Sermons

Laying Down the Robe

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

This service will explore and ritualize Roger’s journey from being our minister for nearly twenty-five years to becoming one of our former ministers.

Song: “Laying Down the Robe” written by B Alford, performed by B Alford and Erik Leveille

Places in the Heart (Flower Communion)

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

Roger doesn’t remember a lot about “Places in the Heart” other than the 1984 movie’s ending: a communion service in a small town Texas church. We gradually realize that the service is attended by characters living and dead, wronged and wrong-doers alike. Roger often finds himself remembering that scene of hope and reconciliation when we celebrate Flower Communion.

In Celebration of the Stories that Bind

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

Stories—the ones we hear, tell and re-tell—are a big part of how we know who we are. They help us belong to our communities, understand our traditions and shape our futures. Please bring a book to donate. You’ll also be invited to purchase a copy of our common read book, which will be the inspiration for a service next fall.

Coming of Age 2015 (9:00am Service)

by Matt Wilke, Kagan Govek, Paul Knapp, Kanyon Beringer, Sam Weidert

Youth involved in the Coming of Age program will host the annual Credo service. The Coming of Age program is a nine-month commitment designed to assist high school aged youth in exploring spirituality, personal values, and group interaction. Participants each spend the year working towards creating a personal credo, a Latin word that means “a set of fundamental beliefs or a guiding principle.” These high school students share their personal statements that address the question, “What do I believe?”during this popular and inspiring service for all ages. This is a service not to be missed!

Coming of Age 2015 (10:45 Service)

by Loudon Barnes, Colby Jenn, Reilly Klatt, Hayes Martinez, and Ian Chaudoir

Youth involved in the Coming of Age program will host the annual Credo service. The Coming of Age program is a nine-month commitment designed to assist high school aged youth in exploring spirituality, personal values, and group interaction. Participants each spend the year working towards creating a personal credo, a Latin word that means “a set of fundamental beliefs or a guiding principle.” These high school students share their personal statements that address the question, “What do I believe?”during this popular and inspiring service for all ages. This is a service not to be missed!

Coming of Age 2015 (4:30pm Service)

by Abbey Boushele-Walter, Adam Frascona, Anna Verkuilen, Drake Quick-Laughlin, Leif Kutschera, Isaac Zilles

Youth involved in the Coming of Age program will host the annual Credo service. The Coming of Age program is a nine-month commitment designed to assist high school aged youth in exploring spirituality, personal values, and group interaction. Participants each spend the year working towards creating a personal credo, a Latin word that means “a set of fundamental beliefs or a guiding principle.” These high school students share their personal statements that address the question, “What do I believe?”during this popular and inspiring service for all ages. This is a service not to be missed!

Tradition!

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

Unitarian Universalism has a reputation within and beyond our faith as being on the non-traditional end of the religious spectrum. This makes sense, and yet, it’s also true that we have traditions. They just are different traditions from many more orthodox religions. Being on the cusp of a ministerial transition makes this an opportune time to examine our faith’s and our Fellowship’s traditions.

Sources of Revelation

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

One of the theological declarations of Unitarian Universalism has been “Revelation is not sealed.” This means that we don’t believe that revelation (or if you prefer, Truth or Life) wasn’t granted once and for all in the Bible or another sacred scripture. We believe there are lots more sources of revelation or truth. This sermon will explore these sources.

Birds of a Feather

by Rev. Vail Weller

Perhaps you’ve heard of a “murder of crows,” an “exaltation of larks,” a “parliament of owls” or an “ostentation of peacocks.” This morning, we will ask what “murmuration of Unitarian Universalists” might be. Join us as our spirits take wing! Rev. Vail Weller is the Congregational Giving Director at the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is an inspiring speaker and in her good friend Roger Bertschausen’s opinion a very cool person. It’s a thrill to have her visit.

Keep Trying: The Trouble With Being Smart

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

Growing up, I always thought the key to being resilient (maybe as a kid I would have called it “ending up ok”) was to be good, think smart and do everything correctly from the get-go. That way, you can’t go wrong, right? Well, no. Research suggests and I think most of our experiences of adulthood confirm that it can be a lot more helpful to just keeping plugging away at life than counting on everything going well in the first place.