Sermon Series

Big Questions

Questions. We all have them. Religious folks have often confused faith with certainty and tried to offer simple answers to life’s biggest questions. This fall, the AU Methodists will explore some of these big questions. We’ll talk about how people have grappled with these questions throughout the centuries. And instead of offering easy answers, we’ll do something a bit harder — grow together in a faith that welcomes questions and doubts.


Join us on Sundays at 7pm in Kay Spiritual Life Center:

1. Questions Welcome — September 13
2. Who am I…and what am I doing with my life? — September 20
3. Am I good enough? — September 27 (Guest Preacher: Rev. Janet Craswell)
4. Where is God when it hurts? — October 4 (Guest Preacher: Rev. Allyson Dylan Robinson)
5. Will I find love? — October 11
6. Do I have to love my (annoying) roommate? — October 18
7. What does it mean to live a good life? — October 25
8. What happens when we die? — November 1 (Guest Preacher: Rev. Mary Kay Totty)
9. What do I believe? — November 8

Have a big question that you don’t see in this list? Drop us an email and let us know what you’re wondering. Chances are, we’re wondering, too!

9 Lies You Hear in Church

Popular Christianity has often reduced deep spiritual truths to simple bumper-sticker statements or theological sound-bites and these can change the way that people understand their faith. Join us for a sermon series exposing some of the more unhelpful (and misleading) things Christians say as a result and looking at the deeper truth that doesn’t get said enough.

Join us every Sunday through September and October during our regular weekly worship at 7:00 p.m. in the Kay Spiritual Life Center. You needn’t be United Methodist, or even Christian, to attend. Everyone is welcome.

1. Everything Is Fine September 9
2. If You Pray Hard Enough, God Will Answer September 16
3. God Never Gives You More than You Can Bear September 23
4. Christians Should Always Be Happy September 30
5. Our Faith Gets Us to God October 7
6. The Bible Teaches Us How to Live October 14
7. Sacred Is the Opposite of Secular October 21
8. It’s All Part of God’s Plan October 28
9. Salvation is About Getting into Heaven November 4

Inspired by and based in part upon Steve McVey’s 52 Lies Heard in Church Every Sunday (and Why the Truth Is So Much Better)

This We Believe

Our community makes regular statements of faith based on deep Christian tradition. But what do we mean when we say “Jesus is the Son of God” or “God is Love”? Throughout Lent and going through Easter, we’ll be using the traditional Lenten scripture readings to explore some of these affirmations of faith and understand what they mean for us today. If you are a lifelong Christian or someone curious about what Christians, particularly our community, believe, join us for this journey of faith through Lent.

Remembering September 11th

On Sunday, September 11, 2011, our community will be participating in the University’s commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. We will be offering a special service of commemoration and reflection as our regular service on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in the Kay Chapel.  Rev. Schaefer will preach a sermon entitled “One Day” and we will be reflecting on that day through worship focusing on Christian hope for the future.

To sign up to help out in our worship service, click here. For more information, e-mail Rev. Schaefer at schaef(at)

Below are some resources for reflection, including previous sermons of reflection on September 11.


Questions of Faith

A sermon series in which we explore some of the most commonly asked questions of faith submitted by people over the years.

To visit our archive of our annual “Faith Questions” Question and Answer sermons, click here.

Lent and Easter with U2

The music of U2 is among the best music to reflect on Christian themes.  It can be argued that U2’s theological reflection surpasses all of the other self-consciously “Christian” bands. Join us this Lent as we use the music of U2 to reflect on the passages of scripture we encounter during Lent and Easter and re-encounter these texts with new power and meaning.

Desire” (Desire)

March 13, 2011, First Sunday in Lent
The Temptation in the Wilderness
Genesis 2:15–17; 3:1–7; Psalm 32 (UMH 766); Romans 5:12–19; Matthew 4:1–11

Always Pain Before a Child is Born” (Yahweh)

March 20, 2011, Second Sunday in Lent
The New Birth
Genesis 12:1–4a; Psalm 121 (UMH 844); Romans 4:1–5, 13–17; John 3:1–17

No More Water in the Well” (Trip Through Your Wires)

March 27, 2011, Third Sunday in Lent
The Samaritan Woman at the Well
Exodus 17:1–7; Psalm 95 (UMH 814); Romans 5:1–11; John 4:5–42

I Was Blind; I Could Not See” (I Will Follow)

April 3, 2011, Fourth Sunday in Lent
The Healing of the Man Born Blind
1 Samuel 16:1–13; Psalm 23 (UMH 754 or 137); Ephesians 5:8–14; John 9:1–41

Whose Sons Are Living in the Ground” (Peace on Earth)

April 10, 2011, Fifth Sunday in Lent
The Raising of Lazarus
Ezekiel 37:1–14; Psalm 130 (UMH 848); Romans 8:6–11; John 11:1–45

Only Love Can Leave Such a Mark” (Magnificent)

April 17, 2011, Sixth Sunday in Lent (Passion/Palm Sunday)
The Crucifixion
Isaiah 50:4–9a; Psalm 31:9–16 (UMH 764); Philippians 2:5–11; Matthew 26:14–27:66

It’s a Beautiful Day” (Beautiful Day)

April 24, 2011, Easter Sunday
The Resurrection
Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24 (UMH 839); Colossians 3:1–4; Matthew 28:1–10

Sharing Faith in a Pluralistic World

The campus we study at and the nation we live in is more diverse culturally and religiously than any other time in history.  What implications does this have for the way we share our faith?  How do we share faith in ways that respect other religions but also have integrity with our own beliefs and our own spiritual journeys?  Join us beginning Sunday, February 13, as we begin this important new series.

Faith Questions

question-marksEvery year, our community has a “Faith Questions” service, in which our chaplain answers questions of faith submitted by members of the community, sight unseen. If you have a question about faith, the Bible, religion, etc., use the form below to submit your question. You can also read faith questions sermons from previous years by clicking on the following links:
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Blog post series answering Faith Questions unasked during service

Bible Stories for Grown-Ups

A sermon series exploring the deeper meaning behind the stories you heard in Sunday School or saw on Veggie Tales.

The One with the Talking Snake
Genesis 3:1-17; Sunday, September 27, 7pm, Kay

The One with the Boatload of Animals
Genesis 7:1-24; Sunday, October 4, 7pm, Kay

The One with the Kid Who Got the Nice Coat
Genesis 37:2-36; Sunday, October 11, 7pm, Kay

The One Where It’s Good to Be the King (but Queen, Not So Great)
Esther, Sunday, October 18, 7pm, Kay

The One Where the Guy Gets Swallowed by a Whale
Jonah 1:1-3:2, Sunday, October 25, 7pm, Kay

The One with the Man in the Den of Lions
Daniel 6:1-24; Sunday, November 1, 7pm, Kay