Shakespeare’s legacy has endured over 400 years through his brilliant canon of plays and poetry. Is Shakespeare still relevant? Many ask if there is still a place for his work on the stages of modern theatre. I believe, and have witnessed, Shakespeare’s theatre serve today’s world in tremendous ways. Shakespeare’s work ignites curiosity within our […]

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The Gifts of Darkness

Gary Greenberg, a psychoanalyst, says that depression, in most cases, is not a mental problem; it’s a sane response to an insane world. In learning to welcome the dark side, particularly in our culture which tends to stay on the yang side of things – the active, extroverted, happy, positive, buoyant and light side, it […]

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The Swinging Door by Rev. Robert Clarke

In honor of the UU minister who helped begin and found our beloved Fellowship, Alan Kopischke will read Rev. Robert Clarke’s sermon about endings and beginnings. This sermon and many others were compiled and published by UUFDC in a book titled Under the Same Sky to recognize and thank Bob for his help and guidance. […]

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What We Don’t Know

In our enlightened age, science and technology explain almost everything to us. But still, there are some mysteries in the world— some things that defy rational explanation. What do we make of those? Rev Joan Shiels is a long-time friend and frequent speaker at UU.  She has graduate degrees in Religion, Theology and Divinity but […]

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“Under The Same Sky” for the Holidays

An introduction to our 20th Anniversary year, with songs and words provided by UUFDC founding members and others. Music and messages will prepare us for the holidays and our celebration. After the candle-light service, a sweet and savory reception will follow.

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The Coming of the Christ Child

Everybody’s life runs dry. We all have developed certain patterns, a framework, a modus operandi out of which we live our lives. You should not expect to continue to run down the same path and not lose vitality. Suicide is an indication that something needs to die in order for something new to be born; it’s […]

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Candles, Fire, and Star

The deep dark quiet of December nights reminds us it is the season to listen to stories and reclaim our stories.  It is a time to remember the long, long ago time when we were children and saw the world through eyes less dimmed with human tears.  What do you remember?  What do you see?   […]

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Ageing: Further Along the Road

Thoreau said “Every time something is gained, something is lost.” When it comes to growing old, it’s easy to see what is lost but sometimes hard to realize what is gained: a meditation on the good, the bad and the fabulous. Joan Shiels is an old friend and frequent speaker at our Fellowship. She has […]

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Saying Grace

FAMILY THANKSGIVING BREAD SERVICE Gary Synder, a Buddhist practitioner and writer who grew up in a Christian home, wrote an essay entitled “Grace”, meaning the words you speak before a meal; he said that “…grace is the first and last poem, the few words we say to clear our hearts, and teach the children, and […]

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