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.

What Are We Doing Here?

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
What Are We Doing Here?
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Reflection by Alex Frantz
Sermon by Ali Peters, Assistant Minister
What are we doing when we are a part of a faith community? Why is what we do here unique and important? What potential does the Fellowship hold as a space of resistance? Join us as we explore these questions together and come hear Ali Peters offer her last sermon as Assistant Minister at the Fellowship before she departs in June.

Five Smooth Stones 3: Moral Obligation Toward Justice

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Five Smooth Stones 3: Moral Obligation Toward Justice
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Reflection by Beth Belmore
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
This month we are exploring the “Five Smooth Stones of Religious Liberalism” as articulated by the 20th century UU theologian, James Luther Adams. Join us for this third of the five stones — “The moral obligation to create justice.” What obligations does our faith place upon us? How do we create justice in the world as faithful people?

Easter and the Smooth Stone of Hope

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Easter and the Smooth Stone of Hope
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Reflection by Scott Peeples
Sermon by Ali Peters, Assistant Minister
This month we are exploring the “Five Smooth Stones of Religious Liberalism” as articulated by the 20th century UU theologian, James Luther Adams. Join us for this special Easter edition exploring the power of hope as a bedrock of liberal faith.

Five Smooth Stones 2 – Free Consent Not Coercion

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Five Smooth Stones 2 - Free Consent Not Coercion
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Reflection by Mike Yonkers
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
This month we are exploring the “Five Smooth Stones of Religious Liberalism” as articulated by the 20th century UU theologian, James Luther Adams. Join us for this, the second of the five—“Free consent, not coercion.” What does it mean to be a part of a free religious tradition, and how does our faith lift up values of consent?

Five Smooth Stones 1: Revelation Is Continuous

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Five Smooth Stones 1: Revelation Is Continuous
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Reflection by Cindy Darling
Sermon by Rev. Sydney Morris
This month we are exploring the “Five Smooth Stones of Religious Liberalism” as articulated by the 20th century UU theologian, James Luther Adams. Join us for this, the first of the five — “Revelation is continuous.” Our gray hymnal is titled, “Singing the Living Tradition,” what does it mean to be a part of a “living” tradition? How do we keep it alive?

Rev. Dr. Sydney Amara Morris was raised in the Unitarian Universalist First Church of Chicago. After working in social services, counseling and organizing, she received her ministerial education at Harvard Divinity and Meadville Lombard Theological schools.

She has served UU congregations since 1981 and has been a hospice chaplain. Sydney has two grown sons and two granddaughters who are 4 and 6 years old. She enjoys her cockerpoodle, hiking, canoeing, and reading.

Making the Best of What We Have

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Making the Best of What We Have
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Reflection by Mark Marnocha
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
On the hit TV game show “Wheel of Fortune,” sometimes they solve the puzzle before all the letters are revealed. Often in life, we have to move forward, make decisions, or take a risk even in the face of the unknown. What does our liberal religious tradition tell us about how we might do that, together?

Answers and Questions

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Answers and Questions
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Reflection by Mike Yonkers
Sermon by Ali Peters, Assistant Minister
We are a justice-seeking faith. So what is the relationship between our justice work and our faith? What are the questions we are asking and what are the answers? How do faith and justice feed and sustain each other?

The Wisdom of Children

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
The Wisdom of Children
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Reflection by Scott Peeples
Sermon by Ali Peters, Assistant Minister
Our children and youth are important and valuable members of our multi-generational Fellowship community! Let’s hear from them! What wisdom can we learn from the youngest among us? Join us this Sunday as we gather to center the voices of this community within our Fellowship and perhaps even reconnect with the wisdom of our own inner children.

Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? A Stewardship-themed, Stump-the-Minister Service

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? A Stewardship-themed, Stump-the-Minister Service
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Reflection & Introduction to the Service – Cindy Darling
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Who Wants to Stump the Minister? – Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
As we kick off our last* pledge campaign ever, we will enjoy a series of services to explore meaningful themes of community, connection, and life through the metaphor of game shows! Today, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Rev. Christina will be our contestant and will do her best to answer your questions about stewardship, money, and how our faith and lives intersect with these themes. Come, stump the minister! (*stewardship at the Fellowship is changing for the better!)

Holy Now – Annual Darwin Sunday

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Holy Now - Annual Darwin Sunday
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Reflection by Mike Yonkers
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
The song “Holy Now” by UU singer-songwriter Peter Mayer is about a change in faith perspectives, from the idea that only certain practices or things are holy to recognizing holiness in everything! Join us for our annual celebration of Charles Darwin (a 19th century British Unitarian) as we explore the ways that religious naturalism can provide a connection between science and the sacred.