Services Archive 2012

Services from 2012 are described below, from most current to least current.

December 30: “UUism for Fun and Prophet”, a Church of the Larger Fellowship Service, presented by the LCUUC Worship Committee


December 24: “Christmas Eve Candlelight Celebration”, James Hobart, Preaching

(Note: the service will be at 4 p.m. Childcare will not be available.)

A simple but meaningful service, with readings, music, and singing, designed for broad congregational participation.


December 23: “Why Do Unitarian Universalists Celebrate Christmas?” a Church of the Larger Fellowship Service, presented by the LCUUC Worship Committee.


December 16: “Kirtan”, Dennis Hawk     Today, Dennis will lead the Fellowship in Sanskrit chants that have their roots in the yoga tradition. What he will help us experience is called Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of love and devotion. In the Hindu tradition there are many names for the experience of the Divine. The chanting of these divine names in Sanskrit is said to clear the mind of negative thinking. As one Kirtan chanter said, "We are not sure what this chant means, but it's probably better than the last thought that you had." Kirtan chanting is a form of meditation, but not like any stereotype of meditation that pictures someone cross-legged in a darkened room chanting "Om." This is absolute FUN!
December 9: “Winter Vision”, James Hobart, Preaching     The 2012 Advent season is the four Sundays between  December 2 and December 23. The 2012 winter solstice is December 21. What kind of eyes can we bring to the season and these celebrations? 
December 2: "Is Charity Enough?", Rusty Borkin, Organizer for Common Ground     Rusty will lead us on an interactive exploration of charity and justice and the impact they have on both our congregation and the communities we serve.  Along the way, we will learn not only a little more about Common Ground which LCUUC is a member of, but a little more about ourselves and what we do both as individuals and as a group.
November 25: “True Redemption”, Rev. James Hobart, Preaching     The word redemption carries both religious meanings and secular meanings. Religiously, what significance might redemption have for us religious liberals?

November 18: “Freedom, Improvisation, and the Meaning of Jazz”, James Galasinski     Jazz, much like Unitarian Universalism, is essentially an improvised democratic process that is constantly changing and evolving. It combines the most individualistic act of the solo with the collective decision making of the group. James will touch on the origins of jazz and also explore what improvisation is, how we do it in our daily lives and may not even realize it, and what musicians and non-musicians alike can learn from the art of improvisation.  (Guest Musician: Ryan Meisel) 

November 11"Creating a World of Compassion", Rev. Scott Prinster     One of the most prominent goals shared by the world's different religions is to live a more compassionate life. How can we, in times of fear and combativeness, help to tip the world's balance back toward compassion and kindness? Join us as we explore the work of religious scholar Karen Armstrong in living more compassionately.

November 4: “On Being Presidential” (An Election Sermon),Rev.  James Hobart, Preaching     The New England Puritans, one of our historic sources as Unitarian Universalists, established the practice of election sermons. This will be a non-partisan look at the 2012 Presidential election.


October 28: “Strangely Alike”, James Hobart, Preaching     We live with a twin reality. At one and the same time we are each different and we are all alike. Some might call this a paradox. I call it marvelous and a source of our greatest human capacities and hope.

October 21: "Acts of Faith: Interreligious Engagement as Spiritual Practice", Seminarian Nicolas Cable     In addition, we have also engaged him to work with our youth group and talk about youth and interfaith movements.

October 14: "Faith, Hope, and …. Atheism?!", Rev. Dr. Bobbie Groth     Rev. Groth will explore the nature of "faith" and look at the role of atheism there.

October 7: “Family Promise:  Building Communities, Strengthening Lives in Waukesha County,” Ann Corning          Family Promise is a national organization that helps homeless and low-income children and their families achieve sustainable independence. Our speaker, Ann Corning, will introduce us to the work that Family Promise has been carrying out for over 20 years through independent affiliate congregations.  She will talk with us about the growing needs of Waukesha County and our community, and how LCUUC can join with other congregations in our area to work with children and families to build the promise of a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future together in our community.

September 30: "The Daily Practice of Non-Violence", Rev. Bret Myers     Gandhi & King revealed what the philosophy of non-violence looks like in international and national settings, but what does it look like in the home, at work, at school, and in our daily lives?  Non-violence is not simply a belief system with a set of rules to follow.  It requires one to transform one's character.  It becomes one's way of viewing and responding to all the world around us -- a cohesive value system that applies to our whole lives.  It is a way of life that is be nurtured over time and cultivated with perpetual practice in both our private and public life.  Habitually making non-violent decisions and responses helps us to conform our will toward non-violence, and helps others who aspire to non-violence to see what such a life looks like.  Teaching non-violence will be ineffective if it does not cohere with the way in which we live it.  Today's message will provide insights into how to model and live a life of non-violence.
September 23: “For the People: A service celebrating the 15th anniversary of LCUUC”, UUA Moderator Gini Courter, Guest Preacher     Gini Courter is an engaging, dynamic and energizing speaker. She serves as the Moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the highest volunteer position in our association of congregations. She chairs the Board of Trustees and she is moderator of the annual General Assembly plenary (business) sessions. In her work life she is the founder and a partner of Triad Consulting, which specializes in software training and collaborative solutions for business, educational institutions and non-profits. She is the author or co-author of 29 books on information technology, and a nationally recognized speaker on collaboration and productivity software.
September 16: “I Have Time”, a sermon and worship service by Gus Santo   Time is the result of our “big bang” when we are born and our existence is thrown into the world.  I have time for you and you have time for me which gives existence its meaning and its joy.  As the philosopher Martin Heidegger would say, “Time is the meaning of Being.”  Without time we would have no time for love, no time for caring, no time for the ethical relationship of goodness.  Time is the essence of the transcendence of the other person as other, foreign, alien, but nonetheless as mysterious, alluring and beautiful.
September 9:  “Living Waters Refresh Our Souls: Inter-Generational Annual Water Ceremony”, Rev. James A. Hobart     The Water Ceremony or Festival, often called the Water Communion, is an annual inter-generational service at Lake Country UU Church, held at the beginning of the fall season. Individuals and families are invited to bring a small amount of water which has special meaning for them, from a site near-by or far away. The combined water is a visual representation that our shared religious faith and community come from many sources.
August 26:  Food and Fellowship, Informal Service     This is our "Bring a Topping and a Tapas to the Impromptu Bistro Breakfast Brunch" service, focusing on the fellowship of sharing food and conversation. There will be crepes and pancakes awaiting the toppings and fillings that people bring. Please bring other foods to share. In keeping with a bistro atmosphere, anyone interested is invited to share a short poem, brief song, succinct story, nutshell-sized excerpt from a favorite philosopher, an auditory twitter or a verbal status update of 140 characters of less. All are welcome! 
August 12:  "The Gifts and Challenges of the Skeptical Spirit", Rev. Scott Gerard Prinster    One of the biggest misunderstandings of the liberal religious tradition -- by its proponents and its critics -- is that we can "believe whatever we want". In fact, the distinctive approach that Unitarian Universalism brings to the world of religion is a thoughtful balance of believe and doubt, a dance that involves both liberation and responsibility. Join us as we explore together the richness of our skeptical tradition!
July 29:  “Spiritual Discipline”, a sermon by Rev. Drew Kennedy, presented by John Kuhn, LCUUC Worship Committee    In this service from the Church of the Larger Fellowship, Rev. Kennedy shares five practices for UU’s to nourish our spirits in the same way that we nourish our minds and bodies. Come exercise your spirit, and learn how to live a spiritually rich and meaningful life.
July 15: “Unconditional Forgiveness”, Elizabeth Lewis     Unconditional forgiveness is a spiritual practice that can lead to better health, a sense of spiritual freedom and a felt experience of harmony with others and the world. Learn what the 8 steps to freedom are that can help one cancel any expectations, conditions or demands that are being held onto that prevent the embracing of unconditional love and forgiveness.
June 24: “Sharing Our Thoughts and Beliefs”, facilitated by Greg Valde     Come join us for a time of discussion and reflection on a topic of the congregation¹s choice. We will meet outdoors if weather permits, and share our thoughts on a spiritual or philosophical question, similar to what has been done at the Socrates Café gatherings. Bring your open minds and thinking caps!

June 3: “Remembering and Following”, James A. Hobart, preaching      Our annual Flower Festival , as its founder named it, or Flower Communion as it is now commonly known. Everyone is invited to bring a flower to add  to our community bouquet. This is Jim Hobart’s final service during the 2011-2012 church year.

May 27: “A Silence That Speaks: Memory and the Experience of the Sacred”, James A. Hobart, preaching      In observation of Memorial Day, the service will consider our indebtedness to the contributions of past generations for our being and well-being.

May 20: “Developing our Faith”,  Kerry Duma, Director of Religious Education     We hear a lot about faith, but some UUs are uncomfortable with this “F word”.  Join us this Sunday as we consider what it means to develop our faith. We will also hear from our children about some of the highlights of their year in Religious Education classes, and take a moment to acknowledge the work of the congregation in developing the faith of our youth.  

May 13: "Grace”, Pam Rumancik & Karen Mooney     Grace – what does it mean to us today? Grace is rather an old fashioned term. People can be graceful – or grace-filled. We can be gracious or graceless. It feels like a term from another era; grace is no longer valued as it once was – just look at Congress! But as religious people does grace have meaning for us today? How can we live lives ‘full of grace?’ Would it make any difference?  Join Pam Rumancik and Karen Mooney as they explore the nuances of Grace in a Graceless Age.

May 6: “Standing Apart and Coming Together”, James A Hobart, preaching
A service celebrating ongoing religious community, includes the welcome of new members and the dedication of children.

April 29: "RE-flections and Transitions"
LCUUC's High School Class will share how they have spent their year living and learning from our UU principles. Special presentations will be made by the seniors, as they transition to adulthood. Come to be inspired!

April 22: “Living with Our Neighbors, Living On Our Earth”, James A. Hobart, preaching
A Celebration for the 42nd Observation of Earth Day
This is a Green Sanctuary service, in keeping with LCUUC’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. What is the environmental impact  of our ways of living? The UUA and the UU Ministry for Earth is cooperating with the Earth Day Network to promote “One Billion Acts of Green.” Here are a couple we can practice. (1) Consider an alternative way than individually driving to get to church. Could you: carpool? bicycle? walk? take public transportation? (2) Participate in the Green Potluck Lunch following the service. Bring a dish that as far as possible is made of local products, organic, vegetarian, non-processed. 

April 15: "How to Graduate Kindergarten”, Dr. Paul Norton
When we went to kindergarten, we intensified our search for two things. I will discuss how we can have a new relationship with ourselves and finally graduate kindergarten.

April 8: “Renewing the Gift of Life”, James A. Hobart, A Homily
Easter Inter-generational All Church Service
The entire congregation- youth and adults- come together for our celebration of Easter.  The various traditions of Easter - a variety of ancient pagan practices, various Christian interpretations, our UU understanding growing out of the liberal perspectives of the Radical Reformation - all are themes of personal and societal renewal.

April 1: "Human Rights for Females," by Maxine Neil, UUSC Director of Institutional Advancement
UUSC’s work around gender is woven throughout its civil liberties, environmental justice, economic justice, and rights in humanitarian crises programs. We will discuss the work from several angles – from the protection of women and girls in the displacement camps of Darfur, Sudan, to the establishment of housing for orphaned girls in Camp Oasis in Haiti – all from a human-rights and social-justice perspective. Our unique approach to gender programs not only addresses security and protection on a short-term basis, but also provides training for participants to establish skills for lifelong empowerment.

March 25: Justice Sunday – “Life-Giving Waters,” James A. Hobart, preaching
Justice Sunday is also LCUUC’s annual Stewardship kick-off. Come and hear the minister accomplish the rare feat of addressing both the human right to water and our religious right to “water” the religious community of our choice with our best resources of time, talent and financial support.

March 18: “Religious Witness for the Earth," the Rev. Elizabeth Marsh
Unitarian Universalists can easily make the connection between environmental concerns and religious values. One way to respond to the sacredness of our world can be through the practice of religious witness--speaking and acting honestly from our most deeply held beliefs.  We'll explore this topic and participate in a short ritual to recall our connections to the Earth.  The Rev. Marsh is a UU minister living in Madison, where she is a member of the James Reeb UU Congregation.

March 11: “Questioning Answers, Answering Questions,” James A. Hobart, preaching
Do religious answers or religious questions come first? This is central to one’s attitude toward religion. We religious liberals have an honored history and tradition which informs us about which comes first.

March 4: “No Self, No Problem” presented by guest speaker and member Mark Brewer
Ever wonder about Buddhism and Eastern Religion traditions? Mark will explore some of the basic concepts of Buddhism such as realizing our true nature, the heart of spiritual practice, the shortcut to enlightenment, and transcending thoughts, using basic easy to understand language and stories. Much of his material will come from the book “No Self, No Problem” by Anam Thubten, an accomplished Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher. This topic was suggested by Dian Ericksen who won this silent auction fund raiser last fall.

February 26: “Finding the Ends of the World,” James A. Hobart, preaching
We are forever trying to relate ends to means, means to ends. Can we make means and ends worthy of one another?

February 19: “A Celebration of Transitions,” presented by LCUUC  5th and 6th Graders with Sue Lewis
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.

February 12: “Be the Change YOU Wish to See in the World, the UU Way!" Mary Sue Reutebuch
Mary Sue Reutebuch, Montessori Educator and Faith Formation Director, will help us assess our church to home connection. How can we concretely build a community committed to caring for one another, social justice, and compassion in our everyday lives?  We often see what can be done on a global scale; however, what do we need to do in our families and among our neighbors to bring the UU values to life. 

February 5: “Walking the Maze Together,” James A. Hobart, preaching
We are now half way through this church year, the image of the maze seems an appropriate metaphor for our journey from where we started to where we want to go. 

January 29: "Sparks of Divinity", Rev. Linda Hansen
Using a story called "The Rabbi's Gift" as told by William Houff, we'll explore the power within us to draw out the best in others and ourselves, thereby helping to bring to life our first principle which calls our congregations "to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

January 22: “The Elementary Religious Question", Rev. James A. Hobart
The sermon title is inspired by a question Albert Schweitzer raised. What is the basic or fundamental religious question we answer through our living?

January 15: “Dead or Alive: The Debate Over the Immortal Soul", Philip Chard
Recent advances in the neurosciences and the study of consciousness are challenging the widely held belief in the existence of the soul as an immortal presence within human beings. However, mystics and spiritual seekers dispute the methods and conclusions drawn from studies of the brain, near-death experiences and the biological origins of consciousness. We will consider both sides in this debate and examine the psychological and spiritual underpinnings that sustain the belief in an immortal soul.

January 8: “Beginnings: A New Year vision", Rev. James A. Hobart     The New Year 2012 is a week old. I’ve been your transitional minister just over five months. This seems a good time to put on my “forward-looking” glasses concerning what may lie ahead for the Lake Country UU Church.

January 1: “Resolving to Be a Blessing ", Rev. Bret Myers     New Year's Resolutions often focus on how we can change some part of ourselves for the better for the sake of ourselves.  But what if our focus was to be a blessing to others?  We will explore some ways in which the New Year can be a new beginning in how we look at ourselves, the world, and our place in it.  How can we help envision and create a world that is focused on what we can do for others?  If you have a list of New Year's Resolutions, bring it to church this first Sunday of the 2012, and we will share our thoughts with each other!


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