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Services from 2014 are described below, from most current to least current.


2014-12-28 Shaw Pray for Peace

2014-12-21 Shaw Letting in the Light

2014-12-14 Shaw Candle in the Window



2014-11-23_Shaw_Thanksgiving Sermon

2014-11-09_Shaw_When Spirituality is Not Enough

2014-11-02_Shaw_Day of the Dead


2014-10-12_Shaw_Coming Home


2014-09-21_Shaw_Make a Joyful Noise

2014-09-14_Shaw_Being an Ally


August 31:  “Compassionate Self Care as a Spiritual Practice”, Laura Levenhagen from the Worship Arts Committee

If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself.  If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself.  Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation”.  Lao Tzu

Come play and explore ways to care for your body and energy.  Release stress, get your energy flowing and touch your body on a deep level.  This will be a experiential service using self-massage, laughter, breathing and guided imagery to help the body awaken.


Speaker Bio:  This service is presented by Laura Levenhagen from the Worship Arts Committee.  Laura is a Registered Nurse, Massage Therapist, Cranialsacral Therapist and Reiki Master.


August 24:  “A Similar Situation Speaker,” Paul Fackler, Performers:  Doug & William Esty


In 1967, Arlo Guthrie released the song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" as a satirical protest song.  The song ran 18 minutes and 34 seconds--which Guthrie later pointed out is the same length as the gap in one of the Nixon Watergate tapes.  Join us as we hear the song once again and as we think about protests, social justice, and how we can know when we find ourselves in a similar situation and need to take action.


August 17:  “Folk Music As Spiritual Practice - Redux”, Greg Valde


On Sunday, August 17 we will have our 2nd annual folk music service. The service will consist of musical performances and sing-alongs as we attempt to find awakening through music of and by the people?  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.  Solo or groups.  Please volunteer ASAPor by Aug. 4 at the latest (to give us time to organize the service).


August 10:  “Greed, Anger, and Ignorance: A Buddhist Perspective,” Erich Moraine

These three universal human characteristics are traditionally called "The Three Poisons".  The fundamental toxin is Ignorance.  Is there an antidote?


August 3:  “Sacred Sound Meditation,” Sound Alchemists

An experience of meditation with crystal and Tibetan bowls, flutes, gongs, didgeridoo, drums and unique percussion instruments - live and recorded. We bring peace and joy to open your heart through vibration. With gratitude and love we are honored to share this gift with this community of like hearted. 


Speaker Bio:  Jeoffrey Hutcherson, Dawn Leader and Joe Tretow are the "Sound Alchemists" a group that has been creating sacred sound events in the Milwaukee area since 2005.   Our desire is to share with you ways of opening to transforming your life through sounds: ancient & contemporary instruments, voice & breath.


July 27:  "Blessing of the Animals”, Rev. Amy Shaw

Our 7th UU principle speaks broadly of our respect for the interdependent web of all existence.  In this service, we focus on the animals that we have joined to our lives--especially our pets.  You are invited to bring a pet to this service: horse, dog, bird, cat, pig, fish, snake or sheep (whatever you have) as we discuss both the blessings that animals bring to our lives and in turn give a blessing to the animals around us.


July 20:  "Circle of Life, Circle of Voices" presented by Christi Ehler, Worship Arts Committee

In this "participatory liturgy", lend your voice to a choral-style reading of selected prose and poetry celebrating the circle of life. Parts will be provided "at the door" for anyone who wishes to read aloud--listeners also welcome


July 13:  “We Camera”, Paul Fackler, Worship Committee Chairperson

How do you take a portrait of a community?  How do you capture the people, the place, and the time as well as how we grow and change?  In this Summer service, we will briefly talk about the rise of the selfie and how we, as a group, picture ourselves.  What is inside the frame--what crosses out of the edges?  Everyone is asked to bring a camera (and there will be some cameras to share as well).  As part of this service, everyone will be asked to go out and explore the grounds and the building and take one to five intentional pictures:  portraits of our community our collective self.  At least one picture should include a person who is not physically yourself.  At least one picture should include a part of yourself in it--a foot, an elbow, an ear, a hand.  What do you see and how can you share what you see with others?  We will download and collect the pictures and present them on a shared web site for later viewing.


July 6:  “An Articulated Kaleidoscope”, Tammy Wolfgram, Social Justice Committee

Our community is composed of many voices--each engaged, as the fourth UU principle indicates, in a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.  In this Summer service, we ask you to take a moment and select some words to share with others.  Please choose a brief poem or reading that has spoken to you and come and share it with us, in your own voice.  The words can come from any source--a news item, a book, a poem, a tweet, something you wrote yourself.  Each person with something to share will have a chance to come forward to the podium, introduce yourself, tell us something about what you have chosen and then read it to us.  This is a chance to hear a kaleidoscope of the voices that make up our community and the larger conversations around us.


June 29:  “Pagan Roots of America”, Rev. Selena Fox

Our nation was birthed at Summer Solstice time in 1776 and the use of bonfires and fireworks for celebrations have some roots in Pagan Summer Solstice traditions.  In this service we will explore ways that Nature religion traditions, philosophy and imagery have been part of the birth and development of the United States of America.  We will also consider ways to work with America's Pagan symbols, traditions, and heritage to further the quest for equality, liberty, and justice for all.


June 22:  “Sun and Rain; Song and Silence”, Sue Andrews

A Taizé-style service of meditation through song, silence and poetry.


June 15:  “It Takes Guts To Be a Dad”, Rev. Amy Shaw

Being a father is a function of biology, but choosing to be a Dad takes guts. Join as we talk about the people who loved us so much that they made that choice.



June 8:  "You Ring and I'll Holed the Chalice"

The earth is our big blue boat, and we’re all sailing together - why do we have such a hard time inviting others to join us on the deck? Come and check out evangelism - UU style!The earth is our big blue boat, and we’re all sailing together - why do we have such a hard time inviting others to join us on the deck? Come and check out evangelism - UU style!



June 1:  “Green Grow the Rushes Oh: A Flower Communion”, Rev. Amy Shaw

Please bring an inexpensive live potted plant (not cut flowers) to swap and trade for this celebration of Flower Communion.  As UUs we do not often celebrate a communion of bread and wine, instead we join together today in a joyous celebration of community and interconnected life.


May 25:  “The Still, Small Voice – in Harmony!”  Joel Gilbertson-White

In Western culture, there is a strong tendency toward individualism, a notion which had some of its roots in the American Unitarian tradition. Individualism has made room for us to find and clarify the messages within our own hearts, but it has also strained our connections and accountability to one another, and left many feeling separate and atomized. What might it be like to regain a vision and practice in which “personhood” is understood primarily in terms of the relationships and groups? Let us explore together and consider a new/old way of right-relationship in our core sense of being.


May 18:  “Wonder”, Kerry Duma and the children and youth of LCUUC

Throughout our lives, we wonder, and when we do, we engage both our hearts and our heads.  Join us this Sunday as we considerthe first source that our Living Tradition draws from, The direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life”.  Learn about the many ways our children and youth have wondered over the past year in their Religious Education classes, and join us in celebrating our children, youth and RE volunteers!


May 11:  “Mother’s Day”, Rev. Amy Shaw

Mothers birth new life into being, not only through their bodies but through their hearts and minds. What “children” have you brought into being, and how do you nurture them as they grow?

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May 4:  “Dancing ‘Round the Maypole”,Rev. Amy Shaw

Come and celebrate the season of fertility, of preparing to bring all that is new into being in the world. How do we understand the process of creation, and how are the cycles of our planet connected to the cycles of our lives?

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April 27:  "RE-flections and Transitions", LCUUC High School Seniors

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 20:  “Easter”, Rev. Amy Shaw

It is the time of year for joyous renewal and rebirth. This service will look at how we end, and how we begin again, over and over throughout our lives. What is the good news of Unitarian Universalism, and how does it effect your life?



April 13:  “Change by Degrees”, Green Sanctuary Committee

We had such a cold winter, so is the Earth really warming? And if so, why, and what can we do about it? The participants in this winter’s North West Earth Institute discussion course Change by Degrees: Addressing the Climate Challenge will address these questions in our Earth Day service, a time to come together in gratitude for our beautiful planet and to promote environmental stewardship.

There will be a special congregational meeting immediately after the service, to recommend to the Board of Trustees whether or not to approve a Resolution in Support of Divestment in Fossil Fuel Companies.

Then, we will have our annual Earth Day Pot Luck Lunch in the social hall. 


April 6:  Holy Humor,Rev. Amy Shaw

Our ability to laugh at ourselves is priceless. Come and enjoy a light-hearted Sunday service experience which explores our ability to find the sacred in the absurd. This service is warm and filled with laughter, and would be a pleasant way to introduce a friend to our community of seekers.



March 30:  "Perception and Backstories”, Ja Rickard

Simply looking at a person can tell us a lot about them, or can it? In this service we will explore the need to understand where people came from so that we can interact with them more effectively.

Ja Rickard, a recent graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, is currently serving as the Intern Minister at Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry, IL.


March 23:  “Running Out of Gas and Getting Hit By Trains: Serendipity and You”, Rev. Amy Shaw

Sometimes we find the good in life not by looking wisely, but by tripping over it in the dark. Serendipity means finding something good or useful while not searching for it, but at times we are too focused on our journey to realize what we have been handed. Do you make space in your life for accidental moments of positivity? 



March 16:  “Justice Is Planting a Seed”, Venice Williams

The UUService Committee's theme this year is "Justice is Planting a Seed." UUSC upholds the right to healthy, indigenous, and sustainably grown food for all people. This service will inspire you to work towards food justice and sustainability, both near to home and around the world.

Our speaker for this service is Venice Williams from Milwaukee. She is the Director of Alice’s Garden and its visionary leader.  She calls herself a cultural and spiritual midwife, strongly believing she was put in Creation to help bring forth all that is good and whole in people and places.  She has been doing just that in Milwaukee for the past twenty-three years. She is also active in the Center for Resilient Cities/ Milwaukee Food Council and serves as Education Services Coordinator. Venice also has many speaking engagements and has spoken at both First Unitarian Church and Unitarian Universalist Church West.


March 9:  “Religious, Spiritual, or Both?”, James Galasinski

I am sure everyone has heard someone say they are spiritual but not religious. This negative view of religion may be due to the limited and compartmentalized definition our culture works with. We will explore how expansive and all-encompassing religion can be so that we can proudly and definitely say that we are indeed religious.
James Galasinski is currently the Intern Minister at Unitarian Church North in Mequon, WI, and in his final year at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.  He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cardinal Stritch University, freelances as a jazz bassist in the Milwaukee area, and is a member of First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee. James has been a pulpit guest in numerous UU churches throughout Wisconsin and Illinois.

Ryan Meisel, composer, arranger and multi-saxophonist, got his bachelor’s of music from the UW-Madison and his master’s from the Northern Illinois University.  He currently teaches music in the Hartford School district and leads his own group The Meisel Music Collective. 


March 2:  "A Celebration of Transitions”,LCUUC 5th and 6th Graders

Our 5th and 6th graders share 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 23:  “UU Trinities“, Rev. Sarah Oelberg

Unitarianism started by denouncing the notion of the Trinity, declaring that there was only one God.  Yet, over the years, whenever Unitarians (and Universalists) have tried to state their beliefs in a succinct statement, it has always come out as a trinity.  We will look at some of these statements, and ask which, if any, are suitable for today.

The Rev. Dr. Sarah Oelberg is a retired UU minister and a fifth generation Unitarian.   She received her  D.Min. from Meadville Lombard and served churches in Nebraska and Minnesota.  Before that, she was a college professor at Yeshiva University in New York City, NYU, and Buena Vista College in Iowa. She has been married to Gerald for 53 years and they have four children, 6 grandchildren and one great grandchild.  


February 16:  “All You Need is Love “, Rev. Amy Shaw

If Love is the answer, what exactly is the question? Is Love really all you need? How do you love your neighbor as yourself? Come and examine these age old questions in an atmosphere of Love, Love, Love.



February 9:  Amplified Harmony “, Joel Gilbertson-White

Effective communication is a blessing in which we can honor each other, hear each other and be heard, and proceed with a robust democratic process, in our congregations and in society at large.  Come join as we consider questions: How necessary is it to have a balanced mass-media?  What is the role of social media?  And how does all this help us to better know and care for the hearts of our neighbors, both distant and close?

Joel Gilbertson-White is a UU Ministerial Candidate, and graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA. In the Summer of 2013, Joel moved with spouse Stephanie and son Henry to Iowa City from Pittsburgh, PA. There, Joel served as the Coordinator of UU Campus Ministry, and as Social Action Coordinator. In addition to theology, spiritual study, and social justice, Joel's personal passions include music, sound, computers, math, science, art, writing, volleyball, disc golf, and yoga.


February 2:  "Groundhog Day: Comin’ Around Again, and Again … “, Rev. Amy Shaw / Substitute:  Paul Fackler, Worship Commitee Chair

How many times do we have to do things before we learn and grow? How do we know when we’ve gone ‘round enough, and it’s time to come out of our den and see what the weather is like? 



January 26:   “Meditation, Why Bother?” Speaker: Erich Moraine

A brief tour inside the head of a Zen meditator. What's really going on inside when the outside is so quiet and serene. Is it worth my time to try this? Why?



January 19:   “Hope Never Ends”, Rev. Amy Shaw

Without hope, what is there? Hope is the source of faith; it allows love and encourages action in the world. But what is our source of hope, and how do our own theologies use hope to keep us going?



January 12:   “The Sermon on the Amount”, Rev. Amy Shaw

We learn early that being selfish isn’t nice, and that we should give to everyone else before we take for ourselves. But our church can’t survive and reach out if we don’t give here first. Let’s talk about generosity, and learn how to be selfish!

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January 5:   “Growing Beyond Our Stereotypes: Dismantling Rape Culture in America”, Rev. Amy Shaw

Boys will be boys. Feminism. Womanist. Separatist. Sexist. Misogynist. When images of men and women are often dictated by popular literature and the media, how do we live our values and embrace people of all genders? How do we move beyond “Rape Culture” and reach Beloved Community?



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