Tag Archive for: Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Five Smooth Stones 3: Moral Obligation Toward Justice

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Five Smooth Stones 3: Moral Obligation Toward Justice
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Reflection by Beth Belmore
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
This month we are exploring the “Five Smooth Stones of Religious Liberalism” as articulated by the 20th century UU theologian, James Luther Adams. Join us for this third of the five stones — “The moral obligation to create justice.” What obligations does our faith place upon us? How do we create justice in the world as faithful people?

Five Smooth Stones 2 – Free Consent Not Coercion

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Five Smooth Stones 2 - Free Consent Not Coercion
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Reflection by Mike Yonkers
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
This month we are exploring the “Five Smooth Stones of Religious Liberalism” as articulated by the 20th century UU theologian, James Luther Adams. Join us for this, the second of the five—“Free consent, not coercion.” What does it mean to be a part of a free religious tradition, and how does our faith lift up values of consent?

Making the Best of What We Have

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Making the Best of What We Have
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Reflection by Mark Marnocha
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
On the hit TV game show “Wheel of Fortune,” sometimes they solve the puzzle before all the letters are revealed. Often in life, we have to move forward, make decisions, or take a risk even in the face of the unknown. What does our liberal religious tradition tell us about how we might do that, together?

Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? A Stewardship-themed, Stump-the-Minister Service

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? A Stewardship-themed, Stump-the-Minister Service
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Reflection & Introduction to the Service – Cindy Darling
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Who Wants to Stump the Minister? – Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
As we kick off our last* pledge campaign ever, we will enjoy a series of services to explore meaningful themes of community, connection, and life through the metaphor of game shows! Today, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Rev. Christina will be our contestant and will do her best to answer your questions about stewardship, money, and how our faith and lives intersect with these themes. Come, stump the minister! (*stewardship at the Fellowship is changing for the better!)

Holy Now – Annual Darwin Sunday

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Holy Now - Annual Darwin Sunday
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Reflection by Mike Yonkers
Sermon by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
The song “Holy Now” by UU singer-songwriter Peter Mayer is about a change in faith perspectives, from the idea that only certain practices or things are holy to recognizing holiness in everything! Join us for our annual celebration of Charles Darwin (a 19th century British Unitarian) as we explore the ways that religious naturalism can provide a connection between science and the sacred.

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?

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.