The Challenges of Empathy

When our friends are hurting, it’s hard to know what to do or to say. We are often left feeling helpless and useless when we can’t fix our loved one’s hurt. How does one empathize in ways that can truly help our friends or even ourselves when life brings us to our knees? Rev. Karon […]

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Amazing Grace

What exactly is this thing called Grace? It is something we have all experienced at times in our life, but where does it come from? Who or what bestows it? Is it always available to us or is it something that only happens on occasion? Join us as we look more deeply into the sacred […]

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Friending Jesus

As Unitarian Universalists, many of us struggle with the idea that Christ is the only path to the Sacred. Many of us come from Christian faith traditions and so the lessons and model of Christ is appealing and something we can embrace. For others it may seem limited and less inclusive and a reminder of […]

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Our art gallery currently displays the work of DarRen Morris. He is an African American who has been incarcerated for an unintentional death. He takes responsibility for his mistake and is dedicated to help youth from making similar mistakes. His paintings are beautiful and thoughtful. It’s difficult to believe that he is being held for life […]

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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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Inherent Worth and Dignity for Everyone

If we say we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people, that means even those whose political ideas may seem way different from our own. There is a new President in the White House. Our country seems more divided than ever before. How do we open with compassion to those we struggle […]

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Understanding White Privilege

Race has been a major issue this last year, rearing it’s head with the unfinished business of the Civil Rights Movement of the past.  Our own UU denomination is embracing the Black Lives Matter Movement nationally.  Yet, here in northeast Wisconsin we struggle to understand the meaning behind this unrest.  I felt that I needed […]

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As a hospice chaplain, I see families struggle with making decisions for their loved ones at end of life because no one has made any plans; no one has had a conversation about this important and vital topic. Please join me as we explore why talking about dying with our loved ones is so difficult […]

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Bringing Shame Out Into the Light

Shame can often mold and shape us.  If can make us believe things that are not true about ourselves.  If we keep our shame hidden and in the dark it will always have power over us.  But what if we dragged our shame out into the light?  What if we chose not to let it […]

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