Sermons

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.

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.