Guest in Your Pulpit - Charlotte Lehmann
Charlotte Lehmann is a seminarian.
Titles of programs/sermons and a brief statement of content on each:
I am willing to provide a more extensive list of sermon titles by request. The following are just a few examples to whet your appetite.
Examples of sermons that explore spiritual transformation and spiritual practice (see also examples under chancel drama and multigenerational services):
Saints by Calling—As stipulated in the Cambridge Platform (1648) our Puritan forebears originally required that church members attest to a conversion experience. It quickly became untenable to require confession of conversion as part of our congregational polity. This sermon considers the role of conversion experiences or awakenings in our lives in general and as Unitarian Universalists. How has your spirit been transformed? What changes have occurred in your life as you have matured and grown?
This Stuff Really Works!—I share thoughts on and some personal experiences with “alternative spiritualities” as important complimentary practices that we can tap into for spiritual health and healing. (For an additional program fee, this worship service could be combined with a 3-hour afternoon workshop utilizing an empowerment exercise for congregants.)
An example of sermons that explore leadership qualities and practices:
True GRIT: Passion, Perseverance & Staying Power—considers the role of what sociologist Angela Duckworth calls GRIT in our being successful and productive people. True GRIT involves the character traits of passion, perseverance and staying power.
An example of sermons that explore social justice issues:
Oil and Water: Finite Resources and Healing Potential—Human conflicts are in news headlines nearly daily, especially in oil-rich and water-poor Middle Eastern and North African countries. The finite nature of these resources globally, as well as locally, pulls every nation worldwide into the struggle to hold onto power. Yet, both oil (albeit historically not crude hydrocarbons) and water serve as symbols of blessing and healing in human religious traditions, ancient and modern. How can we transform our relationship with oil and water so everyone is made whole?
Examples of worship services that use chancel drama or multigenerational story to explore theology and spiritual practice:
Jumping Mouse: A Native American Tale—a worship service centered around Jumping Mouse, a Native American story about spiritual journeys and the transformational process.
Paradise is Making Your Mark (multigenerational story service)—explores our inherent creativity as spiritual practice through the acting out of Peter Reynolds Creatrilogy: “The Dot”, “Sky Color” and “-ish” stories for children. This service involves a cast from the congregation and requires additional preparation.
“The Visit” by Lizzie Cheney-Ward (chancel drama)—a play written in 1933 by the wife of an obscure, but fascinating Unitarian minister Duren James Henderson Ward, characterized by Charles Lyttle in his history of the Western Unitarian Conference, Freedom Moves West (1952), as “neither Theist nor Humanist.” It portrays a seeker of the Truth. The worship service contextualizes the play with information about the playwright and her husband, who served as the model for the play’s seeker.
Contact: Email Charlotte at charlotte_lehman [at] hotmail [dot] com