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.

Spiritual Practices 2: In Praise of Cozy

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Spiritual Practices 2: In Praise of Cozy
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Reflections by Mark Marnocha and Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
In November we learned about “pathetic spiritual practice,” remembering that spiritual practice (like anything) is worth doing pathetically rather than striving for perfection and then not doing it at all. If you missed that service, listen to it HERE or watch it on our YouTube channel. Today we’ll learn about some spiritual practices that we might not usually consider spiritual practices! Wear your coziest pajamas, bring your favorite warm drink, and join us (only on Zoom)for a service about grounding ourselves in practices that help us feel safe and comforted. Perfect for a cold time of year as we look toward 2022!

Winter Solstice

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Winter Solstice
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Reflections by Ethan Stark and Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Our annual winter solstice celebration will take place at 4:00 pm so that we can take part in gathering the last of the light before the longest night, and spend our time kindling and guarding the light and basking in the warm glow of each other’s company as we look forward to the joyful return of the sun.

The Cup for All: Understanding the Flaming Chalice Part 2

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
The Cup for All: Understanding the Flaming Chalice Part 2
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Reflection by Scott Peeples
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
As we enter this season of light, we will spend two Sundays learning about, and contemplating, our Unitarian Universalist sacred symbol– the flaming chalice. This Sunday we will focus on the symbolism of the cup and the flame, hear the story of an ancient heretic who might have inspired the design, and contemplate what message the flaming chalice offers us today.

The Flame of Life: Understanding the Flaming Chalice Part 1

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
The Flame of Life: Understanding the Flaming Chalice Part 1
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Reflection by Mark Marnocha
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
As we enter this season of light, we will spend two Sundays learning about, and contemplating, our Unitarian Universalist sacred symbol– the flaming chalice. This Sunday we’ll focus on its history as a symbol of safety and freedom, while also considering the ancient Jewish story of Hanukkah.

Spiritual Practice 1: Pathetic Spiritual Practice

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Spiritual Practice 1: Pathetic Spiritual Practice
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Reflection by Michael Yonkers
Sermon by Rev. Denise Cawley
We will be exploring spiritual practices this year on a monthly basis, and this is the first service in that series. Rev. Denise Cawley will be joining on-screen to share her concept of “Pathetic Spiritual Practice,” or the recognition that we don’t have to be perfect to still have a useful spiritual practice!

Parting Thoughts; “Waves Upholding”

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Parting Thoughts; "Waves Upholding"
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Blue Boat Home, written by Peter Mayer, performed by Dr. Stephen Sieck
Sermon by Rev. Leah Ongiri
A few last observations, memories, and ideas, including many thanks, much gratitude, and a final favorite poem, from Rev. Leah on her last Sunday in the Fellowship’s pulpit. She will be preaching virtually from her new home in Portland but looks forward to sharing one last service with this beautiful congregation whose people and traditions have taught her so much about Unitarian Universalism, commitment, joy, hard work, relationship, and life in general. This is her last day as one of the Fellowship’s ministers.

Bliss and Emptiness

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Bliss and Emptiness
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Reflection by Todd Grimm
Sermon by Ali Peters, Assistant Minister
Paganism and Buddhism are whole and robust traditions on their own, but what happens when the Buddha meets the Goddess? Join us as we explore what these two traditions together can teach us — a topic chosen by winners at our 2020 service auction!

The Lesson from Googley Eyes

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
The Lesson from Googley Eyes
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Reflection by Ali Peters, Assistant Minister
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
What do those little stick-on googley eyes have to do with our first Unitarian Universalist principle? Listen and find out!

The Masks We Wear

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
The Masks We Wear
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Reflection by Cindy Darling
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Sometimes masks protect us, sometimes they hide us away. Masks can be fun, and sometimes they can be monstrous. Join us for an all-ages journey into the power of masks.

No Haunting Here

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
No Haunting Here
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Reflection by Beth Belmore
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Ghosts are said to be the product of unfinished business in life. What unfinished business, plans, or relationships do you need to tend to now, to avoid the risk of haunting later?