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  • Up Next Sept 12, 2021: Community Care
    Community Care: building, protecting, healing and growing our collective power through relationship. Renée Brill is in our virtual pulpit.
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    Up Next Sept 5, 2021: The State of the Congregation
    The State of the CongregationUUCOC Board President, Beth Ferree, presents "The State of the Congregation: the wonderful things we have, and are accomplishing."
  • Up Next August 29, 2021: Creation, created, creators...
    August 29, 2021:  Creation, created, creators...Paul Fucile returns to our virtual pulpit to ask what happens when we make a paradigm shift from critique to creators?
  • Up Next August 22, 2021: Reparations and the Church
    Reparations and the Church. What are reparations and how can we as individuals and a church take this on as a sprirital practice? Renée Brill will be in our virtual pulpit.  
  • Up Next August 15, 2021: Leading in Challenging Times
    Leading in Challenging Times - or - Three Lessons For Leadership -  NTUUC Executive Director, Daniel Polk, is in our virtual pulpit. Daniel will be talking about being self-differentiated, and a non-anxious presence - which means not running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
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    Up Next August 8, 2021: What is Black August?
    "What is Black August?" What can we learn and use in our engagement in community? Rev. Deneen Robinson is in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next August 1, 2021: Dwelling In Possibility
    Dwelling In Possibility - Sally Jones returns to our virtual pulpit with a message inspired by the Emily Dickinson poem I dwell in possibility. The poem serves as an example of how the words of one person can reach and touch the lives of many. If you don't happen to remember the poem from high school English class, you can read it here:
  • Up Next July 18, 2021: Who Do You Serve?
    Who do you serve? Having a community that both supports you and your interests is so very important in a world that is very individualistic in its orientation. Rev. Deneen Robinson is in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next July 11, 2021: Ableism
    Ableism: the language we use and what it means as we work on Widening the Circle of Concern. Beth Ferree is in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next July 4, 2021: Back to Normal:What do we mean by recovery, exactly?
    Back to Normal: What do we mean by recovery, exactly? Renée Brill brings up ten questions about revolution, reconstruction and reparations we should ask ourselves and each other as quarantine restrictions ease. Please see the ten questions mentioned in the service, and the links to the reference materials from the sermon below. 10 questions asked in the sermon:1) what makes you feel like you have come alive? What lights you up with excitement?2) When do you feel confident valued and...
  • Up Next June 27, 2021: The Fabric of Spacetime & The Church of TomorrowJune...
    June 27, 2021: The Fabric of Spacetime & The Church of TomorrowWoven in the Fabric of Spacetime is the Church of Tomorrow. If we build it, we will Become. Paul Fucile is in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next June 20, 2021: Father's Day
    June 20, 2021: Father's DayJim Klipp takes to our virtual pulpit with a celebration of Father's Day.
  • Up Next June 13, 2021: It Too Noisy Out Here!
    It Too Noisy Out Here! How to find the quiet. Rev. Deneen Robinson is in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next June 6, 2021: Widening The Concern
    Widening the Concern: Spiritual Practices for the Beloved Community.Let's talk about who we want to become and the Spiritual Resources we have to help us on our way. Renée Brill is in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next May 30, 2021: The Last Full Measure Of Devotion
    The Last Full Measure Of DevotionKenneth Jackson is in our virtual pulpit with a special service honoring our veterans. He describes it as a little history and a lotof editorializing.
  • Up Next May 23, 2021: Beyond Our 60th
    May 23, 2021: Beyond Our 60thBeth Ferree was in our virtual pulpit with a brief message for our church family and friends before our Spring Parish Meeting and 60th Anniversary Celebration.
  • Up Next May 16, 2021: Ideal, Real, Surreal; What’s the deal?
    Ideal, Real, Surreal; What’s the deal? Being Beyond Material Concepts of RealityPaul Fucile returns to our virtual pulpit exploring Indigenous cultures to unbind ourselves from material concepts of reality.
  • Up Next May 9, 2021: The Value Of Honor
    The Value of HonorFormer long-time member Sally Jones returns to our virtual pulpit with a special message for Mother's Day.
  • Up Next May 2, 2021: Self Care, Community Care and Active Hope
    Self Care, Community Care, and Active Hope:How we build resilience, act in solidarity, and enjoy the good life together. Renée Brill is in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next April 25, 2021: This Thing Called Life
    This Thing Called LifeWith Rev. Deneen Robinson - Life is. It is natural goodness and kindness. It is peace, joy and wholeness. I live in this Life. This Life flows through me. This Life is in everyone and in everything. Therefore, I am one with all that is--all people, all things, all events.
  • Up Next April 18, 2021: Hearthstones and Hope
    Hearthstones and Hope: Transformative action in a post pandemic world.Beth Ferree will be in our virtual pulpit. (Please note that the opinions expressed in this sermon are not representative of the church board and should not be considered a board decision.)
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    Up Next April 11, 2021: What A Wonder-full World
    What A Wonder-full World Paul Fucile takes our virtual pulpit to ask the questions; "What does a World of Wonder look like? What makes that same World opaque?"
  • Up Next April 4, 2021: Anticipating Joy
    Anticipating JoyGetting ready for change with our feet on the ground, head in the sky and our heart on our sleeve. With Renée Brill in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next March 28, 2021: Decisions
    Decisions - We welcome back Sally Jones, former long-term member and mother of our Labyrinth, to our virtual pulpit. Sally talks about decisions, and how we all make them, all day, every day. She suggests that the power of decision is our own.
  • Up Next March 21, 2021: The Power of the Feminine
    The Power of the Feminine Beth Ferree will be in our virtual pulpit with - How Women Can Propel the World Forward through Solidarity.
  • Up Next March 7, 2021: Refuge
    Refuge - Rev. Deneen Robinson will be in our virtual pulpit to discuss - Self: The best refuge is the self.
  • Up Next March 14, 2021: Zoom Out! How The Big Picture Leads Us to True Service
    Zoom Out! How The Big Picture Leads Us to True Service Paul Fucile asks us what is the difference between the power of service and service to power and how does the Big Picture show us the way?
  • Up Next Feb 28, 2021: "Life In Stereo"
    Life in Stereo Paul Fucile takes our virtual pulpit to present this Sunday's sermon - How the Oneness of the Universal Life Force amplifies All.
  • Up Next Feb 21, 2021: "What Did You Miss? Look Again!"
    What Did You Miss? Look Again! Rev. Deneen Robinson will be in our virtual pulpit to deliver this meesage - When we move through life we can miss the unexpected resource because we are looking for help based on the package, the color and miss our access to freedom. Look Again.
  • Up Next Feb 14, 2021: "The Various Shades of Love"
    Beth Ferree takes look at the history of Valentine's Day and the different incarnations of Love.
  • Up Next Feb 7, 2021: Life is Like A Box of Chocolates:You Get What You Give
    Life is Like A Box of Chocolates:You Get What You GivePaul Fucile will be in our virtual pulpit to discuss how Gratitude & Service are the cornerstones of Love, Faith, and Community.
  • Up Next Jan 24, 2021: Building A New World Takes Work
    We all have to be part of dismantling white supremacy. Daniel Polk is in our virtual pulpit.
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    Up Next Jan 17, 2021: What Would Martin Do?
    What Would Martin Do? A brief exploration of "Black Lives Matter," Martin Luther King, Jr., and The 8th Principle OF Unitarian Universalism. Susan Ammons will be in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next Jan 10, 2021: 2020 -The Year to End All Years
    2020: The Year to End All Years The COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for the future of the UUCOC Community. Paul Fucile will be in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next Jan 3, 2021: Widening the Circle of Concern
    Widening the Circle of Concern: how we can become more diverse and welcoming as we move forward into a new year. Beth Ferree will be in our virtual pulpit to welcome in the new year.
  • Up Next Dec 27, 2020:Kujichagulia:Defining, Naming, Creating & Speaking for...
    Kujichagulia:Defining, Naming, Creating & Speaking for Yourself. Kwanzaa starts the day after Christmas and Cat Luster will be sharing the 2nd principle of Kwanzaa on Sunday, Dec 27th, the 2nd day of the seven day celebration.
  • Up Next Dec 24th: Celebrating the Greatest Unplanned Pregnancy
    Christmas Eve: Celebrating the Greatest Unplanned Pregnancy Join Paul Fucile in our virtual pulpit for our Christmas Eve Service - Did Mary give consent? Reclaiming the Infancy Narrative!
  • Up Next Dec 20, 2020: Yule: How We Celebrate the Longest, Darkest Night
    Josh Hile will be presenting a message, co-written with Joeie Hile, about how Norse Pagans view the Winter Solstice, its meanings for the year past and the hope it holds for the year to come. Hail and well met!
  • Up Next Dec 13, 2020: Circle of Concern
    Circle of Concern. The UUCOC Social Justice Ministry team has put together a service to introduce the Circle of Concern report from the UUA to the congregation. Sarah Spencer is in our virtual pulpit.
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    Up Next Dec 6, 2020:The Pendulum between Colonialism & Community & the...
    The Pendulum between Colonialism and Community, and the Hope in Between. As we enter the time leading up to the Winter Solstice and the season of Advent, Paul Fucile asks the question the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asked more than 50 years ago: "Where do we go from here?
  • Up Next Nov 29, 2020: Feeding the Community as We Feed Ourselves
    Feeding the Community as We Feed Ourselves: How caring for others becomes self care. Cat Luster will be in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next Nov 22, 2020: Zen and The Art of Transcendence
    Zen and The Art of Transcendence. How our spiritual practices can allow us to find the wisdom and courage to deal with trauma and adversity. Beth Ferree will be in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next Nov 15, 2020: Spiritual Freedom
    Spiritual Freedom: It’s yours but make sure you are prepared as it comes.This sermon will discuss how important it is to go on the quest to find one’s spiritual connection. One that is centered and grounded in how you see yourself and what you need to grow and manifest in your life. What are the responsibilities to yourself and community? How do you live this out? UUCOC Pastoral Counselor Deneen Robinson will join us Sunday for the beginning of a life long quest.
  • Up Next Nov 8, 2020: Holy Sh*t Everyday
    Holy Sh*t Everyday Finding the holy where you're at-- even if where you're at is depressed, stressed, and a mess! Renée Brill will be in our pulpit with a message about making holy moments in hard times.
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    Up Next Nov 1, 2020: Make Something!
    Make Something! Poetry. Painting. Fabric Arts. Sand-sculpting. Song. Dance. Dinner. A garden. A curated display shelf of aesthetic trinkets. Make something, because the act and practice of making is a spiritual practice, regardless of the marketability or "professionalism" of the finished product. Sherri Randall will be in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next Oct 25, 2020: When the Darkness Seems Too Much
    When the Darkness Seems Too Much: The Light Side of the Dark Taking solace in the positive aspects of darkness. Sarah Ricke will shed some light on Samhain, the wheel of the year, and why honoring the 'dark time' of the year is important.
  • Up Next Oct 11, 2020: Holy Hands and Smart Butts
    Holy Hands and Smart Butts: How body care and embodied practice can enrich our spiritual practice. Renée Brill will be in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next Sept 27, 2020: Holding Space as an act of Building a Spiritual Practice
    Holding Space as an act of Building a Spiritual Practice One of the key tenets to building a spiritual practice is to make space for yourself and your spiritual community. Holding Space is one way to do this. Join us for a discussion on how to 'hold space' for yourself and others in your community. UUCOC Pastoral Counselor, Deneen Robinson will be in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next Sept 20, 2020: Personal & Communal Spiritual Practices
    Personal & Communal Spiritual Practices: Beth Ferree will be exploring what we do both personally and in community to strengthen our spiritual connections
  • Up Next Sept 13, 2020: Stewardship
    UUCOC Endowment Committee Member Jim Klipp and Board President Beth Ferree will be in our virtual pulpit addressing stewardship.
  • Up Next Sept 6, 2020: Toward a Rich & Meaningful UU Spirituality
    Renée Brill will be in our virtual pulpit for an introduction to the Spirit in Practice sermon series. We will begin by looking at a broad definition of spiritual practice and by exploring some of the benefits of having an intentional regular spiritual practice.
  • Up Next UUCOC Sunday Service, August 30th: The Year Without Ingathering
    Renée Brill answers the question - how can we have ingathering without gathering?
  • Up Next August 23rd: Membership
    Membership - What does it mean? What is it that people seek when they affiliate with a UU church? What is it that congregations owe to their members and conversely members owe to their congregations? Susan Ammons will be in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next August 16th: The One Where We Talk About Polity
    As part of a continuing series at UUCOC that follows The New UU curriculum, Matt Pargeter-Villarreal will be presenting a reflection on the church polity, what it is, and why it is so important for us to talk about as UUs.
  • Up Next August 9th: UU Social Justice Philosophy & Practice
    How social justice ties in with our Seven Principles. Sarah Spencer is in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next August 2nd: How We Grow In Faith - Principles of RE
    Benefits and challenges of religious education and exploration at any age, from a veteran volunteer. Leah Pittmon is in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next July 26th: Exploring Our UU Roots
    Exploring our UU Roots - Where we began, how the Unitarians became connected with the Universalists, and a short history of our own congregation. Beth Ferree is in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next July 12th - Unitarian Universalist Theology: What We Believe
    Hold up, wait a second. I joined this church because you wouldn't tell me what to believe. What are you doing giving a sermon about what Unitarian Universalists believe when we don't agree on what we believe? Well... That's a good place to start. What does it mean to do religion differently but still together? What might you learn from practicing religion this way? What might we find we agree on? What might we still disagree on? How might those ideas grow or change over time? How would that...
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    Up Next July 19th: "Radical Saints or Sainted Radicals?"
    "Radical Saints or Sainted Radicals?" investigates people who helped push the boundaries of UUism and helped expand the consciousness of our church. Daniel Polk is our guide on this exploration.



"What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

Sunday Sermon, July 5, 2020
Larry Brumfield

One hundred sixty-eight years ago, abolitionist Frederick Douglass was invited to address the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society in New York. Although much has changed for Black Americans over the intervening decades, recent events have made it abundantly clear that much of what he had to say is still tragically relevant now. Three of our members take our virtual pulpit to share their perspectives.

Note that this is our complete Sunday Service, including music and readings, thanks to the continuing work on copyright clearances by the UUA.




Sunday Sermon, June 28, 2020
Larry Brumfield

Messages from our LGBTQIA+ community on the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. This week we have started providing the entire service for viewing with permission from the UUA and other holders of the copyrights for our readings and music.



"Families of Color"

Sunday Sermon, June 21, 2020
Larry Brumfield

Parental Experiences of People of Color offered by several of our members. With Chaplain Larry Brumfield.



Sunday Sermon, June 14, 2020
Larry Brumfield

Juneteenth is a celebration of the day the News arrived... how does it connect to our lives today as UUs? UUCOC Chaplain Larry Brumfield is in our virtual pulpit.


The Power and Challenges of Disability

Sunday Sermon, June 7, 2020
Renée Brill, Beth Ferree, Roddy Roderick

This Sunday will bring multiple voices to our virtual pulpit as Renee and Beth tell us what they've learned through the challenges they've faced and our guest in the pulput, Roddy Roderick, delivers a meditation on love.



Covenant and Coronavirus

Sunday Sermon, May 31, 2020
Larry Brumfield

UUCOC Chaplain Larry Brumfield will be in our virtual pulpit to continue our discussion of Covenant; in action to a new and better normal.

If Unitarian Universalism’s crux were reduced to a few points in space and time, they would be those potent moments just before and just after we keep promises, or break them. The power of those moments is simple, shocking, and science-based.


Intergalactic Covenant or Cosmopolitan Covenant

Sunday Sermon, May 24, 2020
Paul Fucile

Whitman, Thoreau, the Navajo-Hopi Nation, and humanity’s everlasting covenant with nature, the earth, and the Universe. From stardust we came, to stardust we shall return. Paul Fucile was in our virtual pulpit.


The Covenant, Right Relations and Spiritual Growth*
*Alternate title: The Covenant and Doritos®

Sunday Sermon, May 17, 2020
Beth Ferree

What does the Covenant mean for us in honoring spiritual growth of the individual while working toward a beloved community?
Beth Feree returns to our virtual pulpit.


 Where do Covenants come from?
Why are they important to Unitarian Universalists?

Sunday Sermon, May 10, 2020
Renée Brill

We are going to talk about the history of Covenants in Unitarian Universalism. What makes them so important to our faith? What are some of the strengths of our covenanting tradition and what are some of it's weaknesses? Renée Brill will be in our virtual pulpit.


 Beltane: Let's have a real good time!

Sunday Sermon, May 3, 2020
Renée Brill & Jayde Harrington

Today's service takes a bit of a different look at the celebration of Beltane with Renée Brill & Jayde Harrington.

Today's Beltane service is about sexuality within the queer community from a pagan perspective. We want to make it clear that while we support free sexual expression, we do so from the assumption and understanding that consent between partners is essential and necessary. For some of our viewers the content within the sermon may have the unintended consequence of triggering memories for those who have been victimized through sexual misconduct.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us.


 Blessing of the Animals

Sunday Sermon, April 26, 2020
Blessing of the Animals, with Paul Fucile

This is the Sunday we bless our friends from the Animal Kingdom.
Today, it was done as a virtual blessing with our furry, fuzzy, and scaly companions staying at home with us.


What UUCOC Means to Me

Sunday, April 19, 2020

 Five members took to our pulpit to share their stories of what our church and UU means to them.



06-24-2018 Muslim Prayer
Autumn VanVolkinburg

1:50 min
Comments: Autumn opened our service with this prayer.
05-27-18 Memorial Day and the Military Economy
Rev. Larry Brumfield

21:34 min
Comments: Has this phenomena become so commonplace that we accept it as normal?
06-03-18 The Chip on my Spiritual Shoulder
Darvin Stephens

13:52 min
Comments: Darvin Stephens returns to our pulpit.
06-10-18 Faith in What?
Donna Leach

22:47 min
Comments: How many times has someone told us to "have faith"? What does that mean, exactly? What are we as UU's to have faith in?
06-17-2018 How to be a good Dad
Renée Brill

16:45 min
Comments: Renée Brill returns to Dallas and to our pulpit with a celebration of Fathers' Day.
06-24-2018 Coming Out to Love
BeeBee Gafoor

37:31 min
Comments: BeeBee talks about her life experiences that have led to a spiritual transformation into heart-centered living.
07-01-2018 Becoming Unitarian Universalist
Renée Brill

17:51 min
Comments: Renée Brill presented a "How To Guide" for the Never Ending process of converting to Unitarian Universalism for individuals and congregations.
07-29-2018 The Rejected Stones
Rev. Larry Brumfield

26:19 min
Comments: Rev. Larry Brumfield delivered the message that the rejected must LEAD the revival for Love and Justice! (Apologies for some issues with a few sections of the recording.)
11-25-18 Living In Answered Prayer
BB Gafor

25:38 min
Comments: BB shared some of her personal experiences and practices that moved her out of a life of quiet desperation into a life lived in answered prayer.
12-23-2018 Birth & Other Human Miracles
Renee Brill

14:43 min
Comments: The Christmas Story Through a UU Lens




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