Below is a list of past sermons given at The Fellowship. Once you find the sermon you’d like to listen to, just click on the sermon title listed, and it will open that sermon in a page with the options to listen to it via the web, to download the MP3 for listening offline, or to open the transcript of the sermon to read.

Out of Control

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Out of Control
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Reflection by Cindy Darling
Sermon by Ali Peters, Assistant Minister
You don’t need to be a werewolf to know what it’s like to feel out of control. Most of us have felt like we are not in control of our own thoughts and feelings for one reason or another. It’s hard! Join us for the second week of Monster Month to explore how we can support ourselves and others through these experiences.

Truth and Conspiracy

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Truth and Conspiracy
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Reflection by Mark Marnocha
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Monsters have captured the imagination of humanity from the beginning of time. How is it that many people are still convinced there is a sea monster in Loch Ness (or Lake Champlain, Vermont for that matter) or a beast roaming the forests of the northwest United States? How do certain ideas take hold, and when are they dangerous and not just fun? This will be the kickoff of our five-Sunday Monster Month — join us!

Rediscovering!

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Rediscovering!
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Reflection by Dave Velguth
Sermon by Ali Peters, Assistant Minister
Our lives have changed tremendously since before the pandemic. One of the joys of being a community of faith is the chance to process and make meaning of these changes together. This Sunday we kick off our theme for the coming program year: Rediscovering! Join us as we rediscover ourselves, our faith, and our community in this new ever-shifting reality.

Mingling of the Waters 2021

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Mingling of the Waters 2021
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Reflections by Ali Peters, Assistant Minister, and Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
The first service of each program year, in mid-September, is called our “ingathering” service where we re-gather after perhaps some sporadic time during the summer. This year, ingathering means the same, but so much more! This will be our first service since March 2020 when we will be able to gather in-person in our sanctuary, while still welcoming people from home on Zoom. Bring water from your home, neighborhood, local body of water, or your travels, to mingle together in this very special Mingling of the Waters ingathering service.

Illusion, Separateness, and Rediscovery: A Service in Honor of the Jewish High Holy Days

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Illusion, Separateness, and Rediscovery: A Service in Honor of the Jewish High Holy Days
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Reflections by Jaclyn Kottman Hittner, Rev Christina Leone-Tracy, and Rev. Leah Ongiri

The Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the 10 Days of Awe between them just as we also prepare to launch our annual Fellowship theme of rediscovering. In this era of getting back to a new normal, the seasonal Jewish theme of beginning again is especially relevant for individuals and our gathered communities. Upon close examination, we might find that our separateness is an illusion that keeps us from truly moving forward together.

“What the heck is Unitarian Universalism anyway?”

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
"What the heck is Unitarian Universalism anyway?"
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by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Join Rev. Christina for a journey through UU principles, sources, theology, and identity with the goal of understanding better and being able to explain our faith to others who ask you about it!

Actively Seeking Awe

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Actively Seeking Awe
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Reflection by Mark Marnocha
Sermon by Rev. Karon Sandberg
Awe is the feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world. The science of awe suggests that opportunities surround us daily and studies show that the physical and mental health benefits of experiencing awe are profound. Yet, how often do you truly seek out and embrace awe? Most of us can recall a handful of times when we have really felt it. Is it possible to create more awe in our lives? Join us as we explore the benefits and sacredness of this elusive emotion.

This I Believe 2021

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
This I Believe 2021
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Introduction by Margaret Alexander
Reflections by Hollyn Shipps, Chuck Spencer, Adrian Sieck, Gloria Wendt
Join us for our semi-annual service in honor of the various paths that we each find ourselves on. Our beliefs and journeys may differ but we connect in this community of faith for support and challenge. We’ll hear from Fellowship members and friends of a variety of ages and length of time here.

In Praise of Mile of Music

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
In Praise of Mile of Music
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Reflections by Marie Rohrer, Marie Luna, Director of Congregational Life, Colleen Prendergast, Veronica Flower & Debbie Wagner, and Scott Peeples
Thousands of people come together every year during this weekend in Appleton to be part of one of the best live music festivals in the US. What is so compelling about live music? Join director of congregational life Marie Luna and several Fellowship members who will share why it is such a meaningful and, in some cases, spiritual experience for them. We will also have special music by local artists and Mile of Music alums Adriel Denae and Christopher Gold!

Healing Trauma with the Help of the Buddha

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Healing Trauma with the Help of the Buddha
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Reflection by Leah Thibodeau
Sermon by Rev. Taizan Alford
Shakyamuni Buddha has been quoted as saying: I teach one thing and one thing only… suffering and the end of suffering. Rev. Taizan Alford, will explore ways the principles and practices of Soto Zen Buddhism might help alleviate the roots of suffering stemming from old trauma. How can the eightfold path of Buddhism lead to new ways of reacting to old hurts and provide a way out of suffering for everyday people?

Taizan Alford has been a member of the Fellowship since 1998. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest in training by Sosan Flynn at Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul, MN in 2016. He recently spent three months in residency at the Zen Mountain Monastery in Upstate New York. When not traveling for zen training his lives in Appleton with his husband, Tom Pynenberg.