Sermons

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!

Legacy

by Deb Andrews

Presidents ponder their legacy from the moment they are elected. What will they be remembered for? What do they want to be remembered for? This may give powerful focus to the few short years they have to make a difference in the world. Planned or not, we all leave legacies – churches do, governments do, people do. What thought do we give to what we will leave behind and how we’d like to be remembered? This sermon will explore those questions and how thoughts to legacy shape the way we live.

Deb Andrews is a longtime member of the Fox Valley UU Fellowship, where she currently serves as lay minister. She enjoys writing essays, working with kids at the Neenah Library, long conversations, and walks around the neighborhood.

Bridging Ceremony

Bridging Ceremony 2014

Call to Gather by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg and Rev. Roger Bertschausen
Bridging Youth: Zoe Bush, Kiya Govek, Abbi Jakubek, Molly McLaughlin, Michael Roberts, Dana Strachan, Emily Thompson, Sophie Zilles, Elliot Verkuilen

How Much of a Rainbow Do We Include?

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

Our Journey Group packet for this month’s theme of color lifts up that our Unitarian Universalist faith “stands on the side of technicolor” as opposed to monochrome. How true is this? I’ll explore this in terms of art, architecture, and the diversity of our faith’s and our Fellowship’s members.

Subway Jesus

by Rev. Kaaren Anderson
The Rev. Kaaren Anderson is the Senior Minister of First Unitarian Church in Rochester, NY, a 1000 member church. One of the outstanding preachers in our movement, she was selected to give the main sermon at the UU Association’s General Assembly a couple years ago. Her sermon will share about “The Greater Good,” a remarkable alternative holiday giving program that is children-led and has raised over $400,000 since 2006 to support social justice work.

Song of the Open Road

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

In the deep of winter (when this service description was written), the promise of spring can symbolize freedom (from too-little daylight, slippery driveways and being stuck inside). And who captures the heady magic of milder weather better than Walt Whitman? Heed the music of his epic poem “Song of the Open Road” as it calls us…

The Limits of Freedom

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

Freedom is a pillar of our faith. I used to preach it is THE pillar of our faith. I continue to think it’s a pillar, but I also have come to recognize it has limitations, too.