Making Powerful Trouble

A sermon delivered by Rev. Leela Sinha
August 15, 2021
Chuck Champlin, Worship Associate

Making Powerful Trouble: we’re accustomed to the idea that resistance has to come from below, from outside, from the Other.  But when we are the holders of power, how shall we resist then? 

Rev. Leela Sinha is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and an entrepreneurial community minister who is continually willing to speak the truth in love. Rev. Leela resides in the Bay Area and is founder of The Intensives Institute, which supports people with big personalities in embracing and using their power for good through leadership development, coaching, and consulting. The Institute and its work are an outgrowth of Rev. Leela’s book, You’re Not Too Much: Intensive Lives in an Expansive World. 

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Greeting  Chuck Champlin, Worship Associate 

Song for Gathering Building a New Way by Martha Sandefer #1017

Welcome  Chuck Champlin 

Lighting of the Chalice  Blessed is the Fire That Burns Deep in the Soul by Eric A Heller-Wagner, read by Susan Merrill 

Land Acknowledgement  Chuck Champlin 

Opening Words  Rev. Leela Sinha 

Wisdom for All Ages The Story of Robin Hood and Allan a Dale  Rev. Leela Sinha

Joys & Sorrows  Beth Karow 

If you wish, you may type into the chat a joy, a sorrow, a care or concern that you carry in your heart this morning. 

Prayer & Meditation  Rev. Leela Sinha 

Song Comfort Me #1002  

Reading  A Song for Many Movements by Audre Lorde   Rev. Leela Sinha 

Sermon  Making Powerful Trouble  Rev. Leela Sinha 

Offering  Chuck Champlin and Stephanie Fischer, Executive Director, Community Beyond Violence  

25% of our offering this month will support Community Beyond Violence: whose mission is to offer resources for building healthy relationships and to work with community partners to provide services for healing the effects of interpersonal violence. 

Since we are not passing a plate in person, giving in other ways is vital to our ability to sustain the work of our community. Thank you for your generosity. See the insert for ways to give by text, PayPal, UUCM’s website or by mail. 

Offertory Jordan Thomas-Rose 

Dedication  Chuck Champlin 

Thank you  Chuck Champlin 

Closing Song When the Spirit Says Do #1042 

Closing Words/Benediction  Rev. Leela Sinha 

Community Benediction / Extinguishing of the Chalice  

                   Carry the flame of peace and love until we meet again.  

Music for Going Forth