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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Our Sisters and Brothers

Who are our sisters and brothers? To whom are we related? Do we believe other creatures are bereft of concern for their compatriots? Do we think only large-brained humans can enjoy beauty, can understand how to solicit help, can grieve, can display thankfulness; in short, can demonstrate many of our presumed higher human attributes? More and more […]

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The Devil, You Say

One of the significant issues in our Unitarian and Universalist histories was rejection of the doctrines of hell and the devil. Tony’s first sermon with us this summer will deal with the idea of Satan, and how he developed in late Judaism from being God’s prosecuting attorney to being God’s great enemy. This development tells […]

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Angels for All Occasions

Ask any ten people “What is an angel?” and you will usually get ten different answers. Joan intends to tell us about angels she has known personally. And some other stuff. Rev. Joan Shiels has a Masters Degree in Religion, another in Theology and another in Divinity. Besides all that, she’s really interested in religion […]

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May Your Life Be as a Song

The well-known Unitarian Universalist musician, Jim Scott, blesses us with his song May Your Life Be as a Song. (The refrain is hymn #1056). Let us lift up song as a metaphor for a life well lived. Rev. Jim Coakley’s UU roots are grounded in the remarkable story of the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton, […]

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Rousseau’s Ecology

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) was one of the major philosophes of the French Enlightenment along with Voltaire, Montesquieu, and Diderot. He was also one of the great Romantic writers like Wordsworth and Coleridge in England and Lamartine and Hugo in France. In the last year of his life he wrote a masterpiece, The Reveries of a […]

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Bearing Your Cross

It’s an old term — bearing your cross — and it alludes to the Christian myth of Jesus’ death. How could it possibly mean anything to us? …A meditation on sacrifice and commitment and story. Rev. Joan Shiels has a bunch of degrees in world religions. She has been bringing messages to us at UUFDC […]

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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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Life Lessons from a Life List

The things we love shape our lives. Rev. Ann has loved birding for 45 years. She will share insights from birding as they relate to the challenges of life today. Wisdom consists in understanding our motivations, our faults, our flights of greatness, the demands of our environment, and our place in the world. Rev. Ann […]

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