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.

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.

Blow and Bend

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Blow and Bend
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Reflection by Ali Peters, intern minister
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
The most stable structures have a little flexibility and “give,” allowing them to bend in the face of pressure rather than breaking. How can we grow this flexibility in ourselves without giving up strong stances? How can we practice resilience with gentleness? Notice: mild language

A Changing Dream

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
A Changing Dream
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Reflection by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Sermon by Rev. Laura Randall
This Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, we will hear from Rev. Laura Randall of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. You might recall that our 2019 recipient of the Greater Good fund was the UUSC’s immigration justice program. Let’s hear how the face of justice work continues to change, while also staying the same.

Come What May

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Come What May
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Reflection by David Velguth, worship leader
Sermon by Ali Peters, intern minister
2020 threw us all many challenges we had never faced before –challenges that none of us could have predicted. How can we prepare ourselves to meet whatever challenges may await us in 2021 and in the years to come?

Lifting Up and Letting Go

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Lifting Up and Letting Go
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by Marie Luna, director of congregational life
2020 has brought challenges that few of us were prepared for as we entered this year. Let’s consider what we want to lift up, as well as what we want to let go of, on this last Sunday of this year.

Our Better Angels – Christmas Eve

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Our Better Angels - Christmas Eve
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Angels make many appearances in the Christmas story– what might they mean for us today, and what might they be telling us?

Story Part I – The Angel Gabriel Comes to Mary
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
Reflection: Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Song: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (verse 1)

Story Part II – The Angels Appear to Shepherds
Gospel: Luke 2:8-20
Reflection: Ali Peters
Poem: You Have to Know Your Body as the Home of God by Rebecca Parker
Song: #237 The First Nowell (verses 1 & 2)

Story Part III – The Flight to Safety
Gospel: Matthew 2:13-14, 2:19-21
Reflection: Rev. Jim Coakley
Poem: The Work of Christmas by Howard Thurman
Song: #231 Angels We Have Heard on High (verses 1 & 3)

“Frederick” A Winter Solstice Celebration

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
“Frederick” A Winter Solstice Celebration
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Reflections by Ali Peters, intern minister, and Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
The celebration of the winter solstice– the darkness and return of the light– is a time-honored tradition here at the Fellowship and it will continue this year. We’ll hear the sweet story of Frederick the mouse and celebrate the winter together.

Finding Strength in Our Religious Inheritance

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Finding Strength in Our Religious Inheritance
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by Ali Peters, intern minister
We have not always been Unitarian Universalists. Many of us come from family histories of different faith traditions. Others of us may have been born into Unitarian Universalist families, but understand that Unitarianism and Universalism used to look very different from the faith we know it to be today. What do we do with the religious practices, traditions, and beliefs of our ancestors, even if we may no longer claim these as our own? Join us this Sunday as we explore our religious inheritances and ways we might be able to use them for strength and healing in our lives and in our communities.

For Each Child That’s Born

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
For Each Child That's Born
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by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
“Each night a child is born is a holy night,” wrote UU Sophia Lyon Fahs. Join us as we enter the holiday season honoring the children among us with a special ceremony of dedication. We will also hear stories of holiness– in all the ways that word means ordinary hardship and frustration and beauty– in the families of our community.

The Gift of Nothing

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
The Gift of Nothing
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by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Thanksgiving has passed and we have hopefully each given thanks for whatever is good in our lives. Now, as we turn to the winter holidays with all the expectations of shopping, giving, and receiving, we wonder how we might find joy in presence (not presents). We are in our worship season of Cultivating Sufficiency; join us for this interactive service featuring the adorable story, “The Gift of Nothing.