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December 28: “Unitarian Universalists, Cats and Dogs,” a sermon authored by Rev. Chris Buice and presented by LCUUC member John Kuhn
This service from the Church of the Larger Fellowship on-line resource uses a cat-dog metaphor to explore why we need both our humility and our pride, and how the merger of Unitarians and Universalists brought together two different ways of thinking.
December 24 at 4:00 p.m.: Christmas Eve Service, by Rev. Linda Berez
All are welcome to gather at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary on Christmas Eve for a holiday service of carols, stories, and candles. This is a chance to sing together and be together. We hope you and your family will be able join our minister, the Rev. Linda Berez, for this special service.
December 21: “Holiday Cheer,” by Rev. Linda Berez
This intergenerational celebration of Winter Solstice and Christmas will, we hope, light up the holiday and holy days of winter. Come and be together to sing, enjoy the music, and rejoice in this season that holds great meaning for so many people all over the world.
December 14: “Nature’s Way: Discovering the Sacred in the Natural World,” by Philip Chard, author, columnist, and nature therapist
Of the many paths we pursue in our quests for the divine (church, scripture, community, prayer, ritual, meditation), nature is the only one that flows pure and undiluted from the Creator. In nature we meet the unblemished manifestations of the sacred mystery we call “the universe” or “life.” This presentation will explore nature’s way, a spiritual path into the natural world that leads us to the divine.
December 7: “What Will You Give?”, by Rev. Linda Berez
The season of giving and buying may be in full swing, but consider how offering yourself might be the greatest gift of all. Lending a hand or a listening ear, especially during this time of year when, for some, the season isn’t so jolly, may be more valuable than a stack of presents.
November 30: “Breaking Evil,” by LCUUC member Michael Santo
This sermon will explore the subject of evil and its relationship to senseless violence, thoughtlessness, and a possible response to evil by my own thoughtfulness. The very broad topic of evil in the world will, consequently, be reduced to my role in it and how I can break its power.
November 23: “Who Will You Thank?”, by Rev. Linda Berez
Please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Day service and meal to follow. This intergenerational service will include a welcoming ceremony for our newest members, music, and a time to give thanks to those people and things in our lives that we are most grateful for. All are welcome.
November 16: “Last Words,” by Rev. Linda Berez
Today’s sermon will draw upon the inspiring words of the Rev. Forrest Church, Minister of Public Theology at All Souls Church in New York, and Randy Pausch, Computer Science Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and author of The Last Lecture. Church says that our goal in life “is to live in such a way that our lives will prove worth dying for.” Is your life worth dying for? And, if you had a chance to pen your last words as both these men have, what would you want to share? Let’s explore these questions together.
November 9: “Who Wins?”, by Rev. Linda Berez
If you work hard, support a candidate, and they win the election, it feels good. Yet, if you work hard, support a candidate, and they lose, it might not feel so good. Regardless of the outcome of this Presidential election, some will feel better than others. As Unitarian Universalists, how is it that we best live within the interdependent web of all existence, and as citizens of this country, how do we best live with each other, no matter who wins?
November 2: “Joy,” a sermon authored by Rev. Edwin Charles Lynn and presented by LCUUC member John Kuhn
As the holiday season glimmers in the not-too-distant future, the Church of the Larger Fellowship on-line resource brings us this sermon, an inspiration to each of us to recognize and to cherish the joy in our lives. It is a reminder to seek out the goodness that can be found in every day.
October 26: "Yes, in my Back Yard: The Community's Call for Affordable Housing in Waukesha County," by Heather Dummer Combs, Housing Campaign Director, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee
Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee is leading a community effort in Waukesha County to increase public awareness for the need of affordable housing and to promote the establishment of a housing trust fund. This is an opportunity for you to learn about Interfaith's efforts in this important community outreach, and how you can help. The cash and un-designated checks from the offering will be donated to Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee.
October 19: "What Good Is Intuition in a Rational World?", by Rev. Scott Gerard Prinster
Is there any room in our scientific and reasonable worldview for the hunch, for following our gut? What good is it to speak of such things when we can¡¦t put our finger on the source of intuition, or identify the benefits of an irrational way of knowing? Join us as we explore the nature and value of our intuitive side.
October 12: "Association Sunday," by Rev. Linda Berez
Plan now to be in church on this Sunday when we join with thousands of Unitarian Universalists across the nation celebrating our shared commitment on Association Sunday. In this service, we will strengthen the bonds of our common purpose and combine our resources to make Unitarian Universalism a stronger voice for liberal religious values in our country. We are better together.
October 5: "Wake-Up Call," by Rev. Linda Berez
As Unitarian Universalists, we draw from many sources including Judaism. With the date of this service falling directly between the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we will have an opportunity to celebrate the Jewish New Year together. Worshipping during this season is a time of spiritual re-awakening and reflection. With all that is happening in our world today, a wake-up call may be just what we need.
September 28: “The Threshing Place,” a sermon authored by Rev. M. Maureen Killoran and read by LCUUC member Colleen Kennedy
This sermon from the Unitarian Universalist online resources spans the continuum from Pagan and Celtic rituals, to Old and New Testament quotations, to Emily Dickinson and Trappist Monks. The collective wisdom offered encourages us to pause at the thresholds of our lives. To grieve for what can no longer be and when it’s time to cross the threshold, step forward, and let your future begin!
September 21: “Across the Great Divide,” by Rev. Jane Esbensen
What does a small country, nestled between the open sea and the deep-fabled forests of the north, have to offer us, the greatest country in the world? Jane Esbensen is an ordained UU minister. She recently spent the last 2 1/2 years living and working in Sweden, and her talk today will be a reflection piece on the juxtaposition of how life can and, perhaps, should be lived, and what tangible shifts in perspectives it would require of us to get there.
September 14: “Are you a UU?,” by Rev. Linda Berez
Even those of us who have been Unitarian Universalists for more than half our lives or more find the question of our religion a difficult one to answer. We may be tempted to say what we?re not because explaining Unitarian Universalism is complex, a reflection of our very lives. At the same time, regardless of whether you?ve attended one Sunday worship or 100, once you find this community, a community committed to compassion, justice, and equity, you know you?ve found a church home. So are you a UU? Come explore together.
September 7: “Water Communion,” by Rev. Linda Berez
Come and celebrate our Annual Water Communion. Everyone is invited to bring a small amount of water that has some significance or meaning in their lives. It might be water that came from a lake, a river, or an ocean. Maybe it came from a vacation you took with your family, or from your backyard fountain. Maybe you collected water from the devastating rains at the beginning of the summer or from the snow melt of last winter. Every drop you bring reminds us of the importance of water to each of us individually and as a community, and we will take time for people to share their stories. Please join us for this intergenerational service.
August 10: “Whose Bible?”, by Rev. Linda Berez and Lori Hlaban, Candidate for UU Ministry
If you’ve ever been to a football game you’ve probably seen someone holding up a sign saying“John 3:16.” What does John 3:16 have to say to Unitarian Universalists? Is this potential message of hope helpful? Is it hurtful? Do these words help us to live lives of meaning in this day and age? You are invited to join Lori Hlaban and Rev. Linda Berez as they consider these and other questions in their conversation on this Sunday. All are welcome.
July 13: “The Goodness of the Other,” by Mike Santo, church member
In my world I experience the satisfaction of my needs in my friends and family, and I enjoy the familiar surroundings of my town, state, and country. But I also experience the desire for the greener grass on the other side of the fence; I wonder what is beyond my horizon of familiarity as I dream of what could be; I stand in awe of the good which is beyond my knowledge and beyond my grasp. This sermon explores the good that comes not from my own world of enjoyment, but from the face of the other person as other than me.
June 8: “Flower Communion Sunday,” by Rev. Linda Berez
On the final Sunday of the church calendar year we will celebrate our annual Flower Communion. Everyone is invited to bring a fresh flower that will become a part of the ritual of sharing our own flowers with each other. As each flower is unique so are we all. Our flower communion service reminds us that the many varied facets of our lives, our gifts, and our talents come together like the petals, the colors, and the fragrances of the flowers to create a beautiful bouquet. All are welcome to this intergenerational service. Please join us.
June 1: “Religious Education Sunday,” led by LCUUC Youth
This is the service we set aside each year to celebrate our children and youth—their spirit, their energy, their creativity, their music, their thoughts and ideas, and the way they care for each other. It is also the day we recognize and appreciate all the volunteers who work with them in our children’s Religious Education programs. Each RE class will tell us about what they have learned together this year. The presentations are always inventive and enjoyable. Don’t miss it!
May 25: “Against All Enemies,” by Lori Gorgas Hlaban
Members of the military take an oath to protect the country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. In this Memorial Day service, we will consider military veterans, and others, to be honored as veterans in the struggle to ensure freedom for all.
May 18: “Finding the Truth,” by Rev. Linda Berez
What is truth? Where do we find meaning? As Unitarian Universalists we are encouraged to search freely and responsibly for answers to these questions throughout our lives. Please join Rev. Linda Berez on a journey into the places where truth and meaning might be found in our lives.
May 11: “Mother’s Day for Peace,” by Rev. Linda Berez
The observance of a Mothers’ Peace Day was begun in the 1870s, based on an idea from Unitarian Julia Ward Howe, and was eventually replaced by the Mother’s Day holiday we now celebrate. Howe’s hope for peace and an end to war is just as relevant today as it was back then. The service will also include a Ceremony of Dedication for the children of members of the congregation who were born during this past year or who are new to the community.
May 4: “Messages from Earth—Are We Listening?” by Sue Loomans
This is our annual Earth Day service presented by the Green Sanctuary Committee. Sue Loomans, a climatologist who was one of our speakers at last fall’s Step It Up 2007 rally, will be our guest speaker. We are planning to hold this service outside, weather permitting, and to have outdoor Earth-related activities, such as Adopt A Highway and tree planting, after the service. Come prepared for the outdoors!
April 27: “A Celebration of Transition,” presented by LCUUC’s High School Seniors
Led by our High School Seniors, this service is a culmination of their religious education and Transition program. We will celebrate their years at LCUUC, as they share special words, faith statements, and music. Join us for what is sure to be a moving and memorable service!
April 20: “Why the World Needs Harry Potter,” by Rev. Linda Berez
The message of Harry Potter, that good can defeat evil, is one that brings us much hope in our lives. All non-magical folk, “muggles,” wizards, and witches, are invited to journey into the magical land of Harry Potter for a service that will lift up why we all need a little of that magic at some time in our lives.
April 13: “The Joys of Ownership,” by Rev. Linda Berez
We’ll kick off our annual Stewardship Campaign and pledge drive this Sunday. “I Own This Church” isn’t just the theme, but the reality, and ownership has its joys. Our service will feature some great music including two original songs by Lake Country members as well as the opportunity to welcome our newest members. It’s a service you won’t want to miss.
April 6: “It’s Tough Getting Old—Don’t Try It!”, by Rev. Linda Lawrence
Are you brave enough to consider some of the challenges of aging—mine, yours, your congregation’s?
March 30: “Darfur,” by a speaker from Amnesty International
The speaker from Amnesty International will talk about the continuing crisis in the Darfur region of the Sudan. There will be a special collection to help AI with their relief efforts in this troubled part of the world.
March 23: “Sun Rise,” by Rev. Linda Berez
Come celebrate Easter at Lake Country, Unitarian Universalist style. All are invited to attend this intergenerational service.
March 16: “Simply Living Simply,” by Rev. Linda Berez
Naturalist, Transcendentalist, and author Henry David Thoreau advocated for a simple and sustainable life in his book Walden. Yet, today our American way of life, and our economy, seems to be predicated on the idea that “more is better.” Is it? How do we find a balance? Join Rev. Linda Berez as she reflects
upon these and other questions related to the ideas of simple living and why these issues are important to Unitarian Universalists.
March 9: “A Celebration of Transitions,” presented by LCUUC 5th grade RE class with Christi Ehler
This service will be a presentation of poems, stories, and music in celebration of completing the first part of LCUUC’s “coming of age” curriculum. Transitions Part 1: Identity focuses on the transition from childhood to adolescence. During this special service, you will hear what our young people have to say about themselves and their place in our religious community.
March 2: “The Message of Islam: What Can We Learn?”, by Rev. Jody Wheldon, community minister
Knowing the history of a religion helps us understand its message. Both believers and nonbelievers benefit from a familiarity with these stories. Today, we will work to discern Islam’s message threads from Islam’s beginnings. This will include Mohammed’s remarkable journey as The Prophet, which did not begin until he was about 40 years old. If you are interested in reading ahead, Jody recommends Karen Armstrong’s very readable book, Islam: A Short History, a pre-9/11 publication.
February 24: “Red, White and Blue,” by Rev. Linda Berez
In honor of the President’s Day holiday, Rev. Linda Berez will continue her series on our Unitarian Universalist principles, specifically focusing on our fifth principle, which affirms the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
February 17: Closed due to bad weather
February 10: "Worship Is Not a Product: Worship Is a Need," by Rev. Webster Kitchell, presented by LCUUC member Colleen Kennedy
What is implied by worship that makes it seem incompatible with Unitarian Universalism? Can action-minded, problem-solving liberals who weigh issues with a scientific mind and shun dependency on a supernatural God actually worship on Sunday mornings? Rev. Kitchell takes a fresh view of worship, defining it as a time to be philosophical and meditate on what things are of worth, of "worth-ship." When we worship we feel joy in the mystery and open up to the transforming power of creative good. Our ability to perform good works in the world is enhanced by having taken this "Sabbath time" to worship.
February 3: "Amazing Grace," by Rev. Dr. Bobbie Groth, UU Community Minister
On the issue of grace in UU religion, Rev. Groth goes through some of her own experiences that seemed to have no good outcome—until the intervention of grace.
January 27: “Six Degrees of Connections,” by Rev. Linda Berez
We are literally all connected according to the idea of “six degrees of separation.” It goes that if a person is one step away from each person he or she knows and two steps away from each person who is known by one of the people he or she knows, then everyone is no more than six “steps” away from each person on Earth. The result of this thinking speaks well of our seventh Unitarian Universalist principle, which states that we are all part of an interdependent web of all existence. Join our minister, the Rev. Linda Berez, as she continues her series on the importance of our Unitarian Universalist principles and purposes and how they are relevant in our daily life.
January 20: “The Gift of Silence,” by Peter Morales, a CLF service presented by John Kuhn
This service, drawing from the Church of the Larger Fellowship resource, provides an opportunity to consider different kinds of silence and how important silence can be in our interaction with others and our surroundings. Silence can be difficult, awkward, or powerful, and we will explore how it is so.
January 13: “Our Moral Compass,” by Rev. Linda Berez
Sometimes Americans reflect warmly on a time they say we must return to—a time that could be used as a moral base line. Often people might say that we have lost our direction with respect to values. Yet, how difficult it is to adjust our moral compass when it was never properly calibrated from the onset. As our country gets ready to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 79th birthday, you are invited to join our minister, the Rev. Linda Berez, as she reflects upon where we as Unitarian Universalists are with respect to our nation’s and our own moral compass.
January 6: "Passing Through" a sermon by Lori Gorgas Hlaban Student, Chicago Theological Seminary, Member LCUUC
Life is a Journey from birth to death - and we're all just passing through. This will be our annual New Year's service where we honor those who died in the past year, celebrate new life, and consider or intentions for the coming year.