What We Do When We Say “I Do”

The old wedding vows. Brides and grooms say them as if it’s going to be easy to keep them. But it is seldom easy. And usually it’s very, very hard. A wedding minister examines the meaning of that big “I Do.” Rev. Joan Shiels has a bunch of degrees in world religions. She has been […]

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Renewing Your Prescriptions

Every time I go to my doctor for my annual or semi-annual exam, I am given a printout of my prescriptions. Although I am not fluent in the language of pharmaceuticals, I dutifully refresh my knowledge of what and why and when and how much. Recently I prescribed something similar to myself from myself regarding […]

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Law and Disorder: The Calas Affair

In 1761, a controversial trial in Toulouse, France, provoked an uproar through the country. A Protestant, Jean Calas, was accused of murdering his own son, Marc-Antoine, because the latter was planning to convert to Catholicism. In an overwrought atmosphere of religious zealotry, Calas was quickly tried, found guilty, and executed. Following the lead of a […]

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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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What Should I Do With My Mind?

When we’re not busy thinking about our problems, what should we do with our mental energy? Is it a good idea to just let our minds wander to the next topic, or is there something more beneficial we could be doing?  We will briefly overview research on how mental focus affects our moods, and offer […]

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Treasures of Our Hymnal

This special musical service celebrates the diversity of writers and composers we have to draw from for our UU services. Juliet Hale Hills was raised in Southern England. She has been a member of the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee since 1988 – almost 30 years! Juliet has had a myriad of life experiences splitting […]

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The Seven Principles of UU reflect our core values and provide inspiration for the future. We live in a time when these principles are being threatened by those in power. The Dreyfus Affair in France provides a good example of how others have responded to similar threats in the past. We must respond with the truths of science, history, […]

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Abundance Without Attachment

Our consumer crazy culture shouts at us daily that we are not complete until we get the latest and greatest new thing that will surely make our lives easier and more fulfilling. We grow attached to ideas and thoughts about what we want or expect out of life. Then it seems we spend a lot […]

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Our relationships with our parents are a mix of love and challenge. They teach us through example by what they do AND what by what they don’t do. As their children we are left to hold and examine the lessons of love and life that we are given. Using First Corinthians 13, the infamous verse […]

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