Most Recent Sunday Service Alternatives

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday Service Alternative for Sept. 27, 2020

REV. KARON SANDBERG shares a timely message about patience, helping us explore how we can hold both patience and impatience in healthy ways during this season of change. Rev. Karon Sandberg is a hospice chaplain who finds great meaning in her work and learns from her patients how to live life more fully. She was ordained by the Fox Valley UU Fellowship and serves them as a community minister.

Watch the service’s YouTube playlist linked below, and join us on Zoom for a discussion of the service on Sunday, September 27 at 11 am. A Zoom meeting link was sent to those on our mailing list. To join our mailing list to attend future events like this, email contact@uufdc.org.

WATCH THE RECORDED ONLINE FELLOWSHIP SERVICE

The following link will bring you directly to our RECORDED ONLINE FELLOWSHIP SERVICE on YouTube. 

You do not need a YouTube account to watch the service and you can watch this recording at any time!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1Ntjw3sFCoxjhDD-wHqxtbMVOz

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

Achieved Sunday Service Alternatives

UUFDC’s Sunday Service Alternative for Sunday, September 20, 2020

Seeking the Forest for the Trees by Rev. Jim Coakley

LIVE ZOOM SERVICE AT 10 AM

Our Sunday Fellowship Connection this week is a regional collaboration! This is a special LIVE service with UU regional friends, followed by a small group discussion dedicated specifically for UUFDC Members and Friends.

To make sure you are put in the UUFDC discussion group, change your Zoom name to read DC at the end. For example if I was attending, I would make my screen name read, Sara McKillop DC. If you need help doing this, here is a 20 second video that shares how to change your screen name while in a Zoom meeting.

Our speaker Rev. Jim Coakley describes his Sunday message: “Scientists know that trees in a forest use an underground network to support each other. Similarly we grow spiritually as we support each other to dig deeper into our individual faith journeys.

Important: Click this Zoom link to access the service at 10 AM on Sunday, September 20th: 

https://zoom.us/j/94785072083?pwd=M0pOVkk3UGlUekNkWHozYWV1eFd2UT09

Meeting ID: 947 8507 2083
Passcode: 266051

Or Dial-in:  312 626 6799

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

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday Service Alternative for Sept. 13, 2020

Join Rev. Joan Shiels as we ponder The Meaning of Life. Joan will bring thought-provoking stories that focus on this eternal topic. The service is led by Henk Wolst, and Gerri Friedberg concludes our service with a postlude.

Watch the service’s playlist linked below, and remember to… Join us on Zoom for our Annual Meeting Sunday morning (9/13). Log into the Zoom room at 10:30 AM so we can promptly start the meeting 11:00 AM. A Zoom meeting link was sent to those on our mailing list. To join our mailing list to attend future events like this, email contact@uufdc.org.

WATCH THE RECORDED ONLINE FELLOWSHIP SERVICE

The following link will bring you directly to our RECORDED ONLINE FELLOWSHIP SERVICE on YouTube. You do not need a YouTube account to watch the service and you can watch this recording at any time!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1Ntjy6l5f76EMXNAW7DDivAv7A

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

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday Service Alternative for Sept. 6, 2020

Annelies (Anna) Hagemeister shares a meaningful racial justice message with us, Driving Old Fort Road: The Story of My Journey to Understand Intergenerational Trauma.  Her message focuses on two stories, one white and one Native, which converge in 1862 in the Minnesota territory during an armed conflict known as the Sioux Uprising or the Dakota Conflict. This week’s service is an excellent connection to the UU Common Read, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

Anna, PhD, MSW, LISW, has extensive experience serving as a parent coach, social worker, university professor, children's therapist, and crisis counselor.  Karon Winzenz, the proud mother of the speaker, will lead us through today’s recorded service.

Watch the service’s YouTube playlist linked below, and join us on Zoom for a discussion of the service on Sunday, September 6 at 11 AM. A Zoom meeting link was sent to those on our mailing list. To join our mailing list to attend future events like this, email contact@uufdc.org.

 

The following link will bring you directly to our RECORDED ONLINE FELLOWSHIP SERVICE on YouTube. 

You do not need a YouTube account to watch the service and you can watch this recording at any time!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1NtjyEO8tcxf16U8sXYWDERnEW

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

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday Service Alternative for Sept. 13, 2020

Join Rev. Joan Shiels as we ponder The Meaning of Life. Joan will bring thought-provoking stories that focus on this eternal topic. The service is led by Henk Wolst, and Gerri Friedberg concludes our service with a postlude.

Watch the service’s playlist linked below, and remember to… Join us on Zoom for our Annual Meeting Sunday morning (9/13). Log into the Zoom room at 10:30 AM so we can promptly start the meeting 11:00 AM. A Zoom meeting link was sent to those on our mailing list. To join our mailing list to attend future events like this, email contact@uufdc.org.

WATCH THE RECORDED ONLINE FELLOWSHIP SERVICE

The following link will bring you directly to our RECORDED ONLINE FELLOWSHIP SERVICE on YouTube. You do not need a YouTube account to watch the service and you can watch this recording at any time!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1Ntjy6l5f76EMXNAW7DDivAv7A

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

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday Service Alternative for August 23, 2020

FEATURING AN OPPORTUNITY to discuss the message with Rev. Tony Larsen and one another via Zoom & a prelude performed by Kate Boyd!

Watch the service’s playlist linked below and join us on Zoom for discussion and sharing on Sunday morning (8/23). The Zoom room will open at 11 AM with discussion to start at 11:15 AM. A meeting link was sent to all on our mailing list on Friday; if you are not on our mailing list and would like to attend future events like this please email the office at contact@uufdc.org.

LINKS:

The following link will bring you directly to our RECORDED ONLINE FELLOWSHIP SERVICE on YouTube. 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1Ntjxs41lbX3UMHuCFOnw3qO7H

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

ABOUT THE MESSAGE:

As Is - Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen | Service Leader - Carrie Link

About his sermon, Tony says: "If you've ever been to the discount section of a store (or gone to a yard sale), you may have seen the label ‘AS IS’.  It lets you know that there may be some flaws in the product, so you buy it at your own risk. Should human beings come with that label too?"

Dr. Rev. Tony Larsen retired after serving 42 years as minister at Olympia Brown UU Church in Racine, where he was the longest serving Unitarian Universalist minister in the country. He currently serves the Unitarian Church North, in Ozaukee County, as its part-time minister.

JOYS & CONCERNS:

We are collecting joys and concerns to share with the Fellowship on Wednesday, August 26. Email your submission (under 175 words) to contact@uufdc.org by the end of the day Tuesday, August 25.

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

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday, August 16, 2020

FEATURING AN OPPORTUNITY to discuss the message with one another via Zoom & a postlude performed by Katie Dahl!

ABOUT THE MESSAGE:

As If – Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen | Service Leader – Carol Boyd

"As if."  Two words, two syllables, four letters. Such a small phrase, yet it can sometimes help us navigate the ups and downs of our life. Tony's sermon will explore the power of "as if" to change what is; its use in making new scientific discoveries (think Albert Einstein); and its spiritual implications (especially as it impacts our first UU principle of inherent worth and dignity).

Tony's sermon next week will be on another small phrase that's just one letter different from "as if": namely, "as is." Tony retired after serving 42 years as minister at Olympia Brown UU Church in Racine, where he was the longest serving Unitarian Universalist minister in the country. He currently serves the Unitarian Church North, in Ozaukee County, as its part-time minister.

Watch the service’s playlist linked below and join us on Zoom for discussion and sharing on Sunday morning (8/16). The Zoom room will open at 11 AM with discussion to start at 11:15 AM. A meeting link was sent to all on our mailing list on Friday; if you are not on our mailing list and would like to attend future events like this please email the office at contact@uufdc.org.

LINK:

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

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1NtjzIiNsnaatuRpQg3w6gKDlZ

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

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday, August 9, 2020

FEATURING AN OPPORTUNITY to discuss the message with one another via Zoom!!!

ABOUT THE MESSAGE:

Heart on the Run The Rev. Brian Mason | Service Leader  Donna Johnson

Our Sunday Fellowship Connection this week reflects on humankind restlessness. Our speaker Rev. Brian Mason invites us to ponder if one’s never ending quest for freedom and ambition is really just a deep longing to go home… a longing to find a place where we can be ourselves… a search rooted in the desire to find a place where we can truly rest.

The Reverend Brian Mason has served as minister at the First Universalist Unitarian Church of Wausau since 2017. This is his first “visit” with us!

Watch the service’s playlist linked below and join us for a virtual opportunity for discussion and sharing on Sunday morning (8/09). The Zoom room will open at 11 AM with discussion to start at 11:15 AM. A link was sent to all on our mailing list; if you are not on our mailing list and would like to attend future events like this please email the office at contact@uufdc.org.

LINK:

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

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1Ntjy6fm-CgsDa3w9MXufZMxLA

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

UUFDC’s Sunday Service Alternative for Sunday, August 2, 2020

A Theology of Connection in Zoomland by Rev. Jim Coakley

LIVE ZOOM SERVICE AT 10 AM

Our Sunday Fellowship Connection this week is a regional collaboration! This is a special LIVE service, followed by small group discussions, hosted by the Fox Valley Fellowship (Appleton) and includes five additional Fellowships in Northeast Wisconsin: Door County, Green Bay, Open Circle (Fond du Lac), Point (Stevens Point) and Prairie Lakes (Ripon).

Our speaker Rev. Jim Coakley invites us to explore, “Since the invention of the letter and then the telephone, human connection has slowly crept toward the virtual world. Now that the pandemic has rapidly increased this transition, how do we nurture a theology of connection in the virtual land of Zoom?”

Click this Zoom link to access the service at 10 AM on Sunday, August 2nd: https://zoom.us/j/176319484?pwd=S3dQekZoNmNaL2srYm16Y3NyOXcxQT09

OR call in at 10AM and listen to the service by phone: 312-626-6799 with meeting ID 176 319 484

What you can expect:

-          A sense of regional Unitarian Universalism that is larger than your own congregation.

-          All elements of our regular service except announcements.

-          Joys and Concerns will be read by Rev. Jim and will not be part of the breakout sessions.

-          The congregational response time will be included during the service using the Zoom chat function.

-          All music will be offered by the Music Director and volunteers from the Fox Valley Fellowship.

-          General breakout sessions, (not sorted by congregation), will occur after the service. Everyone will be randomly sorted into groups of 5-6.  A question will be offered in the service to help motivate the conversation.

-          When you first join the Zoom meeting, you will be in a waiting room until you're allowed in.  You will also be muted automatically when you join.

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

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday Service Alternative for Sunday, July 26, 2020

FEATURING AN OPPORTUNITY to discuss the message with one another via Zoom!!!

ABOUT THE MESSAGE:

Time +Tragedy - Rev. Matthew Johnson | Service Leader - Susan Leeder

Our Sunday Fellowship Connection this week vibrantly reflects on Time +Tragedy. Our speaker Rev. Matthew Johnson guides us in exploring how we move through tragedy toward healing, individually and together. The Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson is the Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, IL.

Watch the Service’s playlist and join us for a virtual opportunity for discussion and sharing on Sunday morning (7/26) PM. The Zoom room will open at 11 AM with discussion to start at 11:15 AM. A link was sent to all on our mailing list; if you are not on our mailing list and would like to attend future events like this please email the office at contact@uufdc.org.

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1NtjxBkisu5ewZ-AoTAT3kQYRC

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

 

We are collecting joys and concerns to share with the Fellowship on Wednesday, July 29th. Email your submission (under 175 words) to contact@uufdc.org by the end of the day Tuesday, July 28th.

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

FLOWER CEREMONY AT THE FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY 7/19/20 @ 10-11:30AM

The alternative Sunday Service event on July 19th is our drive-through FLOWER CEREMONY!  Plan to come to the Fellowship any time between 10:00 and 11:30AM that morning to celebrate the uniqueness of each of us and the beautiful bouquet of flowers we create together.  See our July newsletter for a fuller explanation of this event.  We will adhere to all safety precautions and ask that you wear a mask, too. Linked here is a map and directions for journeying though the ceremony in our parking lot.

ALSO linked is a flower drawing (by Buttons Wolst) for YOU, your children, or grandchildren to color!!  Bring your finished coloring page with you to show off to us.  We will take pictures of your works of art and show them off on our Facebook page and website!

This event is sponsored by our two covenant groups who look forward to seeing you ALL on Sunday, 7/19.

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday Service Alternative for July 12, 2020

Message - What’s Good About All This? by Rev. Joan Shiels

Service Leader - Carrie Link

Music - Gerri Friedberg, Joan Mead, & Cynthia Stiehl

This week’s Fellowship connection offers inspiration to keep moving forward and embracing the challenging marathon of this pandemic, as we ponder “What’s Good About All This?” Rev. Joan Shiels explains, “In my demanding career days full of business commitments and family responsibilities and social demands I often made an exhausted sigh to myself the old refrain, “Stop the world. I want to get off.”  It was all too much, too fast, too hard. And suddenly this spring, it did. It stopped. How do we handle that?”

We are collecting joys and concerns to share with the Fellowship on Wednesday, July 15th. Email your submission (under 175 words) to contact@uufdc.org by the end of the day Tuesday, July 14th.

Links:

The following link will bring you directly to our Fellowship Connection/Service YouTube video playlist. 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1Ntjz4iSpW_lEbWBNjjytqVNTF

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

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

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

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday, July 5, 2020

Visiting the UU of Vero Beach, FL

COURAGE IN THE FACE OF FEAR BY REV. CAROL YORKE

Our Sunday Fellowship Connection this week invites us to gather with the UU Fellowship of Vero Beach, Florida! We thank Lucy Roske for sharing this Fellowship with us. Lucy is a dear friend of the UUFDC, who relocated to Florida from Door County. We miss you Lucy, thank you for continuing to share your sunshine with us!

Visit the congregation’s website for their July 5th service titled, Courage in the Face of Fear by Rev. Carol Yorke. Their service recording is available starting 9 am (central time) Sunday.  Their website will guide you to the recording (check out their green box on the right-hand side): https://uufvb.org/

We hope you enjoy this invitation to experience a 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, July 8th. Email your submission (under 175 words) to contact@uufdc.org by the end of the day Tuesday, July 7th.

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 on the telephone or Zoom!

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday Service Alternative for June 28, 2020

Singing Other People’s Song by Dr. Stephen M. Sieck

Service Leader – Chuck Lauter

Music – Jonathan Bass, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, Lawrence University Concert Choir – Conducted by S. Sieck

This week’s Fellowship connection offers a DYNAMIC EXPRESSION OF OUR UU PRINCIPLES as we look into what it means to sing the songs of people and cultures that differ from one's own. Our guest speaker Dr. Stephen Sieck, Co-Director of Choral Studies at Lawrence University and Director of Music at the Fox Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, explains that today’s message, “is not a sermon about songs… This is a sermon about UU Principles; the inherit worth of all, justice, an equity in our human relations, a responsible search for truth and meaning, and the celebration of the interdependent web of existence that we are all a part of.”

AN ENLIGHTENING UU MUSICAL MESSAGE AWAITS FOR YOU!

We are collecting joys and concerns to share with the Fellowship on Wednesday, July 1st. Email your submission (under 175 words) to contact@uufdc.org by the end of the day Tuesday, June 30th.

Links:

The following link will bring you directly to our Fellowship Connection/Service YouTube video playlist. 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1NtjylKeWX7beK9tiQsmmRzbyP

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

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

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

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday, June 21, 2020

Our Sunday Fellowship Connection this week invites us to gather with one of the largest UU congregations in the United States, the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis!  

This diverse, multigenerational UU community is warmly and personally welcoming us to attend their LIVE ZOOM webinar service starting at 10 am central time.  The UU Fellowship of Door County will be personally greeted near the beginning of the service.  

To attend go to https://firstuniversalistchurch.org/sermon/virtual-sunday-worship-2/#description-tab

This webpage provides connection links to their Zoom webinar service and coffee hour.

We hope you enjoy this invitation to experience a 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, June 24th. Email your submission (under 175 words) to contact@uufdc.org by the end of the day Tuesday, June, 23rd.

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 on the telephone or Zoom!

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday, June 14, 2020

Who Are We Now? - Rev. Jim Coakley

Service Leader - Cynthia Stiehl

Music - Stephen Sieck

Traumatic events like the COVID-19 quarantine often force us to think more deeply on what is important.  What insights have we discovered over the last few months?  Who are we now and do our actions reflect our values and ethics?  Are we prepared to embrace the changes to come?

Watch the Service’s playlist and join us for a virtual opportunity for discussion and sharing on Sunday evening (6/14) at 6:30 PM.  See Zoom link in the Sunday Service Alternative email you received on June 12th (if you are on the UUFDC mailing list). If you are not on our mailing list, and wish to be notified about future events like these and other Fellowship news, email contact@uufdc.org.

We are collecting joys and concerns to share with the Fellowship on Wednesday, June 17th. Email your submission (under 175 words) to contact@uufdc.org by the end of the day Tuesday, June 16th.

Links:

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

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1NtjzMd6jixdROJ8JfXSDWoS02

Weekly Fellowship Connection: Sunday, June 7, 2020

Hope by Rev. Karon Sandberg

Service Leader – Donna Johnson

Music – Phoenix Chamber Choir of Vancouver, Gerri Friedberg, Joan Mead, & Carol Soper

Our Sunday Fellowship Connection reflects on hope. Our speaker Rev. Karon Sandberg invites us to ponder, “During these challenging times I began to wonder about hope.  What is it?  Is it useful?  How does it help us?  Join me as I reflect and explore hope and how it affects us during times of trial.” 

Rev. Karon Sandberg is a hospice chaplain who finds great meaning in her work and learns from her patients how to live life more fully. She was ordained by the Fox Valley UU Fellowship and serves them as a community minister. 

We are collecting joys and concerns to share with the Fellowship on Wednesday, June 10th. Email your submission (under 175 words) to contact@uufdc.org by the end of the day Tuesday, June 9th.

Links:

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

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTz2lwF1NtjxRL6YhzMIG9a8cUOEIulRX

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

We have also created a “digital order of service” to provide 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, 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!

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!