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Sunday, September 22, 10:30 A.M.
When Children Lead the Way: From the Doctrine of Discovery to Gun Laws to Peace
Reverend Lynnda White
The truth comes out of the mouths of babes. We see them on the news—the children of our nation saying the things that can lead us out of some of the most discouraging times this nation has faced. They are young and unafraid; they speak up and are vilified; they travel to the Vatican and are ignored. How can we join them on these journeys?

Sunday, September 15, 10:30 A.M.
I Know This Rose Will Open
Rev. Dave Clements
On the "faith-full" expectation that there is something in us that can and will blossom, even during storms..."I know this rose will open. I know my fear will burn away. I know my soul will unfurl its wings. I know this rose will open." I invite you to come and explore with me about our own expectations and how something in us that can and will blossom.

Sunday, August 25, 10:30 A.M.
Wishbone, Backbone, Funny Bone
Rev. Dave Clements

Sunday, July 28, 10:30 A.M.
The Elephant in the Room
Rev. Dave Clements
The Elephant in the Room is the issue(s) which no one seems to address, but you can feel it, and it can paralyze you. Sometimes it is a secret, sometimes it's a sore spot that no one dares to touch, and it is ignored. How do we name the elephants in the room and how do we deal with them? The service will explore this topic.

Sunday, June 2, 10:30 A.M.
Beauty and the Beast
Rev. Dave Clements
Many of us have heard the Disney story or have seen the film version of Beauty and the Beast. What does the story teach us about beauty? What does the story say about us as Universalist Unitarians and how we view the world? Come and explore with me the story within the story of beauty and the beast.

Sunday, May 26, 10:30 A.M.
Flower Communion Sunday
Rev. Dave Clements and Rev. Lynnda White
What does it feel like to be in community? How can each person contribute to our community of faith? The flower communion asks each person who attends to bring one flower. We will combine these together and each person will leave with a different flower than what they brought. Come and celebrate and participate in this wonderful ritual.

Sunday, May 12, 10:30 A.M.
Mother's Day / A Curious Ministry
Rev. Dave Clements
Sometimes the greatest ministry we offer to each other—the way we know, hold and love each other—is through encountering each other's stories. And what inspires us to offer such a ministry? Curiosity. When we are curious about each other's stories, we offer a humanizing ministry, a ministry of recognition, acknowledgment, and an embrace. Our lives and our stories can be sources of continuous revelation. I invite you to come and explore this idea of curiosity as a ministry.

Sunday, April 21, 10:30 A.M.
Easter and Wholeness
Rev. Dave Clements
Easter tells us that wholeness won't come without work. Easter says get busy and make friends with hard, dry earth. Dig in and don't be afraid of blistering your hands. The pain, sorrow and bloodied soiled is not redeemed by the seeds; it is the seed. So, don't run away from the it. Don't wait it out. Instead, trust it. For, if you do the work of befriending those wounds and that defeat, it will leave you whole.

Sunday, April 14, 10:30 A.M.
Finding Yourself
Rev. Lynnda White
'Finding yourself' is not how it works. You aren't a ten-dollar bill in last winter's coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right here, buried under cultural conditioning, other people's opinions and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. 'Finding yourself' is returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you.

Sunday, April 7, 10:30 A.M.
What Does It Mean to be a People of Wholeness?
Rev. Dave Clements
We Unitarian Universalists understand the urge to restore what once was. Nothing is more human. Who doesn't want to reverse the damage? Who doesn't hold on to the humpty dumpty hope that all can be put back together again? But our faith teaches us that this is just not how the world works. Transition and change rule the flow of life. There is no going back. So, what piles of rubble in your life need revisited? What do you need to let go, so a new wholeness can emerge?

Sunday, March 31, 10:30 A.M.
The No That Makes Possible Each Yes
Rev. Dave Clements
Imagination is powerful. It surveys the given world - dysfunctional, dystopian, archaic, constrained - and glimpses possibility. And from resistance - to ill health, to bad practice, oppression - from that sacred no, yes starts taking shape. You gather your principles, rules for living, convictions; you decie what kind of person you intend to be, you're called to be - and from that solid ground comes campassion, generosity, the strength to love. You decide what you do and do not want, what you need in this life, and what you really don't.

Sunday, March 24, 10:30 A.M.
Pow Wow Culture in the Modern Era
Jimi Roberts
Today the local Council of Pimiteoui creates the service, and our congregation is invited to take part. Jimmi Roberts is going to talk about Pow Wow culture in the modern era. Western culture has influenced the ways people sing and dance.  This has been met with both acceptance and reluctance. He will share some personal experiences over his nearly three decades traveling the Pow Wow trail.

Sunday, March 17, 10:30 A.M.
How Possibilities Become Realities
Rev. Dave Clements
Being a people of possibility has more to do with being a people of vulnerability and courage than we've thought. The work isn't just about believing in possibility. It's about being willing to endure a few wounds along the way. So maybe the question is "Are you ready to lean into possibility?"

Sunday, March 10, 10:30 A.M.
Think It Possible That You May
Rev. Dave Clements
As a congregation in transition, what if we considered the limits of our own certitude and pondered what it would take to open ourselves up to new viewpoints and chang- ing wisdom. We move through the patterns, traditions, the habits of things as they are, as if they were immutable or intractable, and then by grace or will or luck, we wonder, “But what if...?”

Sunday, March 3, 10:30 A.M.
The Possibility of a "Wider We"
Rev. Dave Clements
Possibility has distinguished Unitarian Uni- versalists from the start. Historically, when others saw depravity and sin at the core of human identity, we saw potential. When many were preaching that this world was fallen, we found ourselves falling in love with the possibility of heaven on earth. Theologically, it’s led to us being a people of “why not?” Why not give people another chance? Why not fight what seems a losing battle? Why not risk a little failure? After all, to us the possible has always seemed more likely than not!

Sunday, February 24, 10:30 A.M.
Celebrating Journeys of Perseverance
Rev. David Clements
Perseverance is defined as a continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. What are some of the stories of our past and what can they tell us about the concept of persistence? How does celebrating these journeys help us to commit and strengthen our own trait of endurance? Life is not easy for any of us. We must have perseverance and above all, confidence in ourselves. As a congregation and individuals, we all have talents to offer. The challenge is to be open and willing to share those unique gifts. I invite all of you to join us in celebrating journeys of perseverance from our past as we consider our own journeys forward.

Sunday, February 17, 10:30 A.M.
How to Empower Your Mind, an Ancient Wisdom Practice
Bhante Sujatha
Buddha says “what you seek is seeking you”... perhaps it’s true. The evidence of the power of our minds is undeniable. The ancient texts of the Buddha tell us that no external condition can be the cause of our happiness, only the mind has that ability. When people understand how they are influenced, the root causes of struggle and what we can do with our minds to make things better, sustainable happiness and radiant joy are the result. My life as a Buddhist monk has given me a front row seat to incredible transformation within so many people as I teach them how to empower the mind and cultivate the qualities that will help you find strength and happiness, as well as give you a burning desire to add more love to the world. When we understand our mind, we begin to re-shape our behavior and feelings about so many things... it’s the most loving act of service one can do for themselves and the world.

Sunday, February 10, 10:30 A.M.
This Is Now
Rev. David Clements
It's difficult though when we don’t know that “the worst” is over. It’s difficult when we are in the thick of it, tired and worn out, and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. It just keeps going and going and going. It’s too much to name; too much to think about. We spend a lot of our time in the middle, maybe even most of it. Our society is so focused on what is coming next, that we rarely pause long enough to reflect on the past and the present. We are quick to jump to the next things on our to- do list or the next errand to run. I wonder what we lose because of this automatic tumble into the future? I invite you to come and learn about the “Now,” as we continue to discuss the topic of journey

Sunday, February 3, 10:30 A.M.
The Journey Matters More Than the Destination
Rev. David Clements
The meaning of the word “Journey” is a trip or experience from one place to another. Life is a series of smaller destinations filled with lessons, hardships, joys, heartaches, celebrations and special moments. As a congregation we are beginning a new jour- ney. New beginnings can be filled with fear, anxiety, and excitement at what is to come. Transitions can be hard, and we all begin this journey with so many questions, ideas, and beliefs about what will happen. Soon those thoughts, questions and beliefs will stop being about the future and will quickly become the present. Learning to celebrate and be in the moment is something that I learned a lot about this past year by living in South Africa. As your Interim Minister, I invite all of you to come and begin this jour- ney with me. Together let me share with you my thoughts, my hopes and my dreams as we learn how to seize this moment in the history of this congregation.

Sunday, January 27, 10:30 A.M.
Why Religion Matters
Dr. Robert Fuller
Does it make any difference whether we go through life with a religious or non-religious outlook?

Sunday, January 20, 10:30 A.M.
What Are We Building?
Rev. Scott Aaseng
The world is in need of our many hands doing the work of justice. But what is it that we are building as we work? A pile of bricks, a wall, or a cathedral? Rev. Scott Aaseng serves as Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI), which is building community across the state to put our values into effective action. In various capacities, he has served UU congregations in Chicago, Oak Park, Quincy, Evanston, Rockford and Springfield IL as well as Hobart IN.

Sunday, January 13, 10:30 A.M.
Let's Get Vulnerable!
Rev. Sarah C. Richards
The New Year gives us Unitarian Universalists an opportunity to reflect on our actions of the past year, and prepare ourselves for the one ahead. Individually and collectively, what are the relationships we need to repair, and how shall we seek forgiveness?

Sunday, January 6, 10:30 A.M.
Kari Schimmel
With the arrival of a new year and the departure of our beloved minister, it is a great time to reflect on change, growth, and renewal.

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