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See below for sermons delivered at RUCC. If you’d like to see videos please join our Facebook group “RUCC Members and Friends”, where we stream the service live each Sunday and have the videos available subsequently.

Beatles Sunday: All You Need is Love

John 4: 7 – 9, Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MVID, DMIN — Carol Robb approached me some months ago and suggested that we have a “Beatles Sunday.” I was intrigued by the suggestion and brought it before my staff. They enthusiastically agreed that a Beatles Sunday could be both fun and meaningful. So, welcome to Beatles Sunday! Given that there is a new…

“Serious as a Heart Attack”

1 Corinthians 12: 25 – 27, Peter Tupou – “Trendy sayings like “Teamwork makes the dream work” or “You can’t have community without unity” are popular slogans in justice work. If anyone could have done it alone, you think it would’ve been Jesus. But even he surrounded himself with a community, the same community to which we are called to be part…

“Christ in Distressing Disguise”

Acts 2: 14 – 18; Matthew 25: 31 – 40, Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – The movie I have chosen this morning for our movie sermon series is a documentary entitled, “Mother Teresa – Legacy Film.” You won’t find it in the movie theater, but you can find it on YouTube. According to a Harvard Medical School experiment, just watching this…

“The Gospel in Disney: Aladdin”

Exodus 3: 7 – 12, Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Since children remain in worship on the first Sunday of the month, it was important to me to choose a family friendly movie in our movie sermon series. The spectacular family friendly movie that is out right now (and which I highly, highly recommend) is Aladdin. Karen and I were on…

“Protected With Compassion-Hidden In Love”

Micah 5: 1 – 5   Dee Dee Seek – On this pre-Memorial Day Sunday, which is also the kick-off Sunday for Pastor Jill’s continuation of her sermon series of “At The Movies” from last summer, I am recalling past movies with the theme of social justice, equality, bigotry or kindness of spirit which have lead to social change, such as The…

“Holy Envy”

Golden Rule from multiple faith traditions, Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Progressive congregations around the globe are celebrating “Pluralism Sunday” during the month of May. Pluralism Sunday was created as a celebration of our interfaith world. My greatest teacher of pluralism was my mother. As I have shared in the past, my mother explored many different kinds of faith traditions. She…

“Finding Peace in Nature”

Psalm 23 – Jules Rattray – Last year I finally graduated from my Masters in Outdoor Environment and Sustainability Education, and although the title sounds pretty scientific and formal, My research focused mostly on Psychology, more specifically Ecopsychology, Ecotherapy, and non-formal self guided outdoor education. In January this year, I made the mistake of talking about this to Jill, Karen and John…

“God is on the Loose”

Luke 24: 1 -12 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – I went to bed on Monday night devastated. The Cathedral of Notre Dame was on fire. It had been burning for twelve hours. It “had” (how horrible to say) “had” one of the oldest surviving wood frames in Paris’ history, comprising 52 acres of trees. Workers cut down those trees in…

“Naming the Unnamable: God as Greening Power”

Luke 19: 28 – 40 and John 15:5 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – There are many people who find God in books, buildings, and even other people. I have found God in those places too, but the most reliable meeting for me has always been nature. I do not see any separation between Spirit and nature. In fact, seeing Spirit…