Sermons

Healing with Imposter Syndrome

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy This month as we explore the concept of healing from shame, let’s explore the ways shame embeds itself in our own minds, often through the phenomenon of “imposter syndrome,” worrying that we don’t measure up to the opinions or expectations of others. Come, let’s free ourselves from imposter syndrome and celebrate…

Maladjusted to Injustice

Martin Luther once said, “There are some things in our social system that I’m proud to be maladjusted to, and I call upon you to be maladjusted to,” and he listed off the injustices of his time. On this all-ages celebration of Martin Luther King Day, we will hear a present-day fable reminding us never…

Addiction and Recovery

Reflections by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy and Jesse Heffernan As we move into our season of “Healing from Shame,” we will explore one area of human experience that touches almost everyone in some way: addiction. People who experience addiction are often shamed, denied support, or blamed. Come find out how to support people in your life…

Roots and Wings

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen and Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy The UU hymn “Spirit of Life” reminds us to let our “roots hold us close and wings set us free.” We’ll be celebrating one of our Fellowship’s strongest roots–the Rev. Roger Bertschausen–at this celebration of his status as our emeritus minister and to honor his 26 years…

The Gift of Sharing Wishes

by Rev. Karon Sandberg As we approach Thanksgiving, now is a good time to consider talking to your families about your end-of-life wishes. This annual service focuses on the beautiful, healing, and loving gift that sharing our wishes can be, if we let it. This time, we’ll explore the power of planning ahead for your…

Stories That Harm, Stories That Heal

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy November is a month full of stories and histories, particularly about our nation. We will explore together the ways Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Election Day have the power both for harm and (if we allow the stories to change) also healing.

The Secret Sits

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg The poet Robert Frost wrote that “the Secrets sits in the middle,” taking on a life of its own. Modern psychology agrees that secrets can be unhealthy, sometimes even dangerously harmful. Yet it’s also understandable that we want some parts of life to remain private. We will contemplate the role of…

Room on the Broom

with Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy and Suzanne Marnocha Special Halloween all-ages service! Children and adults of all ages are welcome to wear your costume and join us for a rollicking service of story and celebration! Children can stay in the service and enjoy the quiet sensory activity area, or childcare will be available for children who…

All Bodies Are Beautiful

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy Rev. Christina has a sign on her door at home that says, among other things, “All bodies are whole, holy, and beautiful.” What does that mean in a world that tells us our bodies are never (tall, small, big, thin, strong, attractive, whatever) enough? As part of our yearlong theme of…

The Fragile Sequence

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg In Judaism, the High Holy Days are an annual reminder to ‘fess up to our mistakes. But actually apologizing can make us very vulnerable. What is so important about the act of saying “I’m sorry?” And what comes next in the fragile sequence of recognizing that we are imperfect beings? Led…