Groundhog Day, a 1993 film starring Bill Murray, may be the only movie not actually made to illustrate Buddhist principles, that does. A look at some Buddhist beliefs through the lens of this delightful film. Rev Joan Shiels is a longtime friend and frequent speaker at UUFDC. Once a year she brings us an analysis […]
Do we create an instantaneous resonance with people? A resonance that simultaneously acknowledges them and their reality and expresses ourselves? We create a mutual understanding in very few words when we consciously communicate. Carol Hackbardt served Calvary and Zion United Methodist Churches in Door County (2004-2011) before she retired after 32 years of ministry. She […]
As somas, each of us is already meaningfully structured in relation to our changing world – in other words “able to adapt.” This meaningful structure is “ourselves” – it already exists beneath all of our searching and rational thinking. From a somatic perspective, we are suffering from sensory motor amnesia – that is, we have […]
As we move into 2014, how many things will be left undone from 2013? Is there such a thing as beginning again? Ralph Waldo Emerson advised: Finish each day (year) and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow […]
Every New Year provides us with the opportunity to recalibrate our lives. Our hymn #114 Forward Through the Ages reminds us “Not alone we conquer, not alone we fall; In each loss or triumph lose or triumph all.” What might this mean in your one precious life? What might this mean in our shared life in […]
The idea that you should love yourself has been around a long time, but new psychology research shows that this actually is a smart thing to do. Although often confused with self-esteem, Self-Compassion is a separate approach and has significant advantages. This talk will briefly overview the three components of Self-Compassion: (1) self-kindness, (2) recognizing […]
Victor Frankl, the Viennese psychiatrist, wrote a book entitled “From Death Camp to Existentialism”, a reflection of his experiences in the Nazi death camps during the Second World War. Frankl was a modern Job, except for his sister and himself, the entire family perished in the Holocaust. He says, “To live is to suffer. To […]
News on immigration policies discussed in the past, recent developments, and the practical realities of how immigration policies are being implemented. Attorney Luca Fagundes, whose legal practice in Sturgeon Bay specializes in the problems of Spanish-speaking immigrants, is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. As an immigrant himself, Luca is ready to help clients in the […]
No Santa, no Jesus, no happy family gatherings. But Christmas stories, nonetheless. Rev. Joan Shiels is a long-time friend and frequent speaker at UUFDC. She likes to share familiar things in new ways.
A few commiserations and recommendations now that we’re thinking about being with the children over the holidays. The Reverend Joan Shiels has children. So do most of her friends. And she knows that having children is not all coos and cuddles and sweet things. Not by a long shot.