The Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

            311 East Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (MAP)             912-549-0326            

Member Sermons

"Fatherhood by Aphorism"  Alan Kindler (6-21-2020)


"The Game That We Have Already Won"  Orlando Montoya  (3/15/2020)


"A Journey Through the Seven Principles, Part One"     Elmer Schleich, Kevin Ionno and Jane Rago   (01/05/2020)

Elmer Schleich, Kevin Iono, Jane Rago

"Fake News, Real News and the Awe of Good News"  Rexanna Lester  (12/29/2019)

Rexanna Lester

"The Power of Awe"  Jane Rago (12/22/2019)

Jane Rago

"Finding Your Awe At The Edge Of The Sea"  Kris Williams (12/08/2019)


"Follow the Sun"  John Iaderosa (11/24/2019)


"The Influence of Mark Twain on my Life"  Susan Daggett (11/17/2019)   *Temporarily unavailable - technical difficulties*


"Longing To Be"    Judy Saucerman (10/20/2019)

Judy Saucerman

"Belonging - Circle for Each Soul"  Rev Susan Karlson,  (10/13/2019)
Cultivating a sense of belonging is a natural human endeavor and feeling like we belong is crucial to our well being. The question becomes how wide will we draw the circle of belonging? Can we draw the circle wide enough to include each soul? Do the Unitarian Universalist principles call us to do just that?

"We All Belong To Each Other"  Rev. Steve Hudder  (10-6-2109) 

This is a text copy of the sermon giving outdoors in Troup Square for the Blessing of the Animals 

"Turning People Into Trees"  Rev. Dianne Hudder (9-22-2019)

“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.” ― Howard Thurman


“Expectations, Whirl Me Round”  Orlando Montoya    (9-8-2019)
What happens when we embrace the dizzying journey?

"What Are We Waiting For?"  Clint Tawes  (9-1-2019)

Growing up in a conservative religious denomination, we often talked about our great expectation as believers. It always involved a future life in a city in the sky. Rather than focusing our expectations on a heavenly world in the next life, why not raise our expectations in this life and work to make this world a little more heavenly?

Clint Tawes

"God as the Poet of the World: Theopoetics and Divine Grace"  Dr. Luke Higgins (6-9-2019)
How might our sense of God’s presence in our lives (or lack thereof) shift if we were to imagine the underlying, divine “lure” of the cosmos in aesthetic, rather than metaphysical or even ethical terms? Such a shift might help us to more radically accept and affirm the unconventional manifestations of beauty made possible by divine grace.

"Optimism"  Dr. Robert Pawlicki  (3-10-2019)

As stated strongly in a sermon entitled, More Evidence the world is getting better, optimism takes work. In the sea of negative news and images in which we live, it is challenging to maintain an optimistic outlook – as important as that is to our mental and physical health. 

However, there is a wealth of extremely well researched books that clearly articulate that the world is getting better. Here are three well worth your time.

The easiest to read and an excellent place to begin is: Hans Rosling’s Factfulness. Written by an internally famous world health educator, Factfulnessdeals with common misunderstanding, why we are prone to misread reality and what the actual facts are regarding the world’s progress. My sermon relied heavily on this book. If you are hesitant to dive into a book, go to TEDtalks and explore one of the 16 fascinating presentations by Dr. Rosling.

Our country’s most well-known optimism proponent is Harvard psychologist, Steven Pinker. Filled with charts and trend line, Pinker’s two well written books are very convincing that, upon examination from scientist around the world, the world is, indeed, getting better.  His first book is entitled: The Better Nature of our Angels, and the second, Enlightenment Now. Both excellent.


"Memories and Monuments"  Clint Tawes   (11-25-2018)

Immediately after returning home from his pilgrimage to Plymouth, Massachusetts, Clint Tawes will share his experience at the National Day of Mourning and explore the importance of re-examining society’s collective memory, which we often refer to as “history”, by giving voice to marginalized people whose memories do not match society’s monuments.


"Our Fourth Principle and Journalism"  Orlando Montoya   (9-30-2018) 
The line between information and wisdom can be a fuzzy one. A reporter stumbles across this line, shedding light on the Fourth Principle of Unitarian-Universalism, the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.

"Seeing the Life Around You"  Kevin Ionno  (9-23-2018)
People seem to be increasingly blind to the life around them. Would the world change if people woke up and changed changed their relationship with life? What if they remembered that they are life?

"Participation is the Key to Harmony"  Margaret Hall   (9-16-2018)

What's the secret to the long game? It's picking up the ball. Margaret shares life stories on the joys and challenges of participating fully at home, work, church and anywhere life takes you.  

Other resources referenced in the sermon:  

Chinese proverb, "Where There is Light in the Soul," online
Hope for Today and Reaching for Personal Freedom: Living the Legacies by Al-Anon Family Groups.
Dr. Brene Brown's Ted Talk, "The Power of Vulnerability."


"Love in the Time of Climate Change" Alan Kindler  (9-9-2018)

A 12-Step meeting for petroleum addicts.

The link to the tool referenced in the sermon:


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