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Sermons recorded live during Sunday Services in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester, Pennsylvania

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When Jesus Became "The Christ"

03-22-2015

In the early centuries of the Christian church there were multiple views about who was Jesus. It got settled in the mid-4th century with violence and court intrigues that rival Game of Thrones. Rev. Bill Zelazny looks at this episode in religious history.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 27.65MB - Duration: 22:11 m (174 kbps 44100 Hz)




Clutter Busting

03-15-2015

There is a centuries old tradition of Spring cleaning to throw out unneeded things from the house. Along with de-cluttering the house this might be a prompt for cleaning out some emotional clutter. Rev. William Zelazny speaks on clutter busting our lives.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 24.39MB - Duration: 19:53 m (171 kbps 44100 Hz)




Significant Decisions

02-22-2015

Rev. Don Garrett offers 13 strategies for successful decision making (14min) then introduces the congregation to the UUA Ministerial Search Process. Followed by a question and answer period.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 42.23MB - Duration: 46:07 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Love and Friendship

02-08-2015

In the US, Valentine's Day focuses on romantic love. But in Mexico it is called El Dia del Amor y la Amistad (The Day of Love and Friendship). Rev. Zelazny looks at friendship, as we enter into the week of heart-shaped candy boxes and sentimental cards.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 30.4MB - Duration: 26:20 m (161 kbps 44100 Hz)




Black Pioneers in a White Denomination

02-01-2015

In the early 20th century two black Unitarian ministers worked to form congregations with scant support from the American Unitarian Association. Rev. Zelazny examines this history and explores the difficulty UU churches have attracting people of color.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 9.69MB - Duration: 28:13 m (48 kbps 44100 Hz)




Why Before What: Leading with a Dream

01-18-2015

Why did people follow Martin Luther King? What can we learn to help us expand our role and presence as a liberal religious voice in our community? Rev. Bill Zelazny offers a perspective on having a dream and its potential for congregational growth.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 6.88MB - Duration: 20:02 m (48 kbps 44100 Hz)




The Theological Underpinnings of the UU Principles

01-11-2015

The seven Unitarian Universalist Principles, written as ethical statements, are profound theological expressions that clearly differentiate us from other Western religions. Rev. Bill Zelazny unpacks the theology underlying the Principles.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 7.86MB - Duration: 22:54 m (48 kbps 44100 Hz)




I Resolve...

01-04-2015

Rev. Bill Zelazny looks at the practice of New Year's resolutions from an historical perspective; and offers suggestions to improve on them when it is reported that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 8.39MB - Duration: 24:26 m (48 kbps 48000 Hz)




Cleansing, Hope and Renewal

12-21-2014

Recorded on the day of Winter Solstice, which some people like to celebrate with rituals, and the fifth day of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Rev. Bill Zelazny talks about the underlying life themes of these events to us whether or not we observe them.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 5.91MB - Duration: 17:48 m (46 kbps 44100 Hz)




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