Thanksgiving Bread Service for the Whole Family

With Corn Bread as the focus and a nod to our 20th Anniversary, the annual Bread Service will include the family with stories and loving rituals of sharing and gratitude. Cindy Nelson and Cyndy Stiehl will lead the congregation in this meaningful prelude to Thanksgiving Day.

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Thanksgiving as the Jazz of Life

Here I am, a statistical improbability, conceived in a universe of infinite galaxies, in a Milky Way of 100 billion stars, in a solar system on the edge of nowhere, living on the third planet from a small sun, which is mostly covered by salt water, and encased in an envelope of mixed gases, dependent […]

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All Saints Day – Unitarian Style

The fall celebration of All Saints Day is a popular one in the Catholic tradition. Why should they have all the fun? Unitarians may not formalize the recognition of saints, but it doesn’t mean we don’t have some! Joan Shiels has a bunch of degrees in Religion. She has been a good friend and frequent […]

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What Do You Believe?

When Mary Oliver asks in her poem The Summer Day, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” this is not an easy question to answer. Are you doing what you want to do with this precious gift of life? When life refuses to wait any longer, whether you’re […]

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A Comic Vision

How is comedy more serious than tragedy, and how do we experience it in our daily lives?  A survey that includes Job, Jesus, Augustine, Kierkegaard, Shakespeare, with some help from Peter deVries and Marilynne Robinson, will show us what happens when things come together and when they fall apart. Phil Blackwell grew up in Menomonee […]

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Improv performances are based on a simple formula of saying “yes” to whatever is given — a word, a scenario, an action — and adding to it, to create a rich story of shared authorship. Far from the panacea of positive thinking, this challenging practice can be useful when living through significant change, especially in […]

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Back to our Future

Can we possibly glimpse a desired future by recalling the past? Has the environmental movement in the United States failed?  A noted authority thinks so. Do we understand that “Nature is no conservationist?” What legacy might we wish to leave for our descendants? Dick Smythe is an entomologist retired from the research division of the […]

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Is UU The True American Religion?

With an emphasis on reason, personal responsibility, equality, democracy and autonomy, Unitarian Universalism might be the religion that is closest to the American ideal. A meditation on faith in America. The Rev. Joan Shiels has graduate degrees in Religion, Theology and Divinity. She is also deeply interested in the American experiment and the spiritual context […]

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