One Wild and Precious Life
November 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson
What is the purpose and meaning of your life? What’s your personal mission and vision? And how do you know if that purpose if faithful, worthy, and just? Reflections on deciding, and living, the meaning of your life.

Engaging Our Neighbors: Building Democracy in Practice
October 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Scott Aaseng
Crises like the ones we’re facing call for radical action. Not necessarily more extreme action, but radical in the sense of addressing the roots of these crises. One of the most radical actions we can take is to talk – and listen – to our neighbors.

394 Days To Go
October 6, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson

On Nov. 2nd, 2020 – in 394 days – many Americans will vote for a new President, as well as for other federal and local offices.  (Some, because of disenfranchisement, can not.) How might we navigate the time between now and then? How do we hold to our values – and not get lost in the fight of the day? As we begin our month on the theme of “democracy,” thoughts about the 394 days to come.

Maw-waidge. (Marriage).  
September 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson

One of the archetypal examples of covenant is the covenant of marriage.  Marriage – whether we’re in one or not at the moment – shapes all of our lives and our society.  What is this covenant about?  When is it worthy of tending and when not, and how do you know? What can all of us learn about healthy marriages that might make our lives, regardless of our status, richer and more full? 

To Meet and Enrich Each Other
September 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Linda Lawrence

Rev. Linda is a longtime member of this congregation who has returned as a "snowbird" after retiring from ministries in Arizona.  She will be introducing our September worship theme: Covenant.  What is a covenant, why are covenants important, and how are they related to Unitarian Universalist theology?

Sunday, August 25 at 10 a.m.
Healing Harm through Bylaws. No, really.
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson

The second in a two-sermon series about my “extra-curricular” work as your minister.  My other major project has been re-writing the accountability procedures of the professional minister’s body.  This seems like technical work, but it’s actually profoundly spiritual work about how we heal harm, promote accountability, and serve justice.  I’ll share what I’ve been doing, the controversy it has engendered, and draw some lessons for our life together as a congregation as well as for society at large.  

The Mystery of the Mind 
May 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson
The Human Mind remains one of the great mysteries of science and biology. The more we learn, the more questions we have. How does memory work? How does intuition and creativity happen?  How are our minds connected to each other?  We’re also learning a lot more about neuro-diversity, and turning away from the assumption that our minds all work the same way.  We’ll learn about that diversity, celebrate the many ways of “being brains,” and explore this fascinating question.   

A Wonderous Love, a Saving Love
April 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Rev. Karen Armina
Salvation is a term that may – or may not – be useful to Unitarian Universalists.  This morning we’ll talk about some traditional concepts of salvation, and consider the roles of wonder and love in what saves us.

Salvation by Faith
April 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson
“Salvation” and “Faith” are complicated words for Unitarian Universalists. More than 200 years ago, we diverged from our protestant colleagues by arguing that we didn’t need to be saved, and that faith wasn’t sufficient anyway — it was deeds that mattered. But what would it mean to reclaim “salvation” and “faith” in new ways - and to think about how we might be “made whole through hope.”?   What does “wholeness through hope” mean, and what would it mean to cultivate the hope that sets us free? 

The Truth About Trust
March 31, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Misha Sanders
Trust is easier lost than gained, easier broken than repaired. Who do we trust? Is it possible to trust after we've been betrayed? Why even bother? Let's take the risk of trusting each other just enough to explore the question a little bit this Sunday. 

The UU Church-Rockford, IL
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