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.

Life and Death: A Delicate Balance

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Life and Death: A Delicate Balance
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Reflection by Leah Thibodeau
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Reflection About Stoicism by Jon Reopelle
This Easter Sunday we will reflect both on the Christian Easter narrative as well as ancient and modern Stoic philosophy– how do we balance being alive and having to die? This service topic was selected by auction winner Jon Reopelle. Shortly after his auction win, Jon was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. We will honor Jon’s sermon topic choice as well as his powerful journey with life and death.

Always Coming of Age

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Always Coming of Age
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Statement of Faith from Jennifer Anderson, Mary K. Knox, Nan Middleton, and Alex Frantz
It’s a beloved tradition in Unitarian Universalism to mark the transition from teenager to adult with a “Coming of Age” experience, and yet aren’t we always coming of age? Join members of our winter Coming of Age for Adults class to reflect on the value of engaging with our faith as a work in progress.

Spring and Other Balancing Acts

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Spring and Other Balancing Acts
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Reflection by Dave Velguth
Sermon by Rev. Leah Ongiri
At the vernal or spring equinox, the sun is exactly above the equator. Day and night are briefly of equal length, perfectly balanced. Spring itself is a balancing act, positioned in the middle of winter and summer to smooth the transition between the two more extreme seasons. What are the gifts and opportunities of balancing life and its seasons? People of all ages will want to have a (hard to break) spoon, pen, book, plate, and piece of fruit on hand; let’s try balancing together!

A Creative Life

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
A Creative Life
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Reflection by Ali Peters, Intern Minister
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Creativity is about making things happen– not just imagining them to be so. As we wrap up our theme of creativity, let’s consider where the rubber meets the road, and how we are ALL creative people, whether we think of ourselves that way, or not.

How Do You Music?

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
How Do You Music?
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Reflection by Leah Thibodeau
Sermon by Ali Peters, Intern Minister
Music is a universal human experience that stimulates our hearts and our minds in deep and mysterious ways. Join us this Sunday as we explore our connection to music.

Salvation By Committee

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Salvation By Committee
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by Rev. Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson
In the wider world, and sometimes even in our own religious movement, the committee has a bum rap. But the practice of our faith has an insight that over-turns this: our working and deciding together is our greatest source of strength, hope, and spiritual sustenance. Please join us for a service to celebrate the life-giving power of being together religiously.

Rev. Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson has been the minister of the First Parish Church in Beverly, Massachusetts since 2010. He holds a B.A. from Bard College and a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. Before coming to First Parish, he served as a hospital chaplain and as a part-time parish minister in Western New York State. He is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, a science fiction buff, and a vegan.

Yes, And

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Yes, And
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Reflection by Brian Murton
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
The first rule of improv comedy is “yes, and,” the imperative to keep the scene going at all costs! We Unitarian Universalists have a ‘yes, and’ theology. How can improv comedy help us in life and our faith?

Creativity and the Ish

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Creativity and the Ish
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Reflection by Cindy Darling
Sermon by Ali Peters, intern minister
Creativity is deeply connected to all parts of our lives. It can be easy for us to forget this and to leave it up to the professional artists, writers, and performers. But it’s actually important for all of us to work those creativity muscles! Join us this week for a special interactive service as we creatively kick off our 2021 stewardship campaign and our month-long deep dive into the practice of creativity.

The Miracle of Adaptation

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
The Miracle of Adaptation
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Reflection by David Velguth
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
This week is Charles Darwin’s 212th birthday. His theory of evolution by natural selection often gets a bad rap (competition and survival of the fittest and all that) but let’s explore what the miracle of evolution can teach us about flexibility and adaptation, gifts from our evolutionary ancestors that can still serve us today.

Yes to Life: Keeping Afloat

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Yes to Life: Keeping Afloat
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Reflection by Kathryn Tollefson
Sermon by Rev. Leah Ongiri
Saying yes to life doesn’t mean that we literally affirm every single thing–that would be inane or even impossible. However, cultivating a posture of openness can be a thoughtful, fulfilling way to care for self and community. As one way to practice affirmation, we will take a special collection for the newly formed Marge Koepke Legacy Scholarship at Appleton West High School for future teachers.