Sermons

Going Deeper

by Denise Cawley, Guest Minister How do we approach controversial topics as we carry out our Unitarian Universalist values? Consider diving deeper and challenge your understanding of your values and your theology. About our preacher: Denise Cawley is Unitarian Universalist seminarian at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. She provides spiritual and emotional care chaplaincy…

Leaders and Followers

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy The Easter story is one of tragedy and celebration, but it’s also a story of leaders and followers. What does it mean to be a powerful follower? How can we help raise leaders as allies? And what the heck does Easter have to do with it? Come find out.

Beyond Doom and Gloom; Rooting Justice Work in Joy

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg No matter where we might place ourselves on the political spectrum, it seems like there is always so much overwhelming bad news! It’s hardly fun or sustainable to try to make the world a better place when we are fueled primarily by sorrow and suffering. After all, beauty and hope do…

Teaching and Learning Congregation

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy and Kim Hartman, Director of Religious Education When we think about Religious Education, we often think of a particular program, a particular wing of our building, and lots of little kids. But what if our whole congregation was a teaching and learning laboratory for lifelong growth in mind and spirit? Come…

Transgender Visibility, Centering, and Celebration!

Trans Day of Visibility is today, a day to honor and celebrate the beautiful spectrum of people who identify as Transgender, Genderqueer, Nonbinary, or Gender-nonconforming (among others). We are going to center and celebrate the voices of trans and nonbinary folks here at the Fellowship. Come to learn, to listen, and to envision a world…

Sex and Money

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy Unitarian Universalists have long been on the forefront of comprehensive sexuality education (first with About Your Sexuality and now with our OWLS Our Whole Lives Sexuality curriculum), as well as being early advocates for LGBTQ rights and the full inclusion and welcome of LGBTQ folks and families into UU faith communities….

Signs of Spiritual Maturity, Part I

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy The Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons, a UU Humanist minister of over 35 years, proposes that the task of religious community (of any type) is to help us “grow up as spiritual people, where we learn to reach out toward a larger perspective and a new understanding.” She says spiritual maturity helps…

Belonging

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg Reflection by Marie Luna, Director of Congregational Life Membership. Welcoming. Inclusion. Acceptance. There are many ways to get at the concept of belonging, because belonging is an important human need. We belong to friend groups, libraries, political parties, book clubs, and much more. As in other areas of life, belonging at…

Sabbatical Lessons on Compassion

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg Rev. Leah’s sabbatical last year offered her the chance to rest and renew after some busy years at home and the  Fellowship. She knew focusing on creative development and self care would feel good, but was unprepared for what she ended up learning about compassion. This all ages service will include…

The Power of Commitment

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy Our final service in the “6 C’s of Courage” series focuses on Commitment. Sometimes, courage isn’t about radical, bold acts. Sometimes it’s just about moving forward little by little, to keep making a difference– in your own life, or in the world. We will contemplate our commitment and perseverance as a…