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.

May Your Life Be As A Song

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
May Your Life Be As A Song
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by Rev. Jim Coakley, assistant sabbatical minister
Music can help support a life of principled faith. The words of the short hymn with the same title (#1059) by Jim Scott encourage us to leverage the timelessness of music to sustain the hope of our faith.

Principles, Promises, and Participation

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Principles, Promises, and Participation
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by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
We are a faith not focused on beliefs, but instead on our covenant which is stated in our 7 Principles. We are, then, a Principled Faith. Unitarian Universalism focuses on action, and the promises we make through our principles which will, inevitably, be broken. How do we return again when our actions don’t live up to our principles?

The Call of the Shofar

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
The Call of the Shofar
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by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Our annual service in honor of the Jewish High Holy Days will center on the four traditional calls of the shofar (the ram’s horn) which remind us of the joy, woe, reflection, and relief of facing our mistakes and atoning for the good of the world. Join us for this service of contemplation, celebration, and connection led by Rev. Christina and lifelong Jewish UU Jaclyn Kottman. The traditional Kol Nidre will be offered by Fellowship members Mark Urness and Dan Van Sickle, and shofar offered by guest Julian Cohen.

Belonging, Community and the Importance of Place

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Belonging, Community and the Importance of Place
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by Marie Luna, director of congregational life
How does one find place? While living in many homes throughout Wisconsin, what has tied them together for me? I have realized it is a rather simple thing that helps me find my place, and I look forward to exploring this theme with worship leader and my co-parent, Brian Murton, who will talk about how our son has found his place at the Fellowship.

Spread the Word

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Spread the Word
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by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Many of us wonder how to talk to others about being UU, especially if someone asks us about it. This all ages service will provide tips and tricks for sharing Unitarian Universalism with others in a way that feels good to you!

Memory Lane

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Memory Lane







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Make the Circle Bigger written and performed by Taizan Alford
Reflection by David Velguth
Message by Marti Wheeler and Terry Dawson

Three longtime members of the Fellowship share their discoveries of our congregation’s fascinating history, much of which they uncovered this past year during their work creating a Fellowship archive. Come, take a stroll down memory lane!

Question Box 2018

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Question Box 2018







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by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Do you have a question for Rev. Christina? Something small, or grand, or in between? Come submit your questions and she will do her best to answer as many as possible this morning, or your question might find its way into a future sermon!

Deep Sustainability: An EcoTheistic View of Big History

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Deep Sustainability: An EcoTheistic View of Big History







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by Rev. Michael Dowd

A deep-time big picture is vital for staying sane and sober in confusing and contracting times. Such an evidence-based “sacred realism” can help us accept what is inevitable, avoid what is futile, and be a blessing to friends, family, and neighbors in a difficult and uncertain world. This sermon by renowned eco-theologian and TEDx speaker, Michael Dowd, bridges the gap between head and heart and celebrates the convergence of science, inspiration, and sustainability.

Mind the Gap

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Mind the Gap







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by Andy Mast, Fellowship Member

Any visitor to London will instantly recognize this as the safety message regularly heard at tube stops as well as the iconic image that goes along with it. In addition to being valuable safety advice, the phrase also suggests rich meanings about space, time and repose: the gaps in both our internal and external worlds. How do we maintain awareness of, create and manage these spaces in our lives? “Minding the gap” has many rich and varied meanings to examine, and you won’t even need a passport to enjoy this journey!

Finding Common Ground

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Finding Common Ground







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by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Last week we talked about why honoring our differences is such an important part of our faith. But it’s also good to remember how we are the same, and seek to find commonalities even when they might not be obvious.