Sermons

Honoring Our Ancestors

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Honoring ancestors is an important part of many cultures, and one that dominant western (white) culture has lost touch with, especially with emphasis on individualism and autonomy. But, physically and spiritually we did not create ourselves and we can give thanks for the people who came before us, whether or not we know their names. We will also be considering the Iroquois philosophy of the 7th generation, remembering that we are not the end of the line.

May Your Life Be As A Song

by Rev. Jim Coakley

Music can help support a life of principled faith. The words of the short hymn with the same title (#1059) by Jim Scott encourage us to leverage the timelessness of music to sustain the hope of our faith.

Principles, Promises, and Participation

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

We are a faith not focused on beliefs, but instead on our covenant which is stated in our 7 Principles. We are, then, a Principled Faith. Unitarian Universalism focuses on action, and the promises we make through our principles which will, inevitably, be broken. How do we return again when our actions don’t live up to our principles?

Belonging, Community, and the Importance of Place

by Marie Luna, Director of Congregational Life How does one find place? While living in many homes throughout Wisconsin, what has tied them together for me? I have realized it is a rather simple thing that helps me find my place, and I look forward to exploring this theme with worship leader and my co-parent,…

Where Do We Come From?

“Make the Circle Bigger” written and performed by Taizan Alford
Reflection by David Velguth
Message by Marti Wheeler and Terry Dawson

From the beginning the Fellowship’s mission has included “welcoming.” Over the years we’ve used good process to strive to be welcoming to all who enter our doors. We’ll take a look at our history and how it shapes who we are and informs where we’re going. Marti Wheeler, Terry Dawson, Theresa Hannah and Merry Schoenfeld spent time last winter reviewing and cleaning Fellowship archive records and will share some information about the Fellowship’s history.

Question Box 2018

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Do you have a question for Rev. Christina? Something small, or grand, or in between? Come submit your questions and she will do her best to answer as many as possible this morning, or your question might find its way into a future sermon!

Deep Sustainability: An EcoTheistic View of Big History

by Rev. Michael Dowd

A deep-time big picture is vital for staying sane and sober in confusing and contracting times. Such an evidence-based “sacred realism” can help us accept what is inevitable, avoid what is futile, and be a blessing to friends, family, and neighbors in a difficult and uncertain world. This sermon by renowned eco-theologian and TEDx speaker, Michael Dowd, bridges the gap between head and heart and celebrates the convergence of science, inspiration, and sustainability.

Mind the Gap

by Andy Mast, Fellowship Member

Any visitor to London will instantly recognize this as the safety message regularly heard at tube stops as well as the iconic image that goes along with it. In addition to being valuable safety advice, the phrase also suggests rich meanings about space, time and repose: the gaps in both our internal and external worlds. How do we maintain awareness of, create and manage these spaces in our lives? “Minding the gap” has many rich and varied meanings to examine, and you won’t even need a passport to enjoy this journey!

Exploring Empathy

by Rev. Karon Sandberg

How do we “be” with folks that we love when they are going through difficult times? So often words do not feel like enough. Many of us offer sympathy but have no clue how to offer empathy. Many of us want to fix the unfixable and feel helpless causing us to withdraw from our loved ones during the very time they may need us most. Join us as we explore empathy and its powerful gift of love and grace when offered with a genuine heart.

Leap of Faith

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Rev. Christina will share with us the sermon that she preached when the Ministerial Search Committee first interviewed her over a year ago. Learn how a single flying trapeze class informed her understanding of our Unitarian Universalist faith and ministry.