Services from 2013 are described below, from most current to least current.
December 29: “Happiness - What It Is and How We Grow It”, Philip Chard
December 24: “Christmas Eve”, Rev. Amy Shaw
We will meet for a Christmas Eve service filled with love, candle light, and the glorious story of a star and a baby told over 2,000 years ago.
December 22: “A Morning Star Rises”, Rev. Amy Shaw
For each child that's born, a morning star rises and sings to the universe who we are. We are our grandmothers prayers, we are our grandfathers dreamings, we are the breath of the ancestors, we are the spirit of God. Sweet Honey in the Rock said it well when they recognized that each child is sacred, each holy. Though not many of us are born in a manger or visited by wise men bearing myrrh, we are all equally Divine. How do we learn to accept our own worth, and to understand our 5th Principle, the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large, as an extension of that personal Divinity?
December 15: “Singing Under the Stockings - A Chorale Service”, Rev. Amy Shaw
Come and join us for a musical service with song favorites and stories, new and old. This will be a primarily musical service, dedicated to the joyous spirit of the Season. All are welcome as we sing, play, and celebrate.
December 8: “I Have Learned to Love the Fallow Way”, Rev. Amy Shaw
The leaves are gone and branches are bare. The moon glows against the snow and fields are empty. In this dark and cold season, how do we learn to appreciate the times of stillness, and waiting? Waiting for birth and growth, a new job, school to start or end, a new life, another chance, a coming change? The winters of our life are the pauses in between- the places where we center ourselves, and prepare to burst forward again. We welcome all as we explore the beauty and worth of the spaces in our lives and our years.
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December 1: “Better Living Through Poetry”, Christi Ehler
A daily poetry habit can be a way to free your spirit--or a form of spiritual discipline. Poems help us understand ourselves and each other, open our eyes to the world around us, and even provide some housecleaning tips once in a while.
November 24: “The People at My Table”, Rev. Amy Shaw
Thanksgiving is a time for many things; food and drink, community and gratitude, sharing and receiving. What are we thankful for this year, and how do we join together around the table and around the world to share our lives and our blessings? Come join Rev. Amy Shaw as she explores Thanksgiving, generosity, and cranberry Jello molds.
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November 17: “Reclaiming the Sacred”, Rev. Amy Shaw
As Unitarian Universalists we follow no shared creed, and recognize no common doctrine. We are deists and theists, atheists and humanists, followers of Earth religions and builders of theologies of every type and stripe. How do we talk about those things which serve us as Ultimate Realities, and how do we convey the depth of our beliefs as we share our thoughts with others? Come and join the conversation about the language of the sacred, and see how we can reclaim words which we may fear.
November 10: “The Art of Eurythmy: Philosophical Movement based on the The Word”, Lynn Stull
In the early 1900’s there was an impulse by three leaders in the field of dance: Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis and Maud Allan, to spiritualize dance from the traditional forms of ballet. At this same time, Rudolf Steiner not a dancer but a philosopher and scientist was bringing into form a new type of dance in which its impulse and creative forces would come consciously and directly from the spiritual world. Rudolf Steiner stated that anyone who wanted to acquire the spiritual heritage of dance or a system of movement should study the sounds of speech. For speech is one of the greatest of human mysteries. In today’s sermon, we will uncover the spiritual beginnings of the Art of Eurythmy and what makes it unique and meaningful for today’s world.
Lynn Stull received her Eurythmy Diploma, with a special emphasis in working with Adults, from Eurythmy Spring Valley, Chestnut Ridge, New York. Her passion is bringing the Art of Eurythmy and its deep connection to the virtues of Beauty, Truth, and Goodness to all Adults, especially those in Organizations and Businesses. In addition to her eurythmy career, Lynn is a visual artist working with Liane Collot d’Herbois’technique of Light, Darkness & Color in Painting Therapy and has sold her paintings in venues throughout Southern California before moving to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin last year.
November 3: “Remembering: The Day of the Dead”, Rev. Amy Shaw
We celebrate the Day of The Dead by remembering those who have gone ahead into the great mystery. How do we feed our beloved ghosts, and how do we share them with those who come behind us? Come and join us for a service dedicated to remembering. All Members, Friends, and Visitors are encouraged to bring a picture or pictures of loved ones no longer here in body, and a small bouquet of chrysanthemums to honor the dead. All pictures and flowers will be placed on our Day of The Dead altar table, and we will share their names and some brief memories as we place them on the table during the service.
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October 27: "Your Calling - You're Calling", Paul Fackler, Worship Committee Chair
October 20: “Werewolves, and Vampires, and Zombies, Oh My!”, Rev. Amy Shaw
We avoid the Cabin in the Woods, know that anyone wearing a hockey mask in June is probably not our friend, and aren’t quite sure if vampires should sparkle in the sun and attend high school classes. The things that scare us help to define our culture, but the word “monster” has many meanings. How are we called to understand our First Principle, and recognize the inherent worth and dignity of each individual, when that individual scares us? Do monsters really exist?
October 13: “What the Heck is it All About Anyway?”, Rev. Amy Shaw
Day by day, week by week, year by year we move through life. Is there an ultimate meaning to our journey and our existence, or are we responsible for making meaning and value out of random and linked moments? What is the purpose of humanity? Who are we in the cosmos? Come and explore both the big questions and the journey toward possible answers.
October 6: “Standing on the Side of Love”, Rev. Amy Shaw
Standing on the Side of Love began as a 2009 UUA program aimed specifically at LGBTQQAA marriage equality. Inspired by the 2008 Tennessee church shooting, the program gradually became a rallying point for those looking to harness love’s power against the forces of oppression in many different areas. Today we are going to explore what it means to stand on the side of love, against hatred, oppression, and persecution.
September 29: "Unpacking Privilege", Paul Fackler, Worship Committee Chair
September 22: “Finding Our Way Home”, Rev. Amy Shaw
The world changes every day, and over and over again we change with it. We may change jobs and cities, houses and apartments, ages and attitudes, and sometimes we may feel like we are wandering in the wilderness with no compass in sight. But wherever we are and whatever we are doing, we can make a home for ourselves there, and we can invite others into these warm spaces and sacred places. What does it mean to build a home, and how are we called to share the mental and physical nests that we build?
September 15: “Let There Be Light”, Rev. Amy Shaw
Religions across the globe use light as a metaphor for goodness, hope, and positivity of direction. As Unitarian Universalists, how are we called to be sources of light in an often dark world? Come and explore ways that you can shine.
September 8: “Gathering the Waters: Water Communion”, Rev. Amy Shaw
Throughout the summer we travel here and there, like a river separating into streams and creeks, ponds, lakes, and even sprinklers. Join us for this intergenerational service, where we will flow back together from points around the state and the globe, and celebrate our return. All Members, Friends, and Visitors are encouraged to bring a small container of water from the place or places you visited this summer (symbolic water drawn from your faucet is fine too!) to add to the Communion basin.
September 1: "Setting the Welcome Table", presented by Sue Andrews
Sue will discuss the importance of acts of acceptance in overcoming the separations of stigmatization and marginalization.
August 25: “Folk Music As Spiritual Practice??", led by Greg Valde
On Sunday, August 25 the service will consist of musical performances and sing-alongs as we attempt to answer the question: can folk music be a spiritual practice? Or at least we hope to enjoy some music and singing. Anyone who is interested in performing a song and/or leading a sing-along should contact Greg Valde to get on the program.
August 18: “T’ai Chi Ch’uan and the Art of Living”, presented by Jim Bayer
In modern times, T'ai Chi Ch'uan is seen as a wonderful health exercise, particularly for older and elderly adults. But it is much more than that. It offers us the opportunity to realize our full potential as human beings, both physically and spiritually.
August 11: “Pets”, led by Fran Bills & Paul Fackler
August 4: “Rinzai Zen Buddhism”, presented by Erich Moraine
Rinzai Zen, Buddhism for the rest of us? A narrative of my UU path to ordination as a Rinzai Zen priest. We will also explore and directly experience the first steps on the Rinzai Zen path. Meditation and instruction will be provided; it will be short and gentle, no experience necessary.
July 28: "Mindfulness, Meditation, & You", led by Lynne Smith & Greg Valde
This service will be an exploration of mindfulness and meditation. It will be mostly experiential and include a combination of readings, breathing practice, seated, walking, and eating meditation, and discussion.
July 21: "Haiti and UU", LCUUC member Robert Ehler
Robert will present stories and insights from his three visits to Haiti as part of the UU Service Committee's College of Social Justice program. Learn what our denomination is doing in Haiti, and some of the issues relevant to living and working there.
July 7: "Exploring our Subtle Energy Field," facilitated by Laura Levenhagen, RN, Reiki Master and Worship Committee Member.
Come and play in this experiential service where we will perceive our own energy field and that of others. “Subtle energy” refers to the force field in and surrounding all living things. This is the invisible energy that animates our body and expresses our spirit. It is the pulsing vibration of life. We will have fun sensing and playing with our energy field during several partner exercises.
June 30: "We Camera", moderated by Paul Fackler, Worship Comm. Chairman
Bring a digital camera to this service. We will be breaking into groups, each with a digital camera among us, exploring the 5 acres of the church grounds and taking pictures which, through the miracle of modern technology, we will then assemble into a slide show to share together. What does this small world of our grounds have to show us? If a picture is worth a thousand words -- what will a hundred pictures say about us and about LCUUC? What do you see when you look at the world? How do we share our unique perspectives on the world? What makes the ordinary special? Call upon your inner creativity or embrace the accidental. Stage a picture or find a picture. Bring a digital camera, an open mind, and let's see what we find and can share!
June 23: "Inspirational Stories from Nature," moderated by Erin Johnston & Fran Bills
Come join us and share a personal experience you had with Nature that you found inspirational, spiritual, or just plan awesome. These moments can be as simple as fishing with grandpa, or as wild as surviving a tornado. Whether hiking, canoeing, star gazing, or bird watching, you have a tale to tell. Even city dwellers have nature stories. Stories will be shared in open mic fashion. So that as many people as possible can share, please bring stories that are 5 minutes long or less. We will learn to see through each other's eyes and view nature in new ways as we get to know each other better.
June 16: "Sacred Objects." Moderator: Paul Fackler, Worship Committee Chair
In our second Summer service, we will have an open microphone for those attending to bring and share a "sacred object." "What is a sacred object?" you ask. That is an excellent question that you (and each of us) will answer by presenting a sacred object to the group. Show the object. Describe the object in your own words. Tell us a story about it. Hand it to us. Point to it. Frame it. Hold it up. We will all learn from each other about the objects that are sacred to us.
June 9: "What Is Worship?" Moderator: Paul Fackler, Worship Committee Chair
In the first of our Summer services, we will open with a Socrates Cafe style discussion around the question, "What is Worship?" For instance, what distinguishes a worship service from a lecture or some kind of entertainment? Why do we worship? Who or what do we worship--both personally and/or as a group? Building from the philosophical side of the discussion--I would like to move us from the ideas and thoughts we present to putting those concepts into action--that is, by asking the additional question--"How will we worship this Summer?"--and trying to answer with some actual service ideas we can carry out built on our ideas of what worship is.
June 2: "Farewell and Fair Forward", Rev. Jim Hobart
Our annual Flower Festival, or Flower Communion, is a UU celebration. Everyone is invited to bring a flower to add to our community bouquet. This is Jim Hobart’s farewell service, so plan to come and wish him well!
May 26: “On Our Watch: A Memorial Day Reflection”, James A. Hobart
Memorial Day weekend is a time for reflection on serving and sacrificing for the common good. It is up to us whether it has significant meaning or whether it is just another three-day weekend.
May 19: “Our Cup Overflows”, the Children & Youth of LCUUC
The theme for this year’s RE Sunday is abundance. We will hear from our graduating seniors as well as from our children and youth about their experiences in Religious Education this year, and we will be treated to some great music as well. Please join us in celebrating our children, youth and RE volunteers!
May 12: “Mothers and Others: Who Loved You Into Being?”, Rev. Amy Shaw
On this Mother’s Day we celebrate and uphold Mothers of all kinds. Mothers who gave birth and mothers who adopted, mothers through choice and mothers through necessity. Who are the wonderful people who bore us, or helped to re-birth us, and how did they love us into being?
May 5: “Answering the Call to Ministry: Please Be Careful as You Exit the Whale”, Rev. Amy Shaw
Every day, in a thousand different ways, we are called to minister to one another- and when ministry calls, it’s hard to hang up. Come and join Reverend Amy Shaw as she explores sacred service, the meanings of ministry, and her own spiritual journey.
April 28: “Daring To Be Religious”, the Rev.’s Kathleen Rolenz & Wayne Arnason
The rise of the "nones" in the American religious landscape is now a documented fact. You would think that this is the demographic group that is the future of Unitarian Universalism, those who often describe themselves as "spiritual not religious". Our guest ministers aren't so sure. Are the disciplines of community life at the heart of the matter, more than whatever your religious beliefs are? Can you be "spiritual" alone? These are critical questions for any congregation that is asking itself: "Where do we go from here?"
April 21: "Every Day Earth Day", Paul Fackler
What can you do to make every day earth day? How do we stay mindful of our impact on the earth in our day to day activities?
April 14: "Mental Illness - Fighting the Stigma," Mark Brewer
Mark will explore the topic of mental illness, including his family’s personal story, and what each of us can do to help fight the stigma.
April 7: “Where do we go from here?”, James A. Hobart
Where do we go? Following June I go back to Chicago, but I don't know what comes next in ministry. You go . . . well, in the short run it is not yet clear where LCUUC goes in terms of the next minister. The Ministerial Search Committee continues their work to find the right minister. However, LCUUC's congregational ministry is clear. Some reflections on what this is.
March 31: “To Walk in Newness of Life”, James A. Hobart
Easter Sunday.... does it represent a problem or an opportunity for religious liberals?
March 24: “Which Is Our Story?”, James A. Hobart
In less than two weeks, as usual Spring arrives (March 20), Palm Sunday arrives (March 24), Passover arrives (March 25), and Easter arrives (March 31). Each has its own story. Which ones are ours?
March 17: “Holy Places, Holy Faces”, Nicolas Cable
All people have experiences in life where they feel they have stumbled into a holy place. Perhaps that is this religious community or a wooded area near your house, or perhaps another place in your journey. What makes this space holy? How does its holiness affect your relationship to it and to other people or life you encounter in it? This sermon will focus on the idea of holy places and the amazing possibilities that emerge when we begin to see that holiness in the face of all people in our lives.
March 10: “Life at the Intersection of Old Way and New Way”, James A. Hobart
We and the communities of which we are a part are always trying to negotiate old ways and new ways of living and doing. At times of transition and change we become more aware this is the way it always is. Some reflections on continuity and change.
March 3: “Choose Compassionate Consumption”, Social Action Committee
We often do not think of what we eat as a matter of ethics--but we make food choices every day and those choices should reflect our values. Do they? Building on the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's theme of choosing compassionate consumption, we will focus how we can make a commitment to worker's rights, to ethical eating, and to building a just economy by educating ourselves about how our food choices impact the lives of others.
February 24: “The Religious Imagination”, Rev. Jim Hobart
Religious language is primarily metaphorical. Symbols, poetry, stories, myths, legends, songs, silence are among the "tools" of our imagination used to get at deep religious meaning and significance. The nature of the world and life lend to more than one credible religious orientation. This is why religious liberals are non-creedal. Therefore, our religious communities include theists, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, humanists, agnostics, pagans and ?? (you name it!). We seek to be more than tolerant. We affirm that in dialogue our differences are mutually enriching and beneficial.
February 17: “The Gift of Fear”, Elizabeth Lewis
"Oh no - how can I get rid of it!" is often our first response to the discomfort of fear. But putting aside fear without first illuminating its message and meaning only serves to keep the source of our fear in place without healing it. Come explore how to identify and feel your fears so that you can transform them into gifts of spirit.
Bio: Elizabeth Lewis is an approved teacher of the Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training in Minneapolis. She holds certifications in stress management through Horizons Stress Management Program and Franciscan Studies through Cardinal Stritch University, and is a licensed HeartMath 1-on-1 provider through HeartMath LLC in Boulder Creek, California.
February 10: “When Ordinary People do Extraordinary Things”, Eric Hansen
Catastrophic climate change is upon us - prompting an urgent review of a fundamental question: how does individual courage provide the spark for communities to transform themselves, to take action?
Bio: Milwaukee author Eric Hansen perceives compelling answers within nearby storylines of individual and community courage -- the stories of Ojibwe leader Walter Bresette, Victory Garden Initiative director Gretchen Mead and climate change hero Tim DeChristopher. Hansen, an award-winning essayist, public radio commentator and environmental campaigner, is a frequent pulpit guest.
February 3: “A White Man Looks at the Black American Experience”, Jim Hobart
This sermon is in observation of Black History month in February. This is Black History Month. Beginning with slavery, the Black experience of America is inevitably intertwined with the historic and ongoing oppression and racism of White Americans. The underlying common theme is not about White guilt (although there is guilt). It is about the common need for liberation from the crippling racism that affects us all.
January 27: “Cultivating a Philosophy of Abundance”, Rev. Scott Gerard Prinster
The most prominent themes in our country's current political debate, news reports, and advertising messages is the anxiety that there won't be enough to go around -- enough money, enough time, enough freedom, and so on. Just how realistic is this persistent fear, and how can we rise above its influence over our lives? Is life really a zero-sum game, where everything I gain must be someone else's loss? We'll explore together the sources of abundance and how we can reclaim a sense of abundance in our lives.
January 20: Beyond Categorical Thinking: “What is a good minister?”, presented by John Kuhn, Ministerial Search Committee
As our community embarks on the path to calling a new minister, we must take time to reflect on this fundamental question. As part of our shared path, on January 20th, we will host guests from the UUA Transitions Office to help us start this important time of reflection. Gil Guerrero from Texas and Jo Ann Dale from southern Indiana will lead an afternoon workshop that is part of our ministerial search. In our morning service, they will tell their own stories and invite us to consider both how often we drop people into file folders based on particular identity traits, and how rich are our relationships when we resist that urge.
January 13: “Transitions: Getting from A to B, or to C, or to D...”, Howard Bowman
Transitions are often difficult. Much of life consists of transitions. What do our life-transitions signify? How can we move through these transitions with gracefulness and gratitude?
January 6: "The Wonders That There Are!", James Hobart
The calendar and we have made the turn into the New Year 2013. I trust my deeply personal reflection on the passing years will have relevance for everyone in our common life journey.