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 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
- 2015 Sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar
Watch the 2015 Service (Video and Captioning)
- 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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