Sermons

Cultivating a Culture of Risk

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

Anne Lamott writes that when we stay we are, where we’re comfortable and safe, we die. To live life fully, we need to get skilled at taking risks. I’ll explore how we might do this–as individuals and as part of a spiritual community.

Lessons from Matisse

Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

Impressionism is often credited with presenting “a different way of seeing.” French master Henri Matisse, known especially for his paintings and sculpture, remains one of the most highly regarded artists of this period. Some Fellowship folks met up to experience the Paine Art Center exhibit of his lesser-known prints and contribute to this service, where we will highlight some lessons we might learn from considering his life and work.

Why I’m Praying More

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

I’ve never believed less in a God who gives us what we pray for than I do now. After praying for rescue when in a pinch (let’s say a turbulent airplane ride) for most of my life, now I find that I don’t really do that anymore. Yet I am more drawn to prayer than ever. What’s going on?

From Sugar Pills to Photons

By Mark Marnocha
Relationships are the everyday mysteries, and have significant impacts upon health. Within relationships are powerful expectations, and the foundations of faith, hope, pessimism or despair. While most health-care research examines healing via drugs, such investigation comes around again and again to the gold standard for a panacea: positive expectations in the context of a healing relationship. Even as US healthcare becomes more technological, there is a call for person-centeredness. Its roots are found variously in placebos, nocebos, addictions, adherence, empathy, mindfulness, and, perhaps, quantum physics. Let’s inhabit this sacred space together!

Pet Sunday: “The Gift of Unconditional Love”

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

I walk in the door after four minutes or four months and, after momentary barking because he assumes all who enter are hostile entities, our cranky old chihuahua Louie acts like my arrival is the greatest event of all time. What a gift! Pets and humans alike are welcome to come to our annual Pet Sunday service. The service will conclude with a blessing for the pets among us.

This I Believe 2014

by Penny Robinson, Rikki Profant, Mark Boushele, Mia Ljung

Each year diverse persons from our Fellowship give us intriguing glimpses into their spiritual journeys in the “This I Believe Service.” Here they briefly describe themselves. Penny Robinson, baptized in a nondenominational military chapel in Japan, eventually sought out two different Protestant churches, then Catholicism, before joining the Fellowship last fall. She aspires to be an“active contemplative.” Rikki Profant is a 4 year WI resident, a jack of all trades, master of none. She has been UU since 2012 and is looking forward to the years to come as a part of the Fellowship. Mark Boushele became a Fellowship member in 1997. He is married to Sherry Boushele and together they have 4 children. He is also a teacher, athlete, and long-term cancer survivor who continues to question and search. Mia Ljung became a UU in 2011 when she moved from Sweden to Appleton, and calls the Fellowship her first spiritual home. She lives here with her partner Brian and their two year old daughter Alice.

Prayer: Do You or Don’t You?

by Rev. Karon Sandberg

Prayer is a pretty personal thing. Some of us use prayer or meditation as a tool for reaching out to something bigger then ourselves or to calm and center ourselves. Others of us struggle with where these prayers might go and for what purpose? Some of us carry baggage from previous faith traditions that leave us leery of its uses. I will share my own journey through prayer along with the influences of Anne Lamont and Thich Nhat Hanh.

A Conversation About End of Life Care

by Rev. Karon Sandberg

Everyone of us will die one day, that’s a given. But how do you want your last months,weeks, days to be? What measures do you want taken for your care when you can no longer speak? Who do you trust to speak for you? We will explore questions we all need to consider as we think about end of life care.

Time Exchange – Another Way of Working for Social Justice

by Leslie Taylor, GinaMaria Opalescent, Marti Wheeler

Time Banks or Time Exchanges are a response to many of the failings of our current culture and systems to allow all people to meet their own fundamental human needs fairly and efficiently, human to human, neighbor to neighbor. Learn how the new Fox Valley Time Exchange will enhance the inherent worth and dignity of all people and help us fulfill our longings to be members of a more connected, just community.