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Service of the Living Tradition

The Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group invites you to join us at this service where we honor fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders, remember those who have died, recognize those who have completed active service, and welcome those who have received fellowship or credentialed status in the past year.

The Service of the Living Tradition (SLT) is open to the public. General Assembly registration is not required.

The 2015 sermon will be delivered by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa OK

Marlin Lavanhar grew up in Chicago. In 1990, he received a BA in Sociology from Tulane University. Upon graduation, he spent two years in Kyoto, Japan, after which he embarked on a three-year odyssey travelling 20,000 miles around the world on a mountain bike. He returned to the U.S. and entered Harvard Divinity School where he received his M.Div. Since 2000, Marlin has served All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa as their Senior Minister where, during his tenure, membership has increased by 80%. He holds an honorary Ph.D. from Phillips Theological School. Marlin and Anitra Lavanhar have two children, Elias and Lyla.

Sermons of the SLT Since 1997

The following documents are Flash video files unless otherwise noted.

2014 Sermon by Rev. Rebekah Montgomery
Watch the 2014 Service (Video, Script, and Captioning)

2013 Sermon by The Reverend Vanessa Rush Southern 
Watch the 2013 Service (Video, Script, and Captioning)

2012 "NamMyohoRengeKyo—Trespassing Into Prophetic Imagination*" by The Reverend Karen Tse 
Watch the 2012 Service (Video, Script, and Captioning)

2011 “The Face of God or a Face in the Crowd?,” Michael Schuler
Watch the 2011 Service (Video, Script, and Captioning)

2010 "Beautiful Faces and Complex Natures," Paige Getty
Watch the 2010 Service

2009 "A Lifetime Isn’t Long Enough (PDF)," Mary Harrington
Watch the 2009 Service

2008 "Remind Us Again, Brave Friends (PDF)," Victoria Safford
Watch the 2008 Service

2007 Bill and Barbara Hamilton-Holway
Watch the 2007 Service

The following documents are PDF files.

2006 "To Live In This World," Judith Meyer

2005 "Out From Walden," Patrick O’Neill

2004 "Count It All Joy," Rosemary Bray McNatt

2003 "Give 'Em The Old Razzle Dazzle," Gary E. Smith

2002 "Only By Your Presence," Barbara Pescan

2001 "Called! By Whom? To What?" Richard S. Gilbert

2000 "Imagining a New World," Marilyn Sewell

1999 "Other Pulpits, Other Ministries," Mark Belletini

1998 "Truth Telling," Barbara Merritt

1997 "Too Swift to Stop, Too Sweet to Lose," William F. Schulz (Schulz gave two sermons with the same title, one at each of the two SLTs; both are included here.)

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