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.

Contagious Love

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Contagious Love
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Reflection by Beth Belmore
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
In the last two years, we’ve all become somewhat expert in public health, and we know all-to-well about how easily a virus can spread. You know what else can spread? Love! And… unfortunately, so can negativity, fear, and hate. How are we inoculating ourselves against negativity, and what can we do to spread radical love?

Spiritual Practices 3: Why Use the Word “Religion?”

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Spiritual Practices 3: Why Use the Word "Religion?"
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Reflection by Alex Frantz
Sermon by Ali Peters, Assistant Minister
In a world where more and more people are identifying as “spiritual, but not religious,” does religion really have anything to offer anymore? Is Unitarian Universalism even a religion? Why bother using the word “religion,” when we’ve seen that word used in so many harmful ways? Join us this Sunday as we wrestle with religion and its relationship to spirituality.

The Ministry Inside Us

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
The Ministry Inside Us
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Reflection by Cindy Darling
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
One of the most powerful things about the UU tradition is our commitment to congregational polity or the idea that we all have equal access to the ministry. We also say there is “freedom of the pulpit and freedom of the pew.” How can we find our own ministry inside us, “be the church,” and connect with joy even in times of pandemic isolation?

Spiritual Practices 2: In Praise of Cozy

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Spiritual Practices 2: In Praise of Cozy
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Reflections by Mark Marnocha and Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
In November we learned about “pathetic spiritual practice,” remembering that spiritual practice (like anything) is worth doing pathetically rather than striving for perfection and then not doing it at all. If you missed that service, listen to it HERE or watch it on our YouTube channel. Today we’ll learn about some spiritual practices that we might not usually consider spiritual practices! Wear your coziest pajamas, bring your favorite warm drink, and join us (only on Zoom)for a service about grounding ourselves in practices that help us feel safe and comforted. Perfect for a cold time of year as we look toward 2022!

Winter Solstice

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Winter Solstice
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Reflections by Ethan Stark and Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Our annual winter solstice celebration will take place at 4:00 pm so that we can take part in gathering the last of the light before the longest night, and spend our time kindling and guarding the light and basking in the warm glow of each other’s company as we look forward to the joyful return of the sun.

The Cup for All: Understanding the Flaming Chalice Part 2

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
The Cup for All: Understanding the Flaming Chalice Part 2
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Reflection by Scott Peeples
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
As we enter this season of light, we will spend two Sundays learning about, and contemplating, our Unitarian Universalist sacred symbol– the flaming chalice. This Sunday we will focus on the symbolism of the cup and the flame, hear the story of an ancient heretic who might have inspired the design, and contemplate what message the flaming chalice offers us today.

The Flame of Life: Understanding the Flaming Chalice Part 1

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
The Flame of Life: Understanding the Flaming Chalice Part 1
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Reflection by Mark Marnocha
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
As we enter this season of light, we will spend two Sundays learning about, and contemplating, our Unitarian Universalist sacred symbol– the flaming chalice. This Sunday we’ll focus on its history as a symbol of safety and freedom, while also considering the ancient Jewish story of Hanukkah.

Spiritual Practice 1: Pathetic Spiritual Practice

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Spiritual Practice 1: Pathetic Spiritual Practice
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Reflection by Michael Yonkers
Sermon by Rev. Denise Cawley
We will be exploring spiritual practices this year on a monthly basis, and this is the first service in that series. Rev. Denise Cawley will be joining on-screen to share her concept of “Pathetic Spiritual Practice,” or the recognition that we don’t have to be perfect to still have a useful spiritual practice!

Parting Thoughts; “Waves Upholding”

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Parting Thoughts; "Waves Upholding"
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Blue Boat Home, written by Peter Mayer, performed by Dr. Stephen Sieck
Sermon by Rev. Leah Ongiri
A few last observations, memories, and ideas, including many thanks, much gratitude, and a final favorite poem, from Rev. Leah on her last Sunday in the Fellowship’s pulpit. She will be preaching virtually from her new home in Portland but looks forward to sharing one last service with this beautiful congregation whose people and traditions have taught her so much about Unitarian Universalism, commitment, joy, hard work, relationship, and life in general. This is her last day as one of the Fellowship’s ministers.

Bliss and Emptiness

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Bliss and Emptiness
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Reflection by Todd Grimm
Sermon by Ali Peters, Assistant Minister
Paganism and Buddhism are whole and robust traditions on their own, but what happens when the Buddha meets the Goddess? Join us as we explore what these two traditions together can teach us — a topic chosen by winners at our 2020 service auction!