Angels for All Occasions

Ask any ten people “What is an angel?” and you will usually get ten different answers. Joan intends to tell us about angels she has known personally. And some other stuff. Rev. Joan Shiels has a Masters Degree in Religion, another in Theology and another in Divinity. Besides all that,...

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May Your Life Be as a Song

The well-known Unitarian Universalist musician, Jim Scott, blesses us with his song May Your Life Be as a Song. (The refrain is hymn #1056). Let us lift up song as a metaphor for a life well lived. Rev. Jim Coakley’s UU roots are grounded in the remarkable story of the Fox Valley...

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Rousseau’s Ecology

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) was one of the major philosophes of the French Enlightenment along with Voltaire, Montesquieu, and Diderot. He was also one of the great Romantic writers like Wordsworth and Coleridge in England and Lamartine and Hugo in France. In the last year of his life he wrote a...

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Bearing Your Cross

It’s an old term — bearing your cross — and it alludes to the Christian myth of Jesus’ death. How could it possibly mean anything to us? …A meditation on sacrifice and commitment and story. Rev. Joan Shiels has a bunch of degrees in world religions. She has been bringing...

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Friending Jesus

As Unitarian Universalists, many of us struggle with the idea that Christ is the only path to the Sacred. Many of us come from Christian faith traditions and so the lessons and model of Christ is appealing and something we can embrace. For others it may seem limited and less...

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Life Lessons from a Life List

The things we love shape our lives. Rev. Ann has loved birding for 45 years. She will share insights from birding as they relate to the challenges of life today. Wisdom consists in understanding our motivations, our faults, our flights of greatness, the demands of our environment, and our place...

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Finding the Will and Ability to Forgive

On the 20th we shared thoughts about how to engage in open-hearted conversations that invite healing of hearts and relationships. But what if you have been wounded so deeply by someone that you can’t bring yourself to commence a conversation, much less to wish them healing or feel compassion toward...

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The Incredible Gift of Open Hearted Listening

Theologian Mary Pellauer tells us, “If there is anything worth calling theology, it is listening to people’s stories – listening to them and honoring them, and cherishing them, and asking them to become even more brightly beautiful than they already are.” Join us on May 20th to hear Rev. Mathews’s experiences as a minister, chaplain, and...

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