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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 2014 sermon was delivered by Rev. Rebekah Montgomery, Affiliate Minister at the AWAKE Ministries of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Annapolis, MD.

The Reverend Rebekah Ann Montgomery has a BA in Religious Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in NYC, NY and a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova SE University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Rev. Montgomery is an Army Reserve chaplain and was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in July of 2005 for an 18 month tour of duty.

In June of 2009, Rev. Montgomery was named "Military Chaplain of the Year" and received a Distinguished Service award from the Military Chaplains Association.

In 2011, Rebekah was selected for promotion to major after seven years of service. This promotion represents the military's increased trust and confidence in her leadership and pastoral ability.

Rev. Montgomery contributed to the UU Military Manual,Bless All Who Serve. She and her two children live in Bethesda.

Sermons of the SLT Since 1997

The following documents are Flash video files unless otherwise noted.

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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