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!


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.

I Want to Burden My Loved Ones

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

If I had to pick an all-time favorite sermon, it would be “I Want to Burden My Loved Ones,” a sermon I preached back in 1999. Some people have asked this year if I’d do a series of “greatest hits.” I’m not doing a a series, but will do just this one. A favorite part of the service will also be reprised: Cheri Bricco and Paul Reiser singing Stuart Stotts’ and Tom Pease’s song “Silver Dollar.”

Nurturing Resilience

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

So many studies as well as anecdotal evidence suggests that resilience is an extremely important quality, especially when times are tough. People who fashion amazing lives out of a whole bunch of bad luck and circumstances seem to always have resilience as a central attribute. How can we cultivate resilience in our lives? Part of the sermon will focus this question on the challenge of living with mental illness or loving someone who lives with mental illness.

What I Would Say If I Was Leaving

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

Ten years ago almost to the day, I gave a sermon with this title. I talked about ministers who speak the real, sometimes hard truth once they’ve announced they’re leaving. Since I hadn’t had that opportunity and it didn’t feel like I’d have the opportunity anytime soon, I announced my departure–at an unknown time–and said what I felt needed to be said. Well, now that the departure date is set, I have an opportunity to do this sermon for real! A high point of the Sunday services will be the premiere by our choir of a piece written by our own Jay Thomas, “Greater From the Difference.”

Is Unitarian Universalism a Faith?

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

Unitarian Universalists sometimes refer to our tradition as a faith. Others among us find this an uncomfortable word to use. Is Unitarian Universalism a faith? If so, what do we mean by “faith?” Come and join us as we dive into our monthly worship and learning theme: faith.

Cautiously Leaping

by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

Unitarian Universalism is a faith characterized by skepticism and doubt. We don’t take anything as truth without putting it through the fire of our own experience and reason. This is a good thing. But there is another part of spirituality that is important, too: faithfully leaping. William Sloane Coffin wrote, “I love the recklessness of faith. First you leap, then you grow wings.” This sermon will be a meditation on cautiously leaping.