Sunday Service Library

Featured Sermons:

The Lenten Series, by our Senior Minister Rev. Dr. Nori Rost, comprises five sermons – delivered on the five Sundays leading up to Easter Sunday– that are based on viewing 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
Rev. Nori explored Stations 1 and 2, in which Jesus is condemned to death and is forced to carry his cross, in the context of the issues of the death penalty and the lack of justice for those who are poor.
Reading: from Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, read by Doris Lancaster
(length: 20:11, size: 7.3 mb)

Feb. 28, 2016 – “Stations of the Cross 3 – 5” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Rev. Nori explored Stations 3 through 5 – in which Jesus falls for the first time, Jesus meets his mother Mary, and Simon is forced to carry the cross – in the context of how we are called, as Unitarian Universalists, to bear one another’s burdens in times of great need.
Reading: from Person-Centred Therapy Today: New Frontiers in Theory and Practice by Dave Mearns, read by Jo Winn
(length: 16:33, size: 6.0 mb)

Mar. 6, 2016 – “The Power of Women” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Rev. Nori explored Stations 6 through 8 – in which Veronica wipes the face of Jesus, Jesus falls the second time, and Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem – in the context of how women have boldly and fearlessly sought justice in an unjust world.
Reading: Power by Adrienne Rich, read by Dorrie Stewart
(length: 17:36, size: 6.3 mb)

Mar. 13, 2016 – “Break the Cycle” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Rev. Nori explored Stations 9 through 11 – in which Jesus falls the third time, Jesus is stripped of clothing, and Jesus is nailed to cross – in the context of the cycle of poverty in our country and world and some ways we can help to end it.
Reading: from The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, read by Kaye Brabec
(length: 21:43, size: 7.8 mb)

Mar. 20, 2016 – “The Passion of the Christ: Rated R” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
On Passion Sunday, Rev. Nori wrapped up her series by exploring Stations 12 through 14 – in which Jesus dies on the cross, Jesus is taken down from the cross, and Jesus is buried – in the context of an R-rated film of the same name, produced several years ago by Mel Gibson … and in the context of our own realities, which are clearly rated R as well.
Reading: from Allegiant by Veronica Roth, read by Rebecca Harrison
(length: 21:00, size: 7.6 mb)

How to Use the Library

To listen to an MP3 audio recording of the sermon, click it in the list below. To download it, right-click the link and choose the Download option from the menu. Generally, each recording includes the pre-sermon reading. Some recordings have been edited for clarity. All recordings are published with the speaker’s permission.

Safety Tip: before listening, lower your audio player’s volume … then increase it as needed. (This is especially true if you’re using headphones.)

Older Sermons

Unless noted otherwise, recordings include the Reading and the Message (sermon).

Dec. 13, 2015 – “Lest We Forget” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun by Erik Larson, read by Gay Harrison
(length: 20:54, size: 7.5 mb)

May 31, 2015 – “Water the Plants” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: Freshen the Flowers, She Said by Mary Oliver, read by Rick Schwarz
(length: 15:46, size: 5.7 mb)

June 7, 2015 – “Who Are You and What Have You Done with My Minister!?” by Rick Schwarz
Reading: Two quotes written by Maltbie Babcock and Albert Einstein, read by Kaye Brabec
(length: 18:44, size: 6.7 mb)
To read the text of Rick’s remarks, click this link: June 7 Sermon Text. It will open as a PDF document in a new window (so you can read along while listening to the recording).

May 24, 2015 – “The Ethics of Memory” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
In Flanders Fields by Lt. Col. John McRae, read by Scott Harrison
(length: 14:19, size: 5.2 mb)
Please Note: The audience observes approximately 27 seconds of memorial silence starting at about 13:06.

Please Note: The May 17 service was a musical service presented by the All Souls children and youth; it is has not been included here.

May 10, 2015 – “A Labor of Love” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 16:00, size: 5.8 mb)
Please Note: The Reading was a YouTube video, which has not been included here but which can be viewed by clicking the following link: Give Mom Back Her Name.

May 3, 2015 – “Open the Door, See All the People” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from Does God Have a Big Toe? by Marc Gellman, read by Rick Schwarz
(length: 22:42, size: 8.2 mb)

Apr. 26, 2015 – “Yom HoShoah” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: Mathematics by Karen Alkalay-Gut, read by Jo Winn
(length: 20:04, size: 7.2 mb)

Apr. 19, 2015 – “Where the Rubber Hits the Road” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: A Conversation written and read by Jessie Trovik and Jennifer Heiss (the 2014 All Souls Auction winners who won the right to choose the sermon topic)
(length: 23:04, size: 8.3 mb)

Apr. 12, 2015 – “Guilty As Charged” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde, read by Christina Dobler-Burdick
(length: 31:18, size: 11.3 mb)

Apr. 5, 2015 – “Alleluia” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 14:25, size: 5.2 mb)
Please Note: This was the Easter Cantata, in which Rev. Nori’s remarks were interspersed between songs performed by the All Souls Choir. This recording contains only Rev. Nori’s remarks.

Mar. 29, 2015 – “The Power of One” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from Christian Scripture, Luke 6:27-31, read by Sam MacArthur
(length: 19:08, size: 6.9 mb)

Mar. 22, 2015 – “Open Heart, Open Mind” by Rev. Kelly Dignan
Reading: words by Phillip Hewett, #440 in Singing the Living Tradition, read by Rick Schwarz, Christina Dobler-Burdick, and the Congregation
(length: 21:31, size: 7.8 mb)

Mar. 15, 2015 – “Do You Hear What I Hear?” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: Golden Rule video – audio only – accompanied by children and youth (not included)
(length: 16:31, size: 4.0 mb)
Please Note: At 15:30, Rev. Nori mentions a YouTube video, produced by Spread The Message. That video can be viewed by following this link: Homeless Man Shares Food With Others When Nobody Else Would

Mar. 8, 2015 – “Survival of the Kindest” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost (with Sam Stephens)
Reading: words from 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong, read by Scott Harrison
(length: 26:04, size: 6.3 mb)
Please Note: Not included is a local news report about a homeless man helping drivers stuck in the snow.

Mar. 1, 2015 – “Day by Day by Day” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: words from the Charter for Compassion, read by Dorrie Stewart
(length: 26:59, size: 6.5 mb)


Please Note: The February 15 service, which celebrated Fat Tuesday with music by local New Orleans jazz band Tribe, did not contain a sermon. The February 22 service was cancelled because of bad weather and dangerous driving conditions.

Feb. 8, 2015 – “What a Privilege!” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: words by Tim Wise; read by Rick Schwarz
(length: 26:58, size: 6.5 mb)
Note: At 25:49, Rev. Nori mentions a future that “our privilege has cost us” – a reference to a YouTube video, “Imagine a World Without Hate (Official Video),” published by the Anti-Defamation League. That video can be viewed by following the link below. Also below is a link to the YouTube video, “Carrie Newcomer – Room at the Table,” which was shown after the Chalice Lighting.
YouTube video: Imagine a World Without Hate (Official Video)
   YouTube video: Carrie Newcomer – Room at the Table

Feb. 1, 2015 – “Be the Punchline” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 13:15, size: 3.2 mb)
Please Note: This recording has been edited to exclude the offertories conducted as part of the sermon. Also excluded is the YouTube video, “Be the Punchline,” that was part of the Reading.

Jan. 25, 2015 – “Ethical Eating and a Subculture of Violence” by Kimberly Trogdon
(length: 17:40, size: 3.8 mb)

Jan. 18, 2015 – “WWMLKD?” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 23:17, size: 5.6 mb)

Sept. 14, 2014 – “A River Runs Through It” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 13:36, size: 3.3 mb)

Mar. 9, 2014 – “Journey to the Center of the Soul” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 20:34, size: 4.9 mb)

Feb. 9, 2014 – “To Dream the Impossible Dream?” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost with Heidi Cooper, Wendy Mike, and the All Souls Band
(length: 1:15:56, size: 18.2 mb)
Please Note: By request, the entire service is presented for download. This recording is NOT intended for re-distribution in any form.

Dec.1, 2013 – “World AIDS Day Cantata” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost, All Souls Choir, All Souls Band, and soloists
(length: 35:00, size: 8.4 mb)
Please Note: This recording is NOT intended for re-distribution in any form. Because the volume of this recording varies widely from song to song, be very careful in adjusting your player’s volume, especially if you are using headphones. In particular, there will be a sudden sharp rise in volume between the last song of the cantata and the introduction to the reading of the names of the departed. Also, the last song of the cantata and the singing of the names of the departed are particularly soft and therefore have less audio quality.

Feb. 24, 2013 – “Rights and Responsibilities” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 22.28, size: 5.4 mb)

Feb. 17, 2013 – “Standing on the Side of Love” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 19:10, size: 4.6 mb)

Feb. 3, 2013 – “For Everything There Is a Season” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 17:53, size: 4.3 mb)

Jan. 20, 2013 – “Up to the Mountain” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 18:28, size: 4.4 mb)

Jan. 13, 2013 – “If These Walls Could Speak” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 16:15, size: 3.9 mb)

Jan. 6, 2013 – “New Frontiers” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Please Note: The Fire Communion ceremony has been extracted from this recording.

Dec. 16, 2012 – “It’s the End of the World As We Know It by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 21:30, size: 5.2 mb)

Dec. 9, 2012 – “Seasons of Life” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 14:18, size: 3.4 mb)

Dec. 2, 2012 – “Let There Be Light!” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 17:15, size: 4.1 mb)
Please Note: The sermon has four 10- to 20-second periods of silence after Rev. Nori rings a bell.

Nov. 25, 2012 – “Evolving Grace, Evolving Gratitude” by Rev. Michael Dowd
(length: 34:41, size: 8.3 mb)
Please Note: The sermon has a 15+ second period of near-silence, as Rev. Michael entertains a question.

Nov. 11, 2012 – “Hand to Hand, Heart to Heart” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 16:34, size: 4.0 mb)
Please Note: There is a 5+ second period of silence, to observe the end of WWI, during the sermon.

Nov. 4, 2012 – “All in Favor, Say Aye!” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 21:03, size: 5.1 mb)

Oct. 28, 2012 – “Bless the Beasts and the Children” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 16:16, size: 3.9 mb)

Oct. 21, 2012 – “Clueless but Committed” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 13:53, size: 3.3 mb)

Oct. 14, 2012 – “I Love You, You Love Me” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 14:12, size: 3.4 mb)

Sept. 30, 2012 – “Imagine” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 14:36, size: 3.5 mb)

Sept. 23, 2012 – “Mission I’m Possible” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 12:53, size: 3.1 mb)

Sept. 16, 2012 – “The Days of Awe” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 17:14, size: 4.1 mb)

Sept. 9, 2012 – “I’m Ready” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 11:25, size: 2.7 mb)

Aug. 19, 2012 – “A Chance to Engage” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 19:58, size: 4.8 mb)
Please Note: The covenant-signing ceremony has been omitted from this recording.

Aug. 12, 2012 – “Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 25:34, size: 6.1 mb)

Aug. 5, 2012 – “Where Do You Feel Connected?” by Rev. Dr. Ellen Johnson-Fay
(length: 22:59, size: 5.5 mb)

July 29, 2012 – “Where Are We Going and Why Are We in This Handbasket?” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 18:31, size: 4.4 mb)
Please Note: There is a high-pitched hum in the background during some of the first 2 minutes.

July 1, 2012 – “From the Center of the Flames” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 34:13, size: 8.2 mb)

June 17, 2012 – “Summer Solstice – What We Can Learn” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 17:15, size: 4.1 mb)

June 10, 2012 – “The First 50 Years of Childhood Are the Hardest” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 19:29, size: 4.7 mb)

June 3, 2012 – “Joys and Concerns” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 13.25, size: 3.2 mb)

May 27, 2012 – “That’s the Spirit!” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 23:02, size: 5.5 mb)

May 6, 2012 – “Shame On You!” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 21:26, size: 5.1 mb)

Apr. 29, 2012 – “Life-Partners” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 15:47, size: 3.8 mb)

Apr. 22, 2012 – “Hope for a Sustainable, Equitable World” by All Souls GSAC
(length: 57:28, size: 13.8 mb)

Apr. 15, 2012 – “Rites of Passage” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 10:41, size: 2.6 mb)

Apr. 8, 2012 – “Easter Cantata” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 13:20, size: 3.2 mb)
Please Note: At 03:15, there is a 20-second reduction in volume. For safety, do not adjust your MP3 player’s volume.

Apr. 1, 2012 – “Temples of the Heart” by Gini Courter
(length: 23:38, size: 5.7 mb)

Mar. 25, 2012 – “My Winter ‘Vacation'” by Lew Phinney
(length: 25:50, size: 6.2 mb)

Mar. 18, 2012 – “Starlight, Starbright” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 19:53, size: 4.8 mb)

Mar. 11, 2012 – “Ch-Ch-Changes” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 20:03, size: 4.8 mb)

Mar. 4, 2012 – “Reflections” by All Souls Readers Theatre
Presenters: Bob Armintor, Phyllis Barron, Peter Camp, Bonnie Phinney, Lew Phinney, and Sherry Toepfer
(length: 35:27, size: 8.5 mb)

Feb. 26, 2012 – “It’s the Principle of the Matter” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 25:07, size: 6.0 mb)

Feb. 12, 2012 – “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 14:56, size: 3.6 mb)

Feb. 5, 2012 – “The Reasons for Reason” by Rev. Nathan Mesnikoff (Community Minister, High Plains Church UU)
(length: 26:15, size: 6.3 mb)

Jan. 29, 2012 – “Resilience” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 19:23, size: 4.7 mb)
Audio slideshow by Cate Terwilliger (MP4 file, length: 8:59)
Please Note: The audio slideshow is a large file; depending on your connection, it could take several minutes to load.

Jan. 22, 2012 – “The Beginning of Love” by Rev. Jan Christian (Sr. Minister, UU Church of Ventura, CA)
(length: 20:06, file size: 4.8 mb)

Jan. 15, 2012 – “Founder’s Day” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 16:54, file size: 4.1 mb)

Jan. 8, 2012 – “The Great Aha!” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 19:09, file size: 4.6 mb)

Jan. 1, 2012 – “Out with the Old! In with the New” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 20:26, file size: 4.9 mb)