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Sermon Audio (MP3) Files

8 January 2017 - 24 December 2017

Below are audio files from selected services during the current year

Audio files normally do not have have the music sung/played during the services due to copyright restrictions

Audio files are added as they are processed (usually within a few weeks of the service)

Audio files from previous years, as well as the text of sermons by Rev. Cynthia Snavely from July 2008 through July 2015, can be found through the links listed at the bottom of this page.


December 24 (Christmas Eve) Striving for A Greater Future For All Our Children - Rev Pratima Dhar
Rev. Dharm speaks on the topic of hope and the significance of the birth of Jesus and how our faith informs us and reminds us to respond to the injustices that children in the United States and all over the world face, especially brought on by poverty. 171224-AGreaterFutureForAllOurChildren.mp3

December 3 The Freedom to Believe, Live and to Die With Dignity - Rev Pratima Dharm
Advent is an observance for the coming of Jesus Christ! In medieval times, Advent was a time of fasting as the entire church waited in anticipation to celebrate the birth of the infant Jesus. There was hope in this preparation because of what people believed the celebration of this birth symbolized: a child who was born against all odds and who had the power to ‘save’ them individually as well as the world. However, as Unitarian Universalists our hope is not in being ‘saved’ but in how compassionately we engage with others and respond to the call for creating a world community that works together to create more peace, liberty and justice for all. Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead service on the first Sunday of Advent to explore how we can hold onto this very hope that is espoused by our faith as we strive for the right of every person to believe, to live and to die as they choose with dignity, peace and freedom.


November 5 Honoring Our Departed Loved Ones - Rev. Pratima Dharm

Rev. Dharm delves into the topic of how the various religions and cultures around the globe, honor and remember their ancestors. How can these rituals for our dearly departed inform our faith and our lives today? What reflections are appropriate and important during this time of the year, where most ancient cultures believe that the veil between our world and that of the ‘beyond’ is the thinnest? Let us come together in worship to understand the significance of this phenomena and the meaning behind its observance the world over! 


October 22 Overcoming Internal Barriers With A Spirit of Courage ( UU Inspiration) - Rev. Pratima Dharm

Rev. Dharm speaks on the human failure to act with courage at crucial times in our lives and the lives of others. It is not uncommon for us to fail to act with courage at the most important junctures in life, only to do the greater and harder work of justice, peace and equality later on. The important lesson here is to make the decision and take the necessary steps to overcome all that impedes us internally so we can continue to act with justice and courage and make a real difference in this world!  20171022-OvercomingBarriersWithCourage-RevDharm.mp3


October 1   Facing Our Fears with Courage - Rev. Pratima Dharm (Rev. Karen Lee Scrivo, liturgist)

Rev. Pratima Dharm speaks on facing our fears as crucial moments that require courage from us even to the point of risking our own personal safety. For, as a people of faith we are called to make a stance against the decline of moral consciousness in our society today, even if it is not popular to do so. This requires daily effort and a conscious decision to follow the right path, even when faced with opposition from various sides. As someone rightly said, “courage is not being without fear but standing up and facing the enemy despite the presence of fear is courage” And so let us be courageous, honorable and willing to do the right thing always!  20171001-FacingOurFearsWithCourage-RevDharm.mp3

September 24  All are Welcome - Rev. Pratima Dharm (Rev. Karen Lee Scrivo, liturgist)
The Water Communion, also called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s. Goodloe Memorial UU Congregation holds a Water Communion at the beginning of the new church year.


September 3 Come as You Are!  - Rev. Pratima Dharm (Rev. Karen Lee Scrivo, liturgist)
Rev Dharm speaks on reaching out to people irrespective of where they come from or what they bring with them. It is only by extending an earnest and wholesome welcome to one and all that we open our hearts to a greater love and acceptance for others. This can finally, help us break down the walls that people put up so we can together create our beloved community at Goodloe UU Congregation.   20170903-ComeAsYouAre-RevDharm.mp3

June 18  Joy and Woe  - Rev. Christina Leone Tracy

Rev. Christina reflects on her time with you, what she's learned, and the joy of having had time among you, but sadness at leaving. This was her last service with us at Goodloe before she left for her new ministry in Wisconsin.


June 4   Peace and Unrest  - Rev. Christina Leone Tracy

At the end of many of our UU services we say something like "Go in peace" or we sing a song that wishes "calm serenity" -- What does peace look like when it's not calm or serene? How might we wish for both peace AND unrest?


April 2 A Congregation Transformed  - Rev. Christina Leone Tracy
Through the beloved tale of the Franciscan brother Juniper, we'll hear about how generosity of spirit and "giving away our congregation" actually transforms us into something more real and true. In preparation for our Annual Meeting following the service, come consider how our congregation might be transformed through our actions.


March 26 Loving Our Neighbors - Rev.Hannah Roberts Villnave (Guest Speaker)
In religious teachings from around the world (as well as our own Unitarian Universalist teachings), we are called to love our neighbors. However, this is not easy work! Together we'll explore the pitfalls and promises of loving the folks who surround us.   20170326-LovingOurNeighbors-RevRobertsVilnave.mp3


March 5 What Calls Us to Risk?  - Eleanor Piez (Guest Speaker - Intern Minister UULM-MD/UUCA)
(Liturgist: Karen Scrivo)
While we strive to live Unitarian Universalist principles as healthy habits in our daily lives, that does not mean we should take for granted any of our routines or desires. How can we recognize and answer the call to change?



February 26 Listening to our Inner Voice - Rev Pratima Dharm*
Steve Jobs once said, “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice." Listening to this ‘voice’ defines and shapes who we become as individuals and as a faith community. It also helps us either surmount or continue to be bound to issues of race, ethnicity, gender, social status, family background, political affiliation and past successes or failures. Reverend Dharm speaks on the topic of ‘identity’ and the human spirit’s ability to overcome insurmountable odds from the past in order to remember our inner voices of truth and justice in the present which allow us to discover possibilities of being ‘more’ as individuals as well as a community of faith.


*Rev. Pratima Dharm was the first Hindu Chaplain in the United States Army. She also served as a Christian Chaplain in the US Army and was deployed to Iraq from 2007-2008 where she organized and led several Humanitarian Aid Missions for the Kurdish people in the northern part of Iraq. She served the traditional Protestant Worship Service on base as Associate Minister in 2006-2007. She was also the Hindu Minister for the first Hindu Worship Service at Walter Reed National Military Hospital in Bethesda, 2011-2013. Rev. Dharm introduced President Obama at the White House Diwali in 2011. She retired from active duty service in March 2015. Rev. Dharm is currently a member of Cedar Lane UU Church. She will become Goodloe's minister in the Fall of 2017.

February 5 Leap of Faith - Rev Christina Leone Tracy
What does Trapeze have to do with being a UU? As it turns out, quite a bit! Let's talk about how to hold on to our identity and also let go of some pieces, as we leap into a very uncertain future, as a nation, a faith tradition, and a congregation.



January 8 Looking Back, Looking Forward   - Rev. Christina Leone Tracy

January is named for Janus, the Roman guardian of the intersection of the past and the future. We take this opportunity to reflect on where we have been, and where we wish to go in the future.



Sermon Audio (MP3) Files and Sermon Transcripts for Previous Years

The table below contains links to the text of sermons given by Reverend Cynthia Snavely from July 2008 through July 2015, and to MP3 audio files of services performed by Goodloe ministers and guest speakers