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John respond to our last-minute questions (and even provides some answers) in his final service with us.
Rev. John Marsh | 12:17 | 5.6 MB
Members of our high school youth group share statements of their beliefs with the congregation.
MMUUS Youth Group | 10:56 | 5.0 MB
Alto saxophone solo.
| 02:48 | 2.6 MB
In the midst of an unpopular war, how do we best honor those who have given their lives for the safety of their community? May Memorial takes its name from a man who was committed to pacifism, and who continually struggled to find ways to live out his faith in practical ways. This service will look at his life and at ours.
Rev. John Marsh | 18:08 | 8.3 MB
A soldier responds to the care package sent to him by MMUUS RE students.
Jennifer Hamlin-Navias | 05:57 | 2.7 MB
As our Coming of Age RE group finishes their year, we look at this and other life passages in our community and the greater world.
Rev. John Marsh | 13:09 | 6.0 MB
Meet the seven newest members of our congregational family.
Rev. John Marsh, Britt Zumpano | 07:48 | 3.6 MB
Chris Shultz, Therese Hogle and Linda Wollowitz share their experiences as mothers and grandmothers.
Chris Shultz, Therese Hogle, Linda Wollowitz | 10:12 | 4.7 MB
This service will be of special significance to all those who have belly buttons.
Rev. John Marsh | 10:16 | 4.7 MB
We will officially welcome a statue of Kwan Yin, the Asian goddess of compassion who is currently making her home amongst us, and explain her linkages to Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist deities, as well as to her distant cousin, whom some people think she closely resembles, William Ellery Channing's concept of disinterestedness.
Rev. John Marsh | 21:12 | 9.7 MB
We used to think of Earth Day as a one-day yearly event when some environmentalists picked up trash. Now we realize that every day is Earth Day and it is both a celebration and a responsibility for all of us, involving all the things we need to learn, practice and celebrate about creating a sustainable community of life on our one and only planet.
Rev. John Marsh | 12:36 | 5.8 MB
Our 2006 UU Statement of Conscience on global warming/climate change calls us to work on many levels to protect the changing climate of our "blue boat home." We "pledge to ground our missions and ministries in reverence for this earth and responsibility to it." Certainly, given the range of our beliefs, this will mean something different for each of us.
Rev. Jean Wahlstrom | 19:06 | 8.8 MB
Nineteenth century patent medicine creator Lydia Pinkham and other wise UUs.
Rev. Jean Wahlstrom | 09:06 | 4.2 MB
May Memorial Choir | 02:58 | 2.7 MB
Over the past few decades, the expression "Beloved Community" came to replace UU references to the Kingdom of God (or Heaven). What does Beloved Community really mean? What assumptions underlie it? And, is there now a more apt expression of our vision of the world to come?
Rev. Jean Wahlstrom | 25:15 | 11.6 MB
May Memorial Choir | 04:41 | 4.3 MB
Rev. John Marsh | 12:01 | 5.5 MB
Handel's choral classic.
May Memorial Choir & Congregation | 04:21 | 4.0 MB
Our 2007 Samuel J. May Speaker, Father Roy Bourgeois is the founder of The School of the Americas Watch, an organization dedicated to monitoring and sometimes protesting the role the U.S. military in supporting oppressive governments in Central and South America. Father Roy served in the Navy during the Viet Nam War and was awarded the Purple Heart after he was wounded in a bombing raid. He is a now a priest in the Maryknoll order. Father Roy is introduced by Dan Sage of the MMUUS Social Justice Committee.
Father Roy Bourgeois | 27:21 | 12.5 MB
For our Music Sunday, Music Director Glenn Kime leads the choir in this work by Eric Whitacre and Hila Plitmann. Accompanied by Megan and Charley Beller and John Wobus. John Marsh reads the translation.
May Memorial Choir & Contranella | 12:32 | 11.5 MB
Megan Beller on violin with her father, John Wobus, on piano.
Contranella | 02:25 | 2.2 MB
What assumptions do we make about how other people should behave? Can we articulate those assumptions? How will this help us? This will be a sermon of questions. You, the gathered congregation, will provide the ultimate answers.
Rev. John Marsh | 24:18 | 11.1 MB
Jennifer Hamlin-Navias | 05:13 | 2.4 MB
Music Director Glenn Kime leads the choir in this Mennonite hymn tune.
May Memorial Choir | 03:41 | 3.4 MB
The annual canvass is a time to consider priorities, dreams, and realistic goals.
Rev. John Marsh | 17:57 | 8.2 MB
One of the great tensions in every life is the balance between enjoying the safe, secure and well known and risking loss of what is for what might yet be. Every great religious leader has always come down on the side of taking risks.
Rev. John Marsh | 19:51 | 9.1 MB
A fable by Arnold Lobel.
Rev. John Marsh | 03:05 | 1.4 MB
Glenn Kime at the organ | 06:10 | 5.7 MB
Womanism is a 19th century term brought back into use by Alice Walker to celebrate a more inclusive feminist movement. Where are we today?
Rev. John Marsh | 24:53 | 11.4 MB
Glenn Kime at the organ | 02:26 | 2.2 MB
Congregation / Glenn Kime on piano | 04:36 | 4.2 MB
What are poems really about? Robin Kimmerer reads her poem "Peaches."
Rev. John Marsh / Robin Kimmerer | 12:07 | 5.6 MB
Members of our writing group read from their works. Joyce Homan: "Driving Back Home"; Dick Pearson: "Drying Out"
Joyce Homan, Dick Pearson | 07:10 | 3.3 MB
Members of our writing group read from their works. Harsey Leonard: "Marking Time"; Ann Pearson: "At the Transfer Station"; Vicky Schipper: "Connections"
Harsey Leonard, Ann Pearson, Vicky Schipper | 08:36 | 3.9 MB
Members of our writing group read from their works. Dolly Katovitch: "Some Thoughts on Writing"; Jen Sanford: "Husna"; Barbara Mihalas: "Sounds of Life"; Nan Gartner: "The Poet and the War"; Ann Pia: "Alleluia"
Dolly Katovitch, Jen Sanford, Barbara Mihalas, Nan Gartner, Ann Pia | 09:57 | 4.6 MB
A reflection on the themes of how we are wounded and how we might be healed, as presented in this year's Syracuse Reads program selection.
Rev. John Marsh | 30:36 | 14.0 MB
While our possessions can be stolen, what's inside us can never be.
Rev. Jennifer Hamlinn-Navias | 05:21 | 2.5 MB
Therese Hogle describes her family's journey to May Memorial and what it has meant to her.
Therese Hogle | 07:22 | 3.4 MB
May Memorial Choir | 03:51 | 3.5 MB
Thinking about freedom.
Rev. Jennifer Hamlin-Navias | 02:22 | 1.1 MB
Uncle Tom's Cabin has been one of the most controversial and influential books of all time. As we observe Martin Luther King Day and reflect on his dream, we will take a moment to look back on the monumental issues contained in this fairly humble novel. Joe Cleveland leads the congregation in spirituals before and after the sermon.
Rev. John Marsh | 38:45 | 17.7 MB
Jennifer reads "Freedom Summer," by Deborah Wiles, a story of two boys' biracial friendship in the American South of the early 1960s.
Rev. Jennifer Hamlin-Navias | 07:53 | 3.6 MB
It has been said that comedy is about finding one's place in a larger context, about achieving harmony. Tragedy is about isolation and being cut off from the community. When, in Shakespeare's "The Tempest," Miranda asks her wise father which is their lot, he replies: "Both, both, my girl." There is more to be said.
Rev. John Marsh | 30:30 | 14.0 MB
For most of human history reading was regarded as a spiritual activity. In the 19th century it also took on the form of popular amusement. Now listening to books is becoming an increasingly available option. I'll reflect on reading's history and possible futures.
Rev. John Marsh | 30:55 | 14.2 MB
Rev. Jennifer Hamlin-Navias | 04:21 | 2.0 MB
The Internet, podcasts and audio books are revolutionizing the way authors connect with their audiences.
Anton Ninno | 04:35 | 2.1 MB
David Kaczynski describes his emotions as he came to realize his brother Ted was the Unabomber and explains how Rev. Sam May's 19th century views on the death penalty are still relevant. David is executive director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty (www.nyadp.org).
David Kaczynski | 30:51 | 14.1 MB