Sermons

Living Our Covenant

by Jim Coakley

Our covenant based faith asks us to radically uphold the inherent worth and dignity of everyone. How can our congregation live up to such a lofty goal?

This I Believe (July 2016)

by Parnee Frederick, Nate Tapio, Jenna Peeples and Bill Carlson

As you come into the sanctuary, you may sit next to friends or complete strangers. Ever wonder what brought them here? Each year a panel of diverse persons—some of whom you may have met, and some not at all–give us intriguing glimpses into their spiritual journeys in the “This I Believe Service.”

Inherit Worth And Dignity: Does This Apply to the Election?

by Rev. Karon Sandberg

As the presidential campaign swells this season we are looking at Trump and Clinton. How do we embrace “the other” with inherit worth and dignity that we as Unitarian Universalists are called to do? Yes, you read that right, you ARE called to do this! Join me in this challenging and important conversation that weaves our principles into opening up with compassion and intention to those who may seem in opposition to our own ideals.

The Art of Improvisation

by Jay Thomas with Dan Van Sickle

Our transitional minister, Wayne Arnason, delivered a sermon in April on life as improvisation in which he discussed parallels between life and jazz improvisation. By exploring the nature of music improvisation in general, the Fellowship Music Director, Jay Thomas, will look to embellish upon those parallels.

Bridging Ceremony 2016

Join us to honor our graduating high school seniors! We will ritualize their major life transition with a bridging ceremony and hear from them about their future plans and where they are in their spiritual journeys.

Our bridging seniors are Abbey Boushele-Walter, Kagan Govek, Adrienne Hagen, Reilly Klatt, Colby Jenn, and Basil Van Deusen.

Blessing the Future

by Rev. Dr. Wayne Arnason

It’s more and more clear to me that the future is hard to imagine, let alone predict. How then, do you bless the world as you pass through it? Is the world that the millennial generation will experience in the late 21st century one that even the millennials have a hard time picturing? Is there anything the older generations have learned that can be passed on to youth, or is that a fruitless hope? Don’t they just have to figure it all out for themselves?

I Will Not Let You Go Until You Bless Me

by Rev. Ashley Horan

Our UU theology pushes back against the belief in an interventionist God who makes us suffer to make us stronger. How, then, are we to understand the problems, trials, and misfortunes in our lives that keep cropping up, again and again? Can there be blessing in pain and struggle?

Remember Who You Are

by Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs In our demanding, busy lives it is difficult to remember to notice the miraculous that surrounds us and the holiness that is everywhere. It is often most challenging to remember that the same sacred spark also exists within us. Rev. Janne and Rev. Kathleen will explore the spiritual implications when we…

Creating Our Final Days

by Rev. Karon Sandberg

National Health Care Decisions Day is April 16 and in honor of that I want to lift up the importance of creating our Health Care Power of Attorney Document. It is so important that our loved ones know our wishes and sadly Americans are the only people in the world who think dying is optional. Why is this? We will explore issues that get in our way when thinking about death. Come join us as we explore how you can create you own wishes for your end of life care with dignity, grace, creativity and love.

What the Seed Needs: An Earth Day Revels Service

Message by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

This multigenerational service will celebrate Earth Day in grand “revels” style – with storytelling, special music, and playing in the dirt! We’ll also hear from the newly formed Green Sanctuary Committee, who will be asking the congregation at the Annual Meeting if they will support the Fellowship’s application to be a Green Sanctuary Fellowship. Much singing, laughter and interactive activity is expected!