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.

The Art of Improvisation

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
The Art of Improvisation
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by Jay Thomas with Dan Van Sickle

Our transitional minister, Wayne Arnason, delivered a sermon in April on life as improvisation in which he discussed parallels between life and jazz improvisation. By exploring the nature of music improvisation in general, the Fellowship Music Director, Jay Thomas, will look to embellish upon those parallels.

Four-Handed Improvisation by Jay Thomas and Dan Van Sickle

art of improvisation 6-26-16

Bridging Ceremony 2016

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Bridging Ceremony 2016
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Join us to honor our graduating high school seniors! We will ritualize their major life transition with a bridging ceremony and hear from them about their future plans and where they are in their spiritual journeys.

Our bridging seniors are Abbey Boushele-Walter, Kagan Govek, Adrienne Hagen, Reilly Klatt, Colby Jenn, and Basil Van Deusen.

Blessing the Future

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Blessing the Future
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by Rev. Dr. Wayne Arnason

It’s more and more clear to me that the future is hard to imagine, let alone predict. How then, do you bless the world as you pass through it? Is the world that the millennial generation will experience in the late 21st century one that even the millennials have a hard time picturing? Is there anything the older generations have learned that can be passed on to youth, or is that a fruitless hope? Don’t they just have to figure it all out for themselves?

Blessing the Future May 21 22 2016

I Will Not Let You Go Until You Bless Me

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
I Will Not Let You Go Until You Bless Me
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by Rev. Ashley Horan

Our UU theology pushes back against the belief in an interventionist God who makes us suffer to make us stronger. How, then, are we to understand the problems, trials, and misfortunes in our lives that keep cropping up, again and again? Can there be blessing in pain and struggle?

Revs. Karen Hutt & Ashley Horan are partners in life and colleagues in Unitarian Universalist ministry. Karen serves as a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor and chaplain at the University of MN Medical Center – Fairview, and Ashley is the Executive Director of MUUSJA – The MN Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance. Ashley preached at the Fellowship a few times in 2013. They live in Minneapolis, MN, with their two children — Zi (16 years) and Aspen (16 months).

Remember Who You Are

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Remember Who You Are
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by Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs

In our demanding, busy lives it is difficult to remember to notice the miraculous that surrounds us and the holiness that is everywhere. It is often most challenging to remember that the same sacred spark also exists within us. Rev. Janne and Rev. Kathleen will explore the spiritual implications when we include ourselves in what is holy, which is what our mothers intended.

Janne Eller-Isaacs currently serves as co-minister, with her husband Rob, at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota. Previously they served the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, California for many years. Janne is a born and bred Unitarian, having been raised in large congregations, lay led fellowships and mid-sized congregations. Janne has held numerous volunteer positions within Unitarian Universalism. Currently she serves as one of the Ministerial Settlement Reps in our association. She is serving the Fox Valley congregation in this capacity as well as being a support team member of the group serving the congregation in this year of transition. She and Rob are the proud parents of three children and are very happy grandparents of one perfect grandchild.

Creating Our Final Days

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Creating Our Final Days
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by Rev. Karon Sandberg

National Health Care Decisions Day is April 16 and in honor of that I want to lift up the importance of creating our Health Care Power of Attorney Document. It is so important that our loved ones know our wishes and sadly Americans are the only people in the world who think dying is optional. Why is this?  We will explore issues that get in our way when thinking about death. Come join us as we explore how you can create you own wishes for your end of life care with dignity, grace, creativity and love.

Click here and click on Advance Directive plain form to down load your own health care power of attorney document.

What the Seed Needs: An Earth Day Revels Service

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
What the Seed Needs: An Earth Day Revels Service
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Message by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

This multigenerational service will celebrate Earth Day in grand “revels” style – with storytelling, special music, and playing in the dirt! We’ll also hear from the newly formed Green Sanctuary Committee, who will be asking the congregation at the Annual Meeting if they will support the Fellowship’s application to be a Green Sanctuary Fellowship. Much singing, laughter and interactive activity is expected!

Story: The Everything Seed A Story of Beginnings by Carole Martignacco, Illustrated by Joy Troyer

Making It Up

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Making It Up
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by Rev. Dr. Wayne B. Arnason

The most creative thing that we are engaged with every day is the improvisation of the life we live. We all have to make this up as we go along. Often we find out what we really know when we are forced to say it. Inevitably we make mistakes, and we have to “make up” for them too – but we can’t let the risk of failure stop us from the creativity that is our birthright.

Making It Up Sermon April 9 and 10 2016

 

A Salute to the Sun

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
A Salute to the Sun
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by Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs

Unitarian Universalist children of my generation were taught that it was the Pharaoh Akhenaten who first  “unified the Godhead,” by insisting that everyone worship Amun Ra, the sun god. By doing so he became, in effect, the founder of Unitarianism. Farfetched, perhaps, but it makes for a fascinating narrative for a service on Creation. Alexander Von Humboldt will drop by to visit as will Darwin and a number of his associates.

Rob Eller-Isaacs is co-minister with his wife, Janne, of Unity Church-Unitarian in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In addition to his work in Saint Paul, Rob is a sought-after coach and consultant on congregational governance. A former President of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, Rob currently serves as a UUA Trustee and Board Secretary.

An Infinite Expectation of the Dawn

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
An Infinite Expectation of the Dawn
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By Rev. Karen Hering

Easter’s celebration of resurrected hope and new life invites us all to consider how hope rises in the midst of loss and despair. “We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake,” wrote Thoreau, “not by mechanical aids but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.” What habits, spiritual practices and bonds of community will nurture our “infinite expectation of the dawn”? How do we keep our hearts awakened to the dawning of the morning star? Wear your Easter hat or bonnet to continue the tradition started last year.

Rev. Karen Hering serves as consulting literary minister at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is author of Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within and leads guided writing sessions and retreats in congregations and other community settings in the Midwest and beyond. She grew up in Appleton and is a graduate of Appleton East. www.karenhering.com