Recent Sermons

University Public Worship is held every Sunday morning in Stanford Memorial Church at 10:00 am.

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Audio of these sermons are available at iTunes U.

Poetry and the Mystery of Faith by The Rev. Professor Jane Shaw – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 06/21/15
COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND 06/14/15
Lessons Learned from Faith During my Time at Stanford by Patrick Cirenza – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 06/07/15
Starting Over by The Rev. Joanne Sanders – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 05/31/15
Holy Comforter. Holy Disturber by Dean Jane Shaw – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 05/24/15
Loving the Whole World One Person At a Time by The Rev. Becca Stevens – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 05/17/15
Giving Birth to the Future: Reflections for Mother’s Day by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann 05/10/15
New Life Again! by Dean Jane Shaw – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE 05/03/15
“Can’t We All Just Get Along?:” Learning to Listen Despite Difference by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann 04/26/15
You Are Witnesses of These Things by The Rev. Joanne Sanders – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 04/19/15
Doubts, Differences, Doings by The Rev. Dr. Keith Riglin – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 04/12/15
New Life by Dean Jane Shaw – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 04/05/15
Chaos of Love by The Rev. Joanne Sanders – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 03/29/15
Lent & Liberation – Finding Your Way Home by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann 03/22/15
Look and Live  by The Rev. Dr. Maurice Charles 03/15/15
Missing Miracles for the ‘Signs’ by Caitie Daphtary 03/08/15
The Examined Life by Dean Jane Shaw – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 03/01/15
The Wisdom of Wilderness by The Rev. Joanne Sanders – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 02/22/15
They Shall See God by Dean Jane Shaw – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 02/15/15
Science and Religion by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann 02/08/15
The Exorcism of our Economism by the Rev. Brian E. Konkol  02/01/15
Dr. King’s Urge to Go Beyond Relying on the Wheels of Inevitability by Elizabeth Woodson 01/25/15
Martin Luther King Jr., Vocation and Prophecy by Dean Jane Shaw- TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 01/18/15
Beyond Resolutions and Hangovers by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann 01/11/15
Journeys by The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 01/04/15
Keep Fresh Our High Resolve by The Rev. Joanne Sanders 12/28/14
Mary’s Song by The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 12/21/14
Preparing for the Spiritual Season by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann 12/14/14
Tidings of Comfort and Joy by The Rev. Mark Birch – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 12/7/14
Waiting and Watching for God by The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 11/30/14
The Least of These and The Most of Us by The Rev. Joanne Sanders 11/23/14
Mercy and Meritocracy: New Testament Economics by The Rev. Rebecca Lyman 11/16/14
Conceiving a Technological God by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann 11/9/14
To Be a Blessing by The Rev. Joanne Sanders 11/2/14
Remembering by The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 10/26/14
Dispelling the Dark Clouds of Shame by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann 10/19/14
Feast and Famine by The Rev. Joanne Sanders 10/12/14
Commandments? Parables? Empathy? How Do We ‘Do’ Ethics in the 21st Century? by The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE 10/5/14
Learning with Love by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann 9/28/14
 God of Abundance, God of New Beginnings by The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw – TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE 9/21/14
How Often Should I Forgive? by Rev. Joanne Sanders 9/14/14
Building Community by Rev. Susan Scott 9/7/14
God Is Still On The Throne by Rev. John Harrison TEXT NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE 8/31/14
On Spiritual Convictions and What Matters Most: Community Restores Life by Rev. Joanne Sanders 8/24/14
On Spiritual Convictions and What Matters Most: Hope is a Muscle by Rev. Joanne Sanders  8/17/14
On Spiritual Convictions and What Matters Most: The Economy of Grace by Rev. Joanne Sanders 8/10/14
Matters of Conscience III: The obligation to obey, the obligation to disobey and how to tell the difference? by Rabbi Patricia Karlin – Neumann
 8/3/14
Matters of Conscience II: The Religious Obligation to Disobey by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann  7/27/14
Matters of Conscience I: The Religious Obligation to Obey by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann 7/20/14
Leo Tolstoy’s Death of Ivan Ilyich by Dean Scotty McLennan 7/13/14
Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! by Dean Scotty McLennan 7/6/14
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby by Dean Scotty McLennan 6/29/14
The Prodigals by Rev. Dr. C. George Fitzgerald 6/22/14
No sermon available due to Commencement Weekend 6/15/14
Setting A Place at the Table by Annie Graham & Jovel Queirolo – sermon not available 6/8/14
Deep Friendship By Rev. Brent Coffin 6/1/14
Living in Hope by Rev. Dr. C. George Fitzgerald 5/25/14
Chosen and Precious in God’s Sight by Rev. Susan Scott – sermon not available 5/18/14
God Couldn’t Be Everywhere So God Created Mothers: Thoughts on Love and Loyalty For Mother’s Day by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann 5/11/14
Living with the Risen Jesus by Dean Scotty McLennan 5/4/14
Stewards of the Earth by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann 4/27/14
I Have Seen the Lord by Dean Scotty McLennan 4/20/14
Good Friday Sermon by Maggie Falenschek 4/18/14
Between the Calm and the Chaos by Rev. Joanne Sanders 4/13/14
Living Again on Earth (Not in Heaven) 4/6/14
Learning from Darkness by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann 3/30/14
Water For Thirsty Landscapes and Lives by Rev. Joanne Sanders 3/23/14
FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD… by Dean Scotty McLennan 3/16/14
THE DEVIL AND ST. FRANCIS by Rev. Dr. C. George Fitzgerald 3/9/14
THE SPIRITUAL MOUNTAIN by Dean Scotty McLennan 3/2/14
LEARNING AND DISCERNING: A CONVERSATION ABOUT EDUCATION AND SPIRIT by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Sarah Simone, and Virgil Zanders 2/23/14
RULES AND RELATIONSHIPS by Rev. C. George Fitzgerald 2/16/14
BREAKING THE COMMANDMENTS by Dean Scotty McLennan 2/9/14
Science and Religion: A Dialogue Sermon 2/2/14
THE MESSINESS OF JUSTICE by Rabbi Mychal Copeland 1/26/14
FROM DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT by Rev. John Harrison – Text not available 1/19/14
FROM NEW YEAR’S TO NEW YEAR’S IN TWO EASY WEEKS by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann 1/12/14
IN THE BEGINNING by Dean Scotty McLennan 1/5/14

Matters of Conscience II: The Religious Obligation to Disobey

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