St. Patrick: Beyond Shamrocks & Myth

St. Patrick: Beyond Shamrocks & Myth with Pastor Dawn Volpe About the Message: I loved St. Patrick’s Day as a child, singing, ‘When Irish Eyes are Smiling’, the parades, green everywhere, classrooms decorated in shamrocks, stories of leprechauns and snake banishment. As Tomie de Paula recalled in his children’s book, Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland, His Irish […]

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The Art of Bridging 

The Art of Bridging  with Dr. Kimberly Barrett About the Message: Establishing a sense of connection and belonging among people with different identities and opinions is becoming a lost art. This presentation will address under what conditions bridging is appropriate and the essential skills needed to bridge across differences. Participants will also have the opportunity […]

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A Different Voice

A Different Voice with Dick Smythe About the Message: How often do we hear a critique of the church in America from: A black pastor…Former drug dealer…Former sex worker…Former homeless queer teen…Former felon? This morning we will hear from a Lutheran pastor who combines all these attributes. I believe we need to hear what he […]

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What Might We Learn From Fiction By 20th Century Black Women? with Estella Lauter About the Message: Instead of focusing on one highly accomplished person or a project such as microloans for International Women’s Day this year, we will look briefly at some novels by African American women and share the conversation that a winter Clearing […]

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The Exodus Speaks across the Millennia

The Exodus Speaks across the Millennia with Pastor Jim Honig About the Message: Using the recent commentary on Exodus by humanist philosopher and social commentator, Leon Kass as our springboard, we’ll take a fresh look at the iconic story of the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt and its lessons for 21st century America. […]

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Happy 213th Birthday, Charles Darwin

Happy 213th Birthday, Charles Darwin with Dale Goodner About the Message: As the paleontologist and noted author, Dr. Neil Shubin points out… “If you think feathers arose to help animals fly, or lungs and legs to help ani-mals walk on land, you’d be in good company. You’d also be entirely wrong.” On this anniversary of […]

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How We Survive the Bad Stuff

How We Survive the Bad Stuff with Rev. Joan Shiels About the Message: Some people survive conditions of horrendous physical extremes — lost at sea for six months, fallen into a deep crevasse on Mt. Everest, seriously injured deep in the Amazon jungle — while others do not. We live in a culture that’s always […]

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Goals Versus Intentions

Goals Versus Intentions with Rev. Jim Coakley About the Message: Tis the annual season of hopeful resolve followed quickly by disappointment. Phillip Moffitt, a renowned vipassana (insight) meditation teacher helps us better comprehend the difference between goals and intentions. Ironically, maybe we should be setting New Year’s goals to become more intentional? About the Speaker: […]

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Embracing Bad Art & Stupid Ideas

Embracing Bad Art & Stupid Ideas with Alan Kopischke Alan is a university professor, arts consultant, and professional actor. He has acted with the Peninsula Players, Third Avenue Playhouse, Steppenwolf, Milwaukee Rep and regional theatres across the country and has appeared in feature films and on primetime network television. A UU since 2002, Alan and […]

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