This library contains MP3 audio recordings of our Sunday sermons. Some recordings have been edited for clarity. All are posted with the speaker’s permission.
How to Use the Library
Our 2016-18 recordings are listed below, starting with our Featured Sermons section. To listen to a sermon, click its title; the recording will start automatically. (If it doesn’t, click the Play button.) To download a sermon for later listening, right-click its title and choose the Download option from the drop-down menu. Pre-2016 sermons are available by year; in the Sermon Archive section at the end of this page, click the year link to go to that page.
Safety Tip: Before listening, lower your audio player’s volume … then increase it as needed. (This is especially important if you’re using headphones.)
Please Note: Each recording opens in a new browser tab, so you can listen to multiple sermons or move easily back to the Library page. These tabs do not close automatically when you’re done listening.
On June 3, Rev. Nori kicked off a six-part sermon series on Creation Spirituality. The first five sermons in that series are featured below. Note: Because of a change in how the audio is processed, the audio files for this series and future sermons are three to four times larger than their predecessors.
June 3, 2018 – “Sacred Earth, Sacred Worth”
What if we lived life truly connected to the Creation and our Seventh Principle: respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part? In this sermon, Rev. Nori introduces Creation Spirituality – a way of living within the community of earth that deepens our reverence for life, participates in the creativity of the cosmos, and develops our passion for justice and human transformation.
(length: 15:27, size: 14.8 mb)
June 10, 2018 – “Practice Makes … Human”
It is through the work of spiritual practice that we move beyond fear into compassion and discover our deep and true selves. In this sermon, Rev. Nori shares how spiritual practice, whether that looks typically religious (like praying) or not (like walking) can draw us closer to who we are at our best – free and compassionate beings.
(length: 18:01, size: 17.3 mb)
June 17, 2018 – “Follow the Yellow Brick Road!”
Creation Spirituality teaches that the spiritual journey can be understood as a dance moving in and out of four mystical paths, each with its own gifts: awe and wonder; letting go and letting be; creativity; and compassion and justice. In this sermon, Congregational Administrator Rick Schwarz shares his own experiences along these paths in suggesting ways we can experience this dance more fully as individuals and as a congregation.
(length: 25:03, size: 24.0 mb – click here for the text of this message)
June 24, 2018 – “Bloom Where You’re Planted”
According to Creation Spirituality, every one of us carries within us the capacity to be a mystic, to be creative, to be visionary, and to be an agent for positive change. It is our responsibility to say “here I am, send me” and to cultivate our capacity to benefit the earth and all its creatures. In this sermon, Rev. Nori explores the ways we can create things in this world that will cause positive ripples into the future.
(length: 14:24, size: 13.8 mb)
July 1, 2018 – “Glorious Diversity”
Creation Spirituality rejoices in and courageously honors the rich diversity within the Cosmos which is expressed in every individual and embodies multiple cultures, religions, and ancestral traditions. Creation is rife with theme and variation; yet fear has driven us to try to tame, label and homogenize it. In this sermon, Rev. Nori explores what we lose when we privilege dominant voices and limit perspectives and how we can create space for Glorious Diversity to be celebrated in our midst. Note: No recording was made of this service. Rev. Nori provided a post-service recording of her sermon, to ensure that it is available for listening.
(length: 13:29, size: 13.0 mb)
During the service, All Souls office administrator A.B. Lugo read one of his published poems – “I Am” – as the Story for All Ages. It masterfully “pre-echoed” Rev. Nori’s remarks about diversity. Click here to read the text of his poem and his introductory remarks. Although his Sunday reading was not recorded, an earlier reading is available in the November 28, 2017 “Beyond the Margin” podcast. Click here to go to that podcast page, and scroll down to the “I Am” recording. Safety Note: The podcast is significantly louder than Rev. Nori’s recording; if you listen to them back to back, turn down the volume after before starting A.B.’s reading.
Because of technical difficulties, we were unable to play a YouTube video selected by accompanist Sharon Skidgel for the Offertory Music. This video excellently amplifies Rev. Nori’s remarks about the value of diversity. Click here to see the YouTube video, “Imagine If All the Keys on a Piano Sounded the Same.”
July 8, 2018 – “Healing Our World, Healing Ourselves”
We live in sacred relationship with every other living thing. Our food, our health, our homes, our vocations are all part of an interconnected community. Creation hangs in the balance when we forget this connection. We acknowledge that our species and the entire earth community depends upon the healing of harm already done, moving toward sustainability for the future, and harmony that offers live-giving coexistence for all. Join us as Rev. Nori calls us to embrace our responsibility to care. Now, more than ever, is the time, if we want a future.
(length: 13:53, size: 13.3 mb)
Past 2018 Sermons
March 11, 2018 – “The Life of Pi”
In recognition of International Pi Day (March 14), which celebrates the mathematical constant that starts off with 3.14 and goes on into infinity, Rev. Nori explores what pi can teach us about life.
(length: 16:57, size: 4.1 mb)
Jan. 14, 2018 – “Martin and Malcolm in America”
Amid this year’s celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Rev. Nori explores the similarities and differences between Dr. King and Malcolm X, another important African American at the forefront of the civil rights movements. She also explores the relationship between the two men and how each shaped the other’s philosophies and learned from one another.
(length: 17:47, size: 6.4 mb)
Past 2017 Sermons
Aug. 20, 2017 – “The Power of Covenant”
Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal faith and All Souls has a Covenant of Beloved Community by which members agree to abide. In this sermon, Rev. Nori talks about the power of covenant to heal and transform lives. Please Note: There is a low background hum that could not be edited out of the audio recording.
(length: 16:44, size: 6.0 mb)
Aug. 13, 2017 – “World Indigenous Peoples Day”
In an unusual sermon, Rev. Nori juxtaposes honoring the indigenous people of the world, and what they have to teach us, with the current events surrounding the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. To read the text of this sermon on Rev. Nori’s blog, click here. Please Note: There is a low background hum that could not be edited out of the audio recording.
(length: 12:45, size: 4.6 mb)
July 30, 2017 – “American Troubadour” (a Cantata on the music of Don McLean)
The All Souls Band created this service at the request of Dale Kemmerer, winner of the “Cantata of Your Choice” offering at last fall’s All Souls Auction. The audio recording was not good enough to do justice to the musical experience, so it has not been posted here. However … if you attended (or missed) this service and want more information about Don McLean’s music, click the link above to go to our Don McLean Cantata page.
Fall/Winter Sermons – 2016/2017
Jan. 15, 2017 – “Showing Up” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
In the shadow of the ongoing violence against African Americans and Muslims, refugees, and other disenfranchised groups, Rev. Nori compellingly explains why now more than ever we need to seek to understand the ramifications of such discrimination and violence, why #Black Lives Matter, and what we can do as white allies to stem the tide of injustice.
(length: 23:26, size: 5.6 mb)
Jan. 8, 2017 – “Hi Honey, I’m Home!” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
In celebration of Founder’s Day and the 124th anniversary of the historic building we call home, Rev. Nori honors those upon whose shoulders we stand and challenges us to be the founding faces and voices for the next 124 years of service.
(length: 16:00, size: 3.8 mb)
Please Note: No service recordings are available for the UU Winter Cantata (Dec. 18), the Christmas Eve service (Dec. 24), or the Fire Communion service (Jan. 1). No service was held on Christmas Day (Dec. 25).
Dec. 11, 2016 – “Our Rights. Our Freedom. Always.” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
In celebration of Human Rights Day, which commemorates the UN’s 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Rev. Nori focuses on the 50th anniversary of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
(length: 16:18, size: 3.9 mb)
Dec. 4, 2016 –”Notes to Myself” by the Sages of All Souls
The 2016 edition of our Sages service features seven All Souls Sages – Jan Otto, Bill Cutts, Jo Winn, Gretchen Cutts, Rick Schwarz, Barb Kohlhaas, and Keith Hagel (in that order) – reading letters to (or from) one of their younger selves. Rev. Nori gives an intro and a closing.
(length: 30:33, size: 4.9 mb)
Nov. 27, 2016 – “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Rev. Nori reminds us to stop and remember the blessings in our lives: the victories gained, the company of loved ones in times of sorrow, the fact that we awake each morning to a sun that shines upon us still.
(length: 17:09, size: 4.0 mb)
Nov. 20, 2016 – “National Beautiful Day” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
On the Transgender Day of Remembrance, Rev. Nori reminds us that, in a world which tries to dictate what beauty is, we are each beautiful and deserve our own parade.
(length: 20:15, size: 4.9 mb)
Nov. 13, 2016 – “Now What?” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
In the wake of the elections, Rev. Nori explores how we can find meaning and inspiration whether or candidate/issue won or lost.
(length: 20:09, size: 4.8 mb)
Oct. 23, 2016 – “Blessing of the Animals” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Rev. Nori reminds us of the beauty, benevolence, and beneficence of our pets in this annual service. Note: Rev. Nori’s remarks are occasionally interrupted or amplified by pet sounds. (Pets are always invited to this annual service.)
(length: 16:40, size: 4.0 mb)
The Sabbatical Sermons – 2016
Rev. Nori took the second half of her ministerial sabbatical during June, July and August of 2016. During her sabbatical, guest speakers – including several All Souls members – took her place in the pulpit and delivered sermons on a range of topics.
Please Note: These guest sermons are being made available as their recordings are processed and speaker permissions are granted.
July 24, 2016 – “In Season and Out of Season” by Rosemary Harris Lytle
Rosemary Harris Lytle – long-time activist, President of the Wyoming/Montana/Colorado chapter of the NAACP, and Executive Director of Positive Impact – shares the rich history of the NAACP and why membership is more important today than ever.
(length: 25:25, size: 9.5 mb)
July 17, 2016 – “A Quarter Century of Grace and Gratitude” by Dr. Dale Kemmerer
Long-time member Dale Kemmerer reflects on the journey he’s been on with All Souls over the past 25 years.
Please Note: This sermon was not recorded. You can read or download a PDF transcript of his remarks by clicking the link above.
The Lenten Series – 2016
Senior Minister Rev. Dr. Nori Rost delivered this sermon series on the five Sundays leading up to Easter Sunday. They view contemporary social justice issues through the lens of faith as represented by the ancient rite of walking the Stations of the Cross.
Feb. 21, 2016 – “Stations of the Cross” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 20:11, size: 7.3 mb)
Feb. 28, 2016 – “Stations of the Cross 3 – 5” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 16:33, size: 6.0 mb)
Mar. 6, 2016 – “The Power of Women” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 17:36, size: 6.3 mb)
Mar. 13, 2016 – “Break the Cycle” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 21:43, size: 7.8 mb)
Mar. 20, 2016 – “The Passion of the Christ: Rated R” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 21:00, size: 7.6 mb)
Our older sermons are grouped by year; click the year below to go to that page. Each Archive page has a link back to this page.