In our most clear moments, our heart speaks of its desire. We long for meaning, connection, hope, adventure, and peace. But what gets in the way? And how might we overcome those barriers? The Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson is the Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, IL. He has served there since 2008, […]

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As a retiree, Dottie is spending most of her volunteer hours working for immigrant justice locally at her home in Central Missouri and across the nation—specifically in finding sponsors for asylum seekers as they are released from detention. She is often asked “What can we do? What can we claim as our own role in […]

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We have never before lived through a time when we are brought so thoroughly and relentlessly face to face with the enormity and inexhaustibility of the cruelty and suffering of our world. What a time to be alive! In this message, Dottie will discuss the strategies needed to continue to “show up” with an open […]

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How does one find ‘their place?’ How do we belong to our communities, cities, and congregations, even amidst transition and change? Through many changes in my life, I have realized it is a rather simple thing that helps me find my place, and I look forward to exploring this theme with you. Marie Luna is […]

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You Can Only Get Here from There

You know that old expression, “You can’t get there from here?” Well, Tony’s sermon this Sunday will suggest that maybe you can’t even get HERE from here! That is, it is necessary to journey somewhere else before you can know where you already are. Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen has recently retired from being the minister […]

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Not Too Bad Dad

Tony will speak about what he has learned about the ups and downs of parenthood from his own dad—including not just what to do, but what not to do. “In the beginning,” he says, “I thought I had been short-changed in the dad department. Now I’ve come to see that some of the burdens may […]

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You, Me, and We

What does our Unitarian Universalist tradition have to tell us about the tension between the individual and the community? How do we decide how to act and how to be together? Rev. Mary Gear is serving as the Acting Assistant Minister at First Unitarian Church in Portland, OR, through this month and will begin as […]

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Inspired by the Great Lakes, this Service outlines the evolution of the speaker’s naturalistic, theological humanism. Rev. David Kraemer serves United Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Waukesha, WI, as settled minister. He previously served for two years as interim minister in Sioux Falls, SD, and as intern in Rockford, IL.. He is a graduate of United […]

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Think Globally Explore Locally

In this age of internet, relentless communication, and what Richard Louv calls “Nature Deficit Disorder,” we all need to reconnect with our world; to bridge the growing gap between the web of life, and with the world wide web that occupies cyberspace (and could preoccupy our lives). There are countless ways to connect with the […]

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A former teacher and scholar, Jesus will share stories of working alongside his siblings and parents, of being part of the migrant community, and of the changes he experienced. His parents first came to Wisconsin in the early 1940s. By 1959, over 10,000 migrants were coming to the state yearly. During this time, agriculture changed […]

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