Sermons

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.

Journey Groups – Growing Together in Mind and Spirit

by Gail Dolan, Catherine McKenzie, Jon Reopelle, Cathy Thompson, Leah Thibodeau

Our Journey Groups provide the opportunity for participants to explore our monthly worship themes in more depth. They also provide circles of learning and support where members can deepen their spirituality, strengthen their connection with the Fellowship, and care for each other in a safe, nurturing environment. Group members will lift up some of the reasons they have found their Journey Group experiences to be so meaningful.

The Question Box Sermon

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

Do you have questions for me? They could be about the Fellowship, or theology, or current events, or Unitarian Universalism, or whatever is on your heart and mind. At the beginning of the service I’ll invite you to write questions on index cards; my spontaneous responses to these questions will be the sermon.

Learning From Other Worlds

by David Dodd

Star Wars, the Narnia books, Harry Potter, Marvel comics, and many other books and movies take place in alternate universes that are very different from our day-to-day world here. Is our enjoyment of these fantastic worlds pure escapism, or can we learn important real-life lessons from these stories? David Dodd shares his perspective, and encourages you all to share your own, by dressing in the spirit of your own favorite fantastic universe.

Flower Communion Message

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

Join us for our annual UU flower communion service. This year, Fellowship member Be Alford will offer music and we’ll hear a special story about someone who is given the task of contributing beauty to the world. How do we make life more beautiful, each in our own unique way? This is a service for people of all ages. Please bring a flower!