Work, Worry, and Wisdom

Are anxiety and creativity inextricably bound to one another? Are those of us who tend toward creativity also more likely to tend toward worry? What role does work play in our search for peace and productivity (and what constitutes “work” anyway?). We’ll explore the braided themes of work, creativity, and anxiety—the places they intersect and […]

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You Were That Close

This is the story of how a horrific life threatening illness was beaten by a chain of events and decisions made years prior to the terrible event. Andy will also delve into how UU “found” him during his recovery and what it means to him. Andy had just started a new chapter in his life, […]

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Debunking the Myth of Race

The concept of race is a social construct created to maintain a certain social order, one of white supremacy. This social construction spawned a myth about the relative abilities, characteristics, and value of human beings based on skin color. Despite this obvious fallacy, most people assume race is biological and immutable. Given the soul crushing, […]

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Relative Motion

Have you ever sat on a train in a train station and suddenly had the feeling that your train was moving, only to discover it was the train next to you that was moving? This temporary sensation stems from motion occurring without a fixed reference point. On this day of celebration of the birth of […]

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Religion Words Revisited

A year ago, Alan explored religion words that made some people uncomfortable. Many have since requested further exploration of more words, so here we are. Alan will explore the disconnects between how some people use these words and how some people hear these words (and in some cases the origins of these words). Before our […]

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Tracey Robertson is the nationally-recognized Cofounder and Executive Director of Fit Oshkosh, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote social transformation through Color-Brave conversations, education, advocacy, and research in order to achieve race equity and justice within our community. Her service in faith communities includes assisting with two start-up churches, singing on praise […]

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Stepping Into Freedom

One of the cherished traditions in some Protestant congregations is the Watchnight Service. People gather close to midnight to reflect on the past year and look forward to the year ahead. The Moravians began this practice in 1733 and the Methodists followed suit. But the most powerful Watchnight traditions belong to our African American sisters […]

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Angelic Incongruities

‘And the angel(s) said to Mary…to Joseph…to the Shepherds…do not be afraid’ (From the Christmas stories recorded in the Gospels of Matthew & Luke.) The fears of our ancient brothers and sisters were real. The Angelic promises of hope and peace was incongruous to the terror facing impoverished people living in an occupied land. The […]

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These days mindfulness is promoted everywhere from TV shows and major magazines to the website of the Mayo Clinic. However, it’s a subtle construct that many people find difficult to grasp and even harder to practice. This talk will dissect what mindfulness really means, discuss recent research on why it’s valuable, and offer a few […]

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