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.

Telling Untold Stories to Promote Equity and Justice

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Telling Untold Stories to Promote Equity and Justice
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Reflection by Mark Marnocha
Sermon by Rev. Jim Coakley & Judy Goldsmith
This month we remember the 100th anniversary of one of the worst tragedies of racial violence in the United States, the Tulsa Race Massacre; an untold story kept hidden for almost a century. Driven by a climate of extreme racial tension and set off by merely a rumor, white supremacist mobs destroyed “Black Wall Street”, one of the most prosperous black communities at the time. Tragically, the volatile environment was stoked by a locally famous Unitarian, Richard Lloyd Jones. Today, All Souls Unitarian Church is a leader in the reconciliation and healing of Tulsa. Closer to home in Fond du Lac, Judy Goldsmith, a well-known feminist and long-time member of the Open Circle Fellowship, has pioneered an effort to tell the untold stories of African Americans to ease fear and racial tension in her community to prevent tragic events like Tulsa’s from repeating.

Flower Communion

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Flower Communion
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Reflection by Suzanne Marnocha
Reflection by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Our annual flower communion service will celebrate the history of this uniquely Unitarian celebration, the power of our faith communities, and the beauty, science, and symbolism of flowers!

“Wait, What?” Question Box Service

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
"Wait, What?" Question Box Service
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Reflection by Dave Velguth
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
It’s time again for our annual tradition of questions and answers. Inspired by a funny 2016 Harvard Graduate School of Education commencement speech, we’ll explore the power of good questions. Rev. Christina will do her best to answer as many of your submitted questions as possible, so come ready to ask.

BATs (Being a Teenager ) Sunday

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
BATs (Being a Teenager ) Sunday
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Introduction to BATs Program – Kim Hartman, Director of Religious Education
Credo Statements – Lily Altmann, Bella Treece, Zachary Handwerker, Adrian Sieck, Liam Spoehr
Join our BATs (Being a Teenager) high school age youth for a service to hear their credo statements and a service to replenish our resilience.

Change is the Only Constant

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Change is the Only Constant
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Reflection by Brian Murton
Sermon by Ali Peters, Intern Minister
Change is hard. And yet this past year has forced us to reckon with the fact that change is unavoidable and it is often out of our control. How can we move through changes and transitions together with resilience and use them as opportunities to flourish as a community?

In Praise of Rest

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
In Praise of Rest
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Reflection by Cindy Darling
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
When we think of flourishing, we often think of doing things, making progress, or success! This Sunday we will draw wisdom from the Nap Ministry and find ways to stop, rest, and relax as a form of flourishing.

Bridging Sunday

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Bridging Sunday
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Reflections by Fellowship Bridgers Aaron Thibodeau, Lilly Wait, and Rose Williams
Reflection on Religious Education by Kim Hartman, Director of Religious Education
Our annual tradition of honoring our “bridgers” — youth crossing the metaphorical bridge to young adulthood– continues this Sunday. We will honor these wonderful young people and celebrate what comes next in their lives, while also celebrating our Religious Education program and learn a bit about the future of RE.

Earth Day Sunday

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Earth Day Sunday
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by Sara Wescott, Guest Speaker
As Unitarian Universalists, our respect for the interdependent web of all existence calls us to protect our beloved planet. Join us for our Earth Day worship service where we will explore this call and the solidarity it requires — most importantly the solidarity with indigenous communities who have been living in deep relationship with the land for centuries.

A member of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin, Sara enjoys raising her children and working on the Land of the Menominee. Sara grew up on the reservation and returned after attending the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh to assist community efforts of revitalization and growth, which has been a lifelong desire. Her involvement with a local non-profit group, Menīkānaehkem, provided a platform to pursue her passion for community rebuilding while helping to create a brighter future for the next generations. Her strong conviction for clean water and a healthy environment has led her to focus her energy on environmental justice while her devotion to equality for mankind has fueled her efforts to make this world a better place.

Truth, Meaning, and the Unfaithfulness of the Moon

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Truth, Meaning, and the Unfaithfulness of the Moon
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Reflection by Kathryn Tollefson
Sermon by Rev. Leah Ongiri
Join us for the second half of a two-part sermon series exploring the 4th UU principle, which is about the importance of a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Whether or not you made it to Rev. Christina’s service, this Sunday will be an opportunity to reflect on finding one’s own truth, figuring out if that makes it The Truth, locating meaning that works in harmony, and how Zora Neale Hurston made peace with the unfaithful moon.

Balancing Act I: Free and Responsible

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Balancing Act I: Free and Responsible
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Reflection by Mark Marnocha
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
This is the first half of a two-part sermon series exploring the 4th UU principle– this half will explore what it means to be free and responsible. We will particularly examine the phenomenon that has been dubbed “Cancel Culture,” the good and the bad, and how our principles call us to this balancing act.