Past Sunday Sermons

Past Sunday Sermons: First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

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June 18, 2017
“Parenting the UU Way”
The Rev. Joyce Palmer

June 11, 2017
“Getting to Joy”
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

June 4, 2017
“Communal Joy: Flower Communion”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

May 28, 2017
“It’s Not All Karma: Theodicy and Grace”
The Rev. Dr. Adam Robersmith

May 21, 2017
“Embraced by this Community: First Church High School Graduates’ Senior Statements”
Annalise Lozier, Mary Ann Aiken, Rylan McNally, Henry Dellutri, and Erik Noble-Macherey

May 14, 2017
“The Body’s Truths”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

May 7, 2017
“Embodying Our Values”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

April 30, 2017
“The Installation of Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom” (Audio pending.)

April 23, 2017
“Can We ‘Bee’ the Change”
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

April 16, 2017
“There Is Simply to Begin: The Life That is Becoming”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

April 9, 2017
“Sailing Through the Air: Transformation’s Loss and Freedom”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

April 2, 2017
“The Beautiful Not Yet: Allowing Transformation”
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

March 26, 2017
“The Risk of Faith”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

March 19, 2017
“Risk as a Growth Practice”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

March 12, 2017
“Leap of Faith”
The Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

March 5, 2017
“Risking Vulnerability”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

February 26, 2017
“A UU Youth’s Guide to the Media: Annual Youth Service”
YRUU Members

February 19, 2017
“What Makes Me an ‘I’?”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

February 12, 2017
“Beams Of Hope: Turning Points in First Church History”
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

February 5, 2017
“What Makes Us a ‘We’?”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

January 29, 2017
“Prophetic Community: Remembering the Future Together”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

January 22, 2017
“Intersectional Self-Care”
The Pastor Danny Givens, Jr.

January 15, 2017
“Staying Awake: Movements Toward Wholeness”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

January 8, 2017
“Waking the Prophet Within”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

January 1, 2017
“Setting our Intentions”
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

December 24, 2016
“Christmas Eve Candlelight Service” (Audio unavailable)
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom and the Rev. Dena McPhetres

December 18, 2016
“On-the-Spot Christmas Pageant”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

December 11, 2016
“Presence in this City, at this Time”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

December 4, 2016
“Becoming Present: The Fire Within”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

November 27, 2016
“Just As I Am: Why Universalists Don’t Do Altar Calls”
Pulpit Guest, Misha Sanders

November 20, 2016
“Stories of Gratitude”
First Church Members

November 13, 2016
“Life Guiding Stories”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

November 6, 2016
“Writing the Future’s Story Today”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

October 30, 2016
“The ‘Magic’ of Ritual, the Science of Healing”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

October 23, 2016
“Liberté, égalité, fraternité: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity”
Bruce Knotts, Director of Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office

October 16, 2016
“Are You Willing to Be Healed”
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

October 9, 2016
“Asking the Atlas: Where does it Hurt”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

October 2, 2016
“Understanding Illness”
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

September 25, 2016
“What Is Revealed in the Breaking?”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

September 18, 2016
“The Covenant of Life”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

September 11, 2016
“What Do We Risk To Enter Covenant?”
The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

September 04, 2016
“Making Mistakes in a Perfectionist World”
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

August 28, 2016
“For Such a Time As This … Maybe”
Misha Sanders, Pulpit Guest

August 21, 2016
“The Home We Never Knew We Had”
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

August 14, 2016
“The Hand That First Held Mine”
The Rev. Kent Mayfield

August 7, 2016
“Chants/Chance Service III” (audio unavailable)
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

July 31, 2016
“A Wondrous Love, A Saving Love”
The Rev. Karen Quinlan, Pulpit Guest

July 24, 2016
“Possessing the Secret of Joy”
The Rev. Joyce Palmer, Pulpit Guest

July 17, 2016
“Healing Elephants and Us”
Bruce Wiggins & Mark Gill, Pulpit Guests

July 10, 2016
“The Sacred Necessity of Grieving”
Tree Moore, Pulpit Guest

July 3, 2016
“Civility and Democracy”
The Rev. Sarah Oelberg, Pulpit Guest

June 26, 2016
“This is How We Do Things Around Here. Or Is It?”
Kirstin Anglea, Pulpit Guest

June 19, 2016
“Making Peace With Parents”
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

June 12, 2016
“The Burdens of Being Right”
Robert Szymanski, Pulpit Guest

June 5, 2016
“Rainbow Theology”
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

May 29, 2016
“Healing Disconnection”
The Rev. Alan Taylor, Pulpit Guest

May 22, 2016
“Flower Communion” (audio unavailable)
The Rev. Dena McPhetres; Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education

May 15, 2016
May Our Love Shine Brightly
Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education; The Rev. Dena McPhetres

May 8, 2016
Exceptional Children, Exceptional Parents
“The Rev. Dena McPhetres

May 1, 2016
The Art of Being Human
Senior Minister Candidate The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

April 24, 2016
Life Continuously Creating and Other Freedom Tales
Senior Minister Candidate The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

April 17, 2016
How the Spider Had Fish for Dinner
The Rev. Keith Kron, Pulpit Guest

April 10, 2016
The Final Word
The Rev. Elaine Peresluha

April 3, 2016
Practicing Patience in Uncertain Times
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

March 27, 2016
Reflect, Renew, Rejoice
The Rev. Elaine Peresluha and Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education

March 20, 2016
Keeping Our Balance on the Tightrope of Life
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

March 13, 2016
UUs: Classy, Classic or Classist
The Rev. Elaine Peresluha

March 6, 2016
Annual Youth Service

February 28, 2016
Are You Running Low on Compassion?
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

February 21, 2016
In the Middle
The Rev. Elaine Peresluha

February 14, 2016
Love That Magic Penny!”
The Rev. Elaine Peresluha

February 7, 2016
What We Say Matters
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

January 31, 2016
Indict The System
The Rev. Elaine Peresluha with Thomas Leonard and Christofor Fears performing Systems Error” & “Black Lives Matter/ Pop! Pop!;” special musical guest Sista Strings performing Beethoven’s Allegro Comodo

January 24, 2016
Love Says the Answer is Yes
The Rev. Suzelle Lynch

January 17, 2016
Beyond The Banner
The Rev. Elaine Peresluha

January 10, 2016
Soul Food
The Rev. Elaine Peresluha

January 3, 2016
Growing Bigger
The Rev. Linda Hansen, Pulpit Guest

December 27, 2015
Speaking From the Decades
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

December 20, 2015
“Poetry of Winter”

December 13, 2015
“Night Vision”/”Seeing in the Dark” Text for this sermon can also be found here.
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

December 6, 2015
How We Are Generous
Laurel Amabile, Pulpit Guest

November 29, 2015
The Sound of Things Falling
The Rev. Kent Mayfield

November 22, 2015
For All That is Our Life
The Rev. Elaine Peresluha, the Rev. Dena McPhetres and Director of Religious Education Beryl Aschenberg

November 15, 2015
Being Mortal
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

November 8, 2015
For Those Who Have Served
The Rev. Elaine Peresluha

November 1, 2015
Dia De Los Muertos
The Rev. Elaine Peresluha

October 25, 2015
Holding Space
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

October 18, 2015
Make Room
The Rev. Elaine Peresluha

October 11, 2015
Our Mission Leads
The Rev. Elaine Peresluha

October 4, 2015
Beyond Categorical Thinking” (No Audio Available)
Mary Esther Johnson

September 27, 2015
Caravan of Joy: Sustaining Activism and Activists
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

September 20, 2015
“Are You Growing Up Or Growing Old?
The Rev. Elaine Peresluha

September 13, 2015
Ingathering Sunday: “525,600 Minutes: A Year In Our Life
The Rev. Elaine Peresluha

September 6, 2015
Be Your Note
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

August 30, 2015
Fantasy Literature & Creative Spirituality: Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and You
Philip Martin

August 23, 2015
Treasures of Our Hymn Book” (No Audio Available)
Juliet Hills

August 16, 2015
Bless Every Moment
The Rev. Adam Robersmith

August 9, 2015
It’s Only Words (Or Is It?)
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

August 2, 2015
What is Prophetic Witness?
Rollie Hanson, Pulpit Guest

July 26, 2015
Compassion: A Starting Point, Not a Finish Line
Misha Sanders Lentz

July 19, 2015
Singing the Journey: Celebrating Our Teal Hymnal” (No Audio Available)
The Rev. Elaine Peresluha

July 12, 2015
The Spiritual Implication of Implicit Bias
Elizabeth Lentini

July 5, 2015
Spirituality of Food
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

June 28, 2015
Being Your Best Self: What I’ve Learned From Road Rage
Beth Monhollen

June 21, 2015
Men Who Say Yes
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

June 14, 2015
All the Lonely People
The Rev. Julie Forest

June 7, 2015
Doorways and Thresholds
The Rev. Dena McPhetres

 

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