The Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

311 East Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401  *  Troup Square  *  912-549-0326
                                                         

Member Sermons

"Optimism"  Dr. Robert Pawlicki  (3-10-2019)

As stated strongly in a sermon entitled, More Evidence the world is getting better, optimism takes work. In the sea of negative news and images in which we live, it is challenging to maintain an optimistic outlook – as important as that is to our mental and physical health. 

However, there is a wealth of extremely well researched books that clearly articulate that the world is getting better. Here are three well worth your time.

The easiest to read and an excellent place to begin is: Hans Rosling’s Factfulness. Written by an internally famous world health educator, Factfulnessdeals with common misunderstanding, why we are prone to misread reality and what the actual facts are regarding the world’s progress. My sermon relied heavily on this book. If you are hesitant to dive into a book, go to TEDtalks and explore one of the 16 fascinating presentations by Dr. Rosling.

Our country’s most well-known optimism proponent is Harvard psychologist, Steven Pinker. Filled with charts and trend line, Pinker’s two well written books are very convincing that, upon examination from scientist around the world, the world is, indeed, getting better.  His first book is entitled: The Better Nature of our Angels, and the second, Enlightenment Now. Both excellent.


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"Memories and Monuments"  Clint Tawes   (11-25-2018)

Immediately after returning home from his pilgrimage to Plymouth, Massachusetts, Clint Tawes will share his experience at the National Day of Mourning and explore the importance of re-examining society’s collective memory, which we often refer to as “history”, by giving voice to marginalized people whose memories do not match society’s monuments.

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"Our Fourth Principle and Journalism"  Orlando Montoya   (9-30-2018) 
The line between information and wisdom can be a fuzzy one. A reporter stumbles across this line, shedding light on the Fourth Principle of Unitarian-Universalism, the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
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"Seeing the Life Around You"  Kevin Ionno  (9-23-2018)
People seem to be increasingly blind to the life around them. Would the world change if people woke up and changed changed their relationship with life? What if they remembered that they are life?
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"Participation is the Key to Harmony"  Margaret Hall   (9-16-2018)

What's the secret to the long game? It's picking up the ball. Margaret shares life stories on the joys and challenges of participating fully at home, work, church and anywhere life takes you.  

Other resources referenced in the sermon:  

Chinese proverb, "Where There is Light in the Soul," online www.omniglot.com/songs/bcc/cp.php.
Hope for Today and Reaching for Personal Freedom: Living the Legacies by Al-Anon Family Groups.
Dr. Brene Brown's Ted Talk, "The Power of Vulnerability."

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"Love in the Time of Climate Change" Alan Kindler  (9-9-2018)

A 12-Step meeting for petroleum addicts.

The link to the tool referenced in the sermon:  www.footprintcalculator.org

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