Why do UUs celebrate Christmas?

Why do UUs celebrate Christmas? In the early 2000s, Helene Di Iulio, in collaboration with then UUFDC president, Bob Salmi, presented a message detailing ways the Unitarians and Universalists have contributed to traditional Christmas hymns, secular songs and stories. In this service we will hear an encore reading of this message with a few updates […]

Continue reading

All Shall Be Well

Frederick (aka Doc) Heide — All Shall Be Well About the Message: Julian of Norwich was a 14th Century mystic who spent most of her adult life as a recluse in a British church. Revelations of Divine Love, the book she wrote about her spiritual visions inspired by a near-death experience, is believed to be […]

Continue reading

Pey Carter — Disabilities: Inclusion, Accessibility, and Identity About the Message: Join guest speaker, Pey Carter, as they talk about their journey from able-bodied to disabled as well as disability theology and how congregations can be more inclusive and accessible to everyone. About the Speaker: Pey Carter is a 4th year seminary student at Iliff […]

Continue reading

Gratitude? Me?

The Rev. Barbara Sajna — Gratitude? Me? A Thanksgiving message on gratitude. About the Speaker: The Rev. Barbara Sajna is a Wisconsin native, originally from the Rhinelander area. She has a law degree from the University of Wisconsin and practiced with a general practice frim in Eagle River. Her four children grew up in Rhinelander […]

Continue reading

The Human Capacity for Self-Deception

About the Message: Rev. Phil Sweet — The Human Capacity for Self-Deception If you mapped out a time line of our planet’s history of a hundred yards, the length of a football field, humans arrived on the scene one-eighth of an inch from the end. It is easy to see how human beings could feel […]

Continue reading

An Inner Unveiling

About the message: How can we tell the difference between good religion and junk religion? About the speaker:  The Reverend Brian Mason has served as minister at the First Universalist Unitarian Church of Wausau since 2017. Previously Brian served as the David & Norma Lewis Ministerial Intern at the First Unitarian Church of St. Louis […]

Continue reading

Lessons from the Choir Room

When we talk about choirs, we often use words that describe a utopian community, such as “angelic”, “blend”, or “harmony”.  But the real work of being a member of a choir, like being a member of a community or nation, can be much harder, or even painful.  In this message, Steve Sieck, Co-Director of Choirs […]

Continue reading

Is Belief in God Rational?

The problem of whether belief in God is rational has historically been linked with the question of whether God exists.  Because no convincing “proofs” for God’s existence have been forthcoming, most philosophers have said the answer to the rational belief question is “No!”  Terry will argue that this response needs reconsideration because rational belief in […]

Continue reading

We Are the Generation

Nine years ago we had no public discourse  and little public awareness of climate change.  This August the sixth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, usually referred to as the IPPC report, was published.  In terms not normally used in scientific reporting – “It is unequivocal and established fact that human activities are […]

Continue reading