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.

Waiting for a Miracle

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

Thomas Jefferson famous excised any mention of “miracles” from the Bible. Ralph Waldo Emerson rejected the notion of miracles apart from human agency. Yet, about 80% of Americans believe in miracles. How does science-minded Unitarian Universalism understand miracles and where, at the beginning of the holiday season, might we find them today?

The Mystery of our Pain

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
The Mystery of our Pain
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by Rev. Hope Engeseth
with Marla Mischler, Worship Leader

Reflections of a life’s journey of learning lessons from Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri when he wrote, “There are things that burn us now which turn golden when I am happy. Do you see the mystery of our pain?”

Living in the Cathedral of the World

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Living in the Cathedral of the World
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by Rev. Kathleen C. Rolenz with John Newhall

In 2011, I found myself in one of the actual “cathedrals of the world,” a metaphor that Forrest Church has used in his books to describe our Universalist theology. Universalism believes there are many windows that reveal one light. I felt so alive in that sacred space and then I walked out the door into the city that surrounded it.

Daring to Disturb the Universe

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Daring to Disturb the Universe
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A sermon by the Rev. Dottie Mathews at the ordination service for Jim Coakley.

Divided We Stand

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

It’s just two days before a historic election when Americans are given a choice to vote for a candidate that best represents their values. It feels as if the country has never been more divided by issues of race, class, citizenship and what it means to be an American. While enduring the rhetoric around this election season has been painful, it has also brought into sharp relief the values of a nation that are worth voting for. No coincidentally, the theme for this month is “Tell me a story about a time when you felt most alive.” Certainly the month of November will be such a time!

Divided We Stand Nov 6 2016

Friendship: Its Puzzles and Promises

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Friendship: Its Puzzles and Promises
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by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

The relationships we have with friends can be among our most formative life experiences, yet friendship itself can go remarkably unremarked upon. Our friendships deserve appreciation and celebration but that doesn’t always mean they are easy. We’ll recognize how hard and scary it can be when they go awry and hear a story about the complex friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. This service is designed for those of all ages who have friends or have longed for them; who have ever had to part ways with a friend or are themselves a friend to someone else.

Beyond Categorical Thinking: The Van Gogh Cafe

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Beyond Categorical Thinking: The Van Gogh Cafe
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by Rev. Keith Kron, UUA Transitions Director

Living our Unitarian Universalist values isn’t always as easy as we would like it to be. Often what we strive for is not what actually happens. How can we improve the odds that we will lead with our best values inside and outside our congregation? This sermon will explore these issues as they pertain to your next minister.

Reading: The Possum from the book The Van Gogh Cafe by Cynthia Rylant

Fearful Words

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

There are some words we never say, but wish we had. There are some words that we’ve heard that we hope to never hear again. Whether in our daily and/or religious life, what are words that we can freely use, words that require explanation, and words that we never want to hear spoken in the Fellowship?

10-10-2016 Fearful Words

Afraid of Fear?

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

What, exactly, are we afraid of? The top fear that Americans report are corruption of government, followed by cyber terrorism and corporate tracking of personal data. However, Americans also report being afraid of insects, ghosts and speaking in public. The theme for this month is “Tell me a Story about a time when you faced your fears.” We’ll look together at both real and imagined fears and provide a useful, daily antidote to fear.

Afraid of Fear 10.9.16

Hold a Lantern

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Hold a Lantern
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by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

Forgiveness is hard work, spiritually but also practically. Long ago the poet Rumi compared the process of taking responsibility, apologizing and making amends to holding up a lantern. In our second annual High Holy Days service, join us (Rev. Leah and Fellowship member Jaclyn Kottman, two lifelong Jewish Unitarian Universalists) as we shed light on these themes and how we might implement them in our lives. This service, a UU take on the Jewish High Holy Days traditions, is for those from Jewish backgrounds and non-Jews alike and will include very special music from our own Dan Van Sickle and Mark Urness. We will end by sharing the traditional snack of apples, honey, and challah (bread).

Hold a Lantern10 2 2016