Most Recent Sunday Service Alternatives

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday, May 31, 2020

Who Am I?  

Message by Thomas Galten LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) CSAC (Certified Substance Abuse Counselor)

Service Leader – Bob Lindahl

Music – NYC Virtual Choir and Orchestra, Gerri Friedberg, Joan Mead, & Cynthia Stiehl

Our Sunday Fellowship Connection reflects on some of the reasons why we have so much trouble finding lasting happiness in simply being, and why peace and joy so often feel out of reach.  Today we will ponder if just maybe some of the answers can be found in nature...of which we are all a part, and even in the commonality of most faith traditions.

Our speaker Thomas Galten explains, “Most philosophical, religious and psychological theories and doctrines - however much relative truth they may express - miss the most important knowledge that any human being can: The knowledge of my true identity as pure consciousness. We, especially in the western world, have paid attention solely to the objects of consciousness and, to our spiritual impoverishment, have ignored consciousness itself.

Today, spiritual teachers such as Eckhart Tolle, Rupert Spira, Mooji, Amoda Maa and others, are drawing attention to this limitless and formless dimension, awareness of which liberates consciousness from its mis-identification with the body/mind. My talk is a brief overview of the question ‘Who am I?’, an inquiry which has the potential to bring about self-realization.”

We hope today’s online service will make you feel more connected to the Fellowship.

We are collecting joys and concerns to share with the Fellowship on Wednesday, June 3rd. Email your submission (under 175 words) to contact@uufdc.org by the end of the day Tuesday, June 2nd.

Links:

The following link will bring you directly to our online Fellowship connection/Service on YouTube. 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1NtjzULwyLPOs3MZ9sBi7wMyNV

Because YouTube is a free platform, you may see some sponsor advertising.

We have also created a “digital order of service” provides more detail on today’s program, with direct links to individual videos of today’s program.

Missed a Fellowship Connection? No worries, all of our weekly Sunday Service alternatives are archived on our website: https://uufdc.org/covid19-sunday-alternatives/

And remember, an online library of Sunday message podcasts can be found on our website too: https://uufdc.org/sunday-services-podcasts/

Thank you for joining us today -- stay safe and keep connected!

Achieved Sunday Service Alternatives

Weekly Fellowship Connection: May 24, 2020

Bigger than our Building Message by Marie Luna

Service Leader – Henk Wolst

Music Gerri Friedberg, Joan Mead, & Carol Soper

Our Sunday Fellowship Connection this week celebrates our commitments as Unitarian Universalists, with the message: Bigger than our Building. Our guest speaker, Marie Luna is the Director of Congregational Life at the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Marie illuminates, “Our congregations are adapting to try to keep people connected while physically distant, and we are finding both success and challenge. Many of us tie being Unitarian Universalists to our buildings and the events that happen within them, but it is so much bigger. I invite you to explore what that might look like in your life today, and into the possible long term future of this changed world.”

Marie Luna helped start up the Unitarian Universalist Association of Membership Professionals, it’s a group for people passionate about helping people connect and deepen their engagement within their Unitarian Universalist faith and within their congregation. She lives in Appleton with her 13-year-old son, Nate.

We hope with the encouragement of Marie’s inspirational message, combined with the work of this week's Fellowship Connection team, that today’s online service will make you feel more connected to your Unitarian Universalism journey amidst these difficult circumstances.

We are collecting joys and concerns to share with the Fellowship on Wednesday, May 27th. Email your submission (under 175 words) to contact@uufdc.org by the end of the day Tuesday, May 26th.

Links:

The following link will bring you directly to our online Fellowship connection/Service on YouTube. 

Because YouTube is a free platform, you may see some sponsor advertising.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1NtjyHv1U1Edc28n6C4KFhMqLb

We have also created a “digital order of service” that provides more detail on today’s program, with direct links to individual videos of today’s program.

Missed a Fellowship Connection? No worries, all of our weekly Sunday Service alternatives are archived on our website: https://uufdc.org/covid19-sunday-alternatives/

And remember, an online library of Sunday message podcasts can be found on our website too: https://uufdc.org/sunday-services-podcasts/

Thank you for joining us today-- stay safe and keep connected!

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday, May 17, 2020

Our Sunday Fellowship Connection this week invites us to gather in a global spiritual UU community, with the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF). Since 2010, this online congregation gathers UUs together for worship service live on Zoom, each Sunday 6:45 PM Central.  To attend go to clfuu.org/worship and RSVP to get your personalized link to enter CLF’s online sanctuary. The earlier you can rsvp with CLF the better.

To get a feel for the content CLF offers, linked below are two uplifting YouTube videos that offer a feel for their congregational culture.

Come, Come Whoever You Are Hymn #188 – From the welcome page of CLF’s website, “Each week in worship we begin with this song, because it expresses the faith you will find here—a conviction that every person is welcome, no matter where on their spiritual journey they might be.  As a global spiritual community, we know that what is sacred cannot be contained by walls or words.” One honorable fact about their congregation is their dedication to inclusivity and anti-oppression, incarcerated members represent nearly 50% of CLF’s membership. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmMp0OKHgTA

Love Is Here, Let Us Pray - A meditation/prayer created and present by Lynn Ungar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYD0zzDPg0w&list=PLXSqfWmM95KvyxgaEFyKvmF7xFjih3Yvt&index=2

We hope you enjoy this opportunity and invitation to experience an Unitarian Universalism service in a new way.

We will be back with another locally UUFDC produced recorded service next week. We are still collecting joys and concerns to share with the Fellowship on Wednesday, May 20th. Email your submission (under 175 words) to contact@uufdc.org by the end of the day Tuesday, May 19th.

Missed a Fellowship Connection? No worries, all of our weekly Sunday Service alternatives are archived on our website: https://uufdc.org/covid19-sunday-alternatives/

And remember, an online library of Sunday message podcasts can be found on our website too: https://uufdc.org/sunday-services-podcasts/

Stay safe and keep connected - and we encourage you to reconnect with a Fellowship friend over a cup of coffee on the telephone or Zoom!

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday, May 10, 2020

Mother’s Day Message by Rev. Sydney A. Morris

Service Leader – Cindy Nelson

Music Gerri Friedberg, Joan Mead, & Cynthia Stiehl

Our Sunday Fellowship Connection this week celebrates the time-honored observance of Mother's Day in new ways and old, during these unique circumstances.

Our guest speaker, Rev. Sydney A. Morris has served Unitarian Universalist congregations for 35 years, in Massachusetts, Iowa, British Columbia, Michigan and Oregon. She is a lifelong UU. Walking, grandmothering, reading and gardening are her favorite pastimes while isolated with family. This is the first time Rev. Morris has shared a message with us, and we are so grateful we are still able to meet her across the distance. The heartfelt UU message she shares today, combined with the work of this week's Fellowship Connection team will make you feel warmly closer to home.

Links:

The following link will bring you directly to our online Fellowship connection/Service on YouTube. 

Because YouTube is a free platform, you may see some sponsor advertising.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1Ntjwx8npexntLPG_lXKW21J4n

We have also created a “digital order of service” that provides more detail on today’s program, with direct links to individual videos of today’s program.

Missed a Fellowship Connection? No worries, all of our weekly Sunday Service alternatives are archived on our website: https://uufdc.org/covid19-sunday-alternatives/

And remember, an online library of Sunday message podcasts can be found on our website too: https://uufdc.org/sunday-services-podcasts/

Thank you for joining us today-- stay safe and keep connected!

Weekly Fellowship Connection: May 3, 2020

Be Prepared; Covid-19 Edition by Rev. Joan Shiels

Our Sunday Fellowship Connection for this week includes an introduction and closing by Susan Leeder, music performed by Joan Mead, and a reflection by Rev. Joan Shiels titled, Be Prepared; Covid-19 Edition.

Today’s simple service has two intentions in mind. The first intention is to bring to you some familiar sights and sounds from the Fellowship. The second intention is to consider the theme of hope. Benedictine Monk Br. David Steindl-Rast said, “Hope is openness to surprise.”  In her message, Rev. Shiels reflects on the possibility that even in difficult times, we can be aware of the opportunities and benefits being offered us.

Links:

The following link will bring you directly to our online Fellowship connection/service on YouTube. Because YouTube is a free platform, you may see some sponsor advertising.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1Ntjw-mtyvpxwNvKgWNm_THZP0

We have also created a “digital order of service” that provides more detail on today’s program, with direct links to individual videos of today’s program.

And remember, an online library of Sunday message podcasts can be found on our website too: https://uufdc.org/sunday-services-podcasts/

Thank you for joining us today-- stay safe and keep connected!

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday, April 26, 2020

Love in the Time of Corona by Rev. Jim Coakley      

Service Leader – Cyndy Stiehl

Love in the Time of Corona. The COVID-19 pandemic has arrived and we could choose to respond with separation, panic, anxiety, and hopelessness - in other words, to choose death. But Gary Gunderson, in his book Leading Causes of Life encourages us to think and act differently - to choose life. Choosing life leads to love in the time of corona.

Email your joys & concerns and/or announcement submission (under 175 words) to contact@uufdc.org by the end of the day Tuesday, April 28th. Your submissions will appear in our next eblast.

Links:

The following link will bring you directly to our online service on YouTube. Because YouTube is a free platform, you may see some sponsor advertising.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1NtjwASuECQaG2E5V4F-0qdwoC

We have also have created a “digital order of service” that provides more detail on today’s program, with direct links to individual poems, music and videos.

Thank you for joining us today-- stay safe and keep connected!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Earth Day Sunday Message by Dale Gooder       

Service Leader – Marilyn Hansotia

Ironically on this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we are likely doing the kindest possible thing for Mother Earth: pausing from our usual hectic, energy-consuming lives and placing far fewer demands on our limited resources. It is evident globally with diminished pollution and QUIET…..”the sounds of silence”.

Our speaker for today’s pre-recorded service is Dale Goodner. Dale is a naturalist by profession and by passion! He recalls 1970 when our own Wisconsin Governor and Senator, Gaylord Nelson, initiated the first Earth Day which is now celebrated every April 22 in nearly 200 countries around the globe. Today, Dale shares his experience participating in teach-ins that were the unique tool used by Nelson to educate about the essential benefits of prioritizing the care of our environment—the lessons of these teach-in are timeless, still ringing true today.

Email your joys & concerns and/or announcement submission (under 175 words) to contact@uufdc.org by the end of the day Tuesday, April 21th. Your submissions will appear in our next eblast.

Links:

The following link will bring you directly to our online service on YouTube. Because YouTube is a free platform, you may see some sponsor advertising.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1Ntjzy0EuC0e89U9sJ3bsDy-4u

We have also created a “digital order of service” (DOOS) that provides more detail on today’s program, with direct links to individual videos.

Thank you for joining us today-- stay safe and keep connected!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

What’s the Story? – Rev. Mark Richards       

Service Leader – Cindy Nelson

About the Message: Culture is inherited through the stories we tell.  The truth of our existence, the values that define us, are passed through the generations in the stories we repeat.  Our rituals become a way to ensure that nothing is lost in the telling.  On this Easter morning we retell the story that is foundational to Western civilization.  Its meaning has been reshaped over centuries, and still there is value for us today. 

About the Speaker: Rev. Mark Richards was ordained on Nov. 25, 2018 by the First Parish in Concord, MA. He and his wife Christina moved to Door County in 2016 and became members of UUFDC in July of last year. This past summer they learned the joy of gardening after having not so much as mowed a lawn for most of their adult lives. Mark serves as a chaplain for Unity Hospice in Door and Kewaunee counties. He also has a passion for working with prison inmates, and for expanding awareness of Unitarian Universalism in the wider community.

Email your joys & concerns and/or announcement submission (under 175 words) to contact@uufdc.org by the end of the day Tuesday, April 14th. Your submissions will appear in Wednesday’s eblast.

Links:

The following link will bring you directly to our online service on YouTube. Because YouTube is a free platform, you may see some sponsor advertising. Please let us know if this becomes a distraction.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1NtjyT6grul9ePe_KwnkLKlqor

We have also have created a “digital order of service” (DOOS) that provides more detail on today’s program, with direct links to individual poems, music and videos.

Thank you for joining us today-- stay safe and keep connected!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

POETRY SUNDAY – Estella Lauter, Coordinator

Making the Invisible Visible – Reflections on Native America

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we have gathered a group of poets who are Members and Friends of the Fellowship to reflect on their experience with Native American people, culture, and history. In response to a call from our Racial Justice Action Team, their poetry explores the invisibility of those who cared for this land centuries before Europeans heard of it, and who live here still.  Each of the poets – and each of us – come from different places in relation to Native history. Some have extensive and intimate experiences with Native people, some not, so there are many points of entry for a conversation to begin.

Our exploration for Poetry Sunday takes two forms, the written and the spoken word. In all, twelve poets have contributed their written work to a digital chapbook, attached as a pdf to this email for you to read, print or download. In addition, six of these poets have recorded themselves reading the poems they have contributed. These recorded readings form the core of this week’s online Sunday Service, which includes opening and closing words from Service Leader Tom Toerpe, along with a selection of Native American music.

The poets who contributed to this project are Sharon Auberle, David Clowers, Ethel Davis, Tom Davis, Larry Erikkson, Donna Johnson, Estella Lauter, Ralph Murre, Nancy Rafal, Jack Redell, Mark Richards, and Meg Ziegelmann.  We thank them all for their creativity and thoughtful perspectives.

We invite anyone who would like to participate in a virtual “email talkback” on this subject to contact Estella Lauter or Sara McKillop. Once we know how many participants we might have, we will arrange logistics and contact you.

Links:

The following link will bring you directly to our online serve on YouTube. Because YouTube is a free platform, you may see some sponsor advertising. Please let us know if this becomes a distraction.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1Ntjyj34y-Qks5F4qFBnF3LmOb

We have also have created a “digital order of service” (DOOS) that provides more detail on today’s program, with direct links to individual poems, music and videos.

4/5/2020 - Digital Order of Service

Finally, here is a pdf file of the poetry chapbook, “Making the Invisible Visible” for your reading pleasure.

“Making the Invisible Visible” Poetry Sunday Chapbook

Thank you for joining us today.

Sunday, March 29, 2020 Sunday Service Alternatives

This Sunday's alternative service loosely follows the Justice Sunday programming that was originally scheduled for Sunday, March 23, 2020.  On a separate note, attached to this email is the Fellowship’s UU Update newsletter for April.

This week’s Sunday Service Alternative videos can be viewed two ways…

One: Connect with playlist and watch the "service" in its entirety.

Each individual video (posted as-is) in this playlist is described below and will flow into one another at this link (click play all when the link is loaded):  

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1NtjyXYE0tltc5316DMiM4ndwn

Two: Or you can choose to watch each separate video at your own pace; each video is linked separately below.

VIDEO 1: WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

Rev. Mark Richards is the service leader; he created the introduction which includes familiar components of our typical worship services. His unedited intro can be found here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4metgSb8i-I&list=PLTz2lwF1NtjyXYE0tltc5316DMiM4ndwn&index=1

VIDEO 2: MUSIC

UU HYMN, May Nothing Evil Cross This Door https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4rSAIts3MA&list=PLTz2lwF1NtjyXYE0tltc5316DMiM4ndwn&index=2

VIDEO 3: READING

The reading (Isaiah 65:17 - 25), to accompany the message, is read by Mark here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uFdeZHIL3w&list=PLTz2lwF1NtjyXYE0tltc5316DMiM4ndwn&index=3

VIDEO 4: MESSAGE

The message prepared especially for UUFDC on this Justice Sunday by Rev. Jim Honig (Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Chuch) can be accessed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PjInuwSTZo&list=PLTz2lwF1NtjyXYE0tltc5316DMiM4ndwn&index=4

Rev. Honig finds a great deal of common ground among our faith communities and brings a message of hope for today.

VIDEO 5: MUSIC

UU HYMN, We Laugh We Cry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDh70LXkBKY&list=PLTz2lwF1NtjyXYE0tltc5316DMiM4ndwn&index=5

VIDEO 6: CLOSING

Closing thoughts and extinguishing the Chalice are shared by Mark here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRCOQJZ1Tb8&list=PLTz2lwF1NtjyXYE0tltc5316DMiM4ndwn&index=6

The Board and the Program Committee thanks Rev. Mark Richards, Rev. Jim Honig, and our tech support Kathy Toerpe for pulling together a "service" for our Weekly Fellowship Connection.

We are so grateful for the many formats technology offers us as we continue to seek ways to stay connected as a Fellowship.  As a reminder, there are over 300 podcasts of previous UUFDC services on our website! This week I would like to highlight Rev. Dottie Matthews' message "(Still) Learning to Let Go" from April 3, 2016.  Leaning heavily on Buddhist teachings, her insight on dealing with change and loss is again relevant today.

And finally, Jack Redell shares this very appropriate summary to Rev. Honig's message:

Justice is local

Concerned with the cultural

So, make a diff'rence

Stay Safe! Stay Connected!

Susan Leeder, Program Committee Chair

Sunday, March 22 Sunday Services Alternatives

Submitted by Susan Leeder, Program Committee Chair

During this hiatus from regular Sunday Services, the Governing Board, along with the Program Committee invites those interested to avail themselves of “worship” alternatives via Social Media.  Tomorrow, like last Sunday, we are leaning heavily on the Fox Valley UU Fellowship, and providing the link to their on-line streaming.  We are adding our own introduction and reading.

Link to UUFDC’s Introduction & Reading Video:

https://youtu.be/G0usQR7NyGA

Link to Fox Valley UU Fellowship’s On-line Worship Service/Viewing Directions:

https://fvuuf.org/fellowship-connections-a-distance/

The next two Sundays (3/29/20and 4/5/20) will be modified online versions of the previously scheduled Sunday Services, Justice Sunday (Rev. Jim Honig) and Poetry Sunday (Estella Lauter et al).  We will send out a Weekly Fellowship Connection eBlast each week, like the one you are reading, to share the links to view/listen/read the components provided to accompany our weekly online “Sunday Service” programming. This information will also be posted on our website: uufdc.org

Beyond these first few Sundays, assuming face-to-face Services continue to be cancelled, we may be reaching out to the congregation for volunteers to create posts that loosely cover the ordinary components of our Services.  Stay tuned for opportunities and guidance on the programming ahead.

For those who prefer to avoid social media, let me remind you there are 343 podcasts on the UUFDC website!  Included in those are 4 sermons by Rik Warch; I found two of them eerily timely “Moment of Silence” and “Fighting Familiarity, Embracing Novelty”.  Do you have a favorite message previously delivered at the Fellowship?  Send me your podcast recommendations! (email me at nobarnfarm@gmail.com or call 920-495-3315)

We could not think of a better way to sign off this communication, but with a touch of familiarity, a haiku poem submitted by Jack Redell:

Int'resting, perhaps
Time is all that we have left
To correct our fate  

Stay safe! Stay connected!