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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
2014-11-09_Shaw_When Spirituality is Not Enough
2014-11-02_Shaw_Day of the Dead
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?
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?
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!
2014-01-12_Shaw_Sermon of the Amount
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?
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.
2013-12-08 Shaw Stillness.mp3
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.
2013-11-24 Guests at Our Table.mp3
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.
2013-11-03_Shaw_Day of the Dead.mp3
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.
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.
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