Sermons

On Aging

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

It’s Monster Month, so this week we will meet the hag, the ugly old woman character that embodies negative ideas about aging. But our other October theme is courage and so we will bravely explore the process of becoming an elder. Our service will contain ceremonies of child dedication because, after all, we all start out young. If we’re lucky, we are also given the opportunity to age. Despite its challenges, growing older has unique purposes and gifts.

Exorcising Evil

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Welcome to our first Sunday of the “Monster Month!” Each weekend we’ll explore different traditional “monsters” and how to face these monsters with courage. This week: Demons & Devils! These creatures exist in many world mythologies. What’s a UU to do with the idea of demons and devils? Are there ways in which this mythology rings true in the ways we face those things which have a negative hold on our lives, and how might we “exorcise” them?

Ready for Anything

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

Join lifelong Jewish Unitarian Universalists Rev. Leah and Fellowship member Jaclyn Kottman to consider September’s theme of welcome on Rosh Hashanah, the head of the Jewish year. How do we welcome who we wish to be? Maybe we hope to return to a former version of ourselves or to invite in a new phase entirely. In order to truly be ready for change, we need to accept our past and ourselves. This is hard work, best done in community. This service is for those from Jewish backgrounds and non-Jews alike and will include very special music by our own Mark Urness and Dan Van Sickle. At the end you will be invited to participate in a version of an ancient ritual called tashlich that helps us move on from the past and welcome the future.

Mingling of the Waters 2017

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Returning to the Well – A multigenerational service of story, celebration, song, and ritual. We will return from summer for our final single service, bringing water from our travels, our home, or our neighborhood park to mingle together. We’ll contemplate what it means to “return to the well” and pour out our waters into the world.

Off Center Faith

By Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Ever notice how the traditional flaming chalice symbol is off-center in the rings? Have you wondered why? Come hear the story of the whippersnapper Universalists and why we UU’s are an “off-center faith.”

Into the Answer; Our Annual Question Box Service

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

It’s that time! Come prepared to jot down a question (about Unitarian Universalism, the world or anything else), and Rev. Leah will spontaneously respond to as many as time allows. Our reading will remind us that our true life task is to live out our own questions. The rest of the service is up to you!

New Beginnings

By Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy New beginnings: Rev. Christina, our new settled senior minister, will be here for her first Sunday in the pulpit with us! We will contemplate the joys and challenges of new beginnings, and celebrate a dedication of children as they also symbolize for us all that is good and challenging in beginnings.

The Value of Suffering

By Rev. Karon Sandberg

Many faiths believe that suffering brings you closer to holiness. I have heard that suffering can carve out new areas of understanding of one’s self and others. The Buddha believed that to live is to suffer. And yet for me, this way of thinking seems like a total nightmare. I have always worked hard to avoid suffering and strove to seek my lessons through love and joy. Join me as we tackle the eternal challenge of suffering and its possible merits and lessons in our lives.

What is Grace?

by Rev. Karon Sandberg

Grace is a difficult word to pin down. It’s simplest definition is unmerited favor while others may see it as unconditional love. I haven’t been able to clearly put my finger on what grace feels like or is for me. I wonder, is grace something that is given or something that is received? And by whom or what? Join me as we peel back the layers of grace that may or may not move in and out of our lives.

What We Learned About Racism Through Beloved Conversations

by Tina Main, Penny Robinson, Connie Kanitz, and Tom Pynenberg

From January – March 2017, sixteen members of the Fellowship engaged in an intensive curriculum called “Beloved Conversations.” Through the course of our time together, we learned much about the realities of race, racism, white privilege, white supremacy and of course, ourselves. We’ll engage with one another and with the congregation in a complex, challenging and ultimately liberating conversation.