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.

The Power of Curiosity

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
The Power of Curiosity
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by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

We will kick off a six-part sermon series on courage this week with the first of six words that begin with the letter “C”- Curiosity. Come explore how curiosity, wonder, and openness to experiences can spur on courage in the face of fear.

Would You Harbor Me?

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Would You Harbor Me?
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by Fellowship members Heather Westley and Katie Reiser, director of congregational life, Marie Luna, and leader of the Winnebago Worship Group of Friends (Quaker), Marijke van Roojin
What does it mean to harbor someone? Is it as simple as giving home or shelter or is it much deeper than that? Having an open heart and love for the other that needs a roof over their heads? In this service of four voices, we, Fellowship members Heather Westley and Katie Reiser, director of congregational life, Marie Luna, and leader of the Winnebago Worship Group of Friends (Quaker), Marijke van Roojin, will share our perspectives on different ways we all may harbor someone in our lives.

Good to be Seen

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Good to be Seen
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Reflection by Theresa Spoehr
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Our nation incarcerates more people than any other country when measured any number of ways. We have created a system that strips people of their worth and dignity in the name of safety. We will explore the power of seeing, or acknowledging, those people that our society has thrown out, through prison ministries and penpal programs.

Still Small Voice

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Still Small Voice
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Reflection by Connie Roop
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
This morning we will settle for an hour of reflection and exploration of the gift of silence, especially as we hustle and bustle at this busy time of year. Let’s take a cue from the trees and rest, together, listening to our still small voice within.

Inherent

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Inherent
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by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Our first UU principle says that we honor the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Let’s talk about that word, “inherent,” and what it means for this principle which is easy to say and hard to live.

Life, Death, and Gifts

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Life, Death, and Gifts
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by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Planning for the end of life is not exciting, but it can be incredibly loving and freeing. Sharing your wishes with others is your final gift. Come think about these wishes and plan for these conversations with family (as we perhaps prepare for family gatherings over the holidays).

Emergency: This is only a drill

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Emergency: This is only a drill
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by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
This Sunday as we turn our clocks back, replace our smoke detector batteries, and have a practice fire-drill here at the Fellowship, let’s talk about what it means to prepare spiritually before you’re in a moment of crisis. Whether the coming election goes the way you hope, or not, what spiritual resources do we have to weather the future?

Connected to All

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Connected to All
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by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Did you know that you are older than the stars? That’s right! The things that make up our bodies were forged in the Big Bang, and connect us to everything in the cosmos. Come for an all-ages celebration of wonder, interconnection, and remembering who we truly are.

Intertwined Together

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Intertwined Together
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by John Newhall, Fellowship Member
The interconnected web of all existence includes our human interconnection. Together we will explore and live into togetherness.

Honoring Our Ancestors

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Honoring Our Ancestors
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by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Honoring ancestors is an important part of many cultures, and one that dominant western (white) culture has lost touch with, especially with an emphasis on individualism and autonomy. But, physically and spiritually we did not create ourselves and we can give thanks for the people who came before us, whether or not we know their names. We will also be considering the Iroquois philosophy of the 7th generation, remembering that we are not the end of the line.