Sermons

What am I really aiming at?

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

In 1933, author F. Scott Fitzgerald ended a letter to his 11-year-old daughter, Scottie, with a list of things to worry about, not worry about, and simply think about.​ During this month of worship and learning about integrity, how does the advice we give and get help us to be honest and ​ethical?

The Wonder of Place

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

This fall I’ve talked about pilgrimage and grace as important cornerstones of my spirituality. Another one is place. Connection to place is very significant to me. As I contemplate leaving a place I’ve lived for half my life and moving to a new place, I am especially pondering connection to place in my heart.

The Gratitude Grinch

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

At this time of year it seems like all corners of the world are pushing gratitude as the solution to any problem imaginable. Does it ever grate on your nerves, just a little? Enforced gratitude can backfire, making us feel ashamed that we’re not sublimely happy about everything all the time.

The Arrival of Grace

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

Our theme for November is grace. To me grace is a gift that I didn’t earn, and don’t even necessarily deserve. By definition, gifts of grace are beyond my control. But while I can’t make them happen, I can try to be open to them and make my life a fertile field where they might happen more often than less often. And I can can at the least pay attention and be aware of them when they do happen.

Letting Go

By Rev. Michael Schuler

Many of us feel a deep-seated need to exert control over our surroundings and circumstances. And indeed, it can be painful and even frightening to admit that in certain key respects we are not in a position to call the shots. From a psychological standpoint, holding on seems to be our default position. Letting go is harder, but sometimes it is precisely the right solution.

Rev. Michael A. Schuler has served for twenty-six years as the Parish Minister of the First Unitarian Society of Madison. He is the author of various essays in Dharma World and UU World magazines and the book Making the Good Life Last: Four Keys to Sustainable Living. He is a life-long distance runner who also practices t’ai chi and yoga.

Saying Goodbye

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

As I announced last spring, I will be leaving the Fellowship next summer, just short of my twenty-fifth anniversary here. It’s no exaggeration to say that this whole year is one of leave-taking and saying goodbye. In this sermon I’ll explore what this might mean–for you and for me–and how we might do this well.

Going on a Quest

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

One of the central concepts in my spirituality is pilgrimage. I’ve preached about this before and want a last crack at it here. I’ll particularly focus on a variety of pilgrimages I undertook during my sabbatical last fall–from visiting the prison cell in Transylvania where one of the founders of Unitarianism died to the sacred abbey on the isle of Iona in Scotland to Strawberry Fields in Liverpool.