|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
April 29: "RE-flections and Transitions"
April 22: “Living with Our Neighbors, Living On Our Earth”, James A. Hobart, preaching
April 15: "How to Graduate Kindergarten”, Dr. Paul Norton
April 8: “Renewing the Gift of Life”, James A. Hobart, A Homily
April 1: "Human Rights for Females," by Maxine Neil, UUSC Director of Institutional Advancement
March 25: Justice Sunday – “Life-Giving Waters,” James A. Hobart, preaching
March 18: “Religious Witness for the Earth," the Rev. Elizabeth Marsh
March 11: “Questioning Answers, Answering Questions,” James A. Hobart, preaching
March 4: “No Self, No Problem” presented by guest speaker and member Mark Brewer
February 26: “Finding the Ends of the World,” James A. Hobart, preaching
February 19: “A Celebration of Transitions,” presented by LCUUC 5th and 6th Graders with Sue Lewis
February 12: “Be the Change YOU Wish to See in the World, the UU Way!" Mary Sue Reutebuch
February 5: “Walking the Maze Together,” James A. Hobart, preaching
January 29: "Sparks of Divinity", Rev. Linda Hansen
January 22: “The Elementary Religious Question", Rev. James A. Hobart
January 15: “Dead or Alive: The Debate Over the Immortal Soul", Philip Chard
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!