Sermons

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We have begun filming the sermons given at our Interfaith services.

 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, our services have been moved online via Zoom starting March 21, 2020. Zoom automatically records all gatherings, so here is the recording for the entire service that day (minus the “Sharing of Our Hearts,” where participants share their own personal joys and concerns with the group).

 

This sermon was given by Presbyterian Minister Peter Sanders to the Living Interfaith Sanctuary on December 14, 2019. In it, he discusses the differences between Advent and the Christmas season, the difficulty in honoring Advent in our consumerist culture, and how these six holy weeks can bring peace and joy to us all, regardless of religious tradition.

 

This sermon was given by Living Interfaith Sanctuary Council member, Brynn Craffey, on November 30, 2019. In it, he discusses his experience living as a queer person in San Francisco in the 1980s and ’90s and the way in which the AIDS epidemic impacted the city and his loved ones.

 

This sermon was given by our Interfaith Leader, Cathy Merchant, during our November 16, 2019 service. In it, she discusses the fears and habits that keep us from reaching out to people from different spiritual paths and how we can work through these to develop more Interfaith relationships.

Here is the talk given by Sikh World Organization director and activist, Sukhvinder Vinning, at our October 19, 2019 service on the birth of the Guru Granath Sahib sacred text:

Here is our first sermon given by our Interfaith Leader, Cathy Merchant, on February 4th, 2018 at Trinity-Grace United Church:

‘Can You Teach Us Those Prayers?’

You may have noticed when I came in that I did the three prostrations that Tibetan Buddhists do when they enter a holy sanctuary. This is done both to humble oneself and to express reverence for the place one has entered; you not only lie flat on the ground at the entrance, but you lift your hands up to raise up the wisdom that emanates from such a place. I think this is a beautiful tradition, and I have been doing it in one form or another since 2005. Read more.