Service of the Living Tradition (SLT)
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 Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, RI. The service is open to the public and video is streamed live online on UUA.org. General Assembly registration is not required.
2020 SLT Sermon
The Reverend Danielle Di Bona will deliver the sermon for the 2020 Service of the Living Tradition. Rev. Di Bona has served Unitarian Universalism for 30 years, and is the 2018 recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service to the Cause of Unitarian Universalism. In her retirement, She serves as the Palliative Care chaplain at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, MA. She has served as a member of the UU Nominating Committee and on the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation board. She is the former President and Vice President of the Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries, and continues to serve DRUUMM as Chaplain. Rev. Di Bona also serves on the Board of the Church of the Larger Fellowship. She is a Chaplain to the UUA Board of Trustees and Finding Our Way Home.
Danielle identifies as bi-racial. Her father was born in Italy and came to the United States when he was 7. Her mother was Wampanoag, a tribe that has lived on the south shore of Massachusetts for thousands of years.
When not serving the UUA, the church and the community, Danielle describes herself as “retired.” In her retirement she trains and shows her dogs and had the honor of showing Rozi and Aldas at the National Dog Show in Philadelphia and Westminster in Manhattan.
2020 SLT Music Director
Dr. Zanaida Stewart Robles is a fierce advocate for diversity and inclusion in music education and performance. Born, raised, and educated in Southern California, she is in demand as a vocalist, conductor, clinician and adjudicator for competitions, festivals, and conferences related to choral and solo vocal music. She serves on the national board of the National Association of Negro Musicians and is co-chair of the board of directors of Tonality, a non-profit organization that promotes peace, unity, and social justice through choral music performance in Los Angeles.
Sermons of the SLT Since 1997
- 2019 Sermon by Rev. Lindi Ramsden
Watch the 2019 Service (Video and Captioning)
- 2018 Sermon by Rev. Sofia Betancourt
Watch the 2018 Service (Video and Captioning)
- 2017 Sermon by Rev. Cheryl M. Walker
Watch the 2017 Service (Video and Captioning)
- 2016 Sermon by Rev. Dr. William Sinkford
Watch the 2016 Service (Video and Captioning)
- 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.)