How Did He Do It?

We will explore the “miracles” of Jesus, and why they might be of relevance to UUs. Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen recently retired as pastor of Olympia Brown UU Church in Racine. He served this role since 1975 (yes, that’s 42 years and probably a record!). He has been an annual guest speaker at our Fellowship, […]

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Step By Step

Most of us don’t become good or bad all at once, or because of a single event or experience. Rather, we become who we want to be in a more gradual way: step by step. Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen recently retired as pastor of Olympia Brown UU Church in Racine. He served this role since […]

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The 3-Step Formula in Religion

Building on his sermon the week before, Tony will look at the psycho-spiritual consequences of atonement theology, and why it became a 3-step success formula for conversion–as well as why UUs have an alternative way in religion. Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen has been pastor of Olympia Brown UU Church in Racine since 1975 (yes, that’s […]

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The Problem with Atonement

Many forms of Christianity today rely on an atonement theory that espouses the idea: “Christ died for our sins.” Usually it takes the form of God the Father sacrificing his Son to save humanity. Is there a better way to understand Jesus’ life and death? Tony’s sermon will argue that there is, and that it […]

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Angels Who Have Forgotten

About his sermon, Tony says: “Not long ago I came upon an article by someone who almost died in a hospital but who, through the help of friends who came to visit, pulled through. She came to feel that each gesture they made for her was almost miraculous. But she also knew that they didn’t […]

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Are You Feeling Lucky?

Some people are described as lucky and seem to get all the breaks. Others seem destined for tragedy, and if something can go wrong, it usually does. What is luck? And how much of it (if any) is within our control? Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen has been pastor of Olympia Brown UU Church in Racine […]

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A number of psychologists have recently explored the divide between liberals and conservatives–in religion, politics, and morality. The problem, some argue, may be the ethical/spiritual foundations each group is most comfortable with: Care vs. harm, Fairness vs. cheating, Loyalty vs. betrayal, Authority vs. subversion, Sanctity vs. degradation, and Liberty vs. oppression. Liberals tend to pay […]

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Expectations Are ___________

Are expectations good? Bad? Neither? Tony Larsen will explore this subject with us, and he assures that there is not necessarily a simple answer to this question. Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen has been pastor of Olympia Brown UU Church in Racine since 1975 (yes, that’s 40 years and probably a record!). He is an annual guest […]

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Time Off Of Purgatory

Or How a Nice Catholic Boy like Me Ended Up in a Place like This About this sermon Tony says: “I often (jokingly) tell people they’ll get ‘time off of purgatory’ for doing something beyond the call of duty. But truly, I was raised in a religion where this kind of belief was extremely popular. […]

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“Liar, Lunatic, Legend?”

An exploration of C. S. Lewis’ comment about Jesus that “a man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic–on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg–or else he would be the […]

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