Podcast

Mingling of the Waters 2021

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Mingling of the Waters 2021
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Reflections by Ali Peters, Assistant Minister, and Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
The first service of each program year, in mid-September, is called our “ingathering” service where we re-gather after perhaps some sporadic time during the summer. This year, ingathering means the same, but so much more! This will be our first service since March 2020 when we will be able to gather in-person in our sanctuary, while still welcoming people from home on Zoom. Bring water from your home, neighborhood, local body of water, or your travels, to mingle together in this very special Mingling of the Waters ingathering service.

Illusion, Separateness, and Rediscovery: A Service in Honor of the Jewish High Holy Days

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Illusion, Separateness, and Rediscovery: A Service in Honor of the Jewish High Holy Days
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Reflections by Jaclyn Kottman Hittner, Rev Christina Leone-Tracy, and Rev. Leah Ongiri

The Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the 10 Days of Awe between them just as we also prepare to launch our annual Fellowship theme of rediscovering. In this era of getting back to a new normal, the seasonal Jewish theme of beginning again is especially relevant for individuals and our gathered communities. Upon close examination, we might find that our separateness is an illusion that keeps us from truly moving forward together.

“What the heck is Unitarian Universalism anyway?”

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) - Appleton, Wisconsin
"What the heck is Unitarian Universalism anyway?"
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by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Join Rev. Christina for a journey through UU principles, sources, theology, and identity with the goal of understanding better and being able to explain our faith to others who ask you about it!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?