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.

Changing Our Story

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Changing Our Story
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with the Stewardship Team

For many years, the story of the Fellowship’s life has been “we do well with what we have.” As the Fellowship enters another chapter of its life, we (Fellowship members) need to change that story to one where we have the resources to fully embrace our mission. This multigenerational service will be led by members of the Fellowship as they identify the ways in which the story we have told ourselves about the fellowship needs to change; as a new, and exciting one begins to emerge.

Grow Our Giving written and performed by Be Alford and Jay Thomas

Changing Our Story

How I Learned Not To Trust My Feelings

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
How I Learned Not To Trust My Feelings
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by David Dodd

We’ve all heard that it’s important to trust our feelings if we want to live a fulfilling life. But what if we have a mental illness that interferes with our moods, such as major depression? David Dodd will describe the time he took the risk of living without the anti-depressants that manage his major depressive disorder, and what he learned about living with strong emotions that he could not trust.

Skeleton Architecture of Our Lives: A Bridge Across Our Fears

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Skeleton Architecture of Our Lives: A Bridge Across Our Fears
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by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

Poetry is an ancient global art form about which much has been made and said. There are probably as many opinions on and uses for it as there are poems and poets. Based on this month’s Wellspring Wednesday adult enrichment program (6:30 pm on February 8th; theme of poetry as a spiritual practice), Rev. Leah, worship leader Tina Main and local acclaimed poet Cathryn Cofell will reflect on the idea that poetry can be a skeleton architecture of our lives. This metaphor of skeleton architecture comes to us from Audre Lorde, who says that “poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.”

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Hearts, Guide Us

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
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by Rev. Brian Mason

To find delight in the world is a risk. Left to their own devices the assaults of the world can whittle away at our passions and dreams, wreaking havoc on our hearts and hopes. Messages of great divide and upheaval rock us each night, especially so in this time of transition and unknowing. Acquiescing to such messages is tempting, but we can gather together as the beloved community in an act of resistance: let us risk to dream the world anew.

Hearts, Guide Us

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Hearts, Guide Us
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by Rev. Brian Mason

To find delight in the world is a risk. Left to their own devices the assaults of the world can whittle away at our passions and dreams, wreaking havoc on our hearts and hopes. Messages of great divide and upheaval rock us each night, especially so in this time of transition and unknowing. Acquiescing to such messages is tempting, but we can gather together as the beloved community in an act of resistance: let us risk to dream the world anew.

Who Are You?

by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

When we greet one another, we often ask “how are you?” but what we really want to know is “WHO” are you. How do you identify yourself? We’re told, on the one hand, that identity is a fact that we’re born with, on the other hand, we know that identiy is endlessly open to revision, adapation, and tranformation. At the deepest level of interaction, we want to know another and be truly known. This service will seek to answer the question: “Tell Me a Story about a Time When You Knew Exactly Who You Were.”

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To Be Cured

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

When tragedy strikes someone we love, it can be hard to know how to respond. We might feel helpless to fix whatever happened, worried we’ll say the wrong thing or even concerned that the bereaved isn’t coping well. Spiritual teacher Louise Hay says that “grief is not a condition to be cured but a natural part of life” so let’s explore some essential practices and principles that we can use to accompany those who mourn. Join us if you have ever ached for someone when they have experienced loss…yet struggled to know quite what to do or say.

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Resistance and Resilience

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
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by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

On this Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, I’ll look at the legacy of President Obama’s legacy and his influence on the state of black America today. As we look ahead towards the inaguration of a new president, what are the strategies we must use to resist injustice and how do we develop the resilience to stay active and engaged for the next chapter of America’s life?

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Hearing Voices

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
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by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

In ancient times, “hearing voices” was a sure sign of being chosen as a prophet. In contemporary times, it may indicate a mental health crisis. Yet, each one of us has a private soundtrack in our heads; a chorus of voices who, for better or worse, shape who we are and the decision we make. Which voices should we listen to and which ones should we ignore?

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The Gift of Presence

by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

One of the greatest gifts we can give our children, our families and ourselves is the gift of being fully present for each moment of life. Why then is that the gift we find difficult to give? What’s so important about the next moment that we can’t live fully and completely in this one?

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