Dramatic Moments During Our 2012 Services

What are Dramatic Moments?

We've been compiling links to video clips and other media which have inspired discussions or sermon topics.  Please email us and let us know if you come across links you find of interest and we'll consider including them here.

Please visit our "Dramatic Moments Archive" to see videos from past years.

The Most Astounding Fact

If you cannot see the video, the URL for this clip is: http://youtu.be/9D05ej8u-gU


Ian Grey presented a service in September on "Star Stuff" - The spirituality of the cosmos. About the life and death of stars, and the building blocks of the universe. Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, "What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?" This is his answer.

Answering the Call

If you cannot see the video below, the URL for this clip is: http://youtu.be/jYtXoUZbUCQ



Carl Sagan provides some perspective on the scale of possibilities in this video.

Grace

If you cannot see the video below, the URL for this clip is: http://youtu.be/8Zk26KXSH3g

Rev. Tony Lorenzen spoke on the concept: "If Grace is True."
Bono's wonderful lyric set the tone for the service on March 18th, 2012. The recording of the sermon will be available shortly here.

Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out

If you cannot see the video below, the URL for this clip is: http://youtu.be/yjxMvZ-JCvk

Rev. Marcia Shannon's service "Spring Cleaning for the Soul" on March 4th, 2012 featured a reading of this piece. The recording of the sermon is available here.

Part I: Fraggle Rock
These two clips from "Fraggle Rock" set the tone for Rev. Marcia Shannon's sermon on Feb. 5th, 2012. The recording of the sermon can be downloaded here.

"Let Me Be Your Song"
Cantus challenges the Fraggles to sing the Great Medley.

We can't embed this video - please watch it here:
http://youtu.be/IX55gDZaWyk

 

Part II: Fraggle Rock
"The Grand Medley"
Cantus explains to Red that all Fraggles have songs. Their songs are inside themselves and all they have to do is listen. Red stops and listens, and starts humming a short tune. She finally finds her song. The Medley begins, is performed and everyone finishes with Cantus looking very pleased.

If you cannot see the video below, the URL for this clip is: http://youtu.be/rkzwcCSwgHc

 



Three from our Immigration Vespers Services:

Sweet Honey in the Rock - Would you harbor me?"
An internationally renowned all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble: this is Sweet Honey in the Rock, whose name was derived from a song, based on Psalm 81:16, which tells of a land so rich that when rocks were cracked open, honey flowed from them.

We cannot embed this video, but you can view it here: http://youtu.be/i0XBXJjoXJ4


"Yes I Am (American) - Malini D. Sur"

They came by the way of the Bering Strait not knowing their way or what would be their fate. Some rode across the Atlantic waves aboard the Mayflower or a ship of slaves. Mine came by way of an aeroplane. You see, the common ground is that they stayed. What is our origin, I ask? Does it lie in the present or the past? I remember when I was a girl a missionary asked me: Do you know the English tongue? Do you know Jesus? And I said...

If you cannot see the video below, the URL for this clip is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33a5L8GV-W0

 



"Sweet Honey in The Rock ft. Yonas - Are We A Nation?"
The song "ARE WE A NATION?" gave Sweet Honey In The Rock® the opportunity to discuss our views on the complex issues of immigration and to create a vehicle for expressing our outrage about Arizona's law SB-1070. This law encourages and creates opportunities for hatred, ignorance and prejudice to prevail.

If you cannot see the video below, the URL for this clip is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtIO7y8TTZ8

 



"Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You!"

As part of "How Shall We Serve The Guest at Our Table?" part of the inaugural address of John Fitzgerald Kennedy was featured as the dramatic moment. If you haven't experienced it in awhile, take 5 minutes and watch. His call to service still strikes a chord in many of us.

If you cannot see the video below, the URL for this clip is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB6hLg3PRbY

 

"Dia de los muertos: Come together right now over me"

For our celebration of the multiple holidays coming together at the end of October and the start of November, our Dramatic Moment featured a few videos with a Dia del los muertos theme.

If you cannot see the video below, the URL for this clip is: 
http://youtu.be/VPz5nQPHvhU

 



If you cannot see the video below, the URL for this clip is: 
http://youtu.be/9E7wgUTKM0c

 



If you cannot see the video below, the URL for this clip is: 
http://youtu.be/EjDuclrUQ3o

 

 

"I'm Spiritual But Not Religious"

This was the dramatic moment for Mark's challenge to a response which comes up in conversation sometimes...

If you cannot see the video below, the URL for this clip is: 
http://youtu.be/qYdMSLOr1Sg

 

 

"Dream Sabbath"

These were our dramatic moments for Mark's sermon on the DREAM Act.

If you cannot see the video below, the URL for this clip is: 
http://youtu.be/Y2k4oCqC4o0

 

 

If you cannot see the video below, the URL for this clip is: 
http://youtu.be/-sU6-Jvbc4Y

 

 

"It Gets Better"

As part of the It Gets Better Project, President Obama shares his message of hope and support for LGBT youth who are struggling with being bullied.

If you cannot see the video below, the URL for this clip is: 
http://youtu.be/geyAFbSDPVk

 

 

"Repairing the Brokenness"

We screened an edited (to suit the multigenerational nature of our services) version of this video as part of our Mother's Day service "A Permanent State of War." The video includes perspectives from several faith leaders about repentance, redemption and healing the soul of our nation from the brokenness resulting from the use of torture. Within that context, the video addresses the need for accountability for U.S.-sponsored torture and provides information about NRCAT's (National Religious Campaign Against Torture) call for a Commission of Inquiry, urging people of faith to join the campaign.

If you cannot see the video below, the URL for this clip is: 
http://vimeo.com/22389741

Repairing the Brokenness from NRCAT on Vimeo.

 



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