Call Us to Worship
September 9, 2018
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson

As we reflect on what it means to be called, we’ll think about being called to worship. Exploring a variety of understandings of worship from a variety of religions, we’ll consider the meaning of being called into this practice.

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Call Us to Worship
September 9, 2018
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson

As we reflect on what it means to be called, we’ll think about being called to worship. Exploring a variety of understandings of worship from a variety of religions, we’ll consider the meaning of being called into this practice.

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How to Talk to Each Other
August 19, 2018
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson

How do we have conversations that matter? How do we go past the surface of easy topics towards the heart? How do we not shy away when things get complicated, while still protecting our integrity? And invitation to depth and meaning, with some concrete tips for politics, religion, relationships, and families. 

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Holy Creativity
August 12, 2018
Michelle Lattanzio

 In this service, I'll share some of the ways in which Holy
Creativity happens in chaplaincy ministry. This is the work of Holy
Creativity in hospice chaplaincy: helping the dying to create their
final masterpiece, the living legacy of their human experience, the
true gift they will pass on to not just their family but the lives of
all people they have touched.

 Michelle Lattanzio is a former intern of The UU Church of
Rockford and is currently serving as a Hospice Chaplain and Spiritual
Care Coordinator in Skokie, IL. Michelle is in Preliminary Fellowship
with the UUA and is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological
School. She holds a PhD in English from the University of South
Florida and taught undergraduate classes at USF. Michelle loves
spending time with her dog Axel, creating art, reading, writing,
dancing, and rooting for her favorite roller derby teams.

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Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson shares his trip to Transylvania with us!

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How Religion is Got
May 27, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Rev. Armida Alexander

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In This Refulgent Summer
July 8, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson

With those words, Ralph Waldo Emerson began his “divinity school address,” which would help ground our faith in a sense of the beauty and truth of the natural world. I’ll reflect on the way transcendentalist, religious naturalist, and neo-pagan Unitarian Universalists have located themselves in the natural world and celebrated this earth, our home.  
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May 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
A Carefully Loaded Ship
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson

How does Beloved Community work in multigenerational ways, across the gulf of time? We’ll reflect on the love that passes between ancestors and decedents, and how we might cultivate and nurture such a love. 

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May 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Rehearsal for the Kindom
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson

Are we, gathered in this church, the “beloved community”?  Well, sometimes we get close. But other times, we struggle. It’s like life. What if we thought of our life together as a dress rehearsal for the way we want the world to be? 

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Pressure Cookers and the Freedom Land
April 29, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Rockford
Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen 

Living up to our deepest values is hard enough on most days. Under pressure – when our kids or the political moment or life is stressing us out – it can feel impossible. Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen reflects on embodying our values under pressure. And on pressure cookers, which she has very little experience with.

 The Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen roots for the Wisconsin Badgers, lives in Boston, and is learning all the time about courage, singing, cowardice and prayer. She is the Senior Strategist with Side with Love.

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