mother’s Day, I want to consider sacred images of Mother and see how they can influence our ideas of the Ultimate and of ourselves. Bring a fresh flower to celebrate the mothers in your life in our Flower Communion.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE ORIGINAL SUPERHERO' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION Growing up, my mother would tell us we were wonderful children because when she wasn’t feeling well, we were better behaved—as if we were taking care of her. My mother is now turning 88 and has been asking for help and guidance in ways she never has before. As we celebrate Mother’s Day—all the ways parents and grandparents care for children, we will also lift up how children care for their parents and grandparents. Bring a fresh flower to celebrate the mothers in your life. Happy Mother's day to all! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FLEXING OUR TRUTH' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Static fact or linear truth can easily become stagnant truth and as the old axiom says, familiarity breeds contempt. Pure truth is informative, transformative, entertaining, engaging, and creative. This non-linear truth is flexible and fluid as our own understanding and spiritual growth evolves. Otherwise, truth would only be lifeless facts and stats that don't invigorate the human spirit. This month at All Souls, we'll be discussing and discovering aspects of truth that relate to the development and expansion of our humanity, community, and individuality. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IS THERE ANY TRUTH ANYMORE?' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION In this time of “alternative facts,” “truthiness,” and “truth is not truth,” our theme of truth in May could not be more relevant. Something does not necessarily have to be factual in order to be true. The best novels are filled with truths that are elucidated through fiction. How can we determine the truth? Is there any truth anymore? *Music performed by Booker Gillespie and Rick Fortner SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IS THERE ANY TRUTH ANYMORE?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION In this time of “alternative facts,” “truthiness,” and “truth is not truth,” our theme of truth in May could not be more relevant. Something does not necessarily have to be factual in order to be true. The best novels are filled with truths that are elucidated through fiction. How can we determine the truth? Is there any truth anymore? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHEN CHURCHES BURN' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION What does it mean that within weeks of each other, three churches in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France were burning? Is it the end of organized religion? The end of French connection? Is it a sign that the old ways no longer serve us? Maybe a test of faith? Or, is "God using these moments to bring us closer together as a world" as Pastor Harry Richard of Greater Union Baptist Church said as he watched Notre Dame go up in flames.  On Sunday, join me to reflect on these fires and what they have meant to me.     SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'DIRT & DUST' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 21, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Celebrate Easter at our Easter services with Communion following each service. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ETERNAL LIFE' - A homily by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, April 21, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Celebrate Easter at our Easter services with Communion following each service. Our Adult, Cherub and Children's Choirs will sing in the Traditional Service and our Youth and New Dimensions choirs will sing in the Contemporary Service. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS HOMILY ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE SALVE OF SALVATION' - Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The was delivered on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION The root word in the word salvation is salve. Salve is something that is soothing or consoling for physical pain and soreness, including wounded feelings or an uneasy conscience. Impacting millions, it's important to note, some religion is built on the idea or ideology of being saved from God by God. For me, this is probably more of a mythological fairytale. Salvation, to me, is more spiritual and practical as the above description portrays it than traditional doctrines and dogma. Do we really need Jesus to protect us from God? This month, we will think and re-think salvation as the soothing salve our souls and selves need in this stress-filled human journey helping us to bridge our humanity to our innate and inner divinity. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'PULITZER PRIZE PERCEPTIONS' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Man’s inhumanities to man and human triumph over adversity are all on vivid and unforgettable display in Gilcrease Museum's current exhibition, Pulitzer Prize Photographs, from the Newseum in Washington D.C. (https://gilcrease.org/exhibitions/pulitzer/). If those photographs do not cause a person to ask big questions about life and death then perhaps nothing will. Join me to seek out and to make sense of this world without the burden of orthodoxies and superstitions or outworn beliefs. With the stories from these award winning photographs, I will look at our existence with all its fierceness and triumph. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CALLED TO BELOVED COMMUNITY' - A message by Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, Unitarian Universalist Association President, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Unitarian Universalists are being called in this moment to live more powerfully and boldly into a vision of Beloved Community. What does this look like and how do we answer “Yes” to this calling in our lives and in our congregations? ABOUT Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray was elected President of the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2017. Prior to her election, she served as Lead Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, Arizona. Susan played a critical role in the long-term campaign to end the constitutional violations of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Susan received a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is a lifelong UU who grew up at in the St. Louis area. She lives now in Cambridge, MA with her husband, Brian and their son. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'REACHING FOR WHAT?' - A sermon by Yadenee Hailu (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Yadenee Hailu, Intern Minister of Hope Unitarian Church. DESCRIPTION In the art of letting go, we make space. Learning from our ancestors our vision for the opportunities created will fuel our effort to de-center hate and make clear what we are reaching for. Yadenee Hailu is a MDiv graduate of Phillips Theological Seminary. She is a first generation Ethiopian American who is grateful to call Tulsa her home base. She has an Instagram video blog project titled be.love.ED where she posts short videos about lessons she learns on how to be love in the world. Follow her @YadeneeHailu. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CALLED TO BELOVED COMMUNITY' - A sermon by Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, Unitarian Universalist Association President. DESCRIPTION Unitarian Universalists are being called in this moment to live more powerfully and boldly into a vision of Beloved Community. What does this look like and how do we answer “Yes” to this calling in our lives and in our congregations? ABOUT Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray was elected President of the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2017. Prior to her election, she served as Lead Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, Arizona. Susan played a critical role in the long-term campaign to end the constitutional violations of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Susan received a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is a lifelong UU who grew up at in the St. Louis area. She lives now in Cambridge, MA with her husband, Brian and their son. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THESE THREE THINGS' - A message by Rabbi Marc Fitzerman

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The message was delivered on the occasion of the Installation of Rev. Barbara Prose as Associate Minister on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rabbi Marc Fitzerman, Guest Minister.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS MESSAGE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CANNOT REST' - A Charge to the Congregation by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The Charge to the Congregation was delivered on the occasion of the Installation of Rev. Barbara Prose as Associate Minister on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION All Souls Unitarian Church called its first minister, Rev. Dr. James Kennedy, after the charter for ‘All Souls Liberal Church’ was signed on March 28, 1921. It was thought at the time that the word Liberal would be more widely accepted than Unitarian. Ninety-eight years later, the historic and largest Unitarian church, will officially install The Reverend Barbara Prose as minister of the current congregation. Everyone is invited to celebrate 98 years of liberal ministers in Tulsa, including Alfred von Stilli, Robert Sonen, John B. Wolf, and others on Heritage Sunday in one special service for all at 10:30 a.m. CST. If you can’t join us in person, please join us via live stream at allsoulschurch.org/live. Rev. Barbara Prose was hired by All Souls Senior Minister Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar in 2011. In 2014, she became the Executive Director of Ministry. Her leadership has included the development of 24/7 pastoral care for members, SpiritSong hospice choir, numerous justice initiatives including New Sanctuary Network Tulsa, and the continued development of the organization. All of our choirs will share their gifts of song during the service. Rev. Cathey Edwards, Senior Minister of Hope Unitarian Church, and Rabbi Marc Fitzerman, B’nai Emunah Synogogue, will join Rev. Lavanhar and Rev. Gerald Davis during the service and installation of Rev. Barbara Prose. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS CHARGE TO THE CONGREGATION ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE POWER OF NO' - A message by Em Kianka (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Em Kianka, Intern Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION "No" is an incredibly life-giving full-stop sentence. It creates boundaries and space for life and growth and it can also be a protest against unjust realities and the spark of movements for liberation: it makes us free. In this larger culture of ours, however, it often feels like “yes” is preferable to “no"--that "no" is negative and limiting while "yes" is affirming and positive. How do we destigmatize "no", stop sending the ubiquitous message to say "yes", and what stories and examples are available to us as a spiritual community? *Music: Kara Staiger, soloist SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ARE YOU A FEMINIST?' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION We learned last week that Jesus was a feminist. But what about you? If not, what would you have to let go of in order to become one? Bell Hooks said, “Feminist knowledge is for everybody. If women and men want to know love, we have to yearn for feminism. For without feminist thinking and practice we lack the foundation to create loving bonds. There can be no love when there is domination.” *Watch TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie referenced to in the sermon: SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ARE YOU A FEMINIST?' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION We learned last week that Jesus was a feminist. But what about you? If not, what would you have to let go of in order to become one? Bell Hooks said, “Feminist knowledge is for everybody. If women and men want to know love, we have to yearn for feminism. For without feminist thinking and practice we lack the foundation to create loving bonds. There can be no love when there is domination.” *Watch TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie referenced to in the sermon: SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ARE YOU A FEMINIST?' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The message was delivered on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION Some people proudly use the word, others hate it.  How about you? Do you think of yourself as a feminist? What would you have to let go of in order to claim the name? Bell hooks said, “ Feminist knowledge is for everybody.  If women and men want to know love, we have to yearn for feminism. For without feminist thinking and practice we lack the foundation to create loving bonds. There can be no love when there is domination.”  *Music: Kara Staiger, soloist SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS MESSAGE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'JESUS WAS A FEMINIST... AND SO AM I!' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Just because the dominant factions of Christianity today perpetuate women’s submission and oppression does not mean it was the vision Jesus held out for the world. In fact, Jesus was way ahead of his time regarding women’s empowerment and liberation. Honestly, so was Muhammad at the founding of Islam. Why is it that these traditions have more often become tools of misogyny rather than forces for continued liberation? More importantly, what can we all do in these times to create a new way of gender equity and wholeness? I have some ideas and hope you will join me. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LET GO AND LET GOD' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Human nature tends to have a "hang or hold on" mentality, as if something is always being forcibly, or even subtly taken away. We naturally tend to fight to avoid being victimized and vandalized by life. Thus the idea of letting go, releasing, or relinquishing seems foreign and a kind of malady, weakness or liability. When in reality, letting go can be the most powerful asset of your soul. Letting go can lead to an expanded self, releasing you to your most liberated and engaged personal existence. Letting go can sometimes mean letting God to artfully and graciously bridge your humanity to your divinity in the most sublime way. Join us all month while we work and walk through the process an progress of letting go! *Music: Cynthia Simmons, vocals, and Barron Ryan, piano SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'MAKING SPACE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION The show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, is an example of the trend sweeping the nation, tidying up and organizing our homes. Marie Kondo is the new guru of de-cluttering one’s life. She asks, “Does it spark joy?” and says that if it doesn’t, let it go! We begin March with our monthly theme of Letting Go. I have been inspired by this de-cluttering movement and will share about how we can de-clutter our spirit. We will also honor Women's History month in our services. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'MAKING SPACE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION The show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, is an example of the trend sweeping the nation, tidying up and organizing our homes. Marie Kondo is the new guru of de-cluttering one’s life. She asks, “Does it spark joy?” and says that if it doesn’t, let it go! We begin March with our monthly theme of Letting Go. I have been inspired by this de-cluttering movement and will share about how we can de-clutter our spirit. We will also honor Women's History month in our services. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SURVIVING HUMAN SPIRITUALITY' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION To survive is to manage to keep going in difficult circumstances. Human spirituality can be both daring and dangerous because it involves imagination and experimentation with a neglected but natural part of our human essence. We're not just human beings seeking spiritual experiences, we are a spirit having an earthly encounter. Managing both is the primary charge and challenge of our human and humane psyche or soul. We have a mind and we have a body, but we ARE a spirit. Navigating and negotiating same is a daily and daunting task. Let's talk about it! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICES' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION African American History is steeped in the spiritual practices of both ancient African spirituality and Western Christianity.   The belief that one can be possessed by spirit, whether holy or unholy, is a form of superstition, myth and fairytale but so is life itself. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King combined both the tale and fairytales of life to create a movement that impacted challenges and changed important realities in our country and our culture. Join us all month here at All Souls as we continue to challenge and change the thinking of those who care and dare to connect to the experience and expression of our spiritual community! *Musical solo: Majeste Pearson SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IN CAME YOU' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald L. Davis (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION How often have you had the thought, "I am not able …"?  
We come to this dead end when we put on our plate what we think is an overwhelming mess. The result, of course, is we do nothing and back away from the table.  
In this time of confusion, steadily-unsteady leadership, and incoherence, it is easy to slip away under the shadow of distress. But here comes a word from an unknown source, that like a magnet pulls us back. I want to explore the mystic qualities of our historic journey as a community of faith. We are a people of many colors, beliefs, and odysseys. But still we rise and let us do so this Sunday! *Musical solo: Olivia Davis SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IN CAME YOU' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald L. Davis (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION How often have you had the thought, "I am not able …"?  
We come to this dead end when we put on our plate what we think is an overwhelming mess. The result, of course, is we do nothing and back away from the table.  
In this time of confusion, steadily-unsteady leadership, and incoherence, it is easy to slip away under the shadow of distress. But here comes a word from an unknown source, that like a magnet pulls us back. I want to explore the mystic qualities of our historic journey as a community of faith. We are a people of many colors, beliefs, and odysseys. But still we rise and let us do so this Sunday! *Musical solo: Olivia Davis SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT IF...' - A sermon by Rev. Carmen White-Janak (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Carmen White-Janak, Guest Minister. DESCRIPTION This year, 2019,  commemorates 400 years since Africans were brought to these shores. This is also our 93rd year since Carter G. Woodson initiated Black History Month—lifting our collective awareness to acknowledge Black folks incredible influence, creative genius, and indelible contributions made in this country. Black history is American history. This historical context impacts All Souls as a community leader to truly embrace all souls. What if we, as a loving beyond belief community, named it, called it out and called ourselves in refusing to allow racism or any other "isms" to live among us. What if we used our collective intelligence and power to transform and transcend hatred, or indifference. What if when we passed one another in the hallway at church, work or play we actually stopped to acknowledge that we were in the Presence of The Divine. What if... SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'PARTNERS IN FREEDOM' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar & Rev. Timea Nagy-Mátéfi (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, and Rev. Timea Nagy-Mátéfi, Special Guest, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Have you noticed how in the headlong rush to the future we often forget wisdom from the past. Former knowledge can be considered "out-of-date.” Yet, so many wise practices and understandings come from ancient traditions and people of the past. Perhaps there are times when we need to go back in order to move forward. This Sunday, our Partner Church minister from the Unitarian Church of Enlaka, Transylvania, The Rev. Timea Nagy-Mátéfi will join us as we draw wisdom from the roots of Unitarianism, as far back as 1568 in Europe, and from other sources of love and transformation.  *Music: Sharla Ember, piano/soloist SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'PARTNERS IN FREEDOM' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar & Rev. Timea Nagy-Mátéfi (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, and Rev. Timea Nagy-Mátéfi, Special Guest. DESCRIPTION Have you noticed how in the headlong rush to the future we often forget wisdom from the past. Former knowledge can be considered "out-of-date.” Yet, so many wise practices and understandings come from ancient traditions and people of the past. Perhaps there are times when we need to go back in order to move forward. This Sunday, our Partner Church minister from the Unitarian Church of Enlaka, Transylvania, The Rev. Timea Nagy-Mátéfi will join us as we draw wisdom from the roots of Unitarianism, as far back as 1568 in Europe, and from other sources of love and transformation.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BLUE DAYS & NEW DAYS' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION One morning we wake to blue skies and other mornings we wake up moaning —and sometimes it’s the same morning. From feeling good to feeling blue, we get out of bed and go about our lives. What is this energy of life that sustains us when we are feeling down and fills us with joy when we are at our best? Join me to explore a full range of emotions with the exquisite jazz and blues music of Cynthia Simmons and Scott McQuade as we touch the source of life.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE GRACE OF HEARTBREAK' - A message by Em Kianka (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Em Kianka, Intern Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION No one wants to experience heartbreak and suffering—instead, they are experiences we often hope to avoid. However, empathy expert Dr. Brené Brown says our capacity for sincere, full-hearted living is the same as our capacity to experience heartbreak. If we harden our hearts to avoid paying attention to pain, we stop connecting to our hearts. Our own connection to our hearts and our empathy is essential to the work of justice and building a more compassionate world. Our heartbreak, and our willingness to pay attention to it, gives us the grace to bring into being a world that is more empathetic and more just. How do we receive the grace of heartbreak? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT MAKES A HERO?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION I took my daughter to see her birth-mother and siblings in Alabama over the winter holiday. Along the way we stopped at the Laramie Hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It was a painful and poignant journey through some of the sacred places of the Civil Rights era. In Birmingham I visited the 16th Street Baptist Church where a bomb killed four girls on a Sunday morning in 1963. As we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday this year, I find myself inspired by this trip of a Caucasian father and his ten year old African American daughter in which we traveled to the heart of human inhumanity and heroism. All of our adult choirs and our children and youth choirs have prepared special music for the services. Some of our youngest have also prepared a beautiful medley of select lines from Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Come be moved and inspired to live the dream! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT'S SO AMAZING ABOUT GRACE?' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION What's amazing about the humanity of grace is that it can be expressed and experienced in and to every extreme and polarity. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the epitome of the expression of Grace. John Newton, the author of the famous song "Amazing Grace", a slave owner and trader most of his life, experienced an element of it in a most profound, life-threatening and supposedly life-changing way. To some, grace is unmerited favor, and to others it's enabling and/or empowerment. Grace is a human faculty and a spiritual charisma. When the two virtues are combined harmoniously is when it becomes truly amazing, positively effecting every area of your self, your soul and your life! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT MAKES A HERO?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION I took my daughter to see her birth-mother and siblings in Alabama over the winter holiday. Along the way we stopped at the Laramie Hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It was a painful and poignant journey through some of the sacred places of the Civil Rights era. In Birmingham I visited the 16th Street Baptist Church where a bomb killed four girls on a Sunday morning in 1963.  As we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday this year, I find myself inspired by this trip of a Caucasian father and his ten year old African American daughter in which we traveled to the heart of human inhumanity and heroism. All of our adult choirs and our children and youth choirs have prepared special music for the services. Some of our youngest have also prepared a beautiful medley of select lines from Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Come be moved and inspired to live the dream! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE HUMANITY OF GRACE' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION The idea of grace tends to trigger religious thoughts of a God who measures grace through sympathy and a kindness. In a non-religious sense, grace is one reflecting the same traits of sympathy and kindness as entirely human, evolving and including benevolence, simple elegance, and refinement of movement or mind. Grace and graciousness is a culture and characteristic we embrace and encourage as a spiritual community here at All Souls. We begin 2019 with an emphasis on grace through January, projecting it into the entire year. Join me to make the start of the year a freshly inspired reality. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BEGINNING AGAIN... IN LOVE' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION According to Dogen Zenji, the 12th-century founder of Soto Zen Buddhism, reality is created and destroyed 6,400,099,980 times a day - or around 70,000 times a second. Modern science agrees with this ancient wisdom. The Higgs boson, or “God particle,” the building block of the universe, exists for only a millionth of a millionth of a millionth of a millionth of a second. This means that life is in a constant state of refreshing itself, suggesting that we can do the same. This is one way to understand grace. Can we accept and surrender to what is constantly becoming, allowing our minds and our relationships another chance ... to begin again ... in love? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BEGINNING AGAIN... IN LOVE' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION According to Dogen Zenji, the 12th-century founder of Soto Zen Buddhism, reality is created and destroyed 6,400,099,980 times a day - or around 70,000 times a second. Modern science agrees with this ancient wisdom. The Higgs boson, or “God particle,” the building block of the universe, exists for only a millionth of a millionth of a millionth of a millionth of a second. This means that life is in a constant state of refreshing itself, suggesting that we can do the same. This is one way to understand grace. Can we accept and surrender to what is constantly becoming, allowing our minds and our relationships another chance ... to begin again ... in love? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'HOW TO HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR: THE BUDDHIST WAY' - A message by Rev. Dr. Victor M. Parachin (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Victor M. Parachin, Guest Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Sometime in 46 BC, Julius Caesar established January 1 as New Year's day. Since that time, people have used this transition time of year to audit themselves and make adjustments which might bring them more happiness. Join me to explore the Buddhist way to have a happy new year. *Music performed by Rick Fortner, Director of Music SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT’S SO AMAZING ABOUT GRACE?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION One of the most wonderful and potentially problematic ideas in religion is grace. It implies that no matter what a person has done, that person can still enjoy the gift of grace. Most people prefer a world in which people who do wrong face the negative consequences of their actions. Grace, it would seem, flies in the face of justice. It begs the question, “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE JOURNEY OF LOSING OUR RELIGION' - A message by Loyce Newton-Edwards, M.Ed., M.Div. (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, December 30, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Loyce Newton-Edwards, M.Ed., M.Div., Guest Speaker, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Inspired by Christel Manning's book Losing Our Religion: How Unaffiliated Parents Are Raising Their Children, I'll share insight from my journey to Humanism and the movement of the fastest growing religion in America—none! Join me to explore what "nones" believe and how we negotiate tensions with those convinced children should have a religious upbringing. *Music performed by Booker Gillespie, solo, and Rick Fortner, piano. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'HAVE A PG NEW YEAR (PEACE & GRACE)' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald L. Davis (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 30, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION As we end this year seeking peace and expecting grace, may we understand we have a role to play in this equation. Peace comes from Justice and Grace is assured. But, if you consider that the odds against achieving a peaceful and graceful world are greater than any useful fiction you may hold, then you're missing the whole point. Come join me in worship on Sunday as we unpack and make an impact.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WINTER SOLSTICE' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose & Em Kianka (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, December 23, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, and Em Kianka, Intern Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Celebrate the longest night of the year for our Humanist Solstice service. Barbara Prose and Em Kianka take us through a solstice ritual to mark this powerful point. Special guest musician Jared Tyler leads the music with Rick Fortner. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'A CHRISTMAS STORY' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, December 23, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION A Christmas Story and reflection. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS MESSAGE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CALL OF THE DARK' - A message by Em Kianka (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Em Kianka, Intern Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION The days are getting darker as we approach the darkest day of the year in this part of the world. What is your relationship to the dark? What poignant, funny, transformational, and painful lessons do we learn from the dark? Join me to explore what invitations—including the call to rest, to move more slowly, to embrace uncertainty—await us in this darker season of the year.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IS THERE PEACE BEYOND UNDERSTANDING?' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION: Human reasoning is incapable of fully comprehending transcendent peace or the peace of God, Divine Mind, or Higher Consciousness. Peace is not circumstantial, it is psychological. It is the science of mind.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256   LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHY WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION: Why do Unitarian Universalists celebrate Christmas? I'm often asked this question because, historically members of UU congregations don’t believe in the virgin birth or the divinity of Jesus. But, if you look at the history of Christmas in America, a better question might be “Why do Christians celebrate Christmas since the holiday is so deeply influenced by Unitarians and Universalists?" I may sound as if I'm being provocative, but the reality is that Unitarians and Universalists have played a major role in shaping the meaning, music, stories, and practice of Christmas as we know it.    WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE:   SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL:   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST:   GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256   LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'PEACE IS POSSIBLE' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 9, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Peace is the most natural asset and desire of human nature—nothing satisfies us more. Mental calm, serenity and freedom from disturbance with quiet and tranquility are heaven on Earth. But, Peace comes in many forms. Peace is a life source and a life force.  At All Souls, we profess to be peace agents, and brokers when necessary, while being responsible to notice the things that prevent or impede peace in our character, church, country or culture. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'PEACE & UNDERSTANDING' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 9, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Helen Keller said, "I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.”  We see this word PEACE hanging all over homes, offices, stores and churches during the winter holidays.  What do we really know about how to attain it? Let’s be honest about this time of year feeling peaceful is often a challenge.  Through words and music we will discover and experience a rare and delightful peace. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'GOD IS TRANS' - A message by Dr. Willie Parker (Contemporary Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Dr. Willie Parker, Guest Speaker. DESCRIPTION Dr. Willie Parker, reproductive justice advocate and friend of All Souls, became a household name when the headline, "Christian Provides Abortions" hit the mainstream. ABOUT Dr. Willie J. Parker, MD, MPH, MSC is an outspoken, Christian abortion provider. His work includes a focus on violence against women, sexual assault prevention, and reproductive health rights through advocacy, provision of contraceptive and abortion services, and men's reproductive health. Author of 'Life’s Work', Dr. Parker is the chair of the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health, and a board member of The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and URGE. He was recently honored by the United Nations Office of Human Rights as one of twelve Women’s Human Rights Defenders. Learn more about Dr. Parker on his website: . Read the interview, "NPR builds a social justice relationship," between Dr. Parker and Rev. Prose, they talk about the importance of being allies for each other and the role he, as a man, plays in dismantling systems of patriarchy. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS MESSAGE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'TRUE PEACE' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION As we begin the December theme of “Peace," I ask myself if peace is an inner state or an outer reality. In Thich Nhat Hanh's book Being Peace, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk shares about watching monks burn themselves in the middle of the street to protest war. Had those monks found inner peace? If so, does such peace seem achievable or even worthwhile? What is true peace? I want to discuss how we might find our own peace in these turbulent times. Music: Sheri Scales-Neubauer, violin; Rick Fortner, piano.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LOSING MY RELIGION' - A message by Dr. Willie Parker (Traditional Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Dr. Willie Parker, Guest Speaker. DESCRIPTION Dr. Willie Parker, reproductive justice advocate and friend of All Souls, became a household name when the headline, "Christian Provides Abortions" hit the mainstream. ABOUT Dr. Willie J. Parker, MD, MPH, MSC is an outspoken, Christian abortion provider. His work includes a focus on violence against women, sexual assault prevention, and reproductive health rights through advocacy, provision of contraceptive and abortion services, and men's reproductive health. Author of 'Life’s Work', Dr. Parker is the chair of the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health, and a board member of The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and URGE. He was recently honored by the United Nations Office of Human Rights as one of twelve Women’s Human Rights Defenders. Learn more about Dr. Parker on his website: . Read the beyondbelief.online interview, "NPR builds a social justice relationship," between Dr. Parker and Rev. Prose, they talk about the importance of being allies for each other and the role he, as a man, plays in dismantling systems of patriarchy. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS MESSAGE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'GRATITUDE: A HUMAN EXPERIENCE' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 25, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” —Henri Frederic Amiel Showing and sharing gratitude is a common commodity intrinsic to the human experience. The acts of gratitude are felt, not only to those who receive them, but also to those who are genuinely thankful. Feelings of gratitude can spread, affecting all aspects of your life. Join me in celebrating the power of gratitude. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'MIRACLES HAPPEN' - A sermon by Em Kianka (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, November 25, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Em Kianka, Intern Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION What thoughts and beliefs do Unitarian Universalists share about miracles? What makes a story about a miracle different from any other story? What stories do we hold from our own lives of miraculous moments that draw us into and connect us to our rich web of interdependent life? This Sunday, we will explore these stories of miracles and miraculous moments, both big and small, as sources of gratitude during a season of the year that can often feel stressful and challenging. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'MIRACLES HAPPEN' - A sermon by Em Kianka (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 25, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Em Kianka, Intern Minister. DESCRIPTION What thoughts and beliefs do Unitarian Universalists share about miracles? What makes a story about a miracle different from any other story? What stories do we hold from our own lives of miraculous moments that draw us into and connect us to our rich web of interdependent life? This Sunday, we will explore these stories of miracles and miraculous moments, both big and small, as sources of gratitude during a season of the year that can often feel stressful and challenging. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SIMPLE GIFTS, TOO & YOU' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar & Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 18, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, and Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION Come together in gratitude to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with your All Souls family. Our Cherub, Children’s, Youth, YAVE, New Dimensions, and Adult Choirs will share their gifts of song. Rev. Lavanhar will share an interactive presentation of the heart and soul of our church and will bring our Simple Gifts, Too painting, by P.S. Gordon, to life. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'AMPLIFYING GRATITUDE' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION “Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man (person) has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” — Charles Dickens Gratefulness is the easiest and most common commodity intrinsic to the human experience. All Souls joins millions of Americans this month saying, showing and sharing gratefulness for blessings counted and even those that are uncountable. We’re amplifying and celebrating the good fortune in us and around us—individually and collectively. The energy and vibrations will be high! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'DEAR AMERICA' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION If you could write a letter to America, what would you say? As I write this, the election looms ahead of us. When we gather on Sunday, November 11, the election will be behind us. One hundred years after Armistice Day, which ended World War I—“the war to end all wars”—Marlin and I will share our concerns for and our faith and the people of this country. One hundred and sixty years ago Abraham Lincoln said, “If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it,” in his speech, A House Divided. On Sunday, we will honor our veterans, our history and the power of a people filled and fueled by our free-faith. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'REVERENCE FOR LIFE' - A message by Dr. Lachlan Forrow (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Dr. Lachlan Forrow, Guest Speaker, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION Medical doctor, philosopher, musician, and scholar Albert Schweitzer won the Nobel Peace Prize for his ethical philosophy known as Reverence for Life in 1952. It was his historical and ethical interpretation of Christianity that first led him on a search for a universal concept of ethics. He concluded that ethics was synonymous with reverence for life: "Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting and enhancing life, and to destroy, to harm or to hinder life is evil." Today, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship's vision is to create a global corporation of leaders who promote positive change with and in our communities, our health and human service systems, and our world. Please join us to welcome special guest, Dr. Farrow as he carries on Dr. Schweitzer’s philosophy in our times.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LIVING WITH GRATITUDE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Scientific expert on gratitude, Robert Emmon's research demonstrates that practicing gratitude has significant physical and mental health benefits. People who practice gratitude have fewer health complaints, more energy and determination, greater satisfaction with life, and more optimism and resilience. He knows this as a scientific reality, I know it as a sacred principle. Practicing gratitude can enhance your life in many unexpected ways. Join me as we explore ways to bring gratefulness into our everyday lives. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, October 28, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION In this age of uncivility, we’ll hear from a master of civility and love, Mr. Rogers, who said, “I know how tough it is some days, to look with confidence at the months and years ahead.” Some say he is part of the past. But after the Ariana Grande concert terrorist attack in England in 2017, a Mr. Rogers video went viral. In it he quotes his mother’s advice, “Always look for the helpers. There will always be helpers.” SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE PHENOMENON OF UNITY' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 28, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION The United States is less united today than we’ve been experientially in decades, if not centuries. And we hurt and are even angry because we miss being united, being one. However, we're not a melting pot, we're a stew, with each part of us maintaining its individuality while intentionally harmonizing and celebrating our differences and valuing the strength of our emotional, racial and political diversity—intentionally, syncopating and synchronizing our collective drumbeats. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'HOW WE CONNECT' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 28, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION I recently heard a story about a Tibetan choir comprised of Buddhist monks. These were all very small men, who wear simple saffron robes and sandals. They appear soft spoken, with shaved heads and bring the scent of sandalwood emanating from the carved beads worn around their necks and wrists. They were coming to chant and sing and have a meal at a maximum security prison here in the US. There was some concerns, on all sides, about whether these mild mannered monks would be able to forge a meaningful connection with the much larger, muscle-bound and diverse population of prisoners. The encounter is instructive for us all regarding how we connect with people who may be very different from ourselves. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'EVERYTHING IS SOLVED BY WALKING' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, at the Humanist Service, featuring pilgrimage stories by Rachel Mize, Elizabeth Arnett, and Carla Clark. DESCRIPTION In June, a group of All Souls members and friends met in Madrid, Spain, to walk the ancient pilgrimage route, Camino de Santiago. Like all pilgrims before us, we came with hopes and regrets, concerns and expectations. Without exception, we were surprised and changed by our experiences. Come hear our stories, see our photos, and consider how you will walk forward in your own life.     SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'EVERYTHING IS SOLVED BY WALKING' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, featuring pilgrimage stories by Rachel Mize, Elizabeth Arnett, and Carla Clark. DESCRIPTION In June, a group of All Souls members and friends met in Madrid, Spain, to walk the ancient pilgrimage route, Camino de Santiago. Like all pilgrims before us, we came with hopes and regrets, concerns and expectations. Without exception, we were surprised and changed by our experiences. Come hear our stories, see our photos, and consider how you will walk forward in your own life. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'MAY WE BE ONE' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION William Cowper, the son of a minister, and 18th century poet, hymnodist wrote the phrase: “Variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.” A friend and mentee of John Newton, who wrote Amazing Grace, was an abolitionist and seems to have understood while living in England, the beauty of diversity and human community. A community is a small or large social unit that has something in common—norms, religion, values, or identity. The word itself is a combination of the two words; common and unity. Communion is likewise, common and union. Jesus prayed, "That they may be one." We pray "that we may be one." Our vision here at ALL Souls is to be both a physical and spiritual example of unity, diversity, a rainbow of colors, flavors and love beyond belief. Join us all month while we present and re-present this unique trait, trend, and target of our church community! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHY LIBERALS LOSE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION At the heart of American democracy is... (wait for it...) “heart!” One of America’s foremost 21st century liberal theologians, Dr. Rev. Thandeka, teaches that when liberal religion displaces emotion from the moral equation, a contradiction of moral reasoning diminishes the impact of the liberal voice in American public life. Mainstream churches and liberal politicians will continue to lose ground unless this contradiction is reconciled. The most well-reasoned, documented and articulated facts, figures and solutions will continue to fail to move people to change. Thandeka says, “Liberal moral reasoning does not parse the American heart.” At All Souls, reconciliation is at the heart of our work. Join me to explore solutions we strive to achieve in our liberal religious faith.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHY LIBERALS LOSE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION At the heart of American democracy is... (wait for it...) “heart!” One of America’s foremost 21st century liberal theologians, Dr. Rev. Thandeka, teaches that when liberal religion displaces emotion from the moral equation, a contradiction of moral reasoning diminishes the impact of the liberal voice in American public life. Mainstream churches and liberal politicians will continue to lose ground unless this contradiction is reconciled. The most well-reasoned, documented and articulated facts, figures and solutions will continue to fail to move people to change. Thandeka says, “Liberal moral reasoning does not parse the American heart.” At All Souls, reconciliation is at the heart of our work. Join me to explore solutions we strive to achieve in our liberal religious faith. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'OUR NATION OF BABBLE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION In the Pledge of Allegiance we say “...one nation, under God, indivisible...”. Yet, America seems very divided. As we begin our October theme of “Unity and Diversity,” the worship team and I are working to create services that aim to unify in love what is divided by politics, prejudices, and preferences. This year’s Children and Youth Choirs will make their debut performances and our children will begin our Traditional service in the sanctuary with a special message for them on our month’s theme. It will be a glorious day at All Souls! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE BUDDHIST WAY OF DEALING WITH ADVERSITY' - A message by Rev. Dr. Victor M. Parachin (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Victor M. Parachin, Guest Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION It’s simply not possible to escape adversity in life.    Sooner or later everyone experiences an issue— unpleasant, unwelcome, uninvited. These experiences can range from the deeply disappointing to the profoundly painful. Join Victor Parachin in The Point, our Humanist Hour. He will explore and share the Buddhist ways of dealing with adversity in our lives. Music: Sharla Ember, piano/solo   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FACING THE HEADLINES: HOW ARE YOU CALLED?' - A homily by Rev. Barbara Prose (Contemporary Service)

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION After a week full of conflict, confessions and consequences on the national and international stage, there is a need for comfort and for commentary that can unify and inspire. Join our ministers, Marlin and Barbara as they offer a message for all of us. However you are being impacted by the news and current events, come and experience love beyond belief and perhaps discover how you are called to respond. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS HOMILY ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FACING THE HEADLINES: HOW ARE YOU CALLED?' - A homily by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION After a week full of conflict, confessions and consequences on the national and international stage, there is a need for comfort and for commentary that can unify and inspire. Join our ministers, Marlin and Barbara as they offer a message for all of us. However you are being impacted by the news and current events, come and experience love beyond belief and perhaps discover how you are called to respond. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS HOMILY ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FACING THE HEADLINES: HOW ARE YOU CALLED?' - A homily by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar & Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, and Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service.   DESCRIPTION After a week full of conflict, confessions and consequences on the national and international stage, there is a need for comfort and for commentary that can unify and inspire. Join our ministers, Marlin and Barbara as they offer a message for all of us. However you are being impacted by the news and current events, come and experience love beyond belief and perhaps discover how you are called to respond. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IS THERE MORE?' - A reflection by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The reflection was delivered on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. DESCRIPTION The insatiable human desire for more often gets portrayed as a negative characteristic that leads to excess. What if its origin is a deep knowing that there is more to our lives then we often perceive or actualize? Do you feel the tug for more of something in your life? Perhaps it is the most important message you are avoiding. As we continue on the theme of “calling” I will be exploring the positive possibilities of our yearnings for more. The idea for this message came from a conversation with Ryan and Sarah Darby who won the prize of choosing a sermon topic and a song in last year’s Love and Light Gala. The song they chose is titled “More” from the band Phish. Rick Fortner has been working on a special version of the song for the services this Sunday.    SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IS THERE MORE?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION The insatiable human desire for more often gets portrayed as a negative characteristic that leads to excess. What if its origin is a deep knowing that there is more to our lives then we often perceive or actualize? Do you feel the tug for more of something in your life? Perhaps it is the most important message you are avoiding. As we continue on the theme of “calling” I will be exploring the positive possibilities of our yearnings for more. The idea for this message came from a conversation with Ryan and Sarah Darby who won the prize of choosing a sermon topic and a song in last year’s Love and Light Gala. The song they chose is titled “More” from the band Phish. Rick Fortner has been working on a special version of the song for the services this Sunday.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'AN EPIC PAST. A BRIGHT FUTURE.' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION All Souls is redefining what religious community can be in a modern, culturally-aware, and ever-evolving world. This Sunday, during our services, we will reveal the design of the new All Souls downtown church campus. Come hear why we’ve become the largest Unitarian Universalist church in the world and how we are reaching people across the country and around the globe. People everywhere are seriously questioning traditional creeds and religions and the impact they’re having on our collective future. All Souls has an epic past and with your help, a very bright future.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ANOTHER GATHERING PLACE' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Where are the places that gather people in meaningful ways? There’s a big difference between being in other people’s company and encountering people in ways that change us all. This weekend is both All Souls annual Homecoming Sunday and the opening of Tulsa’s new $460,000,000 “Gathering Place” park. All Souls is a gathering place for people of various backgrounds and beliefs. If you’ve taken the summer off this is the day to return to All Souls. If you haven’t seen someone at church for a while, please reach out and invite them to come. The choirs have some wonderful music planned and our youth group will be serving fajitas for lunch as a fundraiser. We will have tables on the lawn and in Emerson Hall to gather and eat. Come to a service and then perhaps head to checkout the new park afterward. *Musical solo by Majeste Pearson. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ANOTHER GATHERING PLACE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Where are the places that gather people in meaningful ways? There’s a big difference between being in other people’s company and encountering people in ways that change us all. This weekend is both All Souls annual Homecoming Sunday and the opening of Tulsa’s new $460,000,000 “Gathering Place” park. All Souls is a gathering place for people of various backgrounds and beliefs. If you’ve taken the summer off this is the day to return to All Souls. If you haven’t seen someone at church for a while, please reach out and invite them to come. The choirs have some wonderful music planned and our youth group will be serving fajitas for lunch as a fundraiser. We will have tables on the lawn and in Emerson Hall to gather and eat. Come to a service and then perhaps head to checkout the new park afterward. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'YOUR VOICE AND CALLING' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 2, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION “Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you're put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.” ―Vincent van Gogh There is a tense, intense and intended inner tug in the soul, that is so irresistible, that no spiritually alive person can ignore. This tug is both magnified and amplified—an urgent demand of the soul and on the life. The volume of this summons becomes the very signature of your soul, the spiritual acoustics that add divine resonance. This calling is the interior decoration of your soul and the external architect of your life. It is the nature and nurture of the Self and substance of your innate realities and proclivities. There are patents of the soul, whose copyrights you own and must honor. These patents and patterns invite the official vocations, and the only honest ovations, that your spirit recognizes and relates to. All others are superficial. Vocation is a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career, occupation or personal objective. It derives from the from Latin word 'vocare', which means ‘to call, call out, or call out to'. The late Howard Thurman said, "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. What the world needs, is people who have come alive." Join your All Souls community in September for thematic messages on 'Vocation and Calling' that will inspire and encourage you to recognize the voice and choice inside you and our spiritual community's purpose, calling and vocation here in the city of Tulsa and around the world! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'NEW AGE AND NEW BIRTH' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION What do you believe and why do you believe it? And how do your beliefs add to or subtract from the quality of your life? How have your beliefs changed and how has your change in beliefs changed you? I have entered a new age and stage in my life and my beliefs about life that has greatly altered my world view, my view of the world, and the way the world views me. I’ve never felt better! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'EVOLUTION AND LOVE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION How can science not just inform, but inspire your values? I wrote a paper in college about the relationship of science and religion. The idea was we had to choose between science and religion or have a strong theory of how they can interact and relate. Thirty years later, my thoughts on the subject have, you might say, evolved! Many of us are looking for a community like All Souls where we values science wholeheartedly and also sees a role for religious knowledge. What is a balanced relationship between science and religion or between evolution and love? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LEAVING IT BLANK' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 19, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. DESCRIPTION What eight letter word can have one letter taken away at a time, until there’s only one letter at the end and every time a letter is taken away, there’s a word left, including the last time?   A riddle is a puzzling question posed as a problem to be solved or something or someone difficult to understand. In school, we learn a lot of important things, from basic arithmetic to algebra. But often, we learn the most important lessons when we’re simply curious, fooling around with a problem we can’t solve, or creating something for the sake of creating. As we celebrate our children and grandchildren who are heading back to school, and lift up our members who are continuing their education, we’ll also honor the overwhelming importance of spiritual and intellectual freedom.  Most of the great discoveries of the world have been made by women and men who were driven by the desire not to be useful, but to satisfy their curiosity.    How do you approach the riddles in your life? What have your learned in the process?   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CORRECTING A CORRUPTED BIBLE' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 12, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. DESCRIPTION Let's begin the process of revisiting, revising or, in some cases, reversing ideas and concepts based on varying cryptic interpretations of the bible. Interpretations have been programmed into the minds of people by religious systems, statements, and statutes—including church doctrines, dogma, and some church disciplines—causing millions of people to accept and/or adopt beliefs that have resulted in their loss of contact with what is real, factual, historical and spiritual. We need deprograming for reprograming to regain 21st century relevance. Music performed by Annie Ellicott, soloist; Jordan Hehl, bass; Rick Fortner, piano; David B. Smith, keyboards; Matthew Edwards, drums/percussion. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'DARWIN'S JAZZ GOSPEL' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 12, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION This summer, I've been inspired our Life Beyond Certainty series, the work of Charles Darwin, and the spirit of Jazz. Darwin's approach to the discovery of truth and his curiosity opened his mind to revolutionary wisdom and understanding. Jazz music requires an openness that allows for fresh and delightful innovations. Uncertainty can be a gift of creativity and knowledge. Please, join me and local Jazz singer Annie Ellicott. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE MORE I LEARN, THE LESS I KNOW' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar & Colin Bent

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The message was delivered on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar & Colin Bent. DESCRIPTION Beloved member Colin Bent, who served three terms on All Souls Board of Trustees and was an original member of the All Souls Intercultural Bridging Team, embodies the expression “life-long learner." As we continue our Life Beyond series, Colin and I will explore the idea that the more we discover, we realize the less we know. Colin was born and raised the son of a Protestant Bishop in Jamaica and came to Tulsa to attend Oral Roberts University. In 2008, Colin came to All Souls along with Carlton Pearson and the New Dimensions Congregation and he will share stories about his personal shifts in understanding from his life. “The changes that I have experienced have been geographic, ideological, and theological," Colin said. "Even though I have become more informed, many questions still exist.” Questions and questioning are always welcome at All Souls! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS MESSAGE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'TRANSCENDING THE BIBLE' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose & Dr. Teresa Reed

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The message was delivered on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose & Dr. Teresa Reed. DESCRIPTION How do we transcend whatever is weighing us down or holding us back? And, when we manage to transcend, what else gets disconnected? Do we have to lose meaningful family relationships when our faith grows? We may find some answers in our faith tradition, as a major stream in the river of Unitarian Universalism is Transcendentalism.  Dr. Teresa Reed shares how, over the past 15 years, she has moved beyond the limitations of scripture and discovered a deeper love for the broader world. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS MESSAGE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'GROW WITH THE FLOW' - A sermon by Carlton D. Pearson (10:00 a.m. Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION After spending the last two decades rebuilding and rebooting my life and ministry, my new purpose is aimed to help you examine and reconsider what you believe, why you believe it, and how those beliefs add to or subtract from the quality of your life. Life’s breakdowns can be turned into breakthroughs. We all go through Hell on Earth, but those experiences can transcend into positive experiences through how we react and respond to the Hell we experience. We must not just go with the flow but grow with the flow, even when it becomes a flood!  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING HERE?' - A reflection by Doug Henderson (11:30 a.m. Service)

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The reflection was delivered on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Doug Henderson, Congregant. REFLECTION DESCRIPTION What does it take for our beliefs to change? Sometimes, something cataclysmic. For Doug, it was attending Higher Dimensions. For me, it was moving to Oklahoma. What has allowed your thinking to evolve? Who or what has made it safe for you to grow and are you ready to offer that to others? As Doug says, “I have very deep evangelical roots. Almost fundamentalist roots. For anyone to walk away, to turn their back on those sort of roots is not something human beings do. And, it was not something I expected to do, or wanted to do, or foresaw in anyway.”  Doug will share insights from his personal and spiritual journey–from fundamentalism to worshipping, joining and photographing us here at All Souls. Come hear how this merging of hearts and cultures has changed us both. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS REFLECTION ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING HERE?' - A homily by Rev. Barbara Prose (11:30 a.m. Service)

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. HOMILY DESCRIPTION What does it take for our beliefs to change? Sometimes, something cataclysmic. For Doug, it was attending Higher Dimensions. For me, it was moving to Oklahoma. What has allowed your thinking to evolve? Who or what has made it safe for you to grow and are you ready to offer that to others? As Doug says, “I have very deep evangelical roots. Almost fundamentalist roots. For anyone to walk away, to turn their back on those sort of roots is not something human beings do. And, it was not something I expected to do, or wanted to do, or foresaw in anyway.”  Doug will share insights from his personal and spiritual journey–from fundamentalism to worshipping, joining and photographing us here at All Souls. Come hear how this merging of hearts and cultures has changed us both. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS HOMILY ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'2000 YEARS OF HELL' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 8, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION The concept of hell is the most psychologically and emotionally debilitating concepts in human psychology, theology and philosophy. It has produced a kind of global psychosis and mental illness that has crippled and, all but paralyzed, the development of planetary peace and co-existence. After 50 years of believing and buying into the doctrine of eternal judgement and biblical torment, I stopped believing in such an aberrant concept, and I can assure you that there is a positive, practical, and spiritual life without the traditional teachings of infinite weeping, wailing, and gnashing of the teeth we’ve been taught the last 2000 years. Join us at All Souls where we are continuing to discuss the idea of Life Beyond Hell. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'OUT OF THE ORDINARY' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 8, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION After traveling throughout the European Union, meeting Unitarian Universalists from around the world, driving from Tulsa to Oregon and back, and watching our daughter marry, I am more curious than ever about the ways we learn to identify with each other--or not. What tribes do you already belong and to? What tribe do you long to belong? I can’t wait to share my journey through and among the tribes of my travels and to see you! It’s been so long! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WOULD YOU HARBOR ME?' - A message by Rev. Gerald Davis & Dorothy Checotah (11:30 a.m. Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, July 1, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald Davis & Dorothy Checotah. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION Well, it is summer time so that must mean Rev. Gerald is in the pulpit. It is important for all us to understand each day gives us an opportunity to grow deeper spiritually inside and outside. Therefore, if your sensibilities have been aroused from the news you have seen and heard coming from our southern borders, your alert system is on high. We will explore our theme, "Life Beyond Certainty" and "Life Beyond Hell" by deciphering our headlines and our values. Dorothy Checotah shares her personal journey that led her to Higher Dimensions Church with Bishop Carlton Pearson and eventually brought her into the family of All Souls Unitarian Church. Join us in our harbor of All Souls. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS MESSAGE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT IS THIS FRESH HELL?' - A sermon by Rev. Carmen White Janak (11:30 a.m. Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Carmen White Janak, Guest Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Throughout our lifetime we will encounter hellish experiences, some will impact us greatly and some will be debilitating. On average, we meet 80,000 people throughout our lifetime. I promise, with some of those you meet, you will experience some fresh hell. We can't always control what occurs, but we can command how we respond. Rev. Carmen White Janak is a 4th-generation preacher whose ministry is provocative, powerful, and progressive. She brings her whole self and shares stories and humor with a deep abiding love for humanity. *Featuring music performed by Kara Staiger, Thomas Williams, Rick Fortner, David B. Smith, Matthew Edwards. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'INFINITE GAMES:  A VISION OF PLAY AND POSSIBILITY' - A sermon by Rev. Doug Inhofe, Sabbatical Minister (10 a.m. Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Doug Inhofe, Sabbatical Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION More than we imagine, aspects of our lives are arranged as games. We participate in games with rules. We opt to play or not with others. In the games of life, there are time limits, areas of responsibilities, and, ultimately, there’s a winner. This predictability, this certainty, we imagine, can salve our anxiety about our futures. But there are useful games that are not time-limited or modeled by the games with winners. These games are infinite—they are games for a life beyond certainty. They leave behind a “winning” effort in favor of insuring the continuation of play itself. This is a meta-world where the rules may change, even the participants, but the game never ends. These games can give us a standard for how to be: if you’re in love with someone or something, a project or a congregation, then the game plan is to do what keeps the love going. *Featuring music performed by Kara Staiger, Rick Fortner, David B. Smith, Matthew Edwards. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE PROBLEM OF HELL' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson (11:30 a.m. Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION The majority of conservative evangelical thinkers still believe in an orthodox hell as do most of the billion Roman Catholics in the world. This includes eternal damnation and torture in a lake of fire and brimstone. It all sounds frighteningly obscure, absurd and obscene. And for the most part, they all wish it were not true, or at least that they don't and won't go there. Some are afraid to deny the existence of hell, because that would make Jesus, whom most see as little less than a divine "fire escape" and whom they worship, unnecessary and that is anathema above all anathemas. So?.... Christian orthodoxy needs hell to be orthodox, so that means we need to reconsider orthodoxy and ortho/dogma anew. We're doing so all of the month of June here at All Souls. Lets reconsider what we believe and why we believe it and do those beliefs add to or subtract from the quality of life and consciousness! *Featuring music performed by Colin Bent, Toneille Bent, Brooklyn Benway, Benway-Caldwell Band, Majeste Pearson, Rick Fortner, David B. Smith, Matthew Edwards. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FATHERHOOD' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (10 a.m. Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Talk about uncertainty, children don’t come with instruction manuals. There is no application process or credentialing necessary to become a father biologically. Yet, parenting and fatherhood are typically the most important role that a lot of people will ever have. The path of parenthood is a worthwhile metaphor and framework for a spiritual path or a path for living the good life. On this Father’s Day I will explore how being a dad has crucial elements of what it takes to master the art of living which is also the art of loving. *Featuring music performed by Brooklyn Benway, Benway-Caldwell Band, Toneille Bent, Colin Bent, Larry Cochran, Rick Fortner, David B. Smith, Matthew Edwards. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE EVOLUTION OF FAMILY' - A reflection by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar and Nicole Ogundare (11:30 Service)

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The reflection was delivered on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar and Nicole Ogundare. DESCRIPTION Ten years ago, I met Nicole Ogundare when Carlton Pearson and members from Higher Dimensions Church came to share our building. None of us knew then what would transpire among, between, and around us over the following decade. Nicole will join me in both services. She will share insight from her personal and spiritual journey -- from mega-church Pentecostalism to worshipping, joining, and working with All Souls. Come hear how this merging of hearts and cultures has changed us. As part of our Summer Sundays, we've invited a handful of our members who came to All Souls with Carlton Pearson to share their heart-opening and profoundly inspirational stories. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS REFLECTION ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BECOMING FAMILY' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (11:30 Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION In recognition of Pride month, I'll share stories of how being a welcoming and affirming church with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members and staff has provided a foundation for All Souls to become a growing multicultural community with a strong Humanist complement. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS MESSAGE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LIFE BEYOND HELL' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson (11:30 a.m. Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Rev. Carlton D. Pearson and All Souls ministers will preach in our Life Beyond Hell services. Former members of Higher Dimensions Church will share personal stories of their religious journeys since coming to All Souls in 2008. Since the film Come Sunday was released on Netflix, many of our members have been asked questions like, "How has your life and values changed?" This will be a space for them to share their stories. Music will be led by David B. Smith with the New Dimensions Chorale and special musical guests.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LIFE BEYOND CERTAINTY' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (10 a.m. Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. DESCRIPTION Life Beyond Certainty will lean heavily toward our Humanist approach which is the basis of our Humanist Hour (The Point) service. This service will be held in the Sanctuary and include some Traditional service elements. Our speakers and ministers will share relevant messages and Rick Fortner will lead the music along with special musical guests. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'HOLY EVOLUTION! ECOLOGY AS THE HEART OF THEOLOGY' - A message by Rev. Michael Dowd (Traditional Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, May 27, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Michael Dowd, Guest Speaker. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION A deep-time big picture is vital for staying sane and sober in confusing and contracting times. Such an evidence-based “sacred realism” can help us accept what is inevitable, avoid what is futile, and be a blessing to friends, family, and neighbors in a difficult and uncertain world. This sermon by renowned eco-theologian and TEDx speaker, Michael Dowd, bridges the gap between head and heart and celebrates the convergence of science, inspiration, and sustainability.  *Rev. Michael Dowd is a bestselling eco-theologian and pro-science, pro-future ‘evangelist’ whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on television nationally. His book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. Michael has delivered two TEDx talks and a program at the United Nations. He and his wife, science writer and climate activist, Connie Barlow, have spoken to some 2,500 groups across North America since 2002, including nearly 500 UU churches. Rev. Dowd has also conducted two acclaimed online conversation series: “Evolutionary Christianity” (http://thegreatstory.org/ec-participants.html) and “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness" (https://www.tree-of-life.works/greatness). SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS MESSAGE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'JUSTICE: THE ILLUSIVE MYTH' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION "I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against." —Malcolm X Justice is the legal, moral or philosophical theory by which fairness is administered. The concept of justice often differs somewhat in every culture. Justice can be more mental than moral, or the other way around. Consciousness is the missing link to what is otherwise a cold and caustic concept. When applied without compassion and emotion, justice can be far more destructive than constructive. Justice need never be Draconian, but compassionate and sensitive to its individual beneficiaries. Here at All Souls we both intend and insist that Justice become and remain a working reality in our world! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'OVERCOMING CHALLENGES' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION Join All Souls to honor all who are graduating this May. Each year, celebrities and valedictorians deliver commencement addresses across the nation to graduates, their families and friends. They often share encouraging words about success and what gives life meaning. Join me on Graduation Sunday to hear my commencement address to all of our graduates in our youth program and congregation. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'OVERCOMING CHALLENGES' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Join All Souls to honor all who are graduating this May. Each year, celebrities and valedictorians deliver commencement addresses across the nation to graduates, their families and friends. They often share encouraging words about success and what gives life meaning. Join me on Graduation Sunday to hear my commencement address to all of our graduates in our youth program and congregation. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'MOTHERING' - Nancy McDonald (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Nancy McDonald, Guest Speaker, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION Nancy McDonald sees “mothering” as a verb, as a way all of us can engage the world. As a mother of biological children, an adopted child, and as a “second mother” to many, Nancy is the embodiment of a mothering spirit. She will share her personal reflections and stories about how All Souls members and our partners in justice are meeting some of Tulsa’s most heart-wrenching challenges with love and action. Join her in the Humanist Hour to hear her stories that are sure to touch your heart and inspire your mothering spirit. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'OUR LIVES BEGAN AS LOVE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Rev. Marlin Lavanhar shares his Mother's Day message about motherhood, love, and connectedness. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT THE HELL DO I BELIEVE?' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION If my neighbor believes I’m going to hell, I don’t really care as long as they respect my property, treat me and my family nicely and let me borrow a cup a sugar or a power tool when needed. The good news for me is that whatever they believe—the fact is, they don’t control the universe, the afterlife, nor do they, or anyone, really know what is yet to come. When people ask me why our congregation is socially engaged, I explain that we place love beyond belief. Most, if not all of us, do not expect God or any other kind of savior or superhero to come down to Earth and fix it. That is why we try to do our part to make the world a better place during the short time we have and to help people out of the hells of life. *Music by Tommy Poole (saxophone) and Rick Fortner (piano) SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LIFE ISN'T FAIR' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION “Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” —Martin Luther King, Jr. Life is neither equal of fair, so we must learn to find justice in the life and psyche of our world that tends to be terrible and impossible at times. Justice is rooted in the word just which means behaving according to what is morally right and fair. This makes it hard to believe that life is fair. So, if indeed you feel that life isn’t fair, then how can we access and execute justice? During May, All Souls will present weekly discussions, sermons and lectures around the subject of the human virtue and vice of justice, fairness and equality. *Musical performance by Sarah Maud (vocals) and Jordan Hehl (bass). SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT THE HELL DO I BELIEVE?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION If my neighbor believes I’m going to hell, I don’t really care as long as they respect my property, treat me and my family nicely and let me borrow a cup a sugar or a power tool when needed. The good news for me is that whatever they believe—the fact is, they don’t control the universe, the afterlife, nor do they, or anyone, really know what is yet to come. When people ask me why our congregation is socially engaged, I explain that we place love beyond belief. Most, if not all of us, do not expect God or any other kind of savior or superhero to come down to Earth and fix it. That is why we try to do our part to make the world a better place during the short time we have and to help people out of the hells of life. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'NEXT LEVEL SPIRITUALITY' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Transcendence is a constant natural and nurtured discipline of the soul, self and mind. It means, from its etymological origin, to climb across or climb over. It is a reference to existence or experience beyond the normal or physical level. Our American culture, including religion, is transcending to a new and more progressive spirituality. Join us here at All Souls for a fantastic month of moving across, through and beyond previous limits boundaries to a new discovery and even recovery of our most power living as human beings, being human. *Special musical guest Branjae Jackson joins for both the 10:00 Traditional and 11:30 a.m. Contemporary Services! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SACRED PLAY' - Steven L. Williams (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Steven L. Williams, Pastoral Care Chaplain, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION Adults do not play nearly enough. We forget that fun, joy, creativity, and silliness bring us closer to our essential nature. Children know this intuitively. They use play for everything. Play not only helps them figure out their world, but who they are and where they fit in that world. If you look at your favorite ways of playing as a child, you may see the roots of what brings you the most joy today. Sometimes we need help remembering how to play. *The service includes music performed by Jared Tyler, guest musician (guitar and vocals). SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

A Sermon by Kate Braestrup (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Kate Braestrup, Guest Minister and New York Times Best-Selling Author. SERMON DESCRIPTION Kate shares her heartfelt message, with a side of humor. Kate is a community minister, law enforcement chaplain, storyteller, and the author of the New York Times best-selling memoirs, 'Here If You Need Me', 'Marriage and Other Acts of Charity' and 'Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life'. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'TRANSCENDENCE: YOUR RESURRECTION POWER' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 1, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Transcendence is existence or experience beyond the normal or physical level. It is also ethereal, spiritual and/or psychological movement and motion. In a sense we all have both multiple personal order and multiple personality disorder or multi personalities out of order. Transcendence is the coping mechanism we use to traverse the human experience of living, moving and possessing or repossessing our being, which is the power and purpose of our resurrected Self. We're celebrating this amazing reality and renaissance the entire month of April, here at All Souls. Join and get to know and re-know yourself all over again. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BURSTING INTO SPRING' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, April 1, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION In our Humanist Hour this Easter, we explore how the themes of personal and spiritual renewal are found beyond belief, outside of religion, and in science and stories of our natural world. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'EASTER: SPIRITUAL TRIUMPH OR COSMIC TRICK?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 1, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION These teaching stories are shocking and memorable due to the ways they conclude. We read that: the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, a widow gives away her last two coins to the church, two loaves of bread and fish feed thousands, an adulterous woman is allowed to go unpunished. The greatest parable of them all perhaps is that the one who comes to save the world is killed in a humiliating way while the world is still a warring and oppressive mess. In two of the four bible accounts there is another twist to the story. Two gospels claim their is no body in the tomb and Jesus rappers after he dies. In Native American spirituality (Coyote stories), African traditions (Briar Rabbit) and elsewhere there is often a trickster character who teaches through unexpected jokes, tricks and twists of fate. On this Easter and April Fool's Day let's look at how Jesus' parables and ministry relates to the many spiritual traditions that include trickery, teaching stories and imagination. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'A LIVING LEGACY' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Combined Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Our church was founded in March of 1921 under the name All Souls Liberal Church. Join us in celebrating 97 years of our liberal faith as we honor our heritage and come together in community. We recognize our past presidents, founding families, previous Board of Trustee members, and our newest members to join All Souls.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE BUDDHA AND YOUR PROBLEMS' - Rev. Dr. Victor M. Parachin (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Victor M. Parachin, Guest Minister, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION The Buddha said that every person always has 83 problems. Some are resolved and some simply fade out but other problems appear in their place. Because problems are inevitable, the Buddha offered several effective, creative ways to deal with life's challenges. Rev. Victor M. Parachin, M. Div., is a minister, member of All Souls, author, and director of the Tulsa Yoga Meditation Center. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'TRANSFORMATION & EXPANSION' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION "Life and death are illusions. We are in a constant state of transformation." - Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexican film director, producer, and screenwriter I would add the word expansion to Alejandro's quote. We expand or minds and our being as we transform in life. All living things grow and all growing things change. With these changes in life comes struggle and challenges. Join us to discuss in ministry of meeting our challenges in life to make, manage, and master our personal transformations and change. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE BUDDHA AND YOUR PROBLEMS' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Victor M. Parachin (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Victor M. Parachin, Guest Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION The Buddha said that every person always has 83 problems. Some are resolved and some simply fade out but other problems appear in their place. Because problems are inevitable, the Buddha offered several effective, creative ways to deal with life's challenges. Rev. Victor M. Parachin, M. Div., is a minister, member of All Souls, author, and director of the Tulsa Yoga Meditation Center. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WOMEN WHO INSPIRE ME' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION There are so many inspirational women who have touched my life and help shaped me to be the person I am today. As we continue the theme of Transformation and honor Women’s History Month, I look forward to sharing stories about the women whose lives have been a model for me and who have taught me to love beyond belief. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WOMEN WHO INSPIRE ME' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION There are so many inspirational women who have touched my life and help shaped me to be the person I am today. As we continue the theme of Transformation and honor Women’s History Month, I look forward to sharing stories about the women whose lives have been a model for me and who have taught me to love beyond belief. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'TRANSFORMED: THE REMODELED MIND' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION trans·form Origin: Greek verb To make a complete or radical change in the form, appearance, or character of. Synonyms: change, alter, convert, metamorphose, transfigure, transmute, mutate The English word metamorphosis is derived from the word transform, which refers to a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one. However, the reference in scripture is not so much about physical or physiological change, but more about mental, moral, and emotional change. This change has its root in spirit but is initiated in one's mind or through life. I call this mind remodeling. Remodeling is the process of improving a broken, damaged, or outdated structure or construct. To start our theme of transformation, I'll present various ways of remodeling our selves, our souls, and our systems. Through intentional transformation, we can be more current, more relevant, and more creatively productive. This all begins with the way we think, collectively and as individuals. What we think about, we bring about! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BEYOND #METOO' - Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION The experiences of women, in the workplace and at home, inevitably lead back to what it means to live in this world as a woman. The #MeToo movement tells us all an important truth. Let's begin Women's History Month, and this month's theme about transformation, by lifting up the women in our lives, each other, and the voices of women and girls which are emerging today. The women of the Adult Music Program will come together in a Women’s Chorale to sing the Women's March anthem, Quiet by Milck. All choir members, including our Children and Youth Choirs, will join them to sing Mavis Staples' song, Action. In the Traditional service, children will join us for a Story for All Ages. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BEYOND #METOO' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION The experiences of women, in the workplace and at home, inevitably lead back to what it means to live in this world as a woman. The #MeToo movement tells us all an important truth. Let's begin Women's History Month, and this month's theme about transformation, by lifting up the women in our lives, each other, and the voices of women and girls which are emerging today. The women of the Adult Music Program will come together in a Women’s Chorale to sing the Women's March anthem, Quiet by Milck. All choir members, including our Children and Youth Choirs, will join them to sing Mavis Staples' song, Action. In the Traditional service, children will join us for a Story for All Ages. The presentation includes spoken word by Jillian Marie from the Contemporary Service on March 11, 2018. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'OUT OF THE BLUES' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Bring your friends and family along for a journey, from soulful blues to exciting colors of something new! The All Souls Worship Team has collaborated with poet Mia Write and jazz vocalist Booker Gillispie to create an unforgettable experience in two special services. We’ll feature music from Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, and Bob Dylan. Mia will share her poetry and words from Langston Hughes. David Smith, Rick Fortner, Jordan Hehl, Jared Johnson, and Tommy Poole will create an experience you wouldn’t want to keep to yourself! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BREAKING INTO SOMETHING NEW' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION When things in life break apart we can either keep cutting ourselves with the shards or we can gather them up and create something new and beautiful. Using the metaphor of a mosaic and the colorful artwork of renowned Tulsa mosaic artist Linda Allen, I will explore the ways that brokenness and new beginnings go together. We’ll also have a special rendition of Tracy Chapman’s song, New Beginnings. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BREAKING INTO SOMETHING NEW' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION When things in life break apart we can either keep cutting ourselves with the shards or we can gather them up and create something new and beautiful. Using the metaphor of a mosaic and the colorful artwork of renowned Tulsa mosaic artist Linda Allen, I will explore the ways that brokenness and new beginnings go together. We’ll also have a special rendition of Tracy Chapman’s song, New Beginnings. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SURPRISED BY LOVE' - Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION How has love surprised you? When you’ve felt all is lost, has love shown you the way? Sometimes, we are surprised by love through the arts, a song evoking the emotion of love, lifting our spirits, or connecting us with those we love. Tulsa jazz artist Cynthia Simmons will join me as we share about love's dynamic, and sometimes distracting, dimensions -- in song and in message. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SURPRISED BY LOVE' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION How has love surprised you? When you’ve felt all is lost, has love shown you the way? Sometimes, we are surprised by love through the arts, a song evoking the emotion of love, lifting our spirits, or connecting us with those we love. Tulsa jazz artist Cynthia Simmons will join me as we share about love's dynamic, and sometimes distracting, dimensions -- in song and in message. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BROKEN STRINGS' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION World class Flamenco guitarist, Ronald Radford, will be joining us as we launch February's theme of Brokenness. We hope he won’t break any strings as he dazzles us with his music. Nevertheless, I will be talking about how the strings that unite people sometimes get broken and what happens when we attempt to tie them back together. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BRIDGING THE GAPS' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Brokenness can be defined as being or feeling fractured or damaged and no longer, whole or in one piece, not in working order or functioning properly. Wholeness involves and demands constant repairing of breaks in our soul and mind. I call the psychic hygiene and by psychic I mean using your extra sensory perception to go deeper into yourself, and soul, to locate the source of the symptoms. There are maintenance techniques to help us heal the broken spaces and places in our lives. Join us at All Souls this month as we offer ways to address, transcend, and bridge the gaps in your life. We'll also talk about reconnecting and reconciling inner illusions of separation, isolation, and alienation from your inherent personal wholeness. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BROKEN STRINGS' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION World class Flamenco guitarist, Ronald Radford, will be joining us as we launch February's theme of Brokenness. We hope he won’t break any strings as he dazzles us with his music. Nevertheless, I will be talking about how the strings that unite people sometimes get broken and what happens when we attempt to tie them back together. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE POWER OF ORDINARY KINDNESS' - Acharya Moh Hardin (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Acharya Moh Hardin, Guest Speaker, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION Kindness is an innate quality that lacks selfishness. Engaging in kindness connects us with the reality that other people exist.  With kindness, life becomes livable, humanity becomes enjoyable, and work and play can be delightful.  For the past 45 years, Acharya Moh Hardin has been a student and teacher in the Shambhala tradition. He is currently studying under the guidance of Chögyam Trungpa’s son, Sakyong Mipham. Trungpa was the Tibetan meditation master and founder in the West of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Moh is the author of A Little Book of Love: Buddhist Wisdom on Bringing Happiness to Ourselves and Our World (Shambhala Publications). He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, with his wife Cynde. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'STAR WARS THEOLOGY' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION "This is how we win. Not by fighting what we hate, but by saving what we love,” says Rose Tico in the latest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi. With women in the highest leadership positions, a deep reverence for the galaxy and science, the danger of heroic solo acts exposed … the core tension is about whether the Jedi Faith can or will survive. With Annie Lenox’s song, A Thousand Beautiful Things as a backdrop, we will explore a theology of the future and of resistance, so we can say with Ms. Lenox, “Every day I write the list of reasons why I still believe they do exist.” SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'EXTRAORDINARY CHORDS OF LOVE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION “Breathe” courtesy of Branjae Jackson, Spoken Word courtesy of Written Quincey, ‘Extraordinary Chords of Love' featuring singer/songwriter Branjae Jackson, spoken word artist Written Quincey, and live Jazz with Rick Fortner, Jordan Hehl, Jared Johnson, and Tommy Poole Chords of harmony are created when different notes come together in their individual beauty to create something new and creating something new, together, is what these special services are all about. We do not have to sound alike or even sound the same. In fact, by sounding differently — and coming together in unity — we make room for something greater to emerge.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'50 YEARS OF DREAMING' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION Martin Luther King Jr. was only given seven minutes to speak at the March on Washington. He submitted his speech prior to the day of the march and the words, “I Have A Dream” were not in his prepared remarks. Nevertheless, his speech lasted 25 minutes and fifty years later, we still hold tightly to the dream he shared that day. It remains one of the most influential speeches in US history. Looking back a half century, I will explore what his words mean for us today. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE CARE OF LOVE' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION We are starting off the new year with the topic of love. Love is a human disease or dis-ease that all humans are afflicted and inflicted with. This 'divine' infliction is incurable and sometimes terminal, but always treatable. Scripture says love is patient. I say love is a patient and in need of constant,"affordable" healthcare. Whether Agape, Eros, Platonic or Phileo, love not only cares but needs care, and we are both the caregivers and caretakers. Join me to learn ways to manage the pleasure, privileges, and pathos of love. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ALL THINGS NEW' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION On the first Sunday of 2018, let's look at what it means to begin again in love. How do we “turn over a new leaf” and experience “all things new”? Often we long for a new beginning but have trouble letting go of the past. The turn of the calendar year is a chance to begin again. A new year gives us a new starting line if we choose to make it one. We have a choice to live intentionally or to allow ourselves to be carried along or controlled by the people, events, and agendas of those around us. The new year is a time to go inward and reach deeper within. Let's take this great opportunity to sharpen our intentions and take greater control of our lives. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ALL THINGS NEW' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION On the first Sunday of 2018, let's look at what it means to begin again in love. How do we “turn over a new leaf” and experience “all things new”? Often we long for a new beginning but have trouble letting go of the past. The turn of the calendar year is a chance to begin again. A new year gives us a new starting line if we choose to make it one. We have a choice to live intentionally or to allow ourselves to be carried along or controlled by the people, events, and agendas of those around us. The new year is a time to go inward and reach deeper within. Let's take this great opportunity to sharpen our intentions and take greater control of our lives. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'HOPE DAWNS' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald L. Davis (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION There are some great Christmas stories out there, including Ralphie's and his BB gun. But you know, there are not that many great New Year's Eve stories. Yes, we know that the next day will bring a new year full of hope. That's enough, one would think. But let's unpack this hope a little bit more. Join me when we welcome what can be called hope, but it is also something else. Let's see! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FIND A STILLNESS' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION “When the world becomes darker, the inner life of the soul becomes more important." —Michael Meade As 2017 comes to an end and we begin to enter into the deeper winter months, it is a time for finding a stillness inside ourselves. It is a time of taking stock and replenishing. Our New Year's Eve services sought to help us find an inner still-point and start to bring our attention inward towards the world of contemplation, self-reflection, and inner-love. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FIND A STILLNESS' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION “When the world becomes darker, the inner life of the soul becomes more important." —Michael Meade As 2017 comes to an end and we begin to enter into the deeper winter months, it is a time for finding a stillness inside ourselves. It is a time of taking stock and replenishing. Our New Year's Eve services sought to help us find an inner still-point and start to bring our attention inward towards the world of contemplation, self-reflection, and inner-love. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'UNITED BY LOVE' - Rev. Barbara Prose, Bishop Carlton Pearson, Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Special Service)

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The homilies were delivered on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Bishop Carlton Pearson, and Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar. DESCRIPTION Join us for one celebratory service, uniting our congregation which attend our three services, with uplifting music from our choirs. Marlin, Barbara, and Carlton will share their messages about the love which unites us as one community of All Souls – a diverse community with varying perspectives and experience. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'HOPE' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION During the darkest times in our lives, we look for hope and often find it in some of the most unusual places. As the winter solstice approaches, we are in the darkest season of the year and it is a time of celebrations that involve a lot of lights and symbols of hope. Our ministers and musicians have been working to create services this month that will inspire hope in ways that will help us find it both now and also in all of the darkest times of our lives. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE HEALING SALVE OF HOPE' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION “They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” ―Tom Bodett Hope basically means happy anticipation of good. For some, hope means happy anticipation of God! Hope evolves and involves—aspirations, desires, wishes, expectations, ambitions, aims, goals, plans, designs, dreams, daydreams, pipe dreams. Scripture says, Hope is a form of emotional salvation. Join this hardy conversation about hope in every service this month. Read more about my take on the topic of hope on beyondbelief.online. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'HOPE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION During the darkest times in our lives, we look for hope and often find it in some of the most unusual places. As the winter solstice approaches, we are in the darkest season of the year and it is a time of celebrations that involve a lot of lights and symbols of hope. Our ministers and musicians have been working to create services this month that will inspire hope in ways that will help us find it both now and also in all of the darkest times of our lives. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHEN HOPE IS HARD TO FIND' - Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION “Hope is a duty. In the context of a planet and people in peril, we have an obligation to our own being and to our descendants to study our life and our condition, searching for the authentic underpinnings of hope. If we look carefully, these underpinnings can still be found.” - Wendell Berry, Environmental activist, novelist, and poet In Greek mythology, Pandora is the first woman in the world. As the story goes, when she opens a large vessel, all that is evil - suffering, illness, cruelty, violence and death - fly up and out into the world. By the time Pandora puts the lid back on the vessel, there’s only one thing left inside – hope. In what ways do you protect and hold onto hope? Join us on Sunday as we uncover the seeds of hope in our lives. SPECIAL MUSIC: 'Dream On' (Steven Tyler) - Booker Gillespie, Soloist; Rick Fortner, Piano. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE ART AND ACT OF SELF-LOVE' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION "If you can't forgive and forget, pick one." -Robert Brault  Forgiving doesn't mean forgetting. Forgiving doesn't mean you've given the message that what someone did was okay. Forgiveness means to let go of the anger or guilt towards someone or towards yourself. But that can be easier said than done. If forgiveness was easy, everyone would be doing it. As a spiritual community, let's walk and work through the spiritual and emotional discipline of forgiveness together. Forgiveness means giving up the right, not necessarily the reasons, for being right, hurt or angry. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IS FORGIVENESS POSSIBLE?' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION Nobody gets through this life without hurting others and being hurt. Yet we need to get up each day and live into the future. Figuring out how to free ourselves from hurt, so we can meet the day unafraid, without anger, and with a sense of our own wholeness is complicated. Join me to reflect on what can free us from the bonds of regret, self-incrimination, and hurt. Whether you are wrestling with forgiving yourself, seeking forgiveness, or needing to forgive, it's important to discover how forgiveness is possible. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IS FORGIVENESS POSSIBLE?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Nobody gets through this life without hurting others and being hurt. Yet we need to get up each day and live into the future. Figuring out how to free ourselves from hurt, so we can meet the day unafraid, without anger, and with a sense of our own wholeness is complicated. Join me to reflect on what can free us from the bonds of regret, self-incrimination, and hurt. Whether you are wrestling with forgiving yourself, seeking forgiveness, or needing to forgive, it's important to discover how forgiveness is possible. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL SERVICE with Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar & Rev. Barbara Prose (Special Service)

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The service was delivered on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar & Rev. Barbara Prose. SERVICE DESCRIPTION Come together in gratitude to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday. Our Cherub, Children's, Youth, YAVE, New Dimensions, and Adult Choirs will share their gifts of song. We'll experience an interactive presentation of the heart and soul of our church. Join us to watch our Simple Gifts, Too painting by P.S. Gordon come to life. Families and children are encouraged to bring fresh foods for the traditional children's procession of giving to the cornucopia. All food collected will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. All are invited to take Communion in the Chapel immediately following the Thanksgiving service. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERVICE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IS THE BIBLE THE ANSWER?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION This month, 500 years ago, Martin Luther’s 95 Theses sparked the Protestant Reformation. What he began in Wittenberg, Germany continues to influence us today. Every generation since has wrestled with his challenge - What is the role of the Bible in understanding truth? How are you, I, and All Souls related to this struggle for religious authority and understanding? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON' - Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION November is American Indian Heritage Month, and Oklahoma is in the news, with Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. David Grann’s non-fiction book is on Best Seller lists across the country and the story happened here. The names of the towns are familiar: Pawhuska, Fairfax, Gray Horse. Right here, 100 years ago, members of the Osage Nation became the richest people per capita in the world after oil was discovered on their land. Many were mysteriously murdered. In my book group discussion, I listened as my fellow Tulsans talked about remembering and responsibility. We shared about forgetting, forgiving, and being forgiven. But, we left the meeting without figuring out what our responsibility is to responding to the wrongs of the past. Join me as we continue the conversation. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION November is American Indian Heritage Month, and Oklahoma is in the news, with Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. David Grann’s non-fiction book is on Best Seller lists across the country and the story happened here. The names of the towns are familiar: Pawhuska, Fairfax, Gray Horse. Right here, 100 years ago, members of the Osage Nation became the richest people per capita in the world after oil was discovered on their land. Many were mysteriously murdered. In my book group discussion, I listened as my fellow Tulsans talked about remembering and responsibility. We shared about forgetting, forgiving, and being forgiven. But, we left the meeting without figuring out what our responsibility is to responding to the wrongs of the past. Join me as we continue the conversation. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FORGIVENESS, THE ART AND ACT OF SELF-LOVE' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 5, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Forgiveness is an art form. Accomplishing it takes practice, skill, training and transformation. If, in fact, it means to stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake, then it should begin first with self-forgiveness, eh? We are only as hard on others as we are on ourselves. If you don't forgive yourself, you won't forgive others. Where there is fruit, there is root. Let's get to the bottom of this mystical phenomenon of forgiveness and lay the ax to the root. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IS THE BIBLE THE ANSWER?' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, November 5, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION This month, 500 years ago, Martin Luther's 95 Theses sparked the Protestant Reformation. What he began in Wittenberg, Germany continues to influence us today. Every generation since has wrestled with his challenge - What is the role of the Bible in understanding truth? How are you, I, and All Souls related to this struggle for religious authority and understanding? Our children will begin the service in the Sanctuary to hear a special message. We will also recognize our newest members. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'HOLDING OUR OWN' - Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION Many of us have seen our family rituals around death change in our lifetimes. A generation ago, Dr. Wolf was fighting against the corruption of the local funeral home industry. More and more Americans today are comfortable with cremation, while there’s a growing interest in green burials. This Sunday, we will wrestle new meaning out of this old mystery. Together we'll consider the creative ways various cultures, and we here at All Souls, grieve, honor and stay connected to our dead. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE MYSTERY OF DEATH' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION The mystery, or missed story, of death has been a pre-occupation to humans since we recognized we were alive. Looking to Newton’s 3rd law - For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction - we can assume death is an equal and opposite reaction to life, and vice versa. In a sense, life is death in another form and summarily death is life in another form. Death insists we remember and memorialize life. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION As we conclude the poignant theme of Death, we’ll focus on ways that love never dies and how people continue to live on within the lives of those who love them long after they are gone. For the last few years, member Eduardo Ramirez has helped us celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring a photo or memento of someone they love who has died to place on our oferenda. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LIVE AND LET DIE, PART 2' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Life and death, like faith and doubt, are not necessarily enemies, just cooperative opponents. Opposition means having a position on the other or further side of something. Life is in a “face off” with death. The older I get, the more I realize everything is relative and in some strange, mystical, and scientific way, everything is connected. When someone asks you how are you doing, they are basically asking, how are you dying? Both living and dying are existing eloquently in the Earth realm. Let's call a truce and learn to co-exist peacefully. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE ONE THING YOU CAN COUNT ON' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION The one thing you can count on is change. One friend is pregnant, a nephew is moving to take a new job, a daughter is getting married, a son is getting divorced. The headlines are new each day and with their focus on conflict, can often feel destabilizing if not debilitating. How can we stay calm and centered when change is all around us …. and inside us? How can we trust and find places to rest, when we know that ultimately, everything is impermanent, and that we are born dying? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT MUST DIE SO YOU CAN LIVE?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION There is an old idea that something in us must die so that we can fully live. Has this ever made sense to you? Are you aware of how the death of certain attitudes, ideas, dreams, relationships and other things must end in order for new life to emerge? The relationship between death and life is more than about the death of a person or of the body, but also refers to the death of the ego or the death of a worldview. As we continue the theme of Death this month, let's explore the concept of dying in order to live. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'TIME' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION "Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time." - Pink Floyd, excerpt from Time. Do you ever feel this way? We all have competing priorities and opportunities and it can be hard to know how to use the limited time we have. Rick Fortner and David B. Smith created a special version of the song, Time, by Pink Floyd to accompany my message about the one thing we all need more of, time. Special thanks to Ryan and Sarah Darby who won this sermon topic and anthem at last year's Love & Light Gala. To bid on a sermon topic, get your tickets today. Our annual fundraiser supporting All Souls and the Justice Council is Friday, October 13. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LIVE AND LET DIE' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Could death be another form of life or of living? From the day we are born, the process of death or dying begins. The Apostle Paul in scripture wrote that he figuratively died daily. Does death in life make practical sense to us? And is the presumed "ultimate" or final death anything more than a transition to another form of living? We must live and we must die. We must live until we die. And some believe we all will live again. Is there life after life or life after death? And are they not basically the same speculations? This will be a fun study. Join me! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'TIME' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION "Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time." - Pink Floyd, excerpt from Time. Do you ever feel this way? We all have competing priorities and opportunities and it can be hard to know how to use the limited time we have. Rick Fortner and David B. Smith created a special version of the song, Time, by Pink Floyd to accompany my message about the one thing we all need more of, time. Special thanks to Ryan and Sarah Darby who won this sermon topic and anthem at last year's Love & Light Gala. To bid on a sermon topic, get your tickets today. Our annual fundraiser supporting All Souls and the Justice Council is Friday, October 13. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'COURAGE AND VULNERABILITY' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald L. Davis (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION There are times when we think in binary ways about complexities of life. If we fall into the trap of an either/or solution, we discount the vast creative impulses of this thing we call life. Some people say to be vulnerable is to be courageous, while others think being vulnerable is not showing courage. I want to apply another way of thinking about vulnerability in a context of truth-telling and justice-seeking. Join me in this foray. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'A RIVER RUNS THROUGH US' - Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION This Sunday we consider the many ways water shapes our lives. Long-time member Jean Ann Fausser, who won this sermon in last year’s Gala, will have an original piece of art entitled, A River Runs Through Me, featured in the sanctuary. Water is the source of life. It also destroys life. Water is a human right. It is also big business. Water is the symbol for God in our Simple Gifts, Too painting. Moses died before he could cross over the river Jordan into the promised land and Jesus was baptized in that same river. Greek mythology teaches us that we cross over the river Styx when we die. The Tao teaches that water does not resist, yet it conquers all. Our bodies are 60% water. Whether you love or fear water, together we will lift up the power of water to shape and remake our lives. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'A RIVER RUNS THROUGH US' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION This Sunday we consider the many ways water shapes our lives. Long-time member Jean Ann Fausser, who won this sermon in last year’s Gala, will have an original piece of art entitled, A River Runs Through Me, featured in the sanctuary. Water is the source of life. It also destroys life. Water is a human right. It is also big business. Water is the symbol for God in our Simple Gifts, Too painting. Moses died before he could cross over the river Jordan into the promised land and Jesus was baptized in that same river. Greek mythology teaches us that we cross over the river Styx when we die. The Tao teaches that water does not resist, yet it conquers all. Our bodies are 60% water. Whether you love or fear water, together we will lift up the power of water to shape and remake our lives. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'STORIES THAT IMPRISON US' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION We are all storytellers. We not only tell other people stories, we tell ourselves stories. Some of the stories we tell ourselves keep us captive. Giving credence to a story is a kind of faith. In that way, we all have faith in something. However, it’s important to be careful what stories we believe. Some stories open our world and increase our capacity for kindness and love. Other stories limit our lives and keep us living in fear. As we continue on the monthly theme of faith, I want us to look at the stories we have faith in and make sure they are worthy of our trust.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FAITH AND PATIENCE' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Contemporary Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION When I grow impatient, beneath the surface, I am often angry with the current state of affairs – whether they are political or personal. But Jesus taught us that the Kingdom of Heaven on earth is here and now, within our own hearts, minds, and souls. If peace lies within, our impatience can be a problem, even an obstacle to living a faithful life. Join me this week as we explore the connections and contradictions between acceptance and apathy, resistance and righteousness, endurance and patience, as we discover for ourselves what it means to live faithfully in today’s world. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'STORIES THAT IMPRISON US' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Traditional Service)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION We are all storytellers. We not only tell other people stories, we tell ourselves stories. Some of the stories we tell ourselves keep us captive. Giving credence to a story is a kind of faith. In that way, we all have faith in something. However, it’s important to be careful what stories we believe. Some stories open our world and increase our capacity for kindness and love. Other stories limit our lives and keep us living in fear. As we continue on the monthly theme of faith, I want us to look at the stories we have faith in and make sure they are worthy of our trust.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE IMPOSSIBLE WILL TAKE A LITTLE WHILE' - Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, at the Humanist Service. SERMON DESCRIPTION What is the best synonym for faith? Some would say trust, or confidence. Others consider faith to be blind, naïve or simple, if not ignorant. My great grandfather, who was a rabbi in Lithuania and then in Connecticut, said patience was the most important virtue of all. Could patience be a synonym for faith? Perhaps, if you agree with Howard Zinn who said, “I am totally confident not that the world will get better, but that we should not give up the game before all the cards have been played.” SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CELEBRATE THE TIES THAT UNITE US' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION My message is a celebration of the ties that unite us across our freedom to believe. It is fascinating and important how our congregation at All Souls stays united with so many different ways of believing. Come explore what holds us together and why it's so important in these times. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE IMPOSSIBLE WILL TAKE A LITTLE WHILE' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION What is the best synonym for faith? Some would say trust, or confidence. Others consider faith to be blind, naïve or simple, if not ignorant. My great grandfather, who was a rabbi in Lithuania and then in Connecticut, said patience was the most important virtue of all. Could patience be a synonym for faith? Perhaps, if you agree with Howard Zinn who said, “I am totally confident not that the world will get better, but that we should not give up the game before all the cards have been played.” SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'GIVING SIGHT TO VISION' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." — Helen Keller Sight is external. Vision comes from within. Sight is physical. Vision is spiritual and involves faith. Perception, is the ultimate reality, but not necessarily the ultimate truth. Sight sees reality, but vision sees truth and connects them in profoundly harmonizing and synchronizing ways. We must learn to give sight to vision and sometimes fight to achieve vision as well. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CELEBRATE THE TIES THAT UNITE US' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, at the Humanist Service. SERMON DESCRIPTION The Sunday after Labor Day is extra-special at All Souls! Our choirs will treat us to special performances and we have a few surprises in store for you. Vision Sunday is a wonderful day to invite your friends and family to attend. If you haven’t seen some of your All Souls friends here for a while, please reach out and see if you can inspire them to join you. My message on Vision Sunday will be a celebration of the ties that unite us across our freedom to believe. It is fascinating and important how our congregation at All Souls can stay united with so many different ways of believing. The significance of having such a community is worth celebrating. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE FRIENDSHIP OF FAITH AND FEAR' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Faith is a first cousin of fear. They live together on the family farm. Both faith and fear are present in the human genome. Some people just have more faith in one than the other. It actually takes faith to have fear. Fear of a sprint is faith in its ability to harm you. The same is true of a storm, a style, or a system. Faith is as natural a human attribute as fear. They don't cancel each other out, but they call each other up and out. Both have their place, path and purpose, but only one prevails as the dominant orientation of the soul and psyche. All we need do is learn to balance these two powerful forms of energy and emotion or energy in motion! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SOMETHING TO HOLD ONTO' - Steven L. Williams (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Steven L. Williams, Pastoral Care Chaplain, at the Humanist Service. SERMON DESCRIPTION Twelve years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina changed our world and my life. Whether it's a hurricane, a divorce, or the loss of something precious, we all have to weather storms in our lives. Having something sturdy to hold onto makes all the difference in how well we survive them. What is it that keeps you from going under? Join me as we explore this leg of the Faith journey. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SOMETHING TO HOLD ONTO' - A sermon by Steven L. Williams

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Steven L. Williams, Pastoral Care Chaplain. SERMON DESCRIPTION Twelve years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina changed our world and my life. Whether it's a hurricane, a divorce, or the loss of something precious, we all have to weather storms in our lives. Having something sturdy to hold onto makes all the difference in how well we survive them. What is it that keeps you from going under? Join me on Sunday as we explore this leg of the Faith journey. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE GIFT OR GUILT OF IMPERFECTION' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Perfect: the condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects. Something most of us never fully experience. I don’t know anything or any person who is perfect. This includes random fantasies about God, Heaven, and eternal life. All of which are somewhat ambiguous and in some ways, suspect. Thinking of these as perfect brings aspects of guilt and disappointment. However, considering perfection to mean maturity or reaching a sense of full adulthood, or maximization of purpose in life as it is, then yes, I believe in the gift of the same. Living for, to, and toward the fullest experience and expression of self and soul is my idea of a gift of perfection. That is my personal and powerful aim in my life! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'TOTAL ECLIPSE: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN BLOCK OUT THE LIGHT' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar and Rev. Barbara Prose (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar and Rev. Barbara Prose at the Humanist Service. SERMON DESCRIPTION The recent eclipse has our ministers thinking about how sometimes something small, in relative terms, keeps us from feeling the warmth and light of the one thing that makes our life possible. We especially see this with all of the divisions in our country and the way it is dividing families and communities. Conflict is not the end of the story it is a necessary part of moving toward something new. There is a breakdown right now in our collective ability to have constructive conflict. Using the issue of taking down Confederate monuments, the ministers offer a hard hitting and playful message on how to have better conversations between people who disagree. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SPIRITUAL DISOBEDIENCE' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Contemporary)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION Christianity, the Enlightenment, and Transcendentalism are the three major tributaries that flow together to create the liberal religious tradition we call Unitarian Universalism. Henry David Thoreau, who became famous only after this death at 45, is a great example of someone who transcended his own time. In the 19th century, he resisted the social and religious demands of his day and insisted on finding his own way forward.   Who was this man whose heart led him to seek communion with God in the woods, and whose conscience led him to fight openly for the abolition of slavery? How did he find the courage to say “No” to the world’s demands and “Yes” to the invitations of the Spirit?   This Sunday, we’ll apply the wisdom of his life to our own spiritual journeys as we navigate our increasingly complex world. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CHARLOTTESVILLE: IT'S NOT SO BLACK AND WHITE' - Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar (Humanist Service)

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The message was delivered on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister at the Humanist Service. SERMON DESCRIPTION Reverend Lavanhar speaks frankly and personally about the impact of the Charlottesville protests on him as a person with a Jewish heritage and an African American child. He lifts up a sophisticated and morally nuanced critique of the protests and counterprotests and makes a case for a nonviolent response to the rising wave of neo-fascist elements in America today. It is also a passionate defense of free speech and a warning to liberal activists about the commitment, discipline and self-sacrifice required of non-violent resistance. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CHARLOTTESVILLE: IT'S NOT SO BLACK AND WHITE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Reverend Lavanhar speaks frankly and personally about the impact of the Charlottesville protests on him as a person with a Jewish heritage and an African American child. He lifts up a sophisticated and morally nuanced critique of the protests and counterprotests and makes a case for a nonviolent response to the rising wave of neo-fascist elements in America today. It is also a passionate defense of free speech and a warning to liberal activists about the commitment, discipline and self-sacrifice required of non-violent resistance. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SPIRITUAL DISOBEDIENCE' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose (Traditional)

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 13, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION This summer is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, who said, “The fact is I am a mystic, a transcendentalist, and a natural philosopher to boot.” Friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and inspiration to the conservation movement, Thoreau was known for advocating simple living, He was also active in the abolitionist movement and was openly critical of the government which led him to write Civil Disobedience in 1859. This Sunday as we aspire to put our spiritual values at the center of our imperfect lives, I’ll explore how Thoreau might be a role model for us today. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'PECCADILLOS' - A message by Louie Rojas

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The message was delivered on Sunday, August 6, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Louie Rojas, Guest Speaker. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION Religion in American has been a dynamic experience. For many of us it can become an unhealthy experience. In our desire to be good sons and daughters we can lose ourselves, our dreams, and our loves. I will be sharing how I was saved by the one message that matters to me the most. I will be making a bold statement about where Christianity is in America, and I will share were I found the gift of healthy faith. . . peccadillos! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS MESSAGE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE CONSTITUTION & THE GIFT OF IMPERFECTION' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 6, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION We continue our Summer Series titled “This American Faith” with a new theme for the month of August: “The Gift of Imperfection”. When the founders gathered 230 years ago this month in Philadelphia to draft a Constitution for this new nation, they hoped for unity, but they came with their competing interests and concerns. The end result was a document that nobody was completely happy about, but one that everyone felt they could live with in the interest of national unity. The tensions between community and self-interest and inclusiveness and justice are pragmatic realities of any democratic organization. We have seen these tensions at All Souls in recent years regarding our decisions to move downtown and in our work to become more diverse. What has become clear is that a person’s relationship to compromise and imperfection can be a major determining factor for the quality and satisfaction of their life. I’ll kick-off this month’s theme exploring what we can learn from the creation and adoption of the American Constitution. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CHANGING THE WATER' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald L. Davis

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION One of the beautiful points of departure, Ware Lecturer Brian Stevenson gave us at UUA General Assembly was to change the narrative. Changing the narrative is not as easy as changing the water in a fish bowl. But that metaphor is appropriate from the standpoint of the fish. We swim in water called white supremacy. Let's not be afraid to empty our bowl and pour in living water … water that reconciles, that heals, that gives us continuing opportunities. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'JOHN ADAMS: THE VOICE OF INDEPENDENCE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION It is said that after the Battles of Lexington and Concord John Adams became the voice for independence at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. As we finish a month of messages on the gifts of independence and American faith, I will look at what we might learn from the first Vice President and second President of the United States that can give us inspiration in these days that are marked more by discord than concord. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'MANAGING THE DIS-EASE OF CO-DEPENDENCY... RELIGION OR RELATIONSHIP!' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Part of the so called "gift" and sometimes guilt of independence is a certain unavoidable trait of co-dependency, that should not go unnoticed or without mention. Among the core characteristics of codependency, a common trait is an incessant, if not excessive, reliance on other people for approval and a sense of self-worth and identity. We may not be able to master the issues of innate co-dependency, but we can learn to manage it, so as not to be consumed and controlled by it. Interdependency seems to be the better and perhaps naturally creative design. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE AMERICAN CREED' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION It's been said that the United States of America is a nation that was founded on a secular creed. Rooted in the Declaration of Independence and echoed throughout our history are certain commonly held truths. As we continue our July theme of Independence and our series on This American Faith, I will share a message regarding the American creed. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE SACRED EGO AND EFFORTS OF INDEPENDENCE' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Independence, basically means un-dependent, not dependent or not a pendant. A pendant is a piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain worn around the neck, in fact the word pendant comes from Old French, meaning literally to hang or hanging. In a sense, if you’re not hanging, you’re falling or in some ways just failing . And the only way to avoid falling/failing is to hang onto whatever is available or “dependable” to prevent the downward spirals in life, consciousness, and culture. There is an old saying, “No man (person) is an island to himself.” Human ego seeks independence or not depending on anything or anyone else, for fear they or it may be unreliable or undependable. The gift if independence is also a sign of distrust, insecurity, and fear. We must learn to find its legitimate place and space in our consciousness and our world. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SHE SAID WHAT?' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald L. Davis

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Rev. Gerald Davis speaks on topical issues from a free and respectful pulpit. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE GIFT OF INDEPENDENCE ISN'T A GIVEN' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION The gift of independence, is in many ways an illusive fantasy that takes imagination, effort, and creative work. A gift, something willingly given without being earned, can be taken back. Talent, something we're born with is natural aptitude and is neither given nor taken away, even though it can atrophy from lack of use. Talent can be nurtured, enhanced, and perfected but independence is earned or procured and must be maintained. Realistically, independence is actually a form of dependency or co-dependency. It needs attention to be maintained in a way that talent doesn't. Theoretically, independence should be intrinsic and innate. But rarely, if ever, independence is experienced in love, relationships, socially, psychologically, and physically. Let's work both for and on our gifts of independence! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHEN SPEECH IS NOT FREE' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION Our words are powerful - beyond belief. We have felt the power of a friend's kind words to lift our spirits. And many of us have experienced how the words from a loved one can be crushing. How do we assure we are speaking the truth in love, coming from a place of love? How do we keep from engaging in verbally abusive language? The struggle to interpret, protect, and use our rights to free speech is both personal and political. It's not just up to the Supreme Court to make rulings on free speech, it's up to each and every one of us – especially in this era when we have the power to call each other out, and to call each other in. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE GIFT OF DOUBT IN THE AMERICAN FAITH' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION What if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?” (Romans 3:3) The America faith is traditionally as much in its majority Judeo/Christian God as it is in its constitution, bylaws, American culture, and democracy. However, in today’s America there is nearly equal doubt in all of the above. It seems there never has been more distrust in normally presumed trustworthy people and professions including politics, lawmakers, law enforcement and lawyers over all, not to mention preachers, priests, teachers, and corporate structure. The gift of doubt can also be a curse, or at least a cause, that can awaken or necessitate an overall renovation and renewal of the moral infrastructure of the human and American culture and societal model. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FAITH AND DOUBT, FRATERNAL TWINS!' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Newton's third law is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Faith is a reaction or response to doubt. Faith is also one of the nine spiritual gifts recorded in the scriptures of the New Testament. Faith is impossible - and unnecessary - without doubt. Doubt supports, sponsors, and summons faith and therefore can be considered a gift. Doubt is more than a curse or liability, something I was always taught it was. Scripture says without faith it is impossible to please God and I say, that without doubt, faith is impossible and uncalled for. Mutual respect for both honors them equally and validates their cooperative virtues! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'DOUBT AND DEMOCRACY' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION Last week, in honor of Rev. Dr. John Wolf, we talked about how doubt is essential to deepening our liberal religious faith. My father’s faith was planted firmly in the American democratic process. One could say he practiced an American Civil Religion, rooted in a trinity of three persons named Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln. The evolution of our free faith is interwoven with the evolution of our American democracy. Join me to explore the faithful legacy of our founding fathers and what it means for us today. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE GIFT OF DOUBT' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION Doubt was a central theme in the ministry of the Rev. Dr. John B. Wolf, our minister emeritus. He wrote extensively about this theme in his book, The Gift of Doubt. Doubtless, many of us are struggling today - with doubts about the future - whether our worries are personal, political, or planetary. In our world today, the topic of doubt is a fitting theme to kick off our Summer Sermon Series: This American Faith. I’ve been reading and relishing Rev. Wolf’s work and look forward to sharing my thoughts on what it means to be bearers of The Gift of Doubt in 2017. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHY SO ANGRY?' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald L. Davis

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION As I reflect on the nexus of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, the not guilty verdict of Officer Betty Shelby and Memorial Day, I question how anger fuels a painful heart. I intend to explore the consequences of unexamined pain. Our participation in this long journey toward justice depends on our willingness to examine our painful parts. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'AMERICAN MYTHS & MONUMENTS' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Monuments and historical celebrations create a sense of public memory, and what we remember matters. The celebrations we offer and statues we erect help shape a shared narrative of our history and our public identity. These communal acts express and advocate public values, however, the meanings we make of events are not neutral. There are economic and political consequences of how we tell our story. Artists who design memorials are challenged with how to confront and memorialize the uncomfortable truths in our past. We launch our Summer Sermon Series: This American Faith with “The Gift of Doubt.” It was a favorite theme of our Minister Emeritus, Dr. John B. Wolf, during his nearly four decades as the Senior Minister of All Souls. Doubt causes us to question what we are told and is an important tool in seeking the truth. How can our efforts to honestly recall and evaluate the past provide the conditions for a brighter future? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LOVE WHERE WE ARE' - 2017 Commencement Address by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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This Meadville Lombard Theological School 2017 Commencement Address was delivered seven weeks after the unprecedented resignation of the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), Peter Morales. His resignation was a direct result of a public conversation and controversy regarding ongoing influences and impacts of racism on the hiring practices and culture of the UUA.  Other senior UUA staff also resigned in the wake of the controversy. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'GET THE HELL OUT OF MY BIBLE' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Mercy is not just allowing escape from hell. Authentic mercy would be completely extricating the concept of eternal damnation from our belief system and articles of faith. The English word hell doesn't appear anywhere in the original biblical narrative and Jesus never used the term. He used the Hebrew word Gehenna (Valley of Hinnom), which was mistranslated as Hell in the King James version. Is a Hell-less Christianity possible? Can you be Christ-conscious beyond the obscenity of a customized torture chamber from which escape is an infinite impossibility? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CROSSING THE THRESHOLD' - A sermon by Joseph Boyd

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Joseph Boyd, Intern Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Sometimes we struggle to make sense of what is worth fighting for, even worth giving our life for, and what is worth surrendering. This memorial weekend we will explore patriotism as an everyday practice, practicing our American values of freedom, opportunity, and justice in small but impactful acts of kindness. In light of Officer Shelby's verdict, and the anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre on May 31, we see that Tulsa is at a threshold. How do we cross the threshold of our lives while respecting the power of the past? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CAN MERCY ENDURE FOREVER?' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION The opposite of cruelty is mercy. Otherwise, there’d be no such thing as cruelty. Cruelty is defined as callous indifference to or pleasure in causing pain and suffering. The most poignant example of that is the concept of eternal damnation. Mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. It seems strange that both cruelty and mercy are attributes associated with the God of the Abrahamic faiths, the one considered by billions to be the “Holy” God of the Judeo/Christian bible and belief. Doesn’t one cancel out the other? That same bible says that Mercy prevails by enduring forever. (Psalm 23) It pre-supposes all other ultimate possibilities and presents a kinder, gentler image of the Divine, absent of cruelty that if fully accepted would give life an entirely different moral completion and make world peace a contagion and more likely reality! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons, Guest Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION As we celebrate high school graduations among the teens of this community, some reflections on how we all might think about our preparation for the adventures ahead of us. As author Bill Bryson discovered while hiking the Appalachian Trail, there are necessities, there are luxuries, and there are burdens best disposed of - often not what we expect. What can we learn about providing for our spiritual needs along the way? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION At some time every one of us would like to be given another chance and would prefer not to have to pay the full consequences of our actions or inactions. We've done something wrong. We wish we had not done it or at least we wish we had not been caught. True justice would see us punished, but with some mercy we might go free. A world without justice would be uninhabitable. A world without mercy would be inhumane. In May we begin with a new monthly theme of mercy. Our Universalist forbearers had a great capacity for mercy. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'PROPHETIC WOMEN' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION As we at All Souls consider what we can do to protect and advance the rights and freedoms of women in the 21st century, it’s time to remember the 21 women who fought hard to forge a way forward for themselves and liberal religion in the American heartland between 1870 and 1925. Come and be inspired by their courage and enlightened by their vision. For the fight continues, and it is our turn today. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'RISING FROM DEADNESS' - A sermon by Joseph Boyd

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Joseph Boyd, Intern Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION In our Lent Meditation for All Souls on the Beyond Belief blog, we had a chance to reflect on mortality and the miracle of life present in every moment. This Sunday we will explore how we can hold both our mortal, fragile humanity and the awesomeness of being alive - holding them together. By being more conscious of both, we can live and love more deeply, more completely. We will explore the gospel reading of Lazarus being raised from the dead. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'JESUS AND SCIENCE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Many people would argue the title of my message should be “Jesus or Science?” We live in an era of great division between those who hold a scientific worldview and those who hold fundamentalist religious views. There are those who claim there is a war between science and religion. But Jesus said, “blessed are the peacemakers.” Blessed indeed are the people who seek other solutions to conflict besides war and division. This Sunday in the Contemporary service I will explore ways that religion and science can work in partnership to help us discover what is true and good. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IS REDEMPTION NECESSARY?' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION An orthodox understanding of redemption is the act of buying one's freedom or having it paid for by someone else. It is mostly about compensation, which is to make up for something unwelcome or unpleasant by exerting an opposite effect. It usually involves some sense of guilt. Alan Cohn wrote, "A good definition of guilt is, "punishing yourself before God doesn't."' Anthony De Mello said, "When you are guilty, it is not your sins you hate but yourself." The only real redemption is the one that suggests you don't need it. Redemption transcends the illusion of lack, alienation, and isolation and recognizes that everything you need is contained in both who and what you are - that you exist and remain divine. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ALTERNATIVE FACTS IN RELIGION' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION The concept of "alternative facts" is rightfully being scorned and mocked in politics today. Yet religion has often been, and continues to be, a realm of alternative facts. What does it mean to have a religion or church that rejects alternative facts and that seeks the truth in love and also seeks the truth with reason, science, and an openness to many perspectives? What facts are there that we can count on as we look to build a theology for our times? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHO HAS RISEN' - A homily by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The Easter Sunday homily was delivered on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS HOMILY ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE TIES OF LOVE WHICH BIND US TOGETHER' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION On Sunday, on the eve of determining the next steps towards All Souls’ future, it was important for us to first join in worship. It was a time to remember how important this congregation is to each of us and to our community. After the abrupt resignation of Unitarian Universalist Association President, Peter Morales, it's more important than ever to focus on the future of Unitarian Universalism in the 21st century and our future in Tulsa. The potential is great, the stakes are high and the emotions are mixed. One thing that unites us, even in times of difference, is the call of our free faith. Let’s gather together to support each other. Let’s meet and connect with others who attend a different service. Let’s listen to each of our choirs sing. Let us strengthen the ties of love which bind us together, giving dignity, meaning, worth and joy to all our days. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'NAVIGATING OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Religious authority and Spiritual authority are often assumed to have the same meaning, but they differ. Religious authority is a human construct and has its place and purpose. Spiritual authority is the result of transcendence, elevated consciousness, and respect for levels of mystical growth and discernment. Some say we are not human beings looking for spiritual experiences but are Spirits having an Earthly encounter. Navigating the journey can be supported by religious guidance. We call this guidance ministry. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'PLANTING A TREE AT THE END OF THE WORLD' - A sermon by Joseph Boyd

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Joseph Boyd, Intern Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION A man asked Martin Luther, the Protestant reformer: “What would you do if you knew the end of the world would come tomorrow?” Luther replied: “I would plant a tree.” We’re all faced with the reality of endings. We can imagine the ending of our planet due to environmental devastation. Many are wondering if we are facing the end of our democratic experiment in America. Endings are personal too. We may be facing the end of a relationship, or the end of a loved one’s life, or even the end of our own. Luther’s paradoxical response of planting a tree may be able to open our understanding of what kind of attitude we need to cultivate in our reality of endings. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

WRESTLING WITH THE PAST: RACE RIOT AND RELIGION

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The reflections were delivered on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Rev. Gerald Davis, Bishop Carlton Pearson, and Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar. DESCRIPTION The current UUWorld magazine features an article about race in America and focuses on Tulsa’s history and the role of All Souls throughout the past 96 years. Join us on Sunday, March 12 as Rev. Barbara Prose officiates a conversation between Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Rev. Gerald Davis, and Bishop Carlton Pearson about facing our past and forging our future. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE IMMIGRANTS... WHERE WERE YOU?"

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DESCRIPTION Sanctuary: a church or other sacred place where people are entitled to immunity from arrest. Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Rev. Barbara Prose, and special guests Rev. Alvaro Nova Ochoa, Rabbi Marc Fitzerman, and Jordan Mazariegos share their responses to the current climate of hostility towards immigrants. Please join us in exploring our responsibility as citizens, as we stand in and claim the moral authority of our respective traditions. Our ministers and Rabbi Fitzerman also share about the “New Sanctuary” movement. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS PODCAST ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CHANGING LIVES IN GUATEMALA AND AT HOME' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Since the unexpected death of our daughter Sienna, we have learned that when a child precedes her parents in death, it reverses the usual dynamic of legacy. Instead of the parents’ legacy being in the child’s hands, the child’s legacy is in the parents’ hands. The Sienna Project is how we continue our daughter’s legacy. The Sienna Project is a non-profit which has now built eight schools in remote villages in Guatemala. Earlier this month, myself and sixteen All Souls members, were transformed by our experience building a new school in a small Mayan village. To see how Sienna’s short life will continually impact generations of children through education is a blessing beyond words. The Sienna Project is also changing our lives. Those who have participated in this year’s and past projects, have been transformed by the experience. It reminds me about the meaning and potential this life holds, even after death. We would like to share with you how the experience we had impacts the way we see our world and our place in it. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'OXYGEN OF THE SOUL' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” —Abraham Lincoln Freedom is our power, our right to act, to speak, and to think as we want without hindrance or restraint. Freedom is an inside reality. Freedom is consciousness. Moshe Dayan calls freedom the “oxygen of the soul.” Freedom isn’t a gift as much as a choice. It is a decision one must make in order to experience both its outward and inward manifestation. Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the freedom wherewith Christ (consciousness) has made you free and be not again entangle with a yoke of (religious) bondage...” “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LIFE, LIBERTY & LEGACY' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.” —Thomas Jefferson Jefferson was an American Revolutionary and someone who penned the Declaration of Independence. But, how did he square this sentiment with being a slave owner? The reality is, most of us are more complex than our reputations allow. A faithful patriot can be an unfaithful spouse. Someone with a successful career can fail as a parent. Everyone has weaknesses but must we judge others by their worst mistakes? Can we honor parts of someone when they lack integrity in other areas? How do we measure the value of a life? Perhaps we reflect on the words from Jesus, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.” SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'MEETING THE STRANGER' - A sermon by Joseph Boyd

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Joseph Boyd, Intern Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION When we think of strangers, we often think of people who think and live differently than we do. This Sunday, we will explore the question: “Who is the stranger within us?” Mystics have emphasized the importance of beginner’s mind, of not taking ourselves and our world for granted. We will explore how to cultivate a state of mind that allows us to see ourselves with fresh eyes and how we can meet ourselves and others with an open heart. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'HIDDEN FIGURES' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION Award winning film, Hidden Figures, highlights parts of the U.S. space program which have been long ignored. When parts of history are uncovered, they can change our understanding of ourselves and our understanding of our nation’s history. History is always in the making. What parts of our own histories do we need to uncover? Let’s shine a light into the dark corners of our own history so we can take our place as the writers, actors, and directors in the next act of our local and national story. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FAKE COMPLEXITY' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald L. Davis

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Distraught over recent events that suggest a change in your life? Grappling with an onslaught of news that seems to be contradictory? Seeking clarity that only church can provide? Well, I’ve got good news for you! Step right up and take a seat.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CREATE WITH INTENTION, PART II' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION "I'm not into organized religion. I'm into believing in a higher source of creation, realizing we're all just part of nature." -Neil Young  Join me in the Contemporary service to discover the benefits of creating with intention. We will create out of habit and necessity. Let's explore what happens when we apply focus and intention to our creative efforts. After all, creation is part of our spiritual biology and mental ingenuity. Let's make the most of it.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CREATION IN ACTION' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION This month we are exploring creation as our theme. We are not just beings who are created, but we are also creators ourselves. Life can be thought of as a process of evolution, of creation and re-creation. Our ability to create something new is a defining quality of our humanness. It is what makes us different from other creatures. From certain theological perspectives, our ability to be creative makes us like God. From a purely scientific view, it makes us intelligent agents of evolution. This Sunday we explored some improvisational creating in worship that allowed us to witness this unique and potentially holy human attribute in action. Enjoy the musical improvisations of Tavis Minner and Tommy Poole. Dancer and artist Alicia Mosier Chesser joined Rev. Lavanhar for an improvisational performance, and Mia Wright expressed her poetic interpretations. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'MLK MATTERS' - A sermon by Rev. Prose and Rev. Dr. Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry, and Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Can you imagine what Martin Luther King Jr. would be saying in this era of Obama, Black Lives Matter, and Trump? We have some clues when we look at his writings and speeches. As we explore the theme of Creation, I want us to think creatively about how people like King and Jesus, who focused so much of their ministries and lives on inclusion, equality, and freedom, would have us respond in these times. It matters! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CREATE WITH INTENTION' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Creation and Divinity are inseparable. Creation is the testosterone of consciousness. We all have it and we all do it- create that is. It is part of our spiritual biology and mental ingenuity. We are created, creative, and creating beings. It is human nature to create, recreate, procreate, and co-create on every conceivable level. We create habitually. Learning to do so intentionally is our power of choice.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'EVOLUTION AND CREATION' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION As science continues to discover a universal story of how life came to exist, that story has the potential to become the unifying human story of creation. Such a unifying story could help humanity transcend our religious conflicts and recognize our interconnectedness. Creation myths of the many religions and cultures of the world would continue to provide values and cultural identity without having to compete regarding which story is the one true story.  In such a world, science and religion would each have their respective roles and would not be seen as adversaries. At All Souls, we bring the world good news by fashioning a religion that is both scientifically wise and mythologically literate.  A world which combines science and mythology creatively would be a world of hope and unity. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'VIGILANCE' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald L. Davis

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 1, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION As we enter into another year of anticipated struggle amidst surprising joy, it is imperative that we consider a human condition demands certain undeniable responses. Come join me on Sunday as we gird our loins and put on our armor to attain the best we can be. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'OUT OF DARKNESS COMES LIGHT' - A homily by Joseph Boyd

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, December 25, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Joseph Boyd, Intern Minister. HOMILY DESCRIPTION The first words spoken by God in the Hebrew scriptures are: “Let there be light.” What meaning can we make from these simple words? This time of year, combined with the first words spoken by God, teach us an important lesson; out of darkness comes light. Join me on Christmas day as we discover this light together, helping us engage the times we are living in with conviction and creative energy. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS HOMILY ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE MISSED STORY OF ONE GOD' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  It is not good for man to be alone, the only one, or the only one without special accompaniment. If we are made in the image and likeness of God, should we also be one? Or, is the entire idea of oneness just a fantasy? Do we anticipate oneness as a possibility more than a probability? Is there a difference between our God and your God? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SYRIAN SOLSTICE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Solstice represents the darkest time of the year and comes with the promise of hope being born out of that darkness. Today, people all over the world are witnessing atrocities and war crimes of unbelievable proportions in Syria through photos, tweets of despair, and live-feeds on social media. As millions of people - including thousands of children - face starvation, barrel bombs and torture at the hands of their fellow human beings, are there any signs of hope's promise in such a dark time? Where is God in this mass devastation? How and why are Syrian Christians creating makeshift crèches? How have Syrian Muslims maintained their holidays and hope despite the inhumanity and destruction? Let's not just talk about the theory of light's birth in dark times, let's stare into the heart of darkness today and see if we can find any light. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BRIDGING HUMANITY TO DIVINITY, THE RECONNECT!' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION In the farthest reaches, regions, and rhythms of consciousness there is a reality and intelligence people like to call God. If, in fact, God is infinite (without end), then how can we who are finite (with limitations and a perceived end), define an Infinite Reality? God is not a name or a pronoun. God is not an it, a he, a she, or a they. God is a belief or ideology that varies according to culture, geography, tradition, and history. Bridging our humanity to divinity is the art and science of the human soul and sojourn. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'GOD HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The message was delivered on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION Our national social justice campaign declares, “We Are Standing on the Side of Love.”  But how is it done?  How do we counter hatred and stay calm?  How do we fight racism and remain friends?  How do we meet our enemy and engage peacefully? Our times demand that we engage with these questions. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS MESSAGE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 73256 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE COURAGE TO BE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Sometimes it takes a lot of courage to go on living our lives. Other times it takes courage to change course. Where does this courage come from? How do we rise above the everyday circumstances we find ourselves in and act in the face of fear, danger, or despair? Some people draw on a higher power and others on a higher purpose. These are complicated and troubling times. Where does your “courage to be” originate? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'COVENANTAL DISAGREEMENT' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION My favorite scriptural covenant is recorded as something Jesus said in the Gospel of Luke 10:27, ”Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”; and “Love your neighbor as yourself” which suggests both vertical and horizontal covenant. Our history with indigenous people on this continent is the story of repeatedly broken covenants. How does our covenant with God impact and influence our agreements with each other? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LOVE BEYOND BELIEF AT STANDING ROCK' - A homily by Joseph Boyd

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Joseph Boyd, Intern Minister. HOMILY DESCRIPTION Joseph Boyd, intern minister, along with his wife Jennifer Ruth Boyd, and members, Elizabeth Arnett & Deborah Fritts camped at Oceti Sakowin when they answered the Call to Clergy to pray and support Standing Rock earlier this month. Joseph and members will share their experience of prayer, hope, and resilience and ask All Souls to come and worship with us in solidarity for Standing Rock. *Read more about their journey in the cover story article, Mni Wiconi: Dispatch from Standing Rock, November B issue of The Tulsa Voice: www.goo.gl/gZhOcq Also, read their blog entries on beyondbelief.online. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS PRESENTATION ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THANKSGIVING 2016: CARE-FRONTATION' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 20, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION A few times a year, all three distinct Sunday services join together in a single unforgettable celebration. All Souls held one service for all at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate Thanksgiving. This special service included music from five choirs, three children’s choirs, the Adult Choir, and New Dimensions Chorale. Our theme this year is Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ONE HUMAN FAMILY' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION What now? With 50% of the people celebrating and eager, and another 50% of the people grieving or protesting, how do we find our own center? Jesus called his disciples and followers to create family with people who were drastically different than themselves. We who feel his call and the legacy of that call to expand the covenant of our country and constitution to include ALL people, know we must face the future and each other with love and trust, instead of fear and suspicion. This is our practice, this is an arduous path of the heart - to love beyond belief. We need each other to survive. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHO'S YOUR NEIGHBOR AND WHAT DOES LOVE REQUIRE OF US?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION When my plane touched down in the United States on Wednesday night, it was a different country from the one I left. I was in Frankfurt, Germany for the European Unitarian Universalist conference as the keynote speaker. After a presidential election like we have had, relationships are often frayed and strained and sometimes broken. How we respond when it's over makes a huge impact. One of the strengths of our democracy has been our ability to maintain our divergent positions while also coming back together as one nation after a hard fought campaign. After this election season, trust in our system of government has been broken for many reasons for many people. In Germany, they have been dividing over the issue of taking in over one million Syrian refugees. My talk was titled, Who's Your Neighbor and What Does Love Require of Us? It was a tremendous experience and lead to fascinating conversations. This same topic can be applied to our current situation in the United States.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE MYSTERY OF COVENANTAL DISAGREEMENT' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 6, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Covenant is about agreement and agreement inevitably involves negotiation and even concession. You can actually agree to disagree and still be in covenant, or enjoy commitment and comradery. We don't have to go along to get along. We can mind many of the same things without necessarily having the same mind about everything. And such is the life and light of covenant community or covenant living! My favorite scriptural covenant is recorded as something Jesus said in the gospel of Luke 10:27  "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind;" and "Love your neighbor as yourself" which suggests both vertical and horizontal covenant.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'I DREAM A WORLD' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 6, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION A ticket to a baseball game costs $17 and a hot dog costs $2, but the experience of the game, is priceless.  This election season has had many costs, including a loss of faith in the political process, doubt about the strength of our union, and heightened anxiety that we will no longer be a great nation. No matter who wins or what happens when the outcome is decided, what are you willing to pay to protect our democracy?  And what will it cost to stay committed to our covenant as citizens of this country?      SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IMAGINE WHAT LOVE CAN DO' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald L. Davis

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald L. Davis, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Because I have always had low vision, being able to see became part of my identity. Thick glasses suggested a bookish countenance which meant I was expected to know something. It was only in my course of development did I realize knowing something is not vision. Vision has to have imagination. Join me on Sunday when we imagine what love can do.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'DEFYING GRAVITY' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION In the Broadway musical Wicked, we find a new twist on the old classic, The Wizard of Oz.  It turns out the “good” witch is not so good after all and the “wicked” witch, well, she ain’t so bad.  In this delightful tale the complexities of what causes one person to be deemed “good” and another to be seen as “evil” is brought to life in an unforgettable way. This Sunday to conclude our October exploration on the theme of Good and Evil we have some extraordinary singers who will bring to us songs from the musical to help touch our hearts and stir our conscience. In my message I will be lifting up some timeless truths from the musical.  SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE RIGID DICHOTOMY OF DUAL CONSCIOUSNESS, PART II' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Adam and Eve were free to eat from any tree in the Garden … except from the tree which separated good from evil, the forbidden tree. Do we ignore or embrace that duality today? And how do we do it? What might be the consequences of doing either? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE FIRST SUMMIT ON RACE' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 16, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION At the first summit on religion and race, Moses and Pharaoh were the two main participants. Moses said, “Let My people go.” Pharaoh replied: “I do not know the Lord, and moreover I will not let Israel go.” Our world and work today is a continuation of that first summit meeting. Pharaoh is not ready to capitulate. The exodus began, but is far from having been completed. In fact, it was easier for the children of Israel to cross the Red Sea than for a black man to navigate the first 25 years of his life in this country without getting killed. As we continue to agitate, advocate and act for racial justice, let us not forget that the spirit of religion is to unite, and the spirit of racism is to divide. Before he died Moses said, “I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life.” Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote, “Race prejudice, a universal human ailment, is the most recalcitrant aspect of the evil in man….(it is) a treacherous denial of the existence of God.” So it is we who must choose between good and evil, religion and race, life and death, blessing and curse. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'HAVE YOU SEEN A GHOST?' - A sermon by Joseph Boyd

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 16, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Joseph Boyd, Intern Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION This is a season of ghost stories. Have you ever seen a ghost? Maybe you have, and never knew it. Come this Sunday, and find out. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE RIGID DICHOTOMY OF DUAL CONSCIOUSNESS' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION According to the old testament biblical narrative Genesis 2:16-17, Adam and Eve were free to eat from or live off any tree (or truth) in the Garden, except the one that separates or distinguishing good from evil. That is called the forbidden tree or truth. How do we ignore or embrace that duality today? And what might be the consequences of doing either? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'KEEPING HOPE ALIVE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION There are moments in life when we can feel as if we are part of history. Events like seeing the first African American President’s inauguration or witnessing the World Trade Towers disintegrate into ashes are the kinds of potent moments when the course of life events feel changed forever. It sometimes feels like we are making progress and then there is a reactive movement that tries to pull progress back. Rev. William Barber III says we are in the 3rd Reconstruction and we can expect a backlash. How can we keep hope in progress alive? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT ARE WHITE PEOPLE TO DO?' - A Forum on Racism and Being Part of the Solution

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The Community Forum was held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. DESCRIPTION The forum was to educate people about racism, inspire people to take action, and encourage them to engage in the second civil rights movement that is taking place, right now, in our city, and in our nation. We invite white people, and our friends of color, to listen to African American and white leaders in our community who are actively doing the work to break down systemic racism. The focus of this program is the role of white people in the work of combating racism. PANELISTS: Kristen Oertel, Ph.D. teaches the Civil War and Reconstruction, African-American history, the history race and gender in America, and the history of sexuality at the University of Tulsa. She writes about how race and gender influenced social and cultural relations in the 19th century, especially during the Civil War era. Oertel's most recent book, Harriet Tubman: Slavery, the Civil War, and Civil Rights in the 19th Century, chronicles the life of this iconic leader of the Underground Railroad. Marq Lewis is the founder of We the People Oklahoma, a grassroots organization focused on transparency and accountability from public officials and law enforcement. We the People Oklahoma works on behalf of the citizens of Oklahoma, giving a voice for positive change. Lewis is a social activist on the local and national stage. He was recently honored with a United Nations Association Humanitarian award, and named 2015 Tulsan of the Year, as well as one of the four Oklahomans of the year. Rev. Dr. Rodney Goss is the Senior Pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church. Rev. Goss currently serves as the Vice-chairman for the Hattiesburg, MS chapter of the NAACP's Religious Affairs Committee. Rev. Goss earned his Doctorate and Master of Theology degrees from Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, GA, graduating Magna Cum Laude in both degrees. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education from Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, MS. Rev. Barbara Prose came to All Souls in 2011 and has served as the Executive Director of Ministry since 2014. Rev. Prose has more than twenty years of social justice experience, which includes immigration rights, reproductive justice, and racial justice. She was honored to receive the Unitarian Universalists Association’s Social Justice Sermon award for her work in immigration in 2013. Rev. Prose serves on the board for the Tulsa YWCA, whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. Chad Johnson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Human Relations and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma, Schusterman Center. In 2011, he directed a Tulsa-wide survey on race relations and the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot for the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. In 2014, he published the 3-volume Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology. He actively engages in advocacy and facilitates training in racial justice, human rights, and LGBTQ issues. Justice Waidner-Smith is a Diversity and Inclusion professional, racial justice advocate, and All Souls board member. Justice came to All Souls more than 25 years ago and has served as a facilitator for Rewire, a racial identity group for white people to unlearn racism. She currently serves on the All Souls Intercultural Advisory Board and Personnel Committee and as the President of the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation. Rev. Chris Moore is the Senior Minister at Fellowship Congregational United Church of Christ. Chris received his BA in English from the University of Oregon and an Masters of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary. He serves on the boards of JustHope, a Tulsa-based nonprofit working to create sustainable partnerships in Nicaragua, and ACTION (Allied Communities of Tulsa Inspiring Our Neighborhoods), a community organizing institution. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS COMMUNITY FORUM ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'RISE UP!' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION When we confront deep challenges and crises we also are presented with great opportunities.  In Christian language, such times are called, “Kairos” time.  The idea is that God is fully present to us in these times.  In Kairos times, what is considered usual is disrupted and there is the possibility for a new future.  It is a time that is pregnant with the potential for a new relationship with one’s history and one’s sense of self and others. It is considered also to be God’s call into a new relationship between us and God.  Tulsa is in Kairos time after the tragic killing of Terence Crutcher.  His father, Rev. Joey Crutcher, in forgiving the police officer for killing his son, while also continuing to pursue justice, is showing us a way forward that is deeply rooted in his Christian faith.  Can Tulsa “Rise Up” in this Kairos moment?  What can we learn from it? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'A HOUSE DIVIDED' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION There is no better way to conquer an enemy than to divide them—thus the expression, “divide and conquer.” For hundreds of years, religion has used the threat of being divided in the afterlife—go to heaven or go to hell—as a way of dividing and disempowering people. Temptation to defend ourselves, when we talk about issues of oppression, divides families and friendships. This defensiveness and division is a threat to our families, our future, and our freedom. Let’s talk about the connections between oppressions so we can, as Rev. Dr. Barber says, build a “fusion coalition of people committed to reconstructing America itself.” The most important word in our constitution and in our work for justice, is “we.” SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Vision is the ability to think about and plan the future with imagination and creative wisdom. Visions and images of the future are like magnets. They literally pull you towards them. There is a metaphysical aspect to vision which suggests the imagination precedes action. In other words, before you attempt to make something right, you must first see it right. What you see is what you ultimately will get! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'HOPE, RAGE, & RESILIENCE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION The laws changed with the Civil Rights movement, but laws alone do not change attitudes, social structures, and economic conditions that have existed for centuries... After centuries of cultural, institutional, economic, and social racism, a culture and a society does not just change a law or do any one thing, and all of a sudden, everyone's actions and attitudes change. Racial bias is baked into the foundations of this culture from the very beginning. It's ingrained in our collective psyche. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'VISION OF IMPERFECTION' - A reflection by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The reflection was delivered on Sunday, September 18, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the Humanist Service by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. REFLECTION DESCRIPTION When we cling to an idealized image of love, our marriages fail. When we stay attached to our parents’ projection of who we are supposed to be, we pass up on opportunities to fulfill our own unique destiny. When we dream about the congress and the country we wish existed, we can become cynical or disengaged. How would your life change if you stopped dreaming? If you let go of your habit of wishful thinking and embraced your life just as it is? This Sunday we will explore how our visions and dreams prevent us from living and loving ourselves and each other right now. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST:   GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SAVING MALCHUS' - A sermon by Dr. Willie J. Parker

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 18, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Dr. Willie J. Parker, Guest Speaker. SERMON DESCRIPTION Malchus, the servant of the Jewish high priest whose ear Peter cut off with the sword when Jesus was taken at the Garden of Gethsemane, was healed at the same time that Jesus forbade his followers to engage in assault for his protection. On the big issues of the day militancy is escalating on both sides of truth. In his last public miracle, Jesus heals the injured ear, a critical portal for truth and dialogue, and more importantly, he commands his follower to put away weapons of offense. I will explore how in the quest for truth, each of us are both Malchus and Peter, making it in all of our best interest to heed Jesus’ command to put away the sword. *Dr. Willie J. Parker is a reproductive justice advocate and abortion care provider. His work includes a focus on violence against women, sexual assault prevention, and reproductive health rights through advocacy, provision of contraceptive and abortion services, and men’s reproductive health. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'9/11 LESSONS & LANGUISHES IN TRUST' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION For many people there were two different responses to the tragedy of 9/11. Both had to do with trust. One was “Can we ever trust our nation to protect us from a reoccurrence of 9/11?” The other, “Do we need protection from a government who allowed or who aligned itself to this tragedy?” What dominates your consciousness, fear or faith? Tricks or trust? You decide! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LOVING OUT LOUD' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION We say that “Love is the spirit of our church” and we aim to “love beyond belief.” It’s important to consider how we make our love visible, how we make our love audible, and how it is felt. This year, at All Souls, we will choose love over fear as we will learn to “Love Out Loud.” Next Sunday we will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 911 attacks on our nation in 2001. Our adult choirs will join together for special performances where our love will be heard in harmony and I will share my vision of how we will “Love Out Loud” together. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SHEEP GO TO HEAVEN, GOATS GO TO HELL' - A sermon by Steven Williams

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 4, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Steven Williams, Student Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION There’s a passage in Matthew 5 that starts, “When the Son of Man comes... All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” Instead of taking a literal approach to this statement, I think it represents what kind of behavior God wants from people, and what the world would look like in the best case scenario, where we act in our common interest — or the worst case scenario, where we act in our self-interest. When we act like goats, which are hierarchical, everyone-for-oneself creatures, then the world suffers. But, when we act in the interest of all humanity, we allow for eternal life. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ACTS OF PUBLIC LOVE' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 4, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION Will you choose love or fear? At a recent Justice Council meeting, representatives from each of our justice teams checked in. As members immersed in protecting Tulsa’s natural resources and meeting the needs of Tulsa’s children and teachers, new voters, inmates, and immigrants described their projects, I realized that during this election season, we can choose the path of public love, over that of public hate and fear. So, on this Labor Day Sunday, I hope you will join me and learn about the labor of these All Souls leaders. They’ll be here too, to meet and talk with you! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE RHYTHM OF YOUR HEART' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION The Hebrew word for heart is lev, means the authority within. How do you care for and tune into your heart? How do you get back in sync with the foundational rhythm of your being when the world throws you off course? The path and pattern of the heart is map and guide to the wisdom within. Join me on this heartfelt journey. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'40 YEARS OF SINGING: REMARKS' - A homily by Rev. Dr. John B. Wolf

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. John B. Wolf, Minister Emeritus. HOMILY DESCRIPTION We celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our Children and Youth Choirs and the 95 year heritage of All Souls Unitarian Church.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS HOMILY ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'40 YEARS OF SINGING' - A homily by Rev. Kent Doss

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Kent Doss, Choir Alumnus, Tapestry UU Church. HOMILY DESCRIPTION We celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our Children and Youth Choirs and the 95 year heritage of All Souls Unitarian Church.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS HOMILY ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE CALL OF OUR TIMES' - A homily by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. HOMILY DESCRIPTION We celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our Children and Youth Choirs and the 95 year heritage of All Souls Unitarian Church. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS HOMILY ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CONFLICT: THE ART OF PROGRESS' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Do you have opinions or do your opinions have you? Have you ever asked yourself which one is in control -- you or your opinions? Do some of your opinions causes you to react or respond most energetically or emotionally, and for some, even violently? Can you answer why a particular opinion is worth what it costs you to have it? What happens if a particular opinion you hold changes? Join me to explore the impact of personal opinion. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'HEARTS OUT OF ORDER' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 14, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION Have you ever felt like your heart is out of order? Are your priorities are confused? Is your time at All Souls not satisfying your need for an intimate and profound connection with yourself or the Sacred? Today's challenges are not identical to the challenges the first Christian or Buddhist monks faced more than a thousand years ago. But, ancient Eastern and Western monasteries were counter cultural communities which resisted the religious and secular demands of their day. Modern monastics claim to live in monasteries without walls. What might the monk as a universal archetype have to teach us, iconoclasts of today, about the reordering of our own hearts? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WE WON'T BE SILENT ANYMORE' - A sermon by Minister Carmen White Janak

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 7, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Minister Carmen White Janak, Guest Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Rev. Dr. Martin King once said, "The ultimate measure of a [wo]man is not where [s]he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where [s]he stands at times of challenge and controversy." In a time when black bodies line the streets like they once hung from trees, we must all use our voices and our feet to act against racial injustice and racialized oppression. This commitment to speak out is not situational or temporary. We must all fight for justice until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." Let us honor this sacred moment in history by proclaiming we can't and we won't be silent anymore! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'TAKING FLIGHT' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 7, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION This summer, I took to learning the flying trapeze. This experience and the art of flying trapeze is a great metaphor for life and spiritual growth. One has to know when and how to hold on and when to let go. A person has to have faith, or at least trust, in themselves to let go and in the catcher to grab hold. Our Summer of Living Dangerously series continues with Commitment being the theme for August. Commit to joining us. I'll be talking about taking flight, when to hold on, and when to let go. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 31, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION We, as humans, think we can predict the outcomes of our actions and decisions, yet life is governed by unintended consequences. At one time, the British government attempted to reduce the problem of venomous Cobra snakes in India by creating a reward for dead snakes. Initially, it worked to reduce the threat, but eventually many people began to breed Cobra’s in order to profit from the reward. The government then stopped offering rewards which lead to breeders setting worthless snakes free - increasing the menace significantly.   In the 70’s and 80’s, the CIA funded Afghan Mujahideen rebels to defeat the Soviets. This inadvertently lead to the rise of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. During the 20’s, prohibition in America increased organized crime and corruption.   Personal and policy decisions tend to created unintended consequences. How can we prepare for unintended consequences in our individual and communal lives? Also, as our city and nation discuss ways to move forward politically and practically, let us pay attention to the humbling role of unforeseen outcomes and the conflict of interests which can cause them. Special thanks to All Souls member Scott Asbiornson, one of our recent “auction sermon” winners, for suggesting this intriguing topic.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CONFLICT AND DISCIPLINE OF GRACEFUL LIVING' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 24, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Avoiding conflict is virtually impossible. Working and walking through it responsibly is the discipline of graceful living. Making a conscious decision to co-exist and cohabitate peacefully while recognizing, respecting, tolerating, and celebrating our honest and legitimate differences, is a social discipline. This is achieved through developing higher levels of consciousness and reverence for the elegance, eloquence and excellence of our human and divine proclivities and intrinsic virtues. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BLACK AND BLUE - PART TWO: ACTS OF NON-VIOLENCE' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 24, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION “Whether it’s the violence and terror by those who misuse the badge or the violence and terror against those who wear the badge and are doing their sworn duty, it is wrong. Violence will only beget more violence,” said the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber. The way of non-violence is a deep and demanding spiritual commitment that we can all adopt as our own. It is active, never passive. Now is the time to read and study the words of Thoreau, Gandhi, and King as we recommit to the practice of satyagraha, or soul force. We really do need each other to survive. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CONFLICT: THE ART OF PROGRESS' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 17, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Conflict is a form of friction. In psychology, conflict is defined as a condition in which a person experiences a clash of opposing wishes or needs. To feel incompatible or at variance; to clash. Friction, on a personal and human level, is conflict or animosity caused by a clash of wills, temperaments, or opinions. Newton’s third law suggests that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Walking and working through this reality must be deliberate and intentional rather than combative. The key is finding the emotional lubricant that makes conflict bearable and even productive. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BLACK AND BLUE - PART ONE: ACTS OF VIOLENCE' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 17, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION This has been one of the toughest weeks of my life. The tragic killing of two men at the hands of police and then the tragic killing of five police officers, all in one week, in one nation, is too much. “The sounds of bullets, the pictures of death and violence, we’re seeing it too much. Rather than love and humanity, we’re seeing death and inhumanity. This is violence and death gone wild,” says the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber. I hope to see you in church this Sunday, so together we can explore the human roots of conflict and violence, as we reclaim our own humanity, share some tips on how to deal with conflict in our daily lives, and ready ourselves for the long walk toward a more just and peaceful world. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald Davis

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald Davis, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Author and professor Cornell West often reminds us that justice is just love in public. I believe love in public, unfortunately, requires struggle – from Seneca Falls to Selma and Stonewall. To reference President Obama, we have witnessed how struggle can lead to justice. Conflict, therefore, is not always a bad thing. Come ride with me on this freedom train onto the battlefield.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'AMERICAN JIHAD' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 3, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Jihad has become a scary word in the west among non-Muslims. It’s been used to refer to holy wars and insurgencies. Yet, the word ‘Jihad’ is one of the sacred pillars of ‪#‎Islam‬. We are told Islam is a religion of peace. It’s probably time more of us understand what this word and concept truly mean. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'20 SECONDS OF COURAGE' - A sermon by Louie Rojas

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Louie Rojas, Guest Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION What’s the worst thing you’ve done? What’s the best thing you’ve done? How did courage impact the choices you made? Summoning insane courage to do the right thing and make the right choice requires fortitude, which can be learned. I will share my “Jonah story” and talk about ways to be valiente and courageous. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT DOES LOVE LOOK LIKE?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Victor M. Parachin

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Victor M. Parachin, Guest Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION What the world needs now is love, sweet love, It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of – Burt Bacharach That song was first recorded in 1965 and gained popularity all over the world. Love is important. We think about it, talk about it, sing about it. But, what does “love” look like? What is the “love” that the world needs now? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'TWO AMERICAS' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The message was delivered on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION The mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday has given way to two visions of America. Many of us have heard what the pundits and politicians are saying.  We are seeing how the ties that bind a nation of people from all nations can be shredded. The question before people of goodwill is "What does love call us to do?" This question cannot be divorced from "What does common sense call us to do?" or "How do we deal with real threats to our safety and security?" Like a parent's love, the love that binds us, is also a love that fiercely protects us. In this culture of soundbites and slogans, it is time for thoughtful people to look with a deeper lens at the problems before us and to discern the love and loyalties that are most likely to save us.  I look forward to contributing to the dialogue and to "putting my thumb on the scale" on behalf of the only America that makes any moral, practical and meaningful sense to me.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'YOU, ME, AND MUHAMMAD ALI' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION New York Times journalist, Wesley Morris called him, “the most important political-cultural figure to survive the deadly tumult of the 1960s and flourish in the 1970s.” Muhammed Ali’s beliefs transfixed and polarized our country thirty years before the Black Lives Matter movement. Ali is the personification of courage. Words like radical, truth, fame and, risk describe the complicated and contradictory man who turned boxing into a referendum on the state of the country. Born Cassius Clay during the Jim Crow era in Louisville, Kentucky, he learned to box after his red Schwinn bicycle was stolen at the age of twelve. At 22, Ali won his first heavyweight title. Join us this Sunday as we explore what his life has to tell and teach us about courage today. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE GRACE OF DARING COURAGE' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION It seems that grace appears or is needed at the worst times in our lives. To amaze is defined as “causing great surprise or wonder”. That could be anything from a child being born to September 11th and the trade center towers crumbling to the ground. Is it the grace or the events that necessitate its appearance or presence in our lives that amazes us most? Perhaps it’s both; lost and found, blind now seeing. Being lost and blind is almost as amazing as being found and later seeing. Both tend to be other than ordinary. Guess it’s all relative. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE SUMMER OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION In the Wizard of Oz, the lion’s, the scarecrow’s, and the tin man’s natural or God-given gifts are the parts of their personality they can’t see themselves. Dorothy and her three friends must take a long journey to discover what was right in front of their eyes all the time. What if your innate gifts are invisible to you? What road must you walk to discover them and what friends will you need to help you live into them? I hope you’ll join me as we begin our Summer of Living Dangerously, including the themes of Courage (June), Conflict (July), and Commitment (August). The world can’t wait for us to discover our brains, our hearts and our courage. The time to start the journey is now as we celebrate our own high school graduations and all our members who are ready for the next level of exploration and expression in their own lives. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'UNFURL YOURSELF IN GRACE' - A homily by Rev. David Ruffin

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. David Ruffin, Assistant Minister. HOMILY DESCRIPTION “Unfurl yourself into the grace of new beginning. That is at one with your life’s desire… For your soul senses the world that awaits you.” —John O’Donohue What is possible when we truly, fully receive the gift of Grace? What power do we release in our lives? What does it look like to not just have faith that grace will be there when we most need it (i.e. when our normal control mechanisms fail us) but to surrender to it, opening ourselves to receive and follow the flow of grace, each and every day?! The promise of grace - the unearned, unconditional love and beauty, and “right here, right now,” goodness of life, is the promise of the possibility of freedom from fear. Not freedom from vulnerability or heartbreak. But true freedom from ultimate fear. Can you let this promise give birth to you anew? What are you free to be and do with this one wild beautiful life of yours? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS HOMILY ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'MAKING MORE SPACE FOR GRACE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION If grace is a gift freely given to all people including the righteous and the wicked, how are you doing in relationship to grace? Are you “making space for grace” as Rev. Barbara Prose asked last Sunday? Is there room in your daily life and in your heart for love and spirit to enter in new and surprising ways? It is Pentecost Sunday and opening oneself as a vessels of the spirit is how the first church service began. It was an eclectic and diverse group of people who gathered on Pentecost and found their lives transformed. How are we like them and what is required for us to open ourselves as recipients and as conduits of God’s love? What would it mean if we did? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WILL & GRACE' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION We know perception and reality don’t always match up. But what can we do about it? We assume that the external world maps our internal experience. This is a cup. I pour water into it and have a drink. But psychologists and neuroscientists are discovering that even perception is not fixed but flexible, and that we are incapable of being fully objective, even in our most mundane observations. Knowing this, let’s talk about the tools that can help us navigate the stormy waters of our personal relationships and today’s political landscape, so we can make more space for grace in our daily lives. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHY GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO BAD PEOPLE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at All SoulsUnitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar,Senior Minister.SERMON DESCRIPTIONIs there a goodness of life that is bestowed on us regardless ofwhether or not we deserve it? In traditional theological languagethis would be called “grace.” It is said that there is a goodnessthat is granted to us solely to the degree that we have thecapacity to receive it. If that is true, then a realistic goalwould be to remove the barriers and obstacles that get in the wayof our receiving such free gifts. Through the course of life weaccumulate various barriers to life’s goodness. Yet, if people canexperience the goodness of life without earning it, why wouldn’tthat encourage people to be selfish or bad? Good things happen tobad people and since we all are bad sometimes, this is good news!Sunday, as we launch our new theme of “Gifts and Grace” I willspeak in the Traditional Service and The Point about the idea ofunmerited gifts, that like the sun, are received by the therighteous and the unrighteous alike.SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST:WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE:SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL:GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF:or text LOVEBB to 41444LET'S CONNECT:Facebook:Twitter:All Souls Church Website:

'THE ART, DISCIPLINE, AND SCIENCE OF LETTING GO' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION It is an American cultural condition to “hold on.” It’s part of our common consciousness and motivates us from birth. We naturally hold on to our mother’s breast for nourishment and life. “Holding on for dear life” is a term of both desperation and strength. Letting go on the other hand is in sometimes considered a weakness and even for some, a sin. But there comes a time when letting go can actually save your life. Letting go is often a more rewarding discipline than hanging on. In this day of ongoing change and evolution, we must all learn the art, discipline and science of letting go. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'YOU'LL NEVER KNOW... UNLESS YOU LET GO ' - A sermon by Rev. David Ruffin

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. David Ruffin, Assistant Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Even though letting go is at the heart of being alive, we often resist it with all the strength we have. But clinched fists receive little… Striving to hold on to what we cannot grasp, we keep ourselves from the greatest gifts life has to offer. In a contemporary culture that emphasizes accruing our way toward happiness, could you risk letting go of your white-knuckled grip on what you think you need to be okay? If you can, you may find you’re finally able to fully receive what you’re already being given, and for that matter, finally able to fully give what you’re capable of giving to others. But you’ll never really know unless you really let go. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/all-souls-unitarian-church/id193096943 WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/UnTtxHlOM2o SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=allsoulsunitarian GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: http://www.allsoulschurch.org/GIVE or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allsoulstulsa Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllSoulsTulsa All Souls Church Website: http://www.allsoulschurch.org

'FREEDOM IS NOT FOR COWARDS' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION The opposite of letting go is holding on. Both have their place and purpose in consciousness and character. Knowing when and how to do either is a spiritual discipline of life, love, and liberty. Freedom is not for cowards. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LETTING GO OF THE THINGS THAT HURT US ' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Sometimes it seems like the things we are drawn to or that we like best are not always the things that are good for us. Why do people have such a hard time letting go, even when we are letting go of something or someone that we know is hurting us? How can we learn to let go? When we do let go? And how can we maintain our freedom? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'Easter Sunday Message' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The message was delivered on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS MESSAGE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE CONCEPT OF SALVATION' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION As most people, particularly Christians, perceive it, the concept of salvation is actually built more around fear than faith. Religious faith is more in religious fears, or fear based theologies, particularly fear of God or the gods than it is in benevolence. Do we need Jesus to protect us from God? Jesus didn’t come to protect us from God, but to reconnect us to God in consciousness. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'HOW I WAS SAVED BY PUNK ROCK' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION When I took on the task of describing “Are Humanists Saved” for The Point on March 6, I reinterpreted an experience I had about five years ago at a punk rock concert. The conclusions I took from the story five years later were new and in some ways surprising. Come find out how I was “saved” at a punk rock concert and what it means for you and our community. It’s probably not what you think. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'PRE-ORDAINED SALVATION' - A sermon by Rev. David Ruffin

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. David Ruffin, Assistant Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Our tradition long ago rejected the idea that God, being all knowing and all powerful, had pre-destined some to be saved (the elect) and pre-destined others… not to be. “Where does human agency come into that equation?!” said early Unitarians. And yet, nowadays, here at All Souls, we tell EVERYBODY that they’re included in God’s love. Or, in other words, we tell everyone that they’re already saved! But then… what role does our human agency play in that?! Instead of engaging with the age old debate - are we saved by faith alone or by works alone, let’s make it personal. What is saving YOU, right now? And what role do you play in being saved, and even saving others? See you in church! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SIN IS OUR ONLY HOPE' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION We are a people who believe in original blessing, not original sin. So theoretically, there’s nothing for us to be saved from. Certainly we don’t need to be saved from death itself. But what if what we really need, is to be saved from our selves? Then our sins – our experiences of turning away from the light and allowing ourselves to be pulled into the darkness – are the signs and signals we need, to help us turn our lives back around. “Sin is our only hope,” writes Barbara Brown Taylor, “because the recognition that something is wrong is the first step toward setting it right again.” SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'YOU'RE GOOD...BUT YOU'RE TYPICAL' - A homily by Rev. Erik Resly

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during David Ruffin's Ordination, by Rev. Erik Resly, Guest Minister.   SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS HOMILY ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SALVATION' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Salvation is a daily occurrence, challenge and discipline of life and living. To save or salvage is to rescue something from loss, damage or death, be that a life, a person, a marriage, ministry or business. We spend our lives retrieving or preserving (something) from potential loss or adverse circumstances. Doing so is an art, a science, a sequence and a sacred trust of all benevolent and responsible souls. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'COURAGE IN THIS HOUR' - A sermon by Bishop John Selders

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop John Selders, Guest Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION An inspirational exploration of the principle and concept of courage and its relevance for living in this day and time. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'OUT OF ONE ESSENCE MANY' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Unity and Diversity is the anthemic motto of the United States, but has never been fully expressed or experienced, except perhaps in times of national catastrophe. To accomplish this concept of the Beloved community, we must understand that we don’t have to go along to get along, that we can mind many of the same things without necessarily having the same mind about everything. E pluribus Unum means out of many One. On a spiritual level, I say “Out of One Essence Many.” This is an important aspect of Universalism. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'PURPLE AMERICA?' - A sermon by David Ruffin

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by David Ruffin, Assistant Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION One of the grandest stories we tell in these United States is of our great unity amidst our diversity. E pluribus unum... “out of many one!” We are many… but how united are we really? And do we really honor and respect our differences? We long for union and connection, sensing some greater truth in oneness. But we also fear difference and long for security. Amidst these competing commitments, we often settle for a story of unity, even if down deeper we know it ain’t necessarily so. So let’s set aside our idealized visions of holding hands across America, and our idealized visions of our own lives while we’re at it, and explore anew where we each really are… And how we might yet come together. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BRAVE HEARTS' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION As our nation celebrates the idealized notion of romantic love, we will dig a little deeper for the gold hidden in the experienced hearts of our own members. How many times can a heart be broken and still give and receive love? How long can a marriage last and still be full of energy and intimacy? I have talked to several couples in our congregation who have been married more than 50 years, but also newlyweds, divorcees, and singles. I promise, you’ll leave with a few good tips for whatever relationship you’re nurturing these days …. including those of you focused primarily on healthy self love. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'PURPLE AMERICA' - A sermon by David Ruffin

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 7, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by David Ruffin, Assistant Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION One of the grandest, boldest lies we tell in these United States is of our great unity amidst our diversity. E pluribus unum... “out of many one.” Purple America! We are many… but are we so united? And to the extent that we are, do we truly honor and respect our differences? We humans do long for union and for the experience of connection. We sense some greater truth in oneness. But, we also covet control and certainty. Amidst these competing commitments, the story and feeling of unity in diversity is a compromise for which we often settle, even if down deeper we know it ain’t necessarily so. What truly holds us together? For that matter, what holds one individual together and me together? Is there unity amidst the diversity of our own identities? Let’s set aside our dreams of holding hands across America, for a moment at least, and start here by looking deeper within. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'DIVIDED WE FALL' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 7, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Both sides of the political spectrum in our country are claiming someone has stolen the American Dream. The result is that the American people are turning on each other. "A house divided against itself cannot stand," said Abraham Lincoln. A person divided within himself (or herself) is also set up to fall. Politicians and religious leaders often offer simplistic answers that feed on people's desire for control in uncertain times. The divisions we are seeing are in part a spiritual disease. Our initial work to repair the divisions in our country begins within. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'REMEMBER, CELEBRATE, ACT' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald Davis

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald Davis, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Institution-based organizing is taking place right here in this church. It is important, therefore, to hear from this pulpit good reasons to participate. Join me as we map out our route! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS SERMON ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WE ARE THE ONES' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION Our state is broke. We’re having an average of 5 earthquakes a day. Our national elections are around the corner. 40% of OK residents vote. And we, as a community of liberal religious people, are conscientiously working to make this world a better place, putting our hearts, minds, and elbow grease into making Tulsa a little piece of heaven here on earth. Let's imagine you have the power to create a new law in the state of Oklahoma. What issue would you choose to focus on? What do you think would accomplish the most good for the most people? Imagine you can’t choose by yourself but are being invited to share your own stories with others so that we can work together to create a new law or change an old one - right here in Oklahoma. Now imagine you are successful. If this feels like a dream, it’s a dream about to come true, because we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHY WE LIE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 24, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Lying has become so pervasive in our culture that we now have countless ways of dressing it up so that it doesn’t sound so bad. Instead of telling lies anymore, we: “Massage the truth” or we, “offer the truth from a favorable perspective” or we engage in “selective disclosure,” “creative enhancement,” “strategic misrepresentations,” “poetic truth.” We bend the truth or shade the truth or shave the truth or stretch it a bit. And our current favorite dress for dishonesty, we say it isn’t a lie, it’s just spin. It’s the truth enhanced. Why do we lie? That is the subject of my message this Sunday. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH?' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION The words true, truth, truce, and trust all suggest fact and reality, which at least appears accurate or exact, dispel suspicions and paranoia causing conflict to subside. Most of us can handle the truth. It’s the lies, deceptions, and inaccuracies of life that we fear most. We can go and grow from fear to freedom once we dare trace and face our truth! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'MARTIN, MALCOLM, AND MUSLIMS' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION A look at why there has never been an African American "Al Qaida" or African American "Intifada" movement in America despite the violence and disenfranchisement of African Americans throughout history and what we can learn from these two African American leaders of the past about how to deal with global terrorism. As our nation, once again, celebrates the legacy and honors the life and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I look at the relationship between Dr. King and Malcolm X to see what it teaches us about Islam as well as about our current climate of prejudice in America. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IS JESUS THE ONLY WAY, TRUTH AND LIFE?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION In John 14:6 it is written that Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This passage has been interpreted to mean that Jesus is the exclusive way to God. If course, it makes a big difference if a person believes there is only one truth or there are many truths. If there are many truths, then what does truth even mean? Can something be true to one person or in one place or in one time and then be untrue to someone else in another place and another time? Is everything relative? Or is there a central truth we can always count on? This will be my topic on Sunday as we continue this month’s theme of Truth. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'A HERO'S JOURNEY' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION “Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weaknesses.” According to Brenee Brown, it takes curiosity and courage to tell our true stories so that we can live a wholehearted life. It also requires that we get curious about our own feelings, and not believe every story we tell ourselves. The new year is just the right time to give ourselves a fresh start and I am learning so much from Brown, I am grateful to be able to share more stories about how we can develop shame resilience as we learn to claim our own worthiness. Are you ready to be more caring and more confident? Ready to be less resentful and regretful? It seems like we all want to be relaxed, real, resilient. But when life events knock us down, we either want to deny the pain or distract ourselves with various pleasures. Since we know life will knock us down again in the coming year, it makes sense to learn as much as we can about how people have managed to rise strong, even stronger and more whole than they were before, so we can be ready for something really new in 2016. Jesus said, “Know the truth and it will set you free.” But what kind of truth was he talking about? This Sunday we’ll explore how telling ourselves the truth about our own feelings and our own stories, can set us free to live and love the way we imagine it’s possible to do. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ONE TRUTH OR MANY?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 3, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION It makes a big difference if a person believes there is only one truth or there are many truths. If there are many truths, then what does truth even mean? Can something be true to one person or in one place or in one time and then be untrue to someone else in another place and another time? Is everything relative? Or is there a central truth we can always count on? Happy New Year! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'NOW. HERE. THIS.' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald Davis

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 27, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald Davis, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION We are in between Christmas and New Year’s Day. This in-between season has us leaning back and forth, looking back and looking forward. But we are called to be in the here and now. Come join me as we commune in the present and delightfully revel in this space. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE QURAN & JESUS' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 20, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Americans seem to have strong opinions about Muslims, Islam, and the Quran, but also have very little knowledge of the faith with which they talk. In the message, The Quran and Jesus, Rev. Lavanhar shares some little known facts about Islam and how they relate to Christianity and this season. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'PEACE IS POSSIBLE' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 13, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Peace means ultimate calm resolve or resolution. The pursuit for and of it seems to be, for most, a major exercise in futility. Peace is understanding and embracing the nature of the beast. Why does peace seem so elusive? Are we missing something? Or is peace something we must always "fake it till we make it?" We don't have to go along to get along. We can mind many of the same things without having the same mind about everything. Let’s get started! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IS PEACE POSSIBLE?' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The message was delivered on Sunday, December 13, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION The headlines recently are disturbing: “There Have Been More Mass Shootings Than Sunrises This Year.” “World War Isis.” “God Isn’t Fixing This.” With headlines like that, it’s time to talk. Are we violent or compassionate by nature? Are wars inevitable or avoidable? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.” What is the opposite of violence, if it is not nonviolence? It’s time to talk because the more we understand about the roots of violence, the more we can effectively contribute to and create peace, in the world and in our own lives. It’s time to talk, because what we think and believe really matters. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: WATCH THIS MESSAGE ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: or text LOVEBB to 41444 LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'GRATITUDE THAT GROWS' - A sermon by David Ruffin

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by David Ruffin, Assistant Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION When I was a kid, my mother always made me hand write thank you notes for any gift I received. It was, my mother instructed me, simply the right thing to do. ...I confess, the practice did not become a habit. Which raises the question, can you command gratitude? The bible certainly does... And giving the mounting scientific data correlating health and happiness with gratitude, so soon might your physician! But something far more powerful is at work causing us to share our praise and thanksgiving with the fullness, freedom and gladness with which we can...even when our situation feels anything but praiseworthy…such that our praise itself becomes generative of praise. Join me in exploring the creative power we hold to re-awaken to and, in fact, to fulfill the good news of Universal love, through our praise. Join me in opening your heart, anew, to sharing gratitude that grows. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BEING PREPARED' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Traditionally at this time of year, Christians are preparing for the coming of God. I saw a bumper sticker once that said, “Jesus is Coming, Look Busy!” Yet, regardless of one’s beliefs or one’s questions about belief, we can all feel at times like we are preparing for something. Have you ever been through a challenging experience and had the feeling that you were being prepared for something bigger? Let’s talk about what it is for which we feel we must be prepared. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'TURNING THE TABLES' - A homily by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, November 22, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. HOMILY DESCRIPTION All Souls will held one combined service at 10:30 a.m. with music from many of our different choirs (Children’s, Youth, Cherubs, New Dimensions and the Adult Choirs will all participate). Children were asked to bring fruits or vegetables to add to our cornucopia in the front of the sanctuary. All of the food was donated to those in need in our city. A few times a year, all three distinct Sunday services join together in a single unforgettable celebration. Our theme this year: Turning the Tables. The Sunday before Thanksgiving is one of the four times a year when we offer a communion service (in the style of our partner church in Europe). The ritual was conducted in the small chapel immediately following the main service and was open to everyone. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'FROM GRIEF TO GRATITUDE' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Guest Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Gratitude is feeling pleased or placated and basically has to do with being less angry, offended or hostile in your life essence. Thanksgiving is the art, discipline and science of refusing or refuting anger and the illusion of displeasure. It has much to do with attitude and personal values and evaluations. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'STANDING WITH PARIS: A RESPONSE TO TERRORISM' - A message by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The message was delivered on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION Terrorism has no religion. For many of us, the tragedy hasn’t quite sunk in yet. Nearly 130 people are dead in the worst violence witnessed by France since World War II, deemed by the French President "an act of war.” Responsibility for the coordinated attacks has been claimed by ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Witnesses during the attacks said the terrorists were shouting, "Allahu Akbar,” or “God is Great!,” during their rampage. On social media some French people have been circulating variations on this theme: “Don’t ‪#‎PrayforParis‬…religion is what caused this.” And how are we, members of a liberal religion, to understand such unthinkable violence that derives its strength from religion? And how can we take a stand against Islamic religious terrorism and extremism, while embracing the vast, overwhelming majority of Muslims who wish only for a world of peace and love? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'STANDING WITH PARIS: A RESPONSE TO TERRORISM' - A message by Imam John Ederer

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The message was delivered on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Imam John Ederer, Guest MInister. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION Terrorism has no religion. For many of us, the tragedy hasn’t quite sunk in yet. Nearly 130 people are dead in the worst violence witnessed by France since World War II, deemed by the French President "an act of war.” Responsibility for the coordinated attacks has been claimed by ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Witnesses during the attacks said the terrorists were shouting, "Allahu Akbar,” or “God is Great!,” during their rampage. On social media some French people have been circulating variations on this theme: “Don’t ‪#‎PrayforParis‬…religion is what caused this.” And how are we, members of a liberal religion, to understand such unthinkable violence that derives its strength from religion? And how can we take a stand against Islamic religious terrorism and extremism, while embracing the vast, overwhelming majority of Muslims who wish only for a world of peace and love? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'STANDING WITH PARIS: A RESPONSE TO TERRORISM' - A message by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The message was delivered on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION Terrorism has no religion. For many of us, the tragedy hasn’t quite sunk in yet. Nearly 130 people are dead in the worst violence witnessed by France since World War II, deemed by the French President "an act of war.” Responsibility for the coordinated attacks has been claimed by ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Witnesses during the attacks said the terrorists were shouting, "Allahu Akbar,” or “God is Great!,” during their rampage. On social media some French people have been circulating variations on this theme: “Don’t ‪#‎PrayforParis‬…religion is what caused this.” And how are we, members of a liberal religion, to understand such unthinkable violence that derives its strength from religion? And how can we take a stand against Islamic religious terrorism and extremism, while embracing the vast, overwhelming majority of Muslims who wish only for a world of peace and love? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE UNKNOWN GOD' - A message by Dr. Willie J. Parker

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The message was delivered on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Dr. Willie J. Parker, MD, MPH, MSC. MESSAGE DESCRIPTION Within our Judeo-Christian notion of monotheism, various expressions of imperialism are in the ascendency, creating a pluralism that looks closely akin to polytheism, many gods. Is there now the God who opposes immigration, the God who judges and punishes women for abortion, the God who hates LGBTQ people? In this pantheon of religious hate, tucked in the corner is the Unknown God of love and reproductive justice. I seek to introduce you to this unknown God of Love. Dr. Willie J. Parker is a reproductive justice advocate. Raised in poverty, he was “born again” and did a stint as a boy preacher in a Baptist Church, went on to Harvard, had a distinguished career as an obstetrician and then had his “Come to Jesus” moment, when he decided to give up his career and become an abortion provider. He currently provides abortion care for women in five U.S. states. His work includes a focus on violence against women, sexual assault prevention, and reproductive health rights through advocacy, provision of contraceptive and abortion services, and men's reproductive health. In an interview with Esquire Magazine, he states, “The protestors say they’re opposed to abortion because they’re Christian. It’s hard for them to accept that I do abortions because I’m a Christian." SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'JESUS AND THE A-WORD' - A reflection by Dr. Willie J. Parker, MD, MPH, MSC

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The reflection was delivered on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Dr. Willie J. Parker, MD, MPH, MSC. REFLECTION DESCRIPTION A modern day meditation on the encounter of Jesus with religious leaders prosecuting and judging a women for sexuality and adultery then, sexuality and abortion now. Dr. Willie J. Parker is a reproductive justice advocate. Raised in poverty, he was “born again” and did a stint as a boy preacher in a Baptist Church, went on to Harvard, had a distinguished career as an obstetrician and then had his “Come to Jesus” moment, when he decided to give up his career and become an abortion provider. He currently provides abortion care for women in five U.S. states. His work includes a focus on violence against women, sexual assault prevention, and reproductive health rights through advocacy, provision of contraceptive and abortion services, and men's reproductive health. In an interview with Esquire Magazine, he states, “The protestors say they’re opposed to abortion because they’re Christian. It’s hard for them to accept that I do abortions because I’m a Christian." SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'DAY OF THE DEAD' - A homily by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The homily was delivered on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. HOMILY DESCRIPTION The Mexican tradition translated as "The Day of the Dead" has spread around the world as a colorful and meaningful way to remember and give thanks to people we love who have died. The Catholic churches in Mexico have placed the tradition on All Souls Day – November 1. With this tradition falling on a Sunday this year, we have decided to create a service inspired by All Souls Day and Dia de los Muertos. You are invited and highly encouraged to bring a photograph or small token of remembrance of a departed loved one to place on the decorative alter (ofrenda in Spanish) that will be in the front of the sanctuary and Emerson Hall this Sunday. Infused with music, stories, and dancing from Mexico, it will be a service you will not want to miss. Come honor a loved one this Sunday with joy and celebration as we find meaning and gratitude in the memories of those we love and who have gone before us. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHY YOU MATTER' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 25, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION I rarely speak at all three services on the same Sunday anymore. However, this week, as I explore "Why You Matter" I will be speaking in each service. In my Wednesday night class with Bishop Carlton Pearson (I am in week two of three and all are invited to join one or all of these classes) we are exploring how what is happening currently at All Souls fits into the long religious narrative of American life. Something truly original is going on and it has historic roots and interesting possibilities. Pentecostalism and Unitarianism have historically staked out ground at the far ends of the religious spectrum. Today, at All Souls, there is a fascinating coming together of people, philosophies, and practices that are leading people from both ends of the rationalism versus emotionalism continuum toward a new integration of minds and hearts. The mind-body dualism that has been such a dominant force in Western culture is being challenged and opened up in ways that invite us all to become more whole and integrated people. In this blessed process, you matter a lot! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'CENTERING AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICES' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Guest Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Some speculate that we are not just human beings seeking spiritual experiences, we are spirit having earthly encounters. Within the mind-spirit paradigm there are varying levels of awareness. The deepest level of human spirituality is the soul which houses our inner syllabus and classes for this lifetime. The second level is emotions - how we experience things and archive the souls journey. Reconnecting with this ethereal reality is how we ground ourselves in consciousness. Sacred scriptures call this working and walking out our own salvation with reverence and passion. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SHAPING WHAT SHAPES US' - A sermon by David Ruffin

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by David Ruffin, Resident Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION There is deep spiritual truth to be found in facing and "surrendering" to the limits of our own power. Our lives are shaped by so much that is out of our control. Yet even knowing in our hearts the poor odds of playing the game: "our will versus the world," we'll often still bet our lives on this approach. Our power to shape the world is also profound, though. Humans have completely transformed this planet, for better and for worse. Seeing this, isn't it natural and good for us to want to use our best-intentioned agency to its fullest?! We'll step into this gap between acceptance and striving, and explore the deeper power and powerful practice of shaping what shapes us. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT IS YOUR HIGHER PURPOSE?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 27, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Can you articulate your higher purpose? Have you ever thought much about it? Has anyone ever explained to you what is a person’s higher purpose or explained how to discover it? Whether you answer yes to these questions or you have never really thought about it, my message on Sunday is going to focus on giving the tools and formulas for discovering and articulating your higher purpose. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE PURPOSE OF PRACTICE' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 11, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION We know artists, athletes, and actors practice their craft or skill in order to perform. One daughter practiced scales and arpeggios, every day, for hours, to get better at playing the violin. What do you practice and why? We know that the more we develop a skill, the more we are able to share it freely, without inhibition, or even to transcend ourselves in our expression of that skill. Practice is something we do to move us along toward a goal. What might you want to practice regularly……generosity, compassion, patience.......so that you can be more free in your expression of it? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'SOMEBODY PRAYED FOR ME' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald Davis

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 4, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald Davis, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Prayer develops our appreciation of that “transcending mystery and wonder.” This Sunday, we begin a series of sermons on this contemplative practice. I pray for your participation, bringing your seeking spirits and open hearts. There is no right or wrong way to yearn. Just speak your truth...and listen. Be all you are. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'PRAYER, THE HABIT AND HABITAT OF THE SOUL' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Guest Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION We are not just human beings looking for spiritual experiences, we are spirit, having human and earthly encounters. We are all innately homesick for our spiritual essence. Prayer is the domicile of the spirit and praying is simply the experience of wanting or desiring, even designing the cognition of that reality. Prayer is related to the creative laws of the universe or of God and draws us into a deeper experience of our connection to our divine energies, unctions and functions of soul, mind and body. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'IMAGO DEI' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION What does it mean to be made in the image of God? Many have said it’s our intelligence that is God given and distinguishes us from all other species. But what if it’s our creativity? What if it’s not “I think, therefore I am,” but “I imagine, therefore I am?” Then our purpose on earth is simplified and becomes to create – as we sing about every Sunday - something that is good, true and beautiful. Come this Sunday to explore how creativity and family life, creativity and aging, creativity and purpose are intertwined and how we can prime our brains to unlock what is creative in us. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'GOD IN THE GAP' - A sermon by Rev. Barbara Prose

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 13, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry. SERMON DESCRIPTION When Jesus returned to his hometown of Nazareth to preach, the people who knew him best tried to throw him off a cliff and kill him (Luke 4:21-32). We all know our differences can create disagreements that lead to divorce, debate, and sometimes even death. Still, we come together on Sundays to worship in a diverse community of strangers and friends. How comfortable are you with conflict? How do you deal with disagreement? This Sunday we’ll explore ways to dig into and deal with our differences, because we are the ones who will decide what our differences will create...together. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'INSPIRATION' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 13, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Sunday we will launch our September theme of “Inspiration.” What we are inspired to do is another way to look at the idea of what we feel called to do. Where does your inspiration come from? How are you inspiring others? What is the role of inspiration in your life and the choices you make? Join me for stories of inspiration and hopefully you will leave feeling uplifted and inspired. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'WHAT LIVES MATTER?' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 6, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Summer 2015 has been filled with news and events that could deem it “The American Summer of Discontent.” Christian business owners, and government employees, who do not want to serve gay and lesbian couples and families have been sounding the alarms of discrimination. Race has continued to divide our nation’s people from the Confederate Flag controversy to the Black Lives Matter campaigns and repeated stories alleging race-related police misconduct. Donald Trump has been stirring anti-immigrant sentiments. More mass shootings in churches and movie theaters have pitted those who want gun control against those who are adamant about gun rights. Members of All Souls might wonder, “What does our affirmation of ‘Love Beyond Belief’ call us to do and be in such times?” SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'ARE YOU LISTENING?' - A sermon by David Ruffin

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, September 6, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by David Ruffin, Resident Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION The breezes are picking up outside and in the rustling leaves I’m reminded of the iconic imagery of “the winds of change.” What makes them blow? “Why, our own breath of course,” comes one answer. And yet, perhaps the winds of change are always blowing and the question is, instead, are we listening for what they have to tell us? The inspiration we need for the journey of personal and social transformation is always around us. This Labor Day weekend we will explore the transforming labor of change that is possible when we begin by using the underdeveloped power of our ears. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THINK ON THESE THINGS' - A sermon by Rev. Gerald Davis

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald Davis, Affiliate Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Paul writes in chapter four, verse eight: “Finally beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” We spend a lot of time thinking on things that are not included in Paul’s list. It is not for lack of trying, I know. We want to be beloved as Paul calls the Philippians. But we get caught up in that dark hole called knowing. Sometimes to be known means to be seen. But it does not mean to be right. The zero sum game of win/lose equals a constant struggle to be right. Let’s find our way into a discussion that has us “thinking on these things.” SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'THE SCIENCE OF FAITH AND FICTION' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, Guest Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION There are two ways to view the world: one is to view it as fixed and established or static. The other is to view it as unfinished, (undefined), creatively ongoing, both ordained and organic. It’s almost as if God is looking to partner with you personally and all of us collectively in this ongoing evolution of all that is and is becoming. Are you willing to participate in this powerful, personal and evolving intention? SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'BEGINNING WITH YOU' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION How free do you feel to be you? Are you an “other-directed” person who is influenced in your decisions and actions primarily by other people? Or are you a “self-directed person who is willing to disappoint others and go against the grain in order to be true to yourself? What are the costs of either way of being and what are the benefits? Sometimes we act in ways that we think others expect of us, and in doing so we can miss each other completely. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'Oasis in the Arkansas' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 9, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION In his poem Like The Water, Wendell Berry writes: Like the waterof a deep stream,love is always too much. We did not make it.Though we drink till we burst,we cannot have it all,or want it all. In its abundanceit survives our thirst....we keep returning to its rich watersthirsty. We enter,willing to die,into the commonwealth of its joy. This Sunday we are holding one combined Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. instead of our usual three services. Occasionally, we do this to bring our community together across our differences to feel our deep and authentic unity in a Love Beyond Belief. Water and thirst unite us no matter who we are or what we believe. Water will be the theme of the day. We will also have lots of fun games and activities involving water for children and people of all ages throughout the morning. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'LOVING OUR NEIGHBORS, LOVING OURSELVES' - A sermon by Rabbi Micah Citrin, Guest Minister

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 2, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rabbi Micah Citrin, Guest Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Love is a universal principle understood in different ways by distinct cultures and religions. In Judaism, love is a core value for how we relate to God and other people. Jewish tradition associates love with distinct actions that stem from one’s sense of self and the dignity of the other. A deeper understanding of love from this perspective can help us to bring Shalom, peace, and balance to our world. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'Let the Earth Save 'Us'?' - A sermon by David Ruffin

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by David Ruffin, Resident Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION With all the injustice around us, not to mention personal challenges, who has time and energy for environmentalist activism? (And in Tulsa, of all places.) Well, this Sunday we’ll explore how a student teacher relationship with our blue planet home might not only yet “save the planet,” but also “save” our –probably in relatively far more peril – souls. How would we change if we changed our relationship with earth? What would it mean to you to put the earth, and all she represents, at least a little closer to the center of your life? Might we discover that climate change, myriad systemic injustices and our financial struggles, family conflicts, loss and grief, addictions, health struggles, etc. (insert current personal challenge here) have the same spiritual solution? Let’s see what truly priceless natural resources are really at our fingertips. See you (back!) at church Sunday! SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

'Love: The Essence of Human Spirituality' - A sermon by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson & Rev. Kimberly Braun, Guest Ministers

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The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 19, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Bishop Carlton D. Pearson & Rev. Kimberly Braun, Guest Ministers. SERMON DESCRIPTION When Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment, he replied: “Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is similar, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Christian love comes down to us from the teachings of other religions that pre-date Christianity by thousands of years. Buddha, Krishna, and other enlightened souls taught the same thing as the basis and essence of all spirituality. We don’t learn to love, we somehow forget to. Loving comes naturally; hatred is taught or appropriated. Love is the DNA of spirit and must be recalled, reclaimed and reconciled. This is what it means to be born again or anew. *Rev. Kimberly Braun is the author of, Love Calls: Insights of a Former Carmelite Nun - please join her at her book table after the service and on Wednesday July 22 for more from her Call to Compassion Tour. SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST: VIEW ON YOUTUBE: SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS: GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF: LET'S CONNECT: Facebook: Twitter: