Sermons

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.

Broad Arch Above; Our Annual Bridging Service

with Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

Bridging Youth Speakers: Grace Neudek, Katie Dobbs, Mariah Hagen

We will honor the Fellowship’s graduating high school seniors with a bridging ceremony as they move from being part of our children’s and youth community to joining the adult community. We’ll hear from our bridging youth about their plans for the future, as well as where they are in their spiritual journeys. A ceremony of child dedication will welcome and celebrate new life into our midst. Religious education volunteers will be recognized. Be sure to stay after for a reception in honor of our high school graduates!

Flower Communion 2018

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
with Kim Hartman, Director of Religious Education

Bring a flower (or several) to share, as we celebrate our annual Unitarian Universalist tradition of Flower Communion, and learn more about the powerful history of this festival of diversity.

The Unplayed Melody

by Jay Thomas, Music Director

The poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, writes that “all life is being lived,” and then asks, “Who is living it, then?” As I reflect upon leaving this beloved community and wonder what lies before me, I want to explore what it means to live a life “like (the) unplayed melody in a flute.” Join us as we examine this mystical rumination on life, the similarities between the early years of the 20th century (when Rilke penned these words) and our current age of anxiety, and how music might serve as both balm and beacon during these turbulent times.

Spiritual Wounds and How to Heal

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

Reflection and Special Music by Taizan Alford
Special Music: Only Love Can Heal by Taizan Alford, written for this service

This service was inspired by last summer’s annual question service, when someone in our community asked about how to make sense of the “squirm” they felt when hearing traditional religious language. Old spiritual triggers and wounds can be powerful, and sometimes they cause us great and continued suffering. Yet it is possible to face our hurt, and even reconnect (or maybe connect for the first time) with spiritual joy and meaning. Member Taizan Alford will offer some original music written specially for this theme.

Encountering the Buddha

by Rev. Cynthia Barnes Johnson

This Sunday, we welcome Rev. Cynthia Barnes Johnson, who was ordained by this congregation! She served UU congregations in Dallas, and Oklahoma City, before retiring to Door County. She’ll be preaching on “Encounters with the Buddha”- Imagine my surprise and delight when I had two Buddha-encounters at 10,700 feet — and then they kept on coming for awhile. I could hardly believe it myself. The religious imagination can be a good companion to the living of our lives.

Interdependence Day (aka Earth Day)

by the Green Sanctuary Team
Reflections from Doug Dorn, Heather Westley, Leslie Taylor, and Frank Vandehei

Offered by the Fellowship’s Green Sanctuary task force, the group appointed to guide our congregation’s efforts to honor the earth, this Earth Day weekend service will consider ways each and every one of us can positively impact the environment. Come for some guilt-free practical ideas and spiritual inspiration, rooted in our 7th UU principle of interdependence.

Pesach, Pottery and Perfectionism

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

The Jewish festival of Pesach, or the Passover, just ended but the themes of bondage and liberation are with us all year, Jewish or otherwise. The ancient story that gets told this time of year is about enslavement by an evil king. As modern people, which forces, habits or ideas force us to serve them in everyday life? Come to hear about one of Rev. Leah’s evil oppressors (spoiler alert: it’s in the service title) and how she tries to get free from it! You’ll have a chance to contribute to a special collection for Harbor House and enjoy the Schiller-Riggers’ family performance of the all ages story.

Expect the Unexpected

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy This Easter falls on April Fool’s Day, so let’s contemplate the power of “the unexpected,” and how we can use the surprising messages of Easter in our own lives.